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ELITE service advisor career (need advise)

Hello all,


A few months ago I began the process of the ELITE service advisor program. I have actually, within the last day or two completed all my requirements. Now my info is being sent to the dealer(s) that I chose at the start of this program for a potential face to face interview and possible career opportunity.
Once I get an offer, my dealer will send me to school in Chicago for one month.

I simply want to hear it from you all that are in and/or have been in a service advisor position for MB. I have tried to research but I seem to come up empty handed. Is it a good opportunity? Is it worth a potential relocation? Would this be great peace of mind financially? Give me all the pros and cons please. Also, some of dealers I have researched have NUMEROUS advisors (6+) how does one become productive if 7 other advisors are going after the same customer you are??

I have many more questions/concerns, but I feel this is a good start.

Thanks ahead of time.
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RE: ELITE service advisor career (need advise)

I am in the same boat as you. I have completed the ELITE Service Advisor (SA) and am waiting to hear from a local dealership too. I did opt not to be relocated. There are 8 MB dealers within an hour's drive from my house. And I know that 3 of them are expanding their service departments.

I feel that being a Mercedes SA would be a great career, plus you would get discounts on parts and service. In my area, an SA can make $100K/year, I bet ones first year out would make $38K-42K a year. I'll tell ya, the awesome way my SA treats me, made me consider a career move to the automoble industry.

My dad sold cars for 33 years. He did pretty good, but in sales you give up so much of your time. As an SA, you get home at a reasonable hour and you don't have to work weekends. He told me that if he could do it over, he would have become an SA.

Good luck to you and I feel you are are on the right path.

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I have been in the SA business for 10 years now. By best advise to you is to be ready to stomach PEOPLE.

The richer people get, the cheaper and irrational they get. People will always want something for nothing, blame you (or the dealership) for something totally not related to what work was performed.

Other than that, its a pretty good 6 figure income and you get to look at beautiful cars all day long.

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RE: ELITE service advisor career (need advise)

im looking at going to UTI or college and if i go to UTI i want to get into the ELITE program of course.. is it worth it to do that.. i mean we are going to need mechanics .. well at least more than engineers and i wouldnt mind 42k starting out and working up to the 100K doing something i like doing

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My kid is thinking about UTI too. I think it is too expensive, and that a smart kid could get into Elite by doing well in com college courses. What do you all think? $27,000 for 18 months class? Seems high to me.

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I paid 18K about 9 years ago when the program started. And you're right, 100K + annual is not a bad gig specially if it is something you like to do. I wake up every morning looking forward to go to work. It is like a video game to me on how much money I can make in one day writing service.

Or, you can put it this way, everytime you press a key on your keyboard, you're making money. (regardless).


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I paid 18K about 9 years ago when the program started. And you're right, 100K + annual is not a bad gig specially if it is something you like to do. I wake up every morning looking forward to go to work. It is like a video game to me on how much money I can make in one day writing service.

Or, you can put it this way, everytime you press a key on your keyboard, you're making money. (regardless).
How is everybody else in your graduating class doing? Same results, or was it more your drive to excel?

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o man i soo have to get into ELITE... i hate sitting behind a computer in class doing engineering stuff.. its not that i hate engineering i just hate the part that isnt hands on
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RE: ELITE service advisor career (need advise)

hello everyone...my name is sebastian wolski...i graduated elite sales consultant class in october and was placed right away in encino, ca. i am in the process of completing the elite service advisor program...i love elite. placing for sales is easier then sales advisor, but i would reccomend it to anyone thinking about it. i have spoke to both MB sales and service employees...service advisors seem to make more on a consistent basis...some sales guys that have been in the business for a long time would also chose to be a service advisor if they can do it again. please email me for me direct questions...lots of knowledge for u about MB and Elite programs...sebastianwolski6@aol.com

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any updates to this? I have an over the phone interview with them today at 11:30 am PST.
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