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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

July 2012, F&I and Showroom - Feature

State Your Purpose

By Mike Esposito

There isn’t a tech tool out there that doesn’t promise to add to the bottom line. But how will adding new technology affect employees?

Tags: DMS, Mike Esposito, technology

September 2011, F&I and Showroom - Feature

E-Contracting’s Missing Link

By Mark Virag

Integration has been one of the obstacles in the way of the industry’s push toward e-contracting. One technology expert says that will no longer be the case going forward, especially for product providers.

Tags: dealership management system, DMS, e-contracting, F&I product provider, F&I products, technology

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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