Your Wheels You Drive Speak About You

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

One man sat at a stop light. The woman in front of him was going through papers on the seat of her car, and when the light changed to green she didn't go. A green light is not a suggestion, you know, it is more of a commandment. But she didn't notice. 

When the light turned red again, she still had not moved. The man in the car behind her now started screaming epithets and beating on his steering wheel. 

A policeman tapped on his windshield. "You can't arrest me for hollering in my car," the man said. The cop asked for his license and registration, returned to his car, talked on the radio for a while and finally handed the papers back. The driver protested, "I knew you couldn't cite me for yelling in my own car!" 

The officer replied, "I didn't want to cite you for shouting in your car. But I was behind you at the light and saw you screaming and beating your steering wheel. I said to myself, 'That guy is out of control. He's going to hurt someone.' Then I noticed your 'Love Is a Choice' and 'Give Peace a Chance' bumper stickers and I was sure you stole the car."

SAME THING would apply if you do a REALTOR wrap sign on your vehicle or door or rear window simpler signs or have a I AM A REALTOR custom license plate.

When you are "acting funny" with your driving or behavior with JOE OR SUSIE REALTOR plastered bumper to bumper on your vehicle PEOPLE WILL NOTICE. So be careful.

Your Wheels You Drive Speak About You.

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Tammie White, Broker
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This is definitely something to think about before you wrap your entire car, not after.

Oct 29, 2013 04:56 AM #8
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Oh yes. Better behave. I think people are watching.

Oct 29, 2013 06:44 AM #9
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Jill Sackler
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That's a funny story. A reminder that we're always being watched - probably why I don't always wear my pins and such.

Oct 29, 2013 06:52 AM #10
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How many mistakes can you make driving down the road, in your unmarked car, that will never effect your public image? Now cut just one person off or do something ill advised in your wrapped car. As you can tell, I'm not a big fan of wrapped vehicles...

Oct 29, 2013 07:23 AM #11
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Beth and Richard Witt
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I know a agent in our area that drives one of those wrapped cars and she gets a ton of listings... Go figure...

Oct 29, 2013 07:30 AM #12
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William Feela
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I know that my last car has some signage on itand i was very careful on how I drove.

Oct 29, 2013 07:55 AM #13
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Oct 29, 2013 08:16 AM #14
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Evelyn Kennedy
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Gary:

That is why I would never put sign on my car.  Actually, I don't have a problem with road rage.  I may get upset with driver who is not paying attention so I simply honk.  That wakes them up.

Oct 29, 2013 08:30 AM #15
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You are so right Gary.............love it!

Oct 29, 2013 09:35 AM #16
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Lyn Sims
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I remember the days when it was in fashion to have your name splattered all over your car. Magnets, etc. shouuting your name & profession.  I drive like maniac so I just go incognito. ;-)

Oct 29, 2013 09:45 AM #17
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This is very true, Gary. A friend of my son took a picture of my car as he drove behind me yesterday and sent it to my son (why he was taking picutres while driving??) and just said, 'driving behind Holly.' While my car is not wrapped, it has Realtor plates. He thought it was funny, I though it was a good reminder that my car is recognizable and people notice!

Oct 29, 2013 09:49 AM #18
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Probably would not happen at a light with real estate agents. They are concientious and would not offend a possible client:)
Oct 29, 2013 10:12 AM #19
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Gary- I have to love what the policeman said to the gentleman. 

Oct 29, 2013 10:19 AM #20
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Hi Gary, I have seen a lot of crazy behavior by drivers but I can't ever recall one of them having a REALTOR sign on their car. I would even go as far to suggest that agents probably drive better and far safer than most others.
Oct 29, 2013 02:05 PM #21
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Kristin Johnston - REALTORĀ®
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I drive a white mercedes four door 4 Matic 300 series...no wrap, just a fun car to drive, but I am safe ;-)

Oct 30, 2013 12:04 AM #22
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Thanks for everyone's great commenting on the vehicle being and expression of you if you deck it out. It seems caution is the word if you go down this path. The worst would be a spouse or a youngster of driving age taking the car out, doing something, and the REALTOR gets the effect.

Oct 30, 2013 01:08 AM #23
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Gary, We are walking billboards for our businesses and the way we act will make or break us.

Oct 31, 2013 11:06 AM #24
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Lisa Friedman
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While I try to drive courteously and conscientiously at all times, sometimes we accidentally make mistakes.  That is part of why I don't advertise on my car.  Also, I personally don't like being too flashy or a show off with my car screaming "Look at me!  I am a Realtor.  Look at me!"  I prefer a more demure handling of my marketing personally.

We have a Realtor in our area who drives a huge Hummer with his branding on it.  I have spoken to several prospective buyers and sellers who feel offended by it.  It is too 'in your face' and boasts of bragging.

Nov 01, 2013 05:50 AM #25
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Hi Gary,

Before trading in my old Jeep last week,  I asked myself just that question.  What is my the car that I drive saying about me?

Nov 01, 2013 10:37 PM #26
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LOL took me back several years. I was following someone who had a "honk if you love Jesus" I honked and they flipped me off. 

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