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June 2017, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

FIDOY Nomination Period Opens, New Sponsor Announced

By Editorial Staff

American Financial & Automotive Services is sponsoring F&I and Showroom’s annual F&I Dealer of the Year contest, which is now accepting nominations. The deadline to nominate a deserving dealership is July 10.

Tags: American Financial & Automotive Services, DOY Pacesetters, DOY Winners, F&I office

June 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Defining the Edealership

By Gil Van Over

Evolving times require evolving minds. Compliance expert offers a case study to help conceptualize the concept of converting brick-and-mortar dealerships into internet sales hubs.

Tags: digital retailing, econtracting, edealership

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 - Cover Story

The Digital Evangelist

Integrating Dealertrack into Cox Automotive wasn’t Mark O’Neil’s only focus when he was named COO in March 2016. He was also charged with bringing together the company’s four business verticals — Retail Solutions, Inventory Solutions, Media Solution and Financial Solutions — to create what he called ‘One Cox Automotive.’

By Gregory Arroyo

Cox Automotive’s Mark O’Neil talks to the editor about MakeMyDeal’s future, digital retailing, and the fate of the F&I office.

Tags: Cox Automotive, Dealertrack, digital retailing, eMenu, MakeMyDeal, Mark O'Neil, online F&I

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 - WebXclusive

OEM Sales Quotas and the Dependable Dodge Decision

By Christian Scali and Monica Baumann

The owners of Dependable Dodge scored a judicial victory that further erodes manufacturers’ rights to ax franchises that don’t meet their sales quotas.

Tags: Dependable Dodge, disenfranchisement, Franchise Laws

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

May 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Playing With Fire

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By Christian Scali and Monica Baumann

Two attorneys issue a warning about a new sales trick circulating through the industry. Their advice: If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

Tags: compliance, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, digital marketing, digital retailing, Eric Schneiderman, fraud, FTC Act, Internet Leads, NY Attorney General, payment packing, sales, UDAP

May 2017, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

The Power of Momentum

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By Rick McCormick

F&I trainer says meeting the demand for daily improvement requires F&I professionals to create and capitalize on their own momentum. He lists 10 momentum-building books every F&I manager must read.

Tags: F&I sales, F&I training, sales, Showroom

May 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Credit App Fraud Not a Victimless Crime

By Gil Van Over

Falsifying any of the five key credit determinants on a credit application generates a long list of potential victims inside and outside the dealership.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Credit Applications, F&I process

April 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Navigating the 'New' Used Car Buyer’s Guide

By Gil Van Over

The magazine’s compliance guru breaks down the Federal Trade Commission’s final revisions to the Used Car Rule. His message to dealers is don’t overthink it.

Tags: compliance, CPO, Federal Trade Commission, service contract, Used Car Buyer's Guide, Used Car Rule, warranty

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

April 2017, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

New-Age Sales

Pictured are Roadster COO Rudi Thun and CEO and founder Andy Moss. The latter was formerly head of vehicles for eBay Motors and COO of CarWoo! The San Francisco-based firm evolved from a California broker site to digital retailing solution provider in June 2016.

By Brittany-Marie Swanson

Roadster’s Andrew Moss and Rudi Thun say they’ve created a digital transactional platform that works both in a buyer’s home and in the showroom. But as they readily admit, not every dealer is the ideal user.

Tags: digital marketing, digital retailing, online F&I, Roadster

April 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Stretched Thin

By Melinda Zabritski

The average household is on the verge of being priced out of the new-vehicle market, Experian’s fourth quarter data shows.

Tags: auto finance, Auto Loan Terms, Delinquencies, Experian Automotive, interest rates

March 2017, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Rising GAP Claims Reveal Troubling Trends

Tony Wanderon

By Gregory Arroyo

GAP rates are on the rise. Insiders say dealers should welcome the increases, adding that the performance of this core F&I product points to a severe slowdown in the next 24 months.

Tags: auto finance, Auto Loan Terms, claims, F&I products, GAP, Great Recession, guaranteed asset protection

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

The Million-Dollar Plan

By Michael Gorun

Fixed-ops expert says dealers who aren’t selling prepaid maintenance plans in service are leaving millions of dollars on the service drive floor each year.

Tags: F&I products, Michael Gorun, Prepaid Maintenance, Service Advisors, service drive sales

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

February 2017, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

F&I to Go

un Toyota’s Showroom2Go program combines process with technology. For the latter, the dealership partnered with website provider fusionZONE Automotive to customize the online buying platform. It includes a finance module, trade-in value calculator, and the software that puts it all together: Dealmaker.

By Brittany-Marie Swanson

Sun Toyota’s John Marazzi was already an internet sales evangelist before launching a fully online process in September 2016. In its first month alone, the program delivered 75 closed deals and an F&I per-copy average that was just $45 shy of the in-store average.

Tags: digital retailing, online F&I, Sun Toyota, Test Drive, Toyota, vehicle delivery

January 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Naïve, Sloppy or Kinky?

By Gil Van Over

There isn’t much the magazine’s compliance pro hasn’t seen. In fact, he’s got a category for every type of issue he’s come across in his more than 15 years auditing deal jackets.

Tags: compliance, F&I, Truth in Lending Act

January 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Ready, Fire, Aim!

By Jim Maxim Jr.

Dealer software expert makes the case for switching to an electronic menu and reaping the rewards of a swift, productive and compliant F&I process.

Tags: eMenu, F&I, technology, training

January 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Addressing the Overtime Rule Delay

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By Dave Druzynski

The new overtime rule is on hold. Now what? Human resources expert unpacks the big decision dealers have to make this month.

Tags: Department of Labor, Fair Labor Standards Act, Overtime

January 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Stop Abusing Bank Reps

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By Shaka Dyson

F&I trainer recommends changing the way you treat your auto finance partners before your production — and your professional reputation — suffers.

Tags: Bank Reps, Dealership, F&I Managers, Management, Relationships

January 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Balancing Act

By Melinda Zabritski

We hate to burst your bubble, but there is no bubble to burst. Auto finance expert breaks down the third-quarter results.

Tags: Bubble, Credit Unions, Delinquencies, Financing, subprime

January 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Relationships Matter Again

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By Jim Houston

With the sales pace slowing, auto finance insider believes dealer relationship management will be a top priority for finance sources in 2017.

Tags: auto finance, Dealer Relationship Management, J.D. Power

January 2017, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

There's an App for That

The executive team for AutoGravity includes CTO Martin Prescher, CEO Andreas Hinrichs, COO Nicholas Stellman, and COO Serge Vartanov.

By Eric Gandarilla

AutoGravity’s Andreas Hinrichs believes his mobile financing app can serve as the ‘digital glue’ between dealers and finance sources, delivering ready-to-buy consumers to dealer showrooms.

Tags: F&I technology, Fletcher Jones, Mobile Applications, technology, Vehicle Financing

December 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Busting the Technology Myth

By Nick Sennett

Income development expert says it’s not millennials who are behind the current push to digitize the F&I experience. He makes a case for keeping an open mind when it comes to the latest advancements.

Tags: Dealership Process, F&I, F&I technology, Millennial, technology

December 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Disarming Silent Saboteurs

By Tom McQueen

Unmotivated and aggrieved employees can undermine your leadership and kill your profits. Operations expert offers a comprehensive plan for preventing the next act of dealership sabotage.

Tags: Dealership, Management, Sabotage

December 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Amazon: Friend or Foe?

Amazon launched Amazon Vehicles in late August, billing its new portal as a “car research destination and automotive community” for car shoppers to view vehicle specs, images, videos and customer reviews for thousands of vehicles. Observers believe the e-tailer’s new research tools function much like Autotrader and Cars.com — minus the lead portion of their services.

By Stephanie Forshee

Amazon now offers consumers a vehicle research tool and a parts store. Are car sales next on the e-tail giant’s agenda?

Tags: Amazon.com, digital marketing, Online Buying, Online Marketplace

December 2016, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Hold Your Head High

Incoming NADA Chairman Mark Scarpelli is a second-generation dealer. He serves as president of Raymond Chevrolet in Antioch, Ill., and co-owners, with his brother Ray Scarpelli, of Ray Chevrolet and Ray Chrysler Jeep Ram Dodge in nearby Fox Lake. Before joining the family business, Scarpelli attended Northwood University in Midland, Mich., and served as a district manager of sales for General Motors.

By Tariq Kamal

F&I talks shop, politics and pride with Mark Scarpelli, president of Raymond Chevrolet and Raymond Kia, and NADA’s 2017 chairman.

Tags: Anniversary, NADA, NADA Chairman, NADA Convention and Expo

December 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

4 Compliance Predictions for 2017

By Gil Van Over

The magazine’s compliance pro dusts off his crystal ball to offer a few predictions for 2017. If he’s correct, F&I offices could be in for a challenging year.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Negative Equity, subprime

December 2016, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

A Final Message From the Chairman

By Jeff Carlson

Jeff Carlson reflects on his term as the NADA’s 2016 chairman, highlighting the association’s victories as well as the challenges ahead.

Tags: CFPB, Jeff Carlson, NADA Chairman, NADA Convention and Expo

December 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Defining the Dark Side

By Gil Van Over

There’s one way to keep federal regulators, plaintiffs’ attorneys, attorneys general and the media at bay. Read on to find out what it is.

Tags: CFPB, Dodd-Frank Act, F&I, FTC, Regulators

December 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Is the Dragon Dead?

By Tom Hudson

The magazine’s legal eagle believes the CFPB is more annoyed than wounded by the federal appellate court’s ruling that its single-director structure is unconstitutional.

Tags: CFPB, Court Decision, Finance, Regulations

December 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

The Facts of Leasing

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By John Stephens

Leasing isn’t slowing down. In fact, it’s spreading to the ­pre-owned market. Dealership expert breaks down the keys to making leasing a viable option for showroom customers.

Tags: EFG Companies, Experian Automotive, F&I, leasing

December 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Ditch the Interview

By Ryan Fischer

F&I pro makes a case for ditching the F&I interview. He says a quick discussion with the salesperson and a look at the customer’s credit report and trade appraisal will tell you all you need to know.

Tags: Customer Interview, F&I, Sales Process, training

December 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Selling Solutions, Not Products

By Rick McCormick

Great F&I professionals don’t jump to conclusions, and they don’t try to solve problems for customers. Instead, they solve problems with customers. F&I trainer explains how.

Tags: Dealership, F&I, training

December 2016, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Drive Motors Aims to Break Silicon Valley Mold

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By Eric Gandarilla

Drive Motors’ Aaron Krane is attempting to succeed where other Silicon Valley startups have failed: changing the car-buying experience without disrupting dealer profitability.

Tags: Dealership Systems, Drive Motors, Online Buying, online F&I, technology

November 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Compliance Summit 2016

By Editorial Staff

Dealers, agents and industry professionals gathered inside Paris Las Vegas for Industry Summit 2016, which added compliance certification to its list of offerings.

Tags: Automotive Compliance Education, Compliance Summit, Industry Summit

November 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Formalized and Documented

By Gil Van Over

The magazine's compliance pro believes the FTC may soon take a page out of the CFPB's playbook when it comes to regulating dealers. He explains how dealers can get prepared.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, F&I, FTC

November 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Product Providers Talk F&I Production, What's Driving It, and How Digital May Impact It

Moderated by F&I and Showroom’s Gregory Arroyo, Industry Summit’s ‘From the Boardroom” panel featured Tim Blochowiak of Protective Asset Protection, Greg Oltman of Dent Zone, David Pryor of Safe-Guard Products International, and Matt Trudeau of Dent Wizard. They put the national per-copy average between $1,150 and $1,200, offered their target penetration rates, discussed the popularity of product bundles, and addressed the online F&I push.

By Eric Gandarilla

From what is an acceptable per-copy average to how their companies aim to address the digital divide, four F&I product provider reps offer their take on a host of top-of-mind topics.

Tags: F&I, F&I training, Industry Summit, online F&I, technology

November 2016, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Leading the Pack

The F&I team at Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford of Lewisville, including F&I Manager Luke Bosco, F&I Director Tom Andrews, and F&I Managers Kyle Clark and Dru Khal, pose with dealer Sam Pack, group CEO Tony Pack, and General Manager Bobby Ward. The team currently averages $2,000 per copy on new and $1,500 on used.

By Gregory Arroyo

Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford of Lewisville capped off a banner year with F&I and Showroom’s F&I Dealer of the Year award.

Tags: DOY Winners, F&I Dealer of the Year, Industry Summit, Sam Pack's Five Star Ford of Lewisville

October 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

5 'Tells' of a Lying Job Candidate

By David Druzynski

Human resources expert reveals the five traits hiring managers need to look for when interviewing a prospective candidate.

Tags: Hiring, Human Resources, Tips, training

October 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

5 Steps to Taking F&I Online

By Rick McCormick

F&I trainer makes the case for digital F&I. He offers a five-step process for adding information about products, pricing, and your finance team to your dealership’s website.

Tags: Dealer Websites, F&I training, online F&I

October 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

No Bubbles Here

By Melinda Zabritski

The auto finance industry continued to quell the subprime bubble talk, with finance sources extending credit to five times more superprime car buyers than deep subprime shoppers.

Tags: Experian Automotive, Financing, leasing, Second Quarter

October 2016, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Examining the Bricks-to-Clicks Push

Moderated by F&I Administration’s Kumar Kathinokkula, the P&A Leadership Summit’s ‘Presenting F&I Products Online” panel discussion featured (l-r) Matt Nowicki of IAS, The Impact Group’s Mark Thorpe, Cox Automotive’s Brett Pomerantz, Dan Lievrouw of American Guardian, F&I Director Justin Gasman.

By Gregory Arroyo

Tech vendors believe the industry needs to respond to customer dissatisfaction with the F&I process, but not everyone believes moving the process online is the answer.

Tags: Industry Summit, NADA, online F&I, technology

September 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Debating F&I's Future

Think Tank was the ninth and final session of the magazine’s F&I Think Tank, a one-day event that took place this past May in Tampa, Fla. Moderated by American Guardian’s Bob Harkins, the panel featured (l-r) ‘Mad’ Marv Eleazer of Langdale Ford Co., Luis Garcia of Avid Insurance, and attorney and former F&I manager Eric Judson.

By Tariq Kamal

This past May, top producers and thought leaders took part in a no-holds-barred debate over how the industry must change to meet the needs and expectations of today’s car buyers.

Tags: compliance, Ethical F&I Managers, F&I process

September 2016, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Setting the Pace

By Gregory Arroyo

This year’s field of F&I Pacesetters consists of operations from California, Illinois, Texas, and Wisconsin. Each boasts active management teams, pay plans that balance performance with customer satisfaction, and multilayered compliance processes.

Tags: DOY Pacesetters, F&I Dealer of the Year, F&I Pacesetters

August 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Protecting Your Dealership Through Proper Screening

By Eric Judson

A New York dealer is in hot water after hiring an F&I professional four months after he was indicted for defrauding customers at another dealership.

Tags: Crime, Dealership, Employee Screening, F&I

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