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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 2014, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Colorado F&I Manager Named 2014 F&Idol Winner

By Brittany-Marie Swanson

Justin Gasman is having a banner year. Coming off his F&I department’s best month ever, the 11-year veteran was named the 2014 winner of the IAS-sponsored F&Idol award.

Tags: F&I department, F&Idol, Industry Summit

November 2014, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

The Vaden Way

Pictured with Jane Vaden Thacher are CEO West Beaver and Sales Director Jeremy Jimenez. Hired the same year Thacher returned to the dealer group in 1994, Beaver says Thacher’s greatest quality as a leader is her ability to empower her people to drive the business forward.

By Gregory Arroyo

Vaden Automotive Group’s F&I operation is on a record-setting pace. But that’s just one of the reasons it earned the magazine’s 2014 F&I Dealer of the Year award.

Tags: DOY Winners, F&I Conference & Expo, F&I Dealer of the Year, F&I department

August 2013, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Invest in an F&I Timeshare

By John Novak

Agency head explains how one dealer client maximized profits and avoided personnel issues by setting up a ‘timeshare’ system for his F&I managers.

Tags: Chevrolet, F&I department, Latrobe Ford

February 2012, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Head of the Class

Hoy Fox Toyota Finance Director Victor Martin Del Campo poses with Dealer Principal Steve Fox and Finance Managers Ozzy Herrera, Larry Salcedo, Julio Cervantes (Hoy Fox Lexus) and Matthew McCoey.

By Jennifer Washington

Since buckling down and hitting the books in 2011, the finance team at Hoy Fox Toyota has been enjoying bigger numbers and stronger confidence in their store’s processes.

Tags: F&I department, F&I manager, F&I menus, F&I Presentation, F&I process, F&I products, F&I sales, Finance, GSFSGroup, Gulf States Toyota

November 2011, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Debating the Hybrid Manager

In the heat of the debate are (L–R): Joe Amendola, Bart Carpenter, Luis Garcia, Ron Reahard, Heather Haynes and Tony Dupaquier. Not pictured: moderator Kevin Jacobs.

By Jennifer Washington

The magazine’s annual conference brought together six of the industry’s top trainers to talk shop, but the age-old battle between sales and F&I dominated the conversation.

Tags: American Finance & Automotive Services, desk managers, F&I department, F&I manager, GSFSGroup, hiring, JM&A Group, Reahard & Associates, Resource Automotive, Safe-Guard, sales department, sales manager, training

October 2011, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Reorganizing the Desk

By Ronald J. Reahard

The desk can be critical to a dealership’s success, but overstepping its boundaries can leave a store vulnerable. The magazine’s F&I pro draws a line in the sand.

Tags: desk managers, F&I department, F&I manager, F&I office

September 2011, F&I and Showroom - Feature

The Interview

By Don Geroni

A five-minute interview can go a long way toward putting customers at ease, and it may even lead to a nice boost in F&I profit per vehicle retailed. F&I trainer breaks down the process.

Tags: Customer Interview, Customer Service, F&I department, F&I process, training

February 2010, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Upgrading to F&I 4G

By Ronald J. Reahard

In the ‘70s, it was the assumptive close. In the ‘80s, it was step-selling. The ‘90s brought along the F&I Menu. Expert shows you how F&I’s newest upgrade can take sales and profits from ‘woe’ to ‘WOW.’

Tags: assumptive close, F&I department, F&I menus, F&I process, F&I professional, step-selling

March 2008, F&I and Showroom - Feature

CASE STUDY: Life Without The F&I Department

By George Angus

With dealers facing changing customer expectations, increasing demands from the factories and customer resistance to the sales process, eliminating the F&I department might seem like a good idea. Dealership consultant breaks down what life would be like without the F&I department, and the results aren’t pretty.

Tags: acceptance rate, Customer Service, F&I department, F&I process, F&I products, sales department, training

September 2007, F&I and Showroom - Feature

4 Ways to Change Perceptions

By Ron Reahard

The customer’s first impression of you is a tone setter for the entire transaction. So what warning signs are you putting up? This month we explore four ways to put your customer at ease.

Tags: F&I department, F&I office, F&I products

January 2007, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Finding, Hiring and Keeping Winners

By Joe Jacobson

Finding a winning F&I manager takes more than a gut feeling. It takes a good selection process, ongoing training and a pay plan that reinforces goals and objectives.

Tags: F&I department, F&I professional, Finance, hiring, sales department, training

August 2006, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Temporary F&I Specialists Help Dealers Fill the Void

By Cheryl Knight

Every dealership is short staffed at times due to vacations, leaves of absence, resignations or terminations. Access to highly-trained substitutes keeps operations flowing and can even improve profitability.

Tags: F&I department, F&I manager, hiring, Revenue, temporary F&I , training

March 2006, F&I and Showroom - Feature

It's Time to Take Action

By Ron Martin

The first step toward effective training is making the decision to seek instruction. You need to identify your expectations and know your personal learning style to get the best results.

Tags: F&I department, training

July 2003, F&I and Showroom - Feature

F&I Professional – Or F&I Pretender?

By Ronald J. Reahard

In the F&I world, there are stars and there are also-rans. Are you ready for prime time? Take this quiz and find out!

Tags: AFIP, charge-backs, F&I department, F&I manager, F&I process, F&I products, loan portfolios, training

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So Here's the Deal

Ronald J. Reahard
Help! My Dealership Is Packing Payments

By Ronald J. Reahard
Top trainer comes to the rescue of an F&I manager who fears an antiquated, discredited, and deceptive sales tactic has taken root at his store.

Sharing the Profit

By Ronald J. Reahard
After losing members of his sales team, a dealer asks the magazine’s resident F&I expert for his take on paying salespeople on F&I income.

Menus Don’t Work Miracles

By Ronald J. Reahard

Avoiding the AAA Objection

By Ronald J. Reahard

Done Deal

Gregory Arroyo
Red Flags Alert

By Gregory Arroyo
The editor believes recent regulatory activity should serve as a warning to dealers who haven’t dusted off their Red Flags compliance programs in the years since the rule took effect.

GAP Suffers Another Setback

By Gregory Arroyo
The editor reveals the truth behind an NPR report critical of the industry’s efforts to undo the Military Lending Act guidance that put the brakes on GAP sales.

Car Buyers Need F&I

By Gregory Arroyo

Protecting F&I’s Future

By Gregory Arroyo

Mad Marv

Marv Eleazer
Readers Are Leaders

By Marv Eleazer
Do you know the minimum amount of tread depth a tire must have for a tire-and-wheel claim to be approved? If you don’t, His Madness has a message for you.

Comply Like Nobody’s Watching

By Marv Eleazer
His Madness wants F&I pros to commit to ethical dealings with customers and finance sources because it’s the right thing to do, not just for the very real threat of reprisal.

'We Never Buy This Stuff'

By Marv Eleazer

Stop Painting Dealers With a Broad Brush

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