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February 2010, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

Protective Talks Credit, F&I Products and GAP’s Improved Stance

By Gregory Arroyo

The magazine goes one-on-one with Brent Griggs, president of Protective’s Asset Protection Division, to discuss a host of topics ― from the F&I product sales and the credit market, to the company’s recent purchase of Prizm. Find out why the company is feeling positive about the coming year.

Tags: ancillary products, Cash for Clunkers program, F&I sales, GAP, Prizm Group, Protective, reinsurance, Service Contracts

December 2009, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Stock Up/Stock Down

Software solutions are quickly taking the guessing game out of inventory management. Tools like the one offered through Resource Automotive's VIP Total Dealership Solutions program can even tell dealers which used vehicles lend themselves to higher F&I profits.

By Gregory Arroyo

Experts believe the volatility the used-vehicle market experienced this year may not be temporary, and say dealers will need a culture change if they hope to succeed in this new environment.

Tags: Cash for Clunkers program, Dealertrack, Edmunds.com, inventory, Kelley Blue Book, NADA Used Car Guide, Resource Automotive, used vehicles, vAuto

August 2009, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Kicking Us When We’re Down

By Gregory Arroyo

I have to admit, I’ve been feeling a little down of late. No, there’s nothing wrong with me, my family or my car, although Cash for Clunkers could be in its future. What’s been bothering me is how this industry continues to be kicked when it’s down.

Tags: Cash for Clunkers program, Editorial Page

August 2009, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

CARS a Lesson in Social Media

By Gregory Arroyo

Congress’ Cash for Clunkers program is a much-needed shot in the arm for the auto industry. But more than anything, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is testing the strategies marketing firms are pushing, and dealers are employing.

Tags: Cash for Clunkers program

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So Here's the Deal

Ronald J. Reahard
Menus Don’t Work Miracles

By Ronald J. Reahard
A fancy new menu can help streamline processes and improve customer engagement, but it won’t replace the hard-won skill and compassion of a true F&I professional.

Avoiding the AAA Objection

By Ronald J. Reahard
Top trainer advises F&I pros to eliminate the ‘I have AAA’ objection by downplaying the very real — but relatively minor — roadside assistance benefit included with most service contracts.

(Video) Capture Missed VSC Sales

By Ronald J. Reahard

The Dealer Moved My Goal Posts

By Ronald J. Reahard

Done Deal

Gregory Arroyo
Car Buyers Need F&I

By Gregory Arroyo
Current market trends are playing right into the F&I product pitch, but they also reveal trouble ahead for the automotive retail industry at large.

Protecting F&I’s Future

By Gregory Arroyo
The editor responds to a reader’s question about whether F&I managers are being replaced by iPads and digital retailing tools.

Game Almost Over

By Gregory Arroyo

The Repair Is Covered

By Gregory Arroyo

Mad Marv

Marv Eleazer
'We Never Buy This Stuff'

By Marv Eleazer
Every F&I pro gets the occasional ‘F’ customer, but they’re a small part of your business and they’re not worth a minute of mental anguish.

Stop Painting Dealers With a Broad Brush

By Marv Eleazer
His Madness has a few choice words for media members who obsess over every act of dealer malfeasance while ignoring their charitable and volunteer efforts.

I Love F&I. How About You?

By Marv Eleazer

Is That Legal?

By Marv Eleazer

On the Point

Jim Ziegler
Bound to Fail

By Jim Ziegler
Da Man returns with a message to vehicle manufacturers jumping into the subscription waters: It ain’t gonna happen.

Sharpen Your Survival Skills

By Jim Ziegler
‘Da Man’ has a plan you can use to survive the collapse of the car business and remain profitable through the dealer apocalypse.

Sales Rock Stars Still Exist

By Jim Ziegler

The New Stooges

By Jim Ziegler