Parts Salesperson

Sell automotive, appliance, electrical, and other parts and equipment.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $48,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Parts Salespeople do?

Sells automotive, appliance, electrical, and other parts and equipment in repair facility or parts store: Ascertains make, year, and type of part needed, inspects worn, damaged, or defective part to determine replacement required, or advises customer of part needed according to description of malfunction. Discusses use and features of various parts, based on knowledge of machine or equipment. Reads catalog, microfiche viewer, or computer for replacement part stock number and price. Advises customer on substitution or modification of part when replacement is not available. Examines returned part to determine if defective, and exchanges part or refunds money. Fills customer orders from stock. Marks and stores parts in stockroom according to prearranged system. Receives and fills telephone orders for parts. Performs other duties as described under SALESPERSON Master Title. May measure engine parts, using precision measuring instruments, to determine whether similar parts may be machined down or built up to required size. Usually specializes in selling parts for one type of machinery or equipment and is designated according to part sold, as Counter Clerk, Appliance Parts; Counter Clerk, Automotive Parts; Counter Clerk, Farm Equipment Parts; Counter Clerk, Industrial Machinery and Equipment Parts; Counter Clerk, Radio, Television, and Electronics Parts; Counter Clerk, Tractor Parts; Counter Clerk, Truck Parts.

Should I be a Parts Salesperson?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Social: You're happiest working on teams or with other people.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • How to become a Parts Salesperson

    Most Parts Salespeople have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9saaaa&chl=no+college+%2876%25%29|certificate+%2823%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,76,76
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