Some tips from a fellow Gigwalker. Thanks! And here you go, everyone:
I asked for some tips, but now that I’ve done a couple car dealership gigs, I have some suggestions.
- Be very mindful of what’s going on around you. It would be almost impossible to write down all of the responses while you’re actually doing the gig, so try to remember as much detail as you can while you’re dealing with the salesperson. A good memory is crucial.
- Be vague when describing what car you want. Something like, “I want a car with good mileage that doesn’t sacrifice performance,” should work. Most dealerships will have something like that to offer.
- Getting the pictures of the car and the exterior of the dealership is easy. When getting your picture of the salesperson, ask him/her to stand next to the car so you can get a sense of scale. Point the camera at the car, but zoom in on the salesperson. Works every time. For dealership interior pictures, just pretend you’re texting while you do it.
- When you tell the salesperson you’re not interested, prepare to feel a little pressure. These people are professionals (for the most part) and they don’t take kindly to the word “no.” Just stand your ground and they’ll back off, or let them know you might be interested in the future and that will surely get them off your case.
- When writing this gig up, make sure to be very detailed and specific in your responses. Direct quotes or paraphrases of your interactions are very helpful.
- Try to press the salesperson on the benefits of buying vs. leasing. They might try to hard sell one vs. the other based on what would be more beneficial to them.