Previous record-holder isn’t ready to concede his title

Ali Reda is proof that the key to success is hustle. A lot of hustle. The car salesman from the Les Stanford Chevrolet Cadillac dealership in Dearborn, Michigan reportedly sold 1,530 cars in 2017. According to the Detroit Free Press, Reda’s achievement gives him a legitimate shot at entering the Guinness Book of World Records provided that his sales numbers are verified. Unfortunately, not everyone’s celebrating Reda’s remarkable achievement as the current record-holder, Joe Girard, is already challenging those numbers.

If you thought this news story is all about Ali Reda’s impressive sales numbers in 2017, you’re going to be disappointed. Reda’s historic output is just one piece of the puzzle, though a very big one. The important thing to remember is that he reportedly sold 1,530 units in 2017. That’s incredible. That’s the equivalent of selling a little more than four units per day throughout the year.

Even if there’s some contention coming from Joe Girard, the owner of the dealership, Gary Stanford, is squarely behind his guy. "It’s very official, trust me," Stanford told the Detroit Free Press. "Ali is the hardest worker I’ve ever seen. And if someone doesn’t believe the data, well, they’re more than welcome to consult with GM. It’s all there in black and white."

That “someone” is 89-year old Girard, who holds the current Guinness World Record for selling 1,425 units in 1973. Apparently, Girard isn’t convinced that Reda broke his record, so much so that he wants the salesman’s numbers to be completely audited. "If somebody beat my record, honestly, I would be proud of that person," he said. "My attorney is going to get a court order to go to that dealership and have him audited.”

Responding to Girard’s comments, Stanford welcomed whatever the 89-year retired salesman wants to do to verify Reda’s individual sales tally. "If he wants to waste time and money, well, God bless him.”

If it does end up that Reda’s sales tally of 1,530 units in 2017 is legitimate, he’ll supplant Girard on top of the record books. The latter shouldn’t be too bummed, though. In addition to still being regarded as one of the greatest car salesmen in history, Girard will also hold the second and third spots in the record books because, in addition to selling 1,425 units in 1973, Girard followed that up by selling 1,376 units in 1974.


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