South Bay Ford sends promotional materials to Southern California location scouts.
"I don't call them. I wait for them to contact me if they have a shoot," says Julie Sweeney, South Bay Ford's executive assistant in charge of filming logistics. "If a production company likes your location, they will hound you."
South Bay Ford has turned down requests to film at its site if the shoot would be too disruptive to business or not pay enough.
But the pay can be quite lucrative. Premeaux has charged up to $100,000 for a seven-day shoot.
"We definitely accommodate them," Sweeney says. "We try to have a minimal impact on disrupting business. Our general sales manager will direct traffic."
South Bay will clear its lot for film crews to fit in trucks, generators and cast and crew parking.
"It's kind of cool, too, because the customers who come in say, 'Wow! They're doing this?'" Sweeney says. "If there's a named celebrity that happens to be here, it's kind of neat for the customers."
And for sales and service employees, the film shoots can sometimes offer a nice supplement to their income, Premeaux says.
"A lot of my employees are still getting residuals," says Premeaux. "I can't tell you how many times the filmmakers have come into my office and asked me if I know how to act. I laugh and say, 'I know how to act up!' "