A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the reality show Car Lot Rescue features lots of strong language ("piss," "hell," "damn," "d--k," "d-bag"; plus bleeped curses) thanks to heated exchanges between car dealership staff and a consultant. Heated exchanges, threats of violence, and the occasional boxing match is also featured. Women in skimpy clothing are sometimes shown being photographed on cars. Dealerships from all over the country, as well as car makes like Buick, Audi, Infinity, Camaro, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, etc. are prominently visible. Despite all of this, it contains some important messages about professionalism, respect, working hard, and taking pride in doing a good job.
What's the story?
The reality series CAR LOT RESCUE stars global automotive sales and management consultant Tom Stuker as he travels to failing car dealerships and puts them on the right road before they drive themselves straight into ruin. The Texas-born Stuker takes over each dealership for five weekdays and uses his strong personality and unique training and mentoring style to help managers and sales staff improve their sales, management, and service techniques. Assisting with the process are fellow car experts Roe Hubbard and Stuker's sister, Roxy. On Saturday, the busiest car selling day, he observes the dealership team employ the techniques they have learned in an attempt to make their business profitable again. It isn't easy, but Stuker is committed to help revitalize the automotive business one lot at at time.
Is it any good?
Car Lot Rescue underscores the three areas -- selling, managing, and offering fantastic customer service -- that dealerships must excel at in order to have any hope of success, especially in today's economic climate. It also reveals some of the tricks of the trade, like keeping potential customers on the phone, in order to make a sale.
Granted, some dealerships feature behavior so bad that you have to wonder if it is scripted in order to make the series more entertaining. But the show's overall messages about hard work, professionalism, respect, and taking pride in what you do, are valuable ones.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about reality shows. Why would businesses that are facing problems like the ones featured here want to be featured prominently on a reality series? Is it for money? To promote their businesses? Or for something else?
When watching reality shows, can you point out the different ways that products and/or services are being marketed to you during the presentation?
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