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October 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

The Past, Present and Shifting Future of F&I

By Lloyd Trushel

Finance teams of the future will be staffed with professionals whose goals align with those of the dealer and whose jobs are supported — not replaced — by new and emerging technology.

Tags: Customer Experience, digital retailing, F&I manager, F&I process, F&I products, online F&I

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

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

July 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

5 Questions F&I Pros Must Answer Monthly

By Rick McCormick

F&I trainer says your answers to five key questions will serve as a roadmap to an unreachable level of performance.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I process, F&I products, F&I training, Rick McCormick

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

June 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Beyond the Résumé

By Shaka Dyson

F&I trainer explains why building and refining a professional skillset is more important than building a solid résumé.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I training, Hiring, hiring manager, showroom

June 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

When Did ‘Cash’ Become a Four-Letter Word?

By Dwayne Wiggins

F&I trainer shares five proven methods for turning cash customers into F&I product buyers.

Tags: Cash Conversion, F&I manager, F&I menu, F&I products, F&I training

May 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

High Mileage, High Potential

Mike Melby, GWC Warranty

By Gregory Arroyo

Things haven’t gone according to script in the used-vehicle market, but GWC Warranty’s Mike Melby believes the profit potential in the high-mileage, pre-owned space remains.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I process, F&I products, GWC Warranty Corporation, High Mileage, pre-owned, Used-Vehicle Service Contracts

March 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

The Big Difference: Statements vs. Objections

By John Vecchioni

F&I trainer explains why handling statements like objections can put customers on the defensive and cost you the opportunity to illustrate the benefits of protection products.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I process, F&I products, objection handling

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

February 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

State of the F&I Union

By Ryan Fischer

A survey of 159 F&I professionals revealed a number of surprises — and confirmed at least one widely held theory — about compensation and how they feel about their work.

Tags: F&I director, F&I income, F&I manager, F&I products, Pay Plans, PVR, Ryan Fischer

February 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

One-Chance Training

By Rick McCormick

Do you show up every day to showcase your skills, or do you show up to develop them? F&I trainer explains the critical difference.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I products, F&I training, Rick McCormick, sales

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

November 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Solving the Pay Plan Dilemma

By George Angus

F&I professionals are outpacing the earnings of their colleagues in the sales department and even at the executive management level, and every attempt to relevel the playing field has its pros and cons.

Tags: F&I manager, Payment Plan, sales

November 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

6 Tips for F&I Managers

By Ron Reahard

To be an F&I professional, there are six things you need to stop (or start) doing, because whether you like it or not, you’re a role model.

Tags: AFIP, ECOA, F&I manager, F&I products, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, used vehicles

November 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

R.I.P. Payment Packing

By David Robertson

The AFIP’s executive director says it’s time to say goodbye and good riddance to a relic of F&I’s past. He explains why ‘a little wiggle room’ hurts new-car gross and puts sales at risk.

Tags: AFIP, Association of Finance and Insurance Professionals, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, F&I manager, F&I products, interest rates, payment packing

August 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Creative License

By Rick McCormick

The magazine’s resident F&I trainer says F&I professionals need to infuse a little creativity into their product presentations if they want to be top performers. He offers a few tips for doing just that.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I menus, F&I training, Rick McCormick, Word Tracks

June 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Excel-erate the Experience

By Gerry Gould

Making customers wait can doom the F&I process before it begins. The magazine’s resident F&I trainer details a time-saving process designed to put customers in a buying mood.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I Presentation, F&I process, Gerry Gould

June 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

F&I’s New Mantra

By Rick McCormick

The magazine’s resident F&I trainer says F&I pros need to exchange the mantra of ‘always be closing’ for ‘always be connecting.’

Tags: Customer Service, F&I manager, F&I training, Rick McCormick

June 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Becoming a Better Professional

By David Robertson

The AFIP’s executive director says not all goals require a Herculean effort to complete. He lays out a plan for setting and achieving simple, meaningful objectives every 90 days.

Tags: AFIP, David Robertson, F&I manager

May 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Try Before You Buy

By George Angus

The father of the F&I menu is back, and he has a message for companies claiming to have developed the next big thing for F&I.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I menus, F&I products, technology, training

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

F&I’s Core Principle

By Rick McCormick

F&I trainer says that making the process all about the customer creates a buying environment that no amount of selling can create.

Tags: Customer Service, F&I manager, Rick McCormick

December 2014, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Culture Change

Faulkner-Ciocca Ford is located in historic Quakertown, Pa., which is where the Liberty Bell was once hidden from British soldiers during the American Revolutionary War. It was also the location of the anti-tax John Fries’ Rebellion in 1799.

By Paul Chavez

Faulkner-Ciocca Ford is achieving big numbers in its small Pennsylvania borough. The secret to the store’s success is an approach that has torn down the walls between sales and F&I.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I process, training

August 2014, F&I and Showroom - Feature

10.5 Ways to Create Customer Interest

By Rick McCormick

The magazine’s resident F&I pro thinks F&I managers can take a cue from the Duke of Wellington, who once said, ‘Wise people learn when they can. Fools learn when they must.’

Tags: F&I manager, F&I products, Rick McCormick

July 2014, F&I and Showroom - Feature

People, Process, Pay Plans

By John Lovin

Top F&I mind says there are nine components that need to be in every F&I pay plan. Not only do they provide the right motivation, they can be the key to retaining top talent.

Tags: employment, F&I manager, F&I products

June 2014, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Pay Plans Revisited

By Rick McCormick

Far too many compensation plans are a patchwork of fixes that, in the end, make the plans more confusing and less impactful. The magazine’s F&I expert has the answer, a plan that accounts for a new market dynamic.

Tags: BMO Harris Bank, F&I manager, Flat Fees, Payment Plan, product penetration

June 2014, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Attitude Adjustment

By Gerry Gould

Attitude might not be everything, but the magazine’s F&I insider says it can be the determining factor of success in many situations faced by today’s F&I pros.

Tags: employment, F&I manager, Hiring, possitive attitude

June 2014, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Feeling the Boom

By Paul Chavez

The oil boom in North Dakota has fueled record sales for Kupper Chevrolet. And thanks to a few minor tweaks, the store’s F&I department has adapted nicely to its cash-flush clientele.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I menus, F&I products, GAP, paint and fabric, Vehicle Sales, vehicle service contracts, windshield protection

January 2014, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Delivering on F&I’s Promise

By Ronald J. Reahard

After sitting through a few less-than stellar F&I performances, the magazine’s resident F&I pro recalls advice his father once gave him. It was a recommendation every F&I department should take to heart.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I process, F&I products, F&I training, Reahard & Associates

February 2013, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Customer’s Choice

By Rick McCormick

What do successful baseball players, fishermen, restaurateurs and F&I managers have in common? The magazine’s F&I expert has the answer.

Tags: customer, F&I, F&I manager, interview, Menu, Rick McCormick

January 2013, F&I and Showroom - Feature

5 Compliance Checkpoints

By Gil Van Over

The magazine’s resident compliance auditor provides a checklist that will help your store steer clear of state and federal regulators in 2013.

Tags: F&I manager, Federal Trade Commission, Gil Van Over, gvo3 & Associates, OFAC, Red Flags Rule, TILA

November 2012, F&I and Showroom - Feature

People, Process, Profit

By Stephanie Forshee

Attendees of the magazine’s annual conference gathered to hear how six top trainers view the road ahead for the F&I industry. What they heard was a familiar rallying cry.

Tags: Allstate Dealer Services, Bart Carpenter, F&I, F&I manager, GSFSGroup, Heather Haynes, hybrid manager, JM&A Group, John Vecchioni, Peritus Portfolio Services, Peter Chafetz, Peter Velau, Protective Asset Protection Division, Rich Moore, Rod Heasley, Stephanie Forshee, training

August 2012, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Steps to the SpiFi Interview

By Aaron Dalton

F&I managers must decide for themselves whether the customer interview is advisable or expendable, but the magazine’s subprime insider says it’s mandatory for special finance managers.

Tags: Aaron Dalton, Customer Interview, F&I manager, SpiFi

May 2012, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Keys to the Sale

By Gerry Gould

The cost to replace car keys is increasing as the technology embedded in them advances. The magazine’s F&I expert offers this primer for selling key replacement programs.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I menu, F&I office, Gerry Gould, key replacement

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

December 2011, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Becoming the Ideal F&I Manager

By Gerry Gould

The call for transparency is giving rise to one type of F&I manager and forcing two others into extinction. The magazine’s resident F&I trainer explains.

Tags: F&I manager, Tips for Success, training, UDS

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

August 2011, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Character Development

The “Captain Credit” Facebook page has garnered 349 friends since Haddad Dealerships’ finance director, Chris Cochran, launched it in 2008.

By Tariq Kamal

Chris ‘Captain Credit’ Cochran struck gold for Haddad Dealerships with a social media promotion that grew into a standalone special finance department.

Tags: AmeriCredit, dealer, Exeter Finance Corp., F&I manager, Finance, Santander Consumer USA, social media, special finance

May 2011, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Checks and Balances

Burch-Heinzig is flanked by sales manager and longtime Anderson veteran Jon Godinez, fleet manager Rich Flores and the newest member of the Anderson finance team, Will Pettaway, who was recently promoted from the sales floor.

By Tariq Kamal

As the finance director and compliance officer for three stores, Charlene Burch-Heinzig has helped keep her group on the road to success.

Tags: compliance, credit unions, dealer, F&I manager, recession

May 2010, F&I and Showroom - Feature

5 Roadblocks to F&I Success

By Rick McCormick

It’s still the one department where profits are made, but the F&I office can’t do it alone. Veteran trainer breaks through F&I’s five biggest roadblocks.

Tags: business management, business tools, F&I manager, F&I products, lender strategies, Payment Plan, Sales Tactics

July 2009, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Tricks of the Trade

By Gregory Arroyo

So I stirred up a little controversy on the forum recently. I posted a solicitation for strategies to entice lenders to buy a deal. My inquiry was spurred by a recent conversation with a veteran F&I director.

Tags: Auto Loans, Credit Bureaus, debt-to-ratio, desk managers, Editorial Page, F&I manager, Indirect Lending, lender strategies, Price Guides

June 2009, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Bring in the Specialists

By David Robertson

In today’s market, priming the vehicle selection process with an accurate assessment of the customer’s credit standing doubles the odds of a sale.

Tags: Deal Structuring, F&I manager

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

June 2006, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Creating the Perfect F&I Pay Plan

By Ron Martin

F&I pay plans should motivate employees to sell more products and have clear compensation guidelines. If you’re constantly reworking the pay plan, it’s time for a new one.

Tags: Aftermarket Products, charge-backs, F&I manager, F&I professional, Payment Plan, product penetration

June 2006, F&I and Showroom - Feature

F&I’s High-Value Role in the Dealership

By Ronald J. Reahard

F&I professionals are well positioned to take a leadership role in the dealership because of their range of knowledge. Valuable managers try to help everyone involved in the sale and purchase of a new vehicle.

Tags: AFIP, credit reports, F&I manager, F&I professional, fraud, identity theft, Regulations

December 2005, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Creating the Ultimate F&I Pay Plan

By Ronald J. Reahard

F&I managers should know what is expected of them based on their pay plans. Emphasize percentages and CSI rather than just total dollars.

Tags: charge-backs, CSI, F&I manager, F&I sales, incentives, Payment Plan, product penetration

May 2005, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Wanted: A Jack of All F&I Trades

By Ronald J. Reahard

An F&I manager must perform a broad range of duties, including helping customers, interacting with the sales team and lenders, keeping abreast of changing laws and maintaining a desired level of dealership profitability.

Tags: Credit Applications, F&I manager, F&I products, FICO, lender strategies

September 2004, F&I and Showroom - Feature

F&I Pay Plans That Get Results

By Eric Andersen and Keith Tuber

Pay plans that directly promote dealership objectives such as high CSI scores or minimal contracts-in-transit can work wonders toward meeting those goals.

Tags: CSI, F&I manager, Payment Plan, product penetration, profit

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Sold But Not Closed

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One F&I insider says there’s more to the subprime pullback than the recent uptick in delinquencies. He says regulators are the real reason finance sources are so risk-averse.

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Connecting the Dots

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G.O.Y.A.

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His Madness wants more F&I managers to improve turnover rates by taking an active role in the sales process.

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