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Old 07-07-2011, 10:40 AM
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Going out of business= Life sucks

After trying to make a living for the past 5 years running a small used car lot, I'm shutting down over the next few weeks.

I'm totally depressed, I'm having some health issues and have to dump all my inventory for stupid prices and then I get customers coming in and trying to grind me down.

I'm even selling my 540 sport that I love.

Do me a favor, if anyone out there is looking for a smoking deal, check out my site. Sorry to ask for biz here, but I'm desperate to get rid of this inventory now.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:26 AM
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have you tried selling the business? It seems like you got a turnkey business.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:38 AM
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Sorry dude, I know how tough it has become in the car biz. I dumped most of our inventory about 2 months ago, still have the lot and a few pieces but I haven't been by in a few weeks and haven't bought anything in 6 weeks. I'm deperately trying to keep myself in the catering biz and hoping maybe soon I'll be able to have both profitable again. Good luck in the future
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:05 PM
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have you tried selling the business? It seems like you got a turnkey business.
Tried, no takers in this economy. I even offered to basically give it away.

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Sorry dude, I know how tough it has become in the car biz. I dumped most of our inventory about 2 months ago, still have the lot and a few pieces but I haven't been by in a few weeks and haven't bought anything in 6 weeks. I'm deperately trying to keep myself in the catering biz and hoping maybe soon I'll be able to have both profitable again. Good luck in the future
Thanks, best wished to you too.
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:21 PM
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I couldn't understand any more clearly guys. I've lost everything. Don't move to Charlotte NC looking for work. SUCKS here bad.
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:27 PM
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Dude, if I could, I would so buy that Cadillac vert, and throw some longhorns on the hood. That would be sweeeeet.

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Old 07-07-2011, 01:42 PM
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Good luck.

One of the many unfortunate side effects of this economy. Every potential customer automatically thinks "oh, he must be so desperate that if I offer him 50% of asking price he will take it"
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:59 PM
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I couldn't understand any more clearly guys. I've lost everything. Don't move to Charlotte NC looking for work. SUCKS here bad.
Don't come to the Space Coast either. It's imploding as we speak-including myself in another three weeks.

This economy blows.

My condolences to all of you-and may we all find happier trails!
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:19 PM
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I feel for you too. Looks like I'll have to dump the 2011 Honda Civic Si I bought in December since I just became recently unemployed. Even though I made a decent DP with only a 36 month loan I expect to get the same treatment from anyone who might consider buying it ...
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Old 07-07-2011, 03:04 PM
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CJW, I am so sorry to hear of your financial and health troubles! Take care of yourself first and I hope the rest follows suit. ((Hugs))

Deacon, are you at NASA? I hear a lot of those folks are headed to Boeing's SC plant. I wish you luck as well.
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Old 07-07-2011, 03:17 PM
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CJW, I am so sorry to hear of your financial and health troubles! Take care of yourself first and I hope the rest follows suit. ((Hugs))

Deacon, are you at NASA? I hear a lot of those folks are headed to Boeing's SC plant. I wish you luck as well.
Yep-KSC (actually GSFC, but we're a tenant unit). Last official day is second week of August. I'd really like to stick around if I can (18 years of mortgage payments does that to you, the house prices on the Space Coast are dropping like rocks now) but I'm considering several options, including both Virginia and Alabama. It's a mess.

EDIT: Here's where I work:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merritt...etwork_station

And here's what they got planned (IT REALLY SUCKED TO SEE THIS!!!):

http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=36910

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Old 07-07-2011, 03:38 PM
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Hey CJ very sorry to hear of the unfortunate circumstances bud, can't imagine how it's making you feel. I hope you have put away some savings in case of a rainy day such as this.

Keep your head up and always remember where one door closes 2 more open. Destiny has better things in store for you.

All the best and remind yourself to stay strong.
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Old 07-07-2011, 03:48 PM
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It's bumming me out to see so many people here going through this.
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Old 07-07-2011, 03:57 PM
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It's bumming me out to see so many people here going through this.
Then I will not tell you my story.
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:08 PM
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Hey CJ very sorry to hear of the unfortunate circumstances bud, can't imagine how it's making you feel. I hope you have put away some savings in case of a rainy day such as this.

Keep your head up and always remember where one door closes 2 more open. Destiny has better things in store for you.

All the best and remind yourself to stay strong.
Savings are completely gone... I'm an idiot and kept spending my savings to try to keep the doors open.

Thanks to all for the good wishes. If anyone in the SoCal (San Diego especially) area is looking for a great Sales Manager or IT Manager, let me know. I'll shoot you a resume.

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Old 07-07-2011, 04:23 PM
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Then I will not tell you my story.
Oh no. Geesh. This is not good.
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:26 PM
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I don't even want to look at this thread anymore.
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Sorry to hear CJ, I can imagine it's a tough business to be in and with the economy the margins just aren't there. I wish you all the best.

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Old 07-07-2011, 06:20 PM
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is there any chance of switching to small fuel efficient cars on your lot?
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:48 PM
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Wow so many people here are going through the same thing. It's quite shocking and depressing. Good luck to all of you guys.

I went trough a busy shopping street here in my neighborhood just about a couple of hours ago and was shocked to see the pizzeria that was there for 10 years is closing with a big sign "For Rent" on the window. Then within 5 blocks there were maybe 6-7 stores "For Rent" and another 2 with Clearance Sale. I didn't see anything like this just about two months ago. WTH is going on in here is what was going through my mind seeing all of this today. This is in Queens, NY.

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Wow so many people here are going through the same thing. It's quite shocking and depressing. Good luck to all of you guys.

I went trough a busy shopping street here in my neighborhood just about a couple of hours ago and was shocked to see the pizzeria that was there for 10 years is closing with a big sign "For Rent" on the window. Then within 5 blocks there were maybe 6-7 stores "For Rent" and another 2 with Clearance Sale. I didn't see anything like this just about two months ago. WTH is going on in here is what was going through my mind seeing all of this today. This is in Queens, NY.

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the past two months have killed me. I lost over $10K in the past two months of business. I'm not sure what happend; March and April were two of my best months ever, then someone flipped a switch and I haven't sold a car for profit in almost 2 months.
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:17 PM
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Here's a text copy of my resume in case anyone is interested:


Michael Aaron Rosenblum
Email: michael@ramonamotors.com
Phone: 858-736-7022

-OVERVIEW
I excel at leading teams through high-pressure situations to achieve a positive outcome. I am a seasoned manager with 20+ years of management and supervisory
experience in corporate, small business and military environments. My expertise managing projects from start to finish and assuring their continual successful operation
is the hallmark of my experience.

-QUALIFICATIONS
*Experienced manager and leader
*United States Navy Veteran
*Master's Degree in Business Administration
*Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology
*Microsoft Certified System Engineer
*Certified trainer
*Great communicator / people person

-EXPERIENCE
-Ramona Motors, a Pre-Owned Vehicle Dealership, Ramona, CA May 2007 to present
*General Manager- Owner
*Directed the development of a start-up business from $0 to over $1,000,000 in sales in less than a year. Directly responsible for 22% net profit and
continued growth of business.
*Responsible for hiring and terminations of employees
*Develop and maintain relationships with 50+ vendors.
*Manage team of four employees.
*Sales Manager
*Responsible for vehicle acquisition.
*Responsible for all vehicle inspections / transportation / arbitrations.
*Develop strategies for different vehicle sales including: Automobiles, Trucks, Motorcycles, Boats, RVs
*Create advertising for all saleable inventories.
*Primary sales consultant and final Decision Maker on all deals.

-Asymtek, a Nordson Company, Carlsbad, CA June, 1999 - May, 2007
-November 2005 - May 2007 – Senior System Administrator Lead
*Supervise IT group of 6 technicians supporting over 500 end users. Provide 24 hour global and local support, including: WAN and LAN, email,
document control systems, and phone systems (PBX).
*Manage IT department projects, including new software rollouts, new hardware rollouts, and other new technologies.
*Responsible for deployment and maintenance of 32 servers in nine facilities worldwide.
*Develop strategies and deployment plans for new or upgraded technologies.
*Prepare budget and needs analysis for future needs
*Member of business continuance team
*Conduct departmental and company wide training on new technologies.
*Supervise and mentor remote IT liaisons during any required "Hands On" maintenance.
*Create and maintain Sarbanes-Oxley processes and documentation for internal and external audits.
*Continued responsibilities of Information Technology Group Lead
-August 2000- November 2005 - Information Technology Group Lead
*Develop specifications and supervise deployment of Linux and Windows servers.
*Third level support for end user application and hardware escalations.
*Primary contact for international technical support for customers in over 14 countries.
-June 1999 - August 2000 –Information Technology Technician
*Level three technical support technician. Deploy and maintain desktop and laptop computers.
*Perform server and network support. Primary escalation point for level one and two technicians.

-Anderson Soft-Teach, San Diego, CA August, 1998 to May, 1999
-Southern California Regional Sales and Technical Manager
*Designed and implemented computer based training solutions for internal and external customers.
*Business development management for Southern California region.
*Managed team of two technicians and six salespersons.
*Developed new customer base in a new technology.

-Learnsoft University, San Diego / Newport Beach, CA August, 1997 to August, 1998
-Manager, Major Accounts & Technical Training
-Newport Beach – Major Account Manager
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*Responsible for business development and client retention.
-San Diego – Major Account Manager
*Responsible for Major Account development including new client acquisition.

-New Horizons Computer Learning Center, San Diego, CA March, 1996 to August, 1997
-Account Executive
*Sales and customer service – Sold technical training, software and computer based training.
*Novell and Microsoft Representative – Trained sales staff and customers on Microsoft and Novell products and training.
*Liaison between New Horizons and software vendors.

-United States Navy / VS-37, San Diego, CA July, 1987 to July,1994
-Avionics Technician / Computer System Specialist
*Shift Supervisor – Supervised crew of 12 technicians. Set maintenance goals, organized divisional maintenance throughout squadron.
*Quality Assurance Inspector – Collateral Duty Inspector for electronic and computer systems. Qualified electronic and computer systems final checker.
*Computer Systems Specialist –Maintained aircraft computers and all peripheral equipment attached to computer system including: radar, sonar, UHF and
HF radios, data link and over 70 different subsystems.
*Training Manager ¬– Coordinated divisional training on electronics and avionics for avionics division. Developed technical training plans and
provided weekly training sessions.
-EDUCATION and TRAINING
*Master's Degree in Business Administration, 2006 – University of Phoenix
*Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology, 2004 – University of Phoenix
*Associates Degree in General Studies, 2002, San Diego Mesa College and University of Phoenix
*Microsoft Certified System Engineer, 1999 – Technology Integration Group
*Quality Assurance Inspector, 1990 – United States Navy
*Computer System Specialist "B" school, Aviation Electronics "A" school, Basic Electricity and Electronics, Total Quality Leadership (TQL),
Total Quality Management (TQM). Collateral Duty Inspector, Quality Assurance Certified, 1987-1994 – United States Navy

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Old 07-07-2011, 08:58 PM
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If you don't get a job with that resume I WILL be surprised. Looks a lot better than mine!

Some company/organization is going to luck out to get you!
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:36 PM
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Sorry to hear that! The Motor City is dead too. I spent 20 years in the American auto industry with nothing useful now so I'm back in school. At least your resume looks promising! Good luck. I hope things work out for you.
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Old 07-08-2011, 06:15 AM
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Sorry to hear so much bad news in this thread. Good luck, guys, keep your chin up.
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