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Vehicle Parts Salesperson

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Vehicle Parts Salesperson
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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Vehicle parts salespeople work in shops which store vehicle parts for sale to mechanics and members of the public.


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Vehicle parts salespeople identify, obtain stock, supply and sell all types of vehicle parts and accessories. Their main role is to sell the goods. They will sell new or used parts depending on what's available. They advise customers on the parts and accessories they need.  
 
Vehicle parts salespeople take orders from customers both over the telephone and in person, and advise them on the parts they require. They identify the part number using a microfiche or computer and select the parts from the warehouse or external supplier. Parts salespeople issue invoices for sales, handle cash or cheques and order stock. They keep records of all parts being sold and stored. One of their responsibilities is to keep the shop floor tidy and all parts in order where they can be easily accessed.  
 
In small parts departments, they unload deliveries, check in parts and store parts in the warehouse. Parts departments supply parts to mechanics in the workshop who carry out service and repairs, to customers in the motor vehicle trade and to the general public. They usually specialise in either light vehicles such as cars or vans or heavy vehicles such as lorries and buses. More experienced parts salespeople may work only on telephone sales/orders.


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The work requires good knowledge both of the products being sold and of the vehicles for which the parts are being supplied. A willingness to learn and develop your knowledge is also important as the technology and industry is constantly changing and you will need to keep up-to-date with latest developments.  
 
As a parts salesperson, you will need to understand how to find and use information from catalogues. You will also have to use equipment such as computers and microfiche.  
 
You must be able to use your initiative and work with little supervision. Numeracy is also required.  
 
You should be able to communicate well with members of the public, and be pleasant and polite. Telephone orders require vehicle parts salespeople to take down instructions accurately.  
 
You'll need to be an active person and have reasonable colour vision. It is important to have an interest in vehicles and the motor industry.


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