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Journey of My Sales Career

February 27, 2012 Leave a comment

My wife and I were talking about the different dealerships I worked at over the years.  I am amazed at how I got into the car business and sustained.  I used to drive a roll-off truck for a sanitation company.  One day sitting at a red light I felt there was more in life than this job.  I went back to the office and quit without knowing what I was going to do. Needless to say, with a toddler and a baby on the way, this did not make my wife very happy.  A friend of mine suggested I get into car sales.  Without experience but a lot of knowledge about cars, I gave it a try.  A few days later, I was off and running.

I worked at Nissan, Ford, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Honda and BMW.  I was fortunate to be the top salesman at every dealership I worked.  I seemed to have found the profession I was good at and enjoyed.  Car sales have come such a long way from chasing the customer when they pull onto the lot. When I started in this business, I felt like I was hustling for a customer (almost opening the door before they put their car in park) to the more refined Internet sales.

I never forget how nervous I was when I began working for BMW.  On my first day, one of the senior salesman, who had been there for 10 years, said to me, “Black people have never made it at this dealership.”  I didn’t let that discourage me and I was proud when I became his boss 2 ½ years later.  The car business is an ever-changing industry.  A good salesperson must be willing to adapt and continue to learn how to succeed.  The old school salesperson cannot keep up with the pace of the new generation of high tech customers. Some customers are more knowledgeable about the car they want to buy than the salesperson.  A good salesperson will know their competitors as well as (or even better) than they know their own product.

Over the years, I trained a lot of people new to car sales and taught them a lot of what I know.  For me, with all of my experience, I am always open to learning more.  I was taught you never stop growing, learning and trying to become better in your career.  When you get to the point when you think you know it all, that will be the day you start your downfall in whatever career you are in.   Continue learning and start to follow the new trends in your field so you will always remain top notch.

Mike Goodall

Select Luxury Cars, located in Marietta, Ga. on Highway 41, hand “Selects” every vehicle. We specialize in the highest quality automobile made all over the world. Whether you live here in the Atlanta area or anywhere around the world, we will find the exact car you are dreaming of. If you are looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Ferrari or other high end model, begin your search here. http://www.selectluxury.com

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Porsche’s Street-Legal Racecar: The Carrera GT

February 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Every so often a car comes to market so sultry, so ridiculous, so expensive that few will ever lays eyes on it. Even fewer will get to hear the howl of the F-1 derived 5.7 liter V-10 gracing such a car. Case in point…The Porsche Carrera GT. Built for three years (2004-2006) only, less than 1300 Carrera GT’s are in existence. Factor in the $440,000 price tag (new) and stratospheric costs to drive and maintain, my guess is that you won’t see one at the local gas & go. Most of these stunning GT’s are safely tucked away in the collections of the ultra wealthy.

The design and engineering on the Carrera GT is so amazing, I’m not sure where to begin. I suppose the carbon fiber monocoque chassis is worth mentioning. The subframe is made with carbon fiber reinforced plastic and is extremely strong despite very few metal parts. The carbon fiber undertray is attached at multiple points under the car. It helps keep the airflow smooth as it approaches terminal velocity. The GT’s wing automatically deploys at 70 mph preventing liftoff as you near the 200+ mph top speed. A beautiful inboard suspension with push-rod activated shocks and huge anti-roll bars also perform their duties keeping the car composed in the twisties. Huge 15″ carbon ceramic brakes bring the Carrera GT back to legal limits after each high speed run. Porsche’s street legal race car has single center lug wheels that are 19″ in front and 20″ in the rear. Let’s not forget the stunning carbon fiber bodywork that includes t-top like removable roof panels.

Mounted behind the cockpit, the heart of this beautiful machine is a 5.7 liter V-10 producing 612 asphalt melting horsepower at an astronomical 8,000 rpm. The engine was originally developed for F-1 and later continued for LeMans. A 6-speed manual gearbox is the only transmission available which works with a two plate ceramic composite clutch getting the power to the rear wheels. The scream of this V-10 is a true delight, and is something to which no video can do justice.

Although it’s DNA is all racecar, Porsche still offered some luxury features. It has incredibly supportive seats covered in leather. Bose sound with internet radio and navigation are options. The Carrera GT was available in 5 basic colors. Red, Yellow, Black, Silver and Gray. Special order colors were offered at additional cost. If you are lucky enough to ever see this stunning creation make sure you take a picture. I’m sure it will be awhile before you have the chance again.

Carguy Michael

Select Luxury Cars, located in Marietta, Ga. on Highway 41, hand “Selects” every vehicle. We specialize in the highest quality automobiles available in the market. Whether you live here in the Atlanta area or anywhere around the world, we will find the exact car you are dreaming of. If you are looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari or other high end model, begin your search here and we won’t disappoint.

E39 BMW M5…. Still fast, still sleek.

February 17, 2012 Leave a comment

When we think about the year, 2012, its easy to wonder where all the time has gone. When things dated 2002 for example are already 10 years old, its hard to imagination how far we have come since then. Since 2003, BMW has introduced 2 new M5 models, each with more power than the last. But lets not forget about 2003, because at the time the M5 was the car to have!

The E39 M5 features a 4.9L V8 with an absurd 400 HP. Coupled with the luxurious interior, plenty of legroom in the back, and a solid 6-speed manual transmission, the M5 was a well rounded car that would absolutely knock your socks off.

Well, now that it is 9 years old, you can own a M5 for a fraction of the price! Prices average around 20k depending on many factors, but at the end of the day you get a 400 HP luxury sedan for the price of a Honda Accord! Thats just nuts!

Before you go and say “well I dont need an M5, I’d be happy with an Accord” I encourage you to stop and think about that. While some people would be happy with the Accord, many would also love to feel the torque from that incredible V8 or hear the quad exhaust drone as you put your foot down on the interstate entry ramp. You just cant beat the smile you get when you turn the key and hear that V8 turn over in the morning, because BMW has done the impossible: given you a fun car that you can also put the family in without sacrificing comfort or trunk space.

The M5 features a first for BMW: Drive by Wire. What that means for you is instant throttle response as the computer opens the 8 individual throttle bodies faster than your foot could have on its own. Drive By Wire has become standard in every BMW ever since, and they certainly started it off right with the M5.

The engine has a 7000 RPM redline, and you feel the umph of the torque as soon as you get above 2000, so be careful letting your foot slip as you cruise down the highway! Perhaps one of the only limitations of the M5 is that it doesn’t get the most respectable gas mileage… feeding 8 hungry cylinders does take some fuel so you have to make the trade off between exhilarating performance and MPG’s.

All in all, I love the E39 M5. The feel of that V8 is something that not many new cars can replicate. Its smooth yet powerful and really shows you whose boss with all of the usable power. For it’s size, the car is very nimble and drives remarkably smoothly while still being able to take a corner at impressive speeds without even thinking twice (You might want to make sure your rear passengers have their seat belts on first though!). The car fails to show its age anywhere, its both as nimble and as responsive as you would expect any ///M car to be.

So if you are looking for a affordable performance car for around $20,000 but still want to be able to take people for a road trip comfortable, the E39 M5 should certainly be worth a fair bit of consideration.

-Lincoln Fantaski

Select Luxury Cars, located in Marietta, Ga. on Highway 41, hand “Selects” every vehicle. We specialize in the highest quality automobiles available in the market. Whether you live here in the Atlanta area or anywhere around the world, we will find the exact car you are dreaming of. If you are looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari or other high end model, begin your search here and we won’t disappoint.

Categories: BMW, Car Tech, Other Interests

Our Finance Manager Welcomes Southern Estate’s White Night

February 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Southern Estate's White Night

Welcoming Southern Estate’s White Night into this World!

Liz came home yesterday thinking the dogs had  found a white towel and carried it out into the pasture after seeing a  pure white clump lying motionless with nothing around. Little did she know…Southern Estate’s White Night was born hours earlier and his maiden mom whose milk had not dropped abandoned him not knowing what to do. Liz stopped her car and ran to his rescue perhaps minutes before his premature death, wrapped him in her suit jacket to try to warm his cold body as she rushed him to the house. This picture was taken in our bedroom with him alert and warm in front of a space heater. The golden retrievers were a little concerned thinking their mom had been on yet  another successful pet shopping spree and they now had a new playmate!

Once his body temperature was normal she carried him back out to the pasture to claim his mom but there were no takers. For such an adorable little boy you would think they would all be running over to claim this exquisite prize as their own.  After examining the herd of pregnant females she noticed traces of blood on TDL’s Accoyo Catarina’s back legs and the connection was made and the mystery was solved. Unfortunately, there was no bond between the two as Liz had the entire herd migrate back to the barn while using the “phone a friend” option to get advice on what needed to be done.

Our neighbor, Trish McEntyre eagerly rushed  to her aid bringing goats milk and ropes to secure Catarina trying to force her to nurse her new 10 pound cria (baby alpaca). Nicole Taylor of Adonai’s Alpacas became her new angel after agreeing to drive two hours to lend a hand and even offered to possibly bring them home for the extra care that might be required. White Night became a quick learner on nursing from a bottle and acquired an enormous appetite for warm goat milk as he devoured every bottle presented to him with a new outlook on life in this new tough world.

After much discussion on the projected care that was ahead we all agreed Nicole should take Catarina and her new boy home with her because she could give them the 24 hour care they would probably need. All is well today with both Catarina and her now nursing little boy!




Jerry Bates, Finance Director/Select Luxury Cars

Select Luxury Cars, located in Marietta, Ga. on Highway 41, hand “Selects” every vehicle. We specialize in the highest quality automobile made all over the world. Whether you live here in the Atlanta area or anywhere around the world, we will find the exact car you are dreaming of. If you are looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Ferrari or other high end model, begin your search here and we won’t disappoint.

Categories: Other Interests