A car dealership CEO says he cut staff by 17%. Now employees are ‘happier’ and selling twice as many cars.

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  • Large car dealerships are doing fine after big layoffs in 2020, The Wall Street Journal reports.

  • One CEO said salespeople are happier and selling more after his company let go 1,500 people.

  • New and used vehicles are selling for record prices, leading to big commissions.

As the coronavirus pandemic ravaged the US economy in 2020, millions of workers across industries lost their jobs. Car salespeople were no exception.

Now, with the economy recovering and the auto market hotter than ever, some dealerships aren’t planning to hire back the employees they cut loose last year, The Wall Street Journal reports. Dealers have found that they’re doing just fine with a leaner, more efficient workforce.

Moreover, with fewer salespeople on staff, those that remain are faring better than before the pandemic, one dealer told The Journal. Car salespeople typically earn a base salary plus a commission for each vehicle they

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Tight car market in Mid-Michigan means good deals for selling or trading in

FLUSHING, Mich. (WJRT) – Car dealership lots are much emptier than they used to be, which could be a boon for anyone selling in or trading a used car.

At LaFontaine Ford in Flushing, inventory is certainly low but they’re still doing a heck of a business. Normally, the new car lot has around 220 sets of wheels, but there are fewer than 60 vehicles in stock now — and that’s a lot compared to other dealerships.

“Probably the biggest thing is the trucks. The F-150′s are hot items and we still have 15 of them, and there are vehicles being shipped, just one at time,” said new car sales manager Dave Manges. “We’re kind of in a situation where we do have those vehicles available. Then we also have vehicles that are in production that are on hold waiting for computer chips.”

Despite low inventory, he was in the

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