In 2017, Ali Reda, a salesman at Les Stanford Chevrolet Cadillac, allegedly sold 1,530 new vehicles in 2017—enough to set a new record for the most cars sold in a single year.
However, the original sales record holder isn’t buying it. 89-year-old Joe Girard has held the record for decades after selling 1,425 new cars in 1973. Girard built a career on his achievement and moved to motivational speaking after 15 years of auto sales and 13,000 cars sold.
Reda’s record number beats Girard by 105.
Now, Girard is ready for a legal battle to challenge the claim. He told The Detroit Free Press last Friday that he’s already called his lawyer and seriously denies Reda has beaten his record. He also wants to audit the dealership to ensure no one is fudging numbers.
Gary Stanford, the Chevy-Cadillac dealership’s owner, said he’s not worried about a lawsuit and implored anyone interested to look at the numbers, which General Motors verifies.
And those around Reda confirm he’s a stand-up guy and hasn’t worked mischievously for such a record. In fact, he often sends customers away and tells them to come back when their finances are in better shape, and he even has a track record of turning would-be buyers away to competitors if there’s a better vehicle out there.
He refers to himself as an “advisor,” not just a salesman.
Girard won’t go down without a fight, though. He and his wife have cautioned anyone from saying the record is broken until Guinness officials finish crunching the data.