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February 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

The Right Approach to Adverse Action Notices

By Gil Van Over

Compliance expert gets into the weeds on adverse actions. He explains why you must send a notice to every affected customer, and breaks down your choice of processes.

Tags: Adverse Action Notice, auto finance, compliance, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act

February 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Prioritizing Entity Vitals

By Brennon Romney

Real-life examples prove that failing to meet federal, state, and local requirements for licensing and permits can cause otherwise successful dealerships to lose their right to do business and, in the most extreme cases, their very names.

Tags: compliance, dealer, entity vitals, licensing, management

December 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

REAL ID Has Arrived

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By Gil Van Over

January marks the first implementation deadline for the federal REAL ID Act. Compliance expert outlines the law, its requirements, and two potential issues facing dealers.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, REAL ID Act, Red Flags Rule

December 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Rich Cordray’s Legacy and The Future of the CFPB

By Lucy Morris

A former bureau official reflects on her time under former CFPB Director Richard Cordray, and explains why the industry shouldn’t be breathing a sigh of relief with his departure.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, dealer participation, Donald Trump, Hudson Cook LLP

November 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

F&I Pacesetters: Bob Moore Cadillac of Edmond

Pictured with American Financial’s Arden Hetland and F&I and Showroom’s Gregory Arroyo is General Manager Adam Black, who received the magazine’s F&I Pacesetter award on behalf Bob Moore Cadillac of Edmond at the magazine’s annual conference in Dallas this past September. The dealership is one of two Cadillac stores in the 14-rooftop Bob Moore Auto Group.

By Gregory Arroyo

The Edmond, Okla., Cadillac dealership is one of two Cadillac stores in the Bob Moore Auto Group, a 14-rooftop dealer group founded by Robert W. Moore.

Tags: auto finance, Bob Moore Auto Group, charity giving, compliance, DOY Pacesetters, F&I department

November 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

F&I Pacesetters: Gerald Jones Auto Group

By Gregory Arroyo

Meet the two operations that were also in the running for the American Financial & Automotive Services Inc.-sponsored F&I Dealer of the Year.

Tags: American Financial & Automotive Services, Andy Jones, Arden Hetland, compliance, F&I department, F&I products, F&I training, Gerald Jones Auto Group

November 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

To Catch a Thief

By Gil Van Over

The magazine’s resident compliance pro says Red Flags tools aren’t foolproof. He offers four tips for vetting suspicious buyers who seem to have all the right answers.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, F&I process, identity theft, Red Flags Rule

September 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

F&I’s Compliance Driver

By Gil Van Over

An electronic menu can do more than drive the F&I process. Compliance expert offers standards and practices you can use to unlock an emenu’s true potential.

Tags: compliance, desking, digital retailing, F&I manager, F&I process, online F&I

September 2017, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Industry Reacts to GM's Disclosure Policy

By Gregory Arroyo

General Motors dealers who sell non-GM service contracts, parts and accessories must now disclose to their customers that the products are not backed by the automaker. Dealer trade groups believe the OEM’s stated goal of enhanced ‘safety and transparency’ is not the real reason for the new policy.

Tags: aftermarket accessories, compliance, customer disclosures, dealers, F&I managers, General Motors, parts and service, vehicle service contracts

August 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Setting Up the Edesk

By Gil Van Over

Continuing with his noble effort to define the edealership, the magazine’s resident compliance pro explains why the desking process is ripe for digitization.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, desking, digital retailing, F&I manager, online F&I

August 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Examining the CFPB’s Arbitration Rule

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

Legal experts break down the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new arbitration rule and how it could affect your dealership.

Tags: arbitration agreements, auto finance, CFPB, compliance, F&I products, Richard Cordray, vehicle service contracts

August 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

6 Legal Challenges for California Dealers

By Alejandro David Szwarcsztejn

California auto dealers and their employees are on a litigation collision course. Attorney lists six problem areas to discuss with counsel.

Tags: California, California New Car Dealers Association, compliance, Fair Labor Standards Act, labor laws

July 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Kinks Will Be Kinks

By Gil Van Over

Electronic processes won’t cure the ‘kinks’ who flout the rules and regulations governing F&I, but they will make their bad behavior easier to track.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Credit Applications, desk managers, desking, Gil Van Over, payment packing

July 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

The magazine’s legal wiz reminds dealers and F&I pros why it’s wise to assume every customer knows the bad compliance practices you should have outlawed years ago.

Tags: compliance, F&I manager, GAP, payment packing, Regulations

May 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Playing With Fire

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By Christian Scali and Monica Baumann

Two attorneys issue a warning about a new sales trick circulating through the industry. Their advice: If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

Tags: compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, digital marketing, digital retailing, Eric Schneiderman, fraud, FTC Act, Internet Leads, NY Attorney General, payment packing, sales, UDAP

May 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Credit App Fraud Not a Victimless Crime

By Gil Van Over

Falsifying any of the five key credit determinants on a credit application generates a long list of potential victims inside and outside the dealership.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Credit Applications, F&I process

April 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Navigating the 'New' Used Car Buyer’s Guide

By Gil Van Over

The magazine’s compliance guru breaks down the Federal Trade Commission’s final revisions to the Used Car Rule. His message to dealers is don’t overthink it.

Tags: compliance, CPO, Federal Trade Commission, service contract, Used Car Buyer's Guide, Used Car Rule, warranty

March 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Remote Deliveries: Proceed With Caution

By Gil Van Over

When it comes to out-of-state deliveries, the magazine’s resident compliance guru says proceed with caution. He lays out a simple process for guarding your dealership against ID thieves.

Tags: compliance, digital retailing, F&I process, online F&I, Red Flags Rule, Remote Deliveries

March 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

The Rising Cost of Noncompliance

Ken Suprenant 

By Ken Suprenant

Compliance expert says the propagation of rules and escalation of enforcement should persuade more dealers to invest in basic compliance safeguards.

Tags: compliance, National Credit Center, OFAC checks, Red Flags Rule, Safeguards Rule

February 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Treat Red Flags Like Subprime Stips

By Gil Van Over

Well-meaning F&I managers can unwittingly clear a Red Flag before it is actually cleared. Compliance expert has a simple plan to button up your documentation process.

Tags: compliance, F&I manager, Red Flags Rule, Stips, subprime

January 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Naïve, Sloppy or Kinky?

By Gil Van Over

There isn’t much the magazine’s compliance pro hasn’t seen. In fact, he’s got a category for every type of issue he’s come across in his more than 15 years auditing deal jackets.

Tags: compliance, F&I, Truth in Lending Act

December 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

4 Compliance Predictions for 2017

By Gil Van Over

The magazine’s compliance pro dusts off his crystal ball to offer a few predictions for 2017. If he’s correct, F&I offices could be in for a challenging year.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Negative Equity, subprime

November 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Formalized and Documented

By Gil Van Over

The magazine's compliance pro believes the FTC may soon take a page out of the CFPB's playbook when it comes to regulating dealers. He explains how dealers can get prepared.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, F&I, FTC

September 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Debating F&I's Future

Think Tank was the ninth and final session of the magazine’s F&I Think Tank, a one-day event that took place this past May in Tampa, Fla. Moderated by American Guardian’s Bob Harkins, the panel featured (l-r) ‘Mad’ Marv Eleazer of Langdale Ford Co., Luis Garcia of Avid Insurance, and attorney and former F&I manager Eric Judson.

By Tariq Kamal

This past May, top producers and thought leaders took part in a no-holds-barred debate over how the industry must change to meet the needs and expectations of today’s car buyers.

Tags: compliance, Ethical F&I Managers, F&I process

August 2016, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

Magazine Offers Details on Compliance Summit Program

By Tariq Kamal

Scheduled for Aug. 29-30, Compliance Summit is designed to deliver a crash course in federal regulations and enforcement action to help dealers, agents and industry execs build sustainable sales and F&I processes without sacrificing productivity and profitability.

Tags: ARMD resource Group, CNA National, Compli, compliance, Compliance Summit, Dealer Compliance Consultants, EFG Companies, F&I Express, gvo3 & Associates, Mosaic Compliance Consultants, NFADA, Reynolds & Reynolds, The Warranty Group, Total Dealer Compliance, UDS

August 2016, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

Certified for the Future

By James S. Ganther, Esq.

The magazine’s compliance pro breaks down Compliance Summit’s new certification component. He explains how it’s designed to address the industry’s true regulator.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Compliance Summit, F&I manager, FTC, James Ganther

June 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Vital Signs

By Tom Hudson

The magazine’s resident legal wiz explains how a simple deal jacket review can offer a compelling case for a full compliance checkup.

Tags: compliance, Deal Jacket Review, Legal

June 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Hanging in the Balance

With moderator Robert Harkins looking on, Mosaic Compliance Services’ Jim Ganther offered his take on what the November elections could mean to the men and women manning the F&I office. If a Democrat is elected president, he said, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s fair lending crackdown could intensify.

By Gregory Arroyo

The compliance gurus at F&I Think Tank agreed that a lot is riding on the outcome of November’s presidential elections — including the fate of the F&I department.

Tags: Adverse Action Notice, CFPB, compliance, Dealer Summit, F&I products

March 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

4 Social Media Landmines

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By Eric Gandarilla

Dealership expert identifies four common landmines dealers run into when marketing on social media, and offers recommendations for staying out of the crosshairs of regulators.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, FTC, Policies, social media

December 2015, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

The Year Ahead: Part One

By David Nathanson

Dealer operations expert puts 2015 in the rearview mirror and identifies trends in sales, compliance and recalls that will affect dealers in 2016.

Tags: AutoNation, compliance, SAAR, Sonic Automotive, vehicle recall

November 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Pressure Cooker

The NADA’s Andrew Koblenz detailed the industry’s more than four-year odyssey to protect dealer-assisted financing. He said although the CFPB is no longer bent on eliminating dealer participation, the industry’s campaign against regulatory overreach isn’t over.

By Gregory Arroyo

Speakers at Industry Summit 2015 say regulatory pressures are forcing the industry to confront deep-rooted issues that have plagued showrooms and F&I offices.

Tags: compliance, F&I, Industry Summit

October 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

7 Compliance Myths Debunked

By Jim Radogna

The magazine’s compliance expert tackles some pervasive regulatory myths surrounding the F&I office.

Tags: compliance, credit reports, F&I training

September 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

House of Straw

By Eric Judson

The magazine’s from-the-trenches columnist provides a reminder that a straw purchase is a violation of federal law, no matter how willing the buyer and the ‘straw man’ are.

Tags: Auto Lending, Auto Loans, banks, compliance, defrauding, straw buyer

April 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

5 Steps to Data Security

By David Nathanson

Big data is no longer just an asset; it can also be a liability. Retail expert shares five simple steps to keeping your data safe and preventing your dealership from becoming a statistic.

Tags: compliance, data, data protection, PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION

February 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Passing the Compliance Test

By John Lovin

The current regulatory environment demands that dealers take a good hard look at their processes and policies. F&I pro offers some recommendations.

Tags: Auto Lending, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Dodd-Frank Act, Regulations, vehicle service contracts

January 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

The D.R.I.I.L. That Kills

By Jim Maxim Jr.

Menu expert says technology can’t solve everything. He breaks down five behaviors that can doom a dealership’s bottom line.

Tags: compliance, F&I manager, F&I products, mobile menu, technology

January 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

‘Best’ Is Not Always Best

By David Robertson

AFIP’s executive director reminds us why the word “best” should be avoided when discussing financing or lease rates with customers.

Tags: AFIP, compliance, Credit Scores, David Robertson, interest rates

November 2014, F&I and Showroom - Feature

What’s on the Menu?

By Brittany-Marie Swanson

The Mad Marv-moderated compliance panel at Industry Summit 2014 addressed supposed menu-governing regulations, the hybrid manager, tablet menus and the CFPB.

Tags: AFIP, compliance, Damon Wiener, David Robertson, F&I menus, Hudson Cook LLP, Industry Summit, James Ganther, Mad Marv, Matt Nowicki, mobile menu, Mosaic, Tom Hudson

October 2014, F&I and Showroom - Feature

4 Steps to CFPB Compliance

By David Childers and Patty Covington

Compliance pros lay out a plan for keeping regulators at bay. If followed, the four-step plan may also help with a dealership’s customer-retention efforts.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Regulations

August 2014, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Handling Skittish Customers

By David Robertson

Asking customers to divulge sensitive information about themselves can sometimes lead to a polarizing exchange between the F&I manager and customer. The magazine’s compliance insider offers a few ways to put customers at ease.

Tags: AFIP, compliance, PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION

July 2014, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Codifying Common Sense

By David Robertson

Whether you believe it or not, most rules and regulations weren’t designed to make your life miserable. The magazine’s resident compliance expert says we can only blame ourselves.

Tags: AFIP, compliance, F&I products, FEDERAL REGULATION

June 2014, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Are You in Good Hands?

By Jim Radogna

Think your insurance company will cover your dealership’s compliance shortcomings? The magazine’s compliance expert examines recent litigation involving a major dealer group that suggests otherwise.

Tags: compliance, false advertisements, insurance, Lawsuit, Sonic Automotive, UDAP

May 2014, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Thievery Loves Company

By David Robertson

The magazine’s compliance expert delves into the motivations of wrongdoers and offers a reminder that no crime is insignificant.

Tags: compliance, F&I sales, fraud

January 2014, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Raising the Stakes

By David Robertson

Industry insider says the current regulatory environment demands that dealers take a new approach to compliance.

Tags: compliance, compliance officer, Red Flags Rule

January 2014, F&I and Showroom - Feature

10 Regulatory Hot Spots for 2014

By George Angus

The “Father of the F&I Menu” offers his list of 10 regulatory hot spots for 2014, several of which fall outside of the F&I manager’s jurisdiction.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Deceptive Practices, discrimination, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protect, Federal Trade Commission, payment packing

December 2013, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Risky Business

By David Robertson

Industry insider issues a warning to finance sources that restrict a dealer’s freedom to choose which F&I products are offered to car buyers.

Tags: AFIP, Aftermarket Products, compliance, David Robertson, Franchised Dealerships, lenders

December 2013, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Provide, Preserve, Protect

By Gerry Gould

Top trainer says the issues dividing most sales and F&I departments could be solved if compliance wasn't an F&I-only concern.

Tags: compliance, Disclosures, F&I menus, F&I sales, Gerry Gould

November 2013, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Sizing Up the CFPB’s Threat

The NADA’s David Westcott says a move to a flat-fee system would hurt consumers, not just dealers.

By Gregory Arroyo

The F&I Conference’s compliance panel offered up more questions than answers, but participants made clear the industry’s newest regulator has plenty of tools at its disposal.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, David Westcott, discrimination, Dodd-Frank Act, NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association, Terry O'Loughlin

November 2013, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Alphabet Soup

By Nikki Munro

The CFPB, FRB and DOJ joined forces to host a fair lending webinar. The latter two shed some light on their approach to determining rate discrimination, but the CFPB’s standards for determining disparate impact remain a mystery.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, discrimination, Regulations

March 2013, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Shopping for Answers

Dick Hannah Dealerships, the magazine’s 2012 F&I Dealer of the Year, allows visitors of its website to read “Understanding Vehicle Financing,” a guide produced by the NADA and the American Financial Services Association. The Federal Reserve and the Vehicle Protection Association also offers great information dealers can post to their websites.

By Ronald J. Reahard

The magazine’s F&I expert says it’s time to stop complaining about the Internet, and offers a four-step process for turning the Internet into an ally of the F&I office.

Tags: compliance, Ron Reahard

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