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July 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Asset Protection

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By David Nathanson

Retail expert says the more dealers carve out their place in the Digital Age, the more their proprietary and customer data becomes a legal and financial liability to their dealership.

Tags: Customer Privacy, Data, Dealership Systems, technology

January 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

The Year Ahead: Part Two

In October 2014, the eyes and ears of high-stakes investors around the world turned to the U.S. automotive retail industry when billionaire Warren Buffet and his investment firm, Berkshire Hathaway, agreed to purchase the Van Tuyl Group in a multibillion-dollar deal. Last March, Buffet headlined the 2015 NADA/J.D. Power Automotive Forum when he took part in a special Q&A session.

By David Nathanson

Dealer operations expert concludes his two-part series on planning for 2016 with a discussion of topics relating to technology and data, mergers and acquisitions, and personnel.

Tags: Data, DMS, merger and acquisition, personnel, technology

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

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So Here's the Deal

Ronald J. Reahard
Combating CUs

By Ronald J. Reahard
Top trainer tells an F&I pro from San Antonio to stop fighting credit unions and join them. He also reveals three reasons most CU members should choose dealership financing.

Trading Rate for Product

By Ronald J. Reahard
A reader wonders if a scenario exists where trading rate for product doesn’t cross that invisible legal line. The magazine’s resident F&I pro weighs in.

(Video) Discussing the Risk-Based Pricing Rule

By Ronald J. Reahard

(Video) Timing F&I

By Ronald J. Reahard

Done Deal

Gregory Arroyo
Don’t Tune Out

By Gregory Arroyo
The editor takes you inside a conference that had digital retailing makers wooing auto finance execs.

Generationally Speaking

By Gregory Arroyo
What was supposed to be a listen-and-learn assignment turns into fodder for the editor’s monthly page, and he thinks you’ll understand why.

Credit Crisis or Market Rationalization?

By Gregory Arroyo

How to Lose a Customer

By Gregory Arroyo

Mad Marv

Marv Eleazer
There’s No ‘I’ in Team

By Marv Eleazer
His Madness shares a story of how good, old-fashioned customer care will always trump some algorithm or digital retailing tool.

What’s the Rush?

By Marv Eleazer
When you’re having fun, the hours go by like minutes. His Madness shares advice for improving the car-buying experience.

Debating the Chargeback

By Marv Eleazer

Simple Is as Simple Does

By Marv Eleazer

On the Point

Jim Ziegler
Sales Rock Stars Still Exist

By Jim Ziegler
Da Man says $40,000-a-month sales rock stars still exist. He says you’ll find them on YouTube and Facebook Live.

The New Stooges

By Jim Ziegler
The Alpha Dawg predicts that the latest round of technology disrupters will deliver more missed opportunities than closed deals.

Is Your Quick Lube Driving Away Business?

By Jim Ziegler

Who Shot the Dealer?

By Jim Ziegler