Car sales terminology

Chris Waigl cwaigl at FREE.FR
Mon Feb 27 00:03:14 UTC 2006

I just read a long article by a reporter who went undercover as a car
salesman. It comes with a glossary, which may be of interest.

Some of it is fairly standard, but there are a few interesting terms,

Up - A customer that walks on the car lot. The term probably comes
from the order in which customers are taken, as in: "I'm up next."
Many dealerships also have an up system. "We've got ups all over the
lot, and you're in the back drinking coffee?!"

Chris Waigl

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