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September 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

The Big Menu Debate

By Gil Van Over

The magazine’s resident compliance pro weighs in on one of F&I’s big debates: Is the F&I menu a sales or compliance tool?

Tags: ACE, Automotive Compliance Education, compliance, F&I menu

September 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

The Accept/Decline Form Is F&I’s Best Friend

By Joe Porter

F&I pros who don’t include a completed Accept/Decline form in every deal jacket are not only failing to capitalize on a proven sales tool, they’re putting their dealerships at risk.

Tags: accept/decline form, F&I manager, F&I menu, F&I process, F&I products, F&I sales

May 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Menu Selling Reloaded

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By Rick McCormick

F&I trainer believes new technology and expert salesmanship can combine to create an efficient and productive menu-selling process.

Tags: F&I menu, F&I Menu Presentation, technology, Tips

March 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

7 Reasons to Embrace Mobile F&I

By Alan Campbell

Car buyers no longer rely on the dealership as their sole source of information about F&I products. Trainer offers seven reasons forward-thinking dealers are meeting customers in the mobile marketplace.

Tags: digital retailing, F&I manager, F&I menu, F&I training, online F&I, Showroom, tablet menu, technology

March 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Finding Greatness in the Box

By Lloyd Trushel

F&I professionals who stop swinging for the fences and focus on base hits stand to gain the confidence of their customers and the per-copy average that comes with it.

Tags: auto finance, F&I manager, F&I menu, F&I production, F&I products, F&I training

December 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Popping the F&I Question

The promposal craze was first mentioned in the Dallas Morning News in 2001, and continues to grow in popularity and scale each year. MTV even launched a series called “Promposal.” Although the promoposal is just a microcosm of society, the author says it illustrates the need for people to feel special about making decisions.

By Dwayne Wiggins

F&I trainer says F&I offices can learn a lot from the current ‘promposal’ craze. He offers a three-step process for converting your one-size-fits-all presentation into a personalized, needs-based proposal.

Tags: F&I menu, F&I Presentation, F&I process, F&I products

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

April 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

5 Tech Tools From NADA 2017

By Gregory Arroyo

There were plenty of new innovations on display in and around NADA 2017. The editor takes you on a tour of five new tech tools aiming to help dealers land more sales and F&I opportunities.

Tags: auto finance, AutoFi, ChannelNet, Darwin Automotive, DealerSocket, desking, digital retailing, digitla marketing, F&I menu, online F&I, WebBuy

March 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

6 Ways to Improve the F&I Experience

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By Vince Demare

F&I expert lists six moves F&I pros can make to improve the customer experience and increase production.

Tags: Customer Experience, econtracting, F&I menu, F&I process, NADA Convention and Expo

March 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Better Selling Through Disclosure

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By George Angus

F&I expert has a method for turning one of the most awkward parts of the F&I process into a moneymaker.

Tags: F&I menu, Full Disclosure, NADA Convention and Expo, Sales Tactics

March 2016, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Mastering the Menu

By Gerry Gould

Does the transition to the F&I menu presentation stress you out? F&I trainer has the three-part cure.

Tags: Creative Selling, F&I menu, F&I Menu Presentation, F&I products

April 2013, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Switching Sides

Mylas Copeland is the general manager of Green Toyota Scion Volkswagen Audi in Springfield, Ill.

By Justina Ly

An Illinois dealer took his store’s F&I performance from acceptable to exceptional after making the switch from a paper menu to an electronic version.

Tags: docuPAD, electronic document storage, F&I menu, Justina Ly, Mylas Copeland, Reynolds & Reynolds

January 2013, F&I and Showroom - Feature

300 Percent Rule Examined

By Tom Hudson

The magazine’s resident legal expert isn’t often baffled when it comes to all things F&I, but the 300 percent rule was a new one for him.

Tags: 300 Percent Rule, F&I menu, F&I process, F&I products, Tom Hudson

June 2012, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

F&I Unplugged

By Justina Ly

Two Indiana dealers explain why they dropped four-column paper menus in favor of a two-column mobile menu — and how the switch jump-started their product sales.

Tags: Chandler Chevrolet, Cory Mosley, Eastgate Chrysler Dodge Jeep, F&I menu, GAP, iPad, iTap Menu, mobile menu, Monte Summers, paint and fabric, Shawn McCool, SmartPad, Tim Dulaney

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

January 2012, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Tracking F&I Performance

By Gregory Arroyo

The magazine’s reader survey reveals that average profit per new vehicle retailed still hovers around $800, and that F&I managers are averaging approximately two products per deal.

Tags: acceptance rate, captive finance, e-contracting, F&I menu, F&I menus, F&I performance, F&I profit, interest rates, product penetration, profit

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So Here's the Deal

Ronald J. Reahard
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
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

(Video) Capture Missed VSC Sales

By Ronald J. Reahard

Done Deal

Gregory Arroyo
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
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

Game Almost Over

By Gregory Arroyo

Mad Marv

Marv Eleazer
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
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

I Love F&I. How About You?

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