This American Life

#513: 129 Cars

1:16:11 | Jul 5th

35 recommendations

We spend a month at a Jeep dealership on Long Island as they try to make their monthly sales goal: 129 cars. If they make it, they'll get a huge bonus from the manufacturer, possibly as high as $85,00...Show More


layne recommended:Nov 8th, 2017

This is one of the greatest hits. It never gets old. It is always worth a listen.

mrninjasquirrel recommended:Dec 17th, 2017

fascinating look inside the car selling business

allanyu recommended:Dec 29th, 2017


danny recommended:Jul 6th

This American Life just republished one of my favourite episodes. One of those special episodes that remind me why I love podcasts.

I thought this episode was:

🥺 Nostalgic

mm recommended:Jul 14th

This classic TAL episode inside the sales office of a car dealership will make you more empathetic towards car sales people and the work they do every month to get food on the table for their families. The guy who treats car sales like The Art of War was 🤣🤣🤣

I thought this episode was:

😲 Fascinating
😂 Funny
💪 Inspirational
👍 Well-produced

lebresco recommended:Dec 30th, 2019

Loved this episode. Such a cool way to showcase any industry really but it’s crazy how low-profit the industry is really.

zing recommended:Jun 9th, 2019

A really interesting look inside the car sales business through the perspective of individual salespeople

dannyJun 9th, 2019

@zing loved this one too.

mijustin recommended:Jul 29th

A classic.

I thought this episode was:

🤔 Thought-provoking

timevisionaction recommended:Jul 31st

Love the format. The sounds and the flow keep me listening.. keeps me engaged. As someone who used to work in auto sales this episode touched a funny bone.

jspinelle recommended:Aug 2nd

My dad spent his career as a car salesman and this is 100% what it was like!

lizwolfie recommended:Aug 13th

I thought this episode was:

😲 Fascinating
🤔 Thought-provoking

morrily recommended:May 18th

I thought this episode was:

😲 Fascinating
👍 Well-produced
🕵️‍ Well-researched
📝 Well-written

akshatkharbanda recommended:Jun 14th

I thought this episode was:

🤔 Thought-provoking
🤯 Unbeliveable