To work as a parts salesperson, you typically need to:
- complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
No formal education is required for this occupation. However, many employers prefer that you have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Delivering parts or working in shipping and receiving departments is good preparation for this occupation. For auto parts work, any experience with automotive systems (engine, brakes, suspension, electrical) is valuable.
Parts salespeople learn their skills on the job. You work with an experienced salesperson who teaches you the job. You learn inventory control, sales techniques, parts lookup, and ordering. You may receive training for up to 12 months.
Many parts salespeople attend training programs sponsored by car manufacturers. These programs provide information about the technical details of equipment on new models of cars.