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April 2018, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

A Robust Future for Used-Car Sales and CUs

By Bob Child

Credit unions have gained market share as other finance sources have retrenched, creating new incentive to diversify your selection finance sources.

April 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

The ’90s Called: They Want Their Presentations Back

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By Lloyd Trushel

Are you still rolling out the old NASCAR close? F&I insider says F&I offices need to get with the times and ditch those ‘Buy it now or bad things will happen’ pitches.

Tags: Customer Experience, Customer Loyalty, Customer Service, F&I Menu Presentation, F&I Presentation, F&I technology, F&I training

April 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Save the Sale Before It Starts

By Jason Forrest

Are your salespeople sabotaging themselves before the sale starts? Dealership expert offers four ways to set them up for a win before the opening gun goes off.

Tags: sales pitches, Sales Tactics, showroom

April 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Auto Finance Data Reveals Affordability Concerns

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By Melinda Zabritski

Fourth-quarter loan balances reached an all-time high for the third year in a row, but records broken for amounts financed and monthly payments raise affordability concerns.

Tags: Auto Loans, Credit, Credit Scores, Finance, Fourth Quarter, Quarterly Report

April 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

But the Dude Can Sell!

By Gil Van Over

Overlooking past misdeeds and criminal convictions to land top-performing salespeople puts dealers at risk of losing everything when risky hires revert to old habits.

Tags: Crime, Gil Van Over, Hiring, showroom

April 2018, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

F&I in the Era of Digital Darwinism

Phillip Battista is the CEO of Darwin Automotive, an online F&I selling tool. 

By Gregory Arroyo

Darwin Automotive’s Phillip Battista has some strong opinions about digital retailing and online F&I, and he worries some providers — and their dealers — may soon find themselves in legal peril.

Tags: Darwin Automotive, Ecommerce, Mobile Applications, Online Marketplace

April 2018, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

Service Advisors Are Exempt From Overtime Rules

By Christian Scali

Auto dealers finally have an answer to a critical compensation question thanks to a 5-4 Supreme Court decision in the Navarro v. Encino Motorcars case.

March 2018, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

How to Build Your BK Business

By Denny Long

Expert lists the resources and processes dealers and special finance managers must put in place to serve recently bankrupt customers.

March 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

3 Laws of Every Customer Interaction

By Rick McCormick

F&I managers succeed by ensuring their customers learn something, feel something, and are motivated to purchase the protection products they need.

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 - Cover Story

The Laboratory: Wade Ford Tests Connected Cars

Customers of Wade Ford are introduced to and offered the opportunity to purchase SAVY, a dealership-branded mobile app with a long list of driver- and dealer-facing features. 

By Tariq Kamal

Steve Ewing loves the car business, and he is willing to try any new program, tool or process that will help Atlanta’s Wade Ford keep pace with the changing demands of car buyers.

Tags: APCO, connected car, EasyCare, F&I product, SAVY, showroom

March 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Dealer Fines and How to Avoid Them

By Gil Van Over

Compliance guru outlines the simple steps every dealer must take to avoid violations of federal OFAC, Used Car, Red Flags, and IRS standards — and the steep fines that accompany them.

Tags: auto finance, Automotive Compliance Education, compliance, F&I manager, Form 8300, Gil Van Over, IRS, OFAC, Red Flags Rule, Used Car Rule

March 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Don’t Let the Deal Ruin the Sale

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By Keith Whann

Compliance expert lists four steps dealers and F&I professionals can take to fill the gaps in your documentation process and prepare your dealership for regulatory inquests.

Tags: Audit, auto finance, compliance, dealer compliance

March 2018, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

A War on Many Fronts

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By Tariq Kamal

NADA chairman and Michigan dealer Wes Lutz takes the association’s helm during a time of transition and conflict at the factory, retail and legislative levels.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Donald Trump, Fully Autonomous, mobility, NADA Chairman, National Automobile Dealers Association, Wes Lutz

March 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

When Greedies Meet Stupids

By Gil Van Over

Dealer compliance expert offers a crash course in detecting and preventing identity theft by fake car buyers and unprincipled employees.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Federal Trade Commission, Gil Van Over, identity theft, Red Flags Rule

March 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Finding the Right Match

By Dave Druzynski

Hiring expert says talent scouts can learn a lot from online dating profiles. He explains how to punch up your job ads to tell the dealership’s story and create genuine excitement among job-seekers.

Tags: Auto/Mate Dealership Systems, Dave Druzynski, Hiring, hiring manager, human resources, job advertisement

March 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

10 Building Blocks of a Dynamic Organization

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By Karl Horst and Tom McQueen

Dealer experts list 10 leadership principles that, if embraced, will prevent an organization from becoming another corporate dinosaur.

Tags: dealer, general manager, leadership, Sales manager, training

March 2018, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

End Sexual Harassment at Your Dealership

By Kynzie Sims

Successful anti-harassment training requires dealers to acknowledge that some employees simply don’t see the point.

February 2018, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

Fraud Alert: Dealer Loses $88K to ID Thief

By Brian Stout

A web-savvy sales manager made a sweet deal that went sour when the ‘buyer’ turned out to be a sophisticated online scammer.

February 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

The Right Approach to Adverse Action Notices

By Gil Van Over

Compliance expert gets into the weeds on adverse actions. He explains why you must send a notice to every affected customer, and breaks down your choice of processes.

Tags: Adverse Action Notice, auto finance, compliance, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act

February 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Prioritizing Entity Vitals

By Brennon Romney

Real-life examples prove that failing to meet federal, state, and local requirements for licensing and permits can cause otherwise successful dealerships to lose their right to do business and, in the most extreme cases, their very names.

Tags: compliance, dealer, entity vitals, licensing, management

February 2018, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

The Rise of Subscription Services

By Michaela Kwoka-Coleman

Automakers are dipping their toes in the subscription waters, but dealers and some industry watchers are skeptical about the business model’s lucrativeness and its ability to attract customers.

Tags: auto finance, Book by Cadillac, Boston Volvo Village, Care by Volvo, Fair, Flexdrive, George Bauer, Ioniq Unlimited, Porsche Passport, Subscription Service, Village Automotive Group

February 2018, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

Q&A: Why You Mishandle Your Best Leads

By Tariq Kamal

Digital Air Strike’s Alexi Venneri discusses the results of the company’s latest mystery-shopping study and how dealers can improve the timing and quality of their responses.

January 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Ask the Power Questions

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By Rick McCormick

The magazine’s resident F&I pro reveals the two magic words that, when mixed with solid power questions, can motivate your customers to buy.

Tags: Customer Interview, F&I manager, F&I process, F&I training, needs-discovery, Rick McCormick

January 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Dealers and the On-Demand Economy

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By Mark Thomas

What will your store do when softening demand turns into a showroom crisis? Mobility expert says the on-demand revolution offers plenty of opportunity for resourceful dealers.

Tags: Mobile Applications, rental fleet, Test Drive, Uber

January 2018, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Click to Buy

By Gregory Arroyo and Stephanie Forshee

WebBuy isn’t just another digital retailing system. It’s a dealer-funded, dealer-centric platform its creators say will solve F&I’s biggest headaches. And it'll do so with the help of RouteOne.

Tags: digital retailing, internet sales, Online Buying, Online Marketing

December 2017, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Tap to Lease

By Brittany-Marie Swanson

Honcker’s Nathan Hecht took his dislike of the typical leasing process and turned it into a mobile app that’s delivering ready-to-go deals to dealers in eight states and an experience studies show customers want — even when it comes to F&I.

Tags: digital retailing, Honcker, Mobile Applications, online F&I

December 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Perfect Storm

By Tariq Kamal

Industry Summit’s executive panel convened to discuss and debate the effects of Hurricane Harvey, the status of the used-car and subprime markets, the GM mandate, and the digitization of the F&I process.

Tags: auto finance, digital retailing, Disclosures, GAP, General Motors, guaranteed asset protection, Hurricane Harvey, new-vehicle sales, online F&I, SAAR, Subprime Financing

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

December 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

REAL ID Has Arrived

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By Gil Van Over

January marks the first implementation deadline for the federal REAL ID Act. Compliance expert outlines the law, its requirements, and two potential issues facing dealers.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, REAL ID Act, Red Flags Rule

December 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Rich Cordray’s Legacy and The Future of the CFPB

By Lucy Morris

A former bureau official reflects on her time under former CFPB Director Richard Cordray, and explains why the industry shouldn’t be breathing a sigh of relief with his departure.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, dealer participation, Donald Trump, Hudson Cook LLP

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 2017, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

F&I Dealer of the Year: Mr. D's Way

Dealer Mike Dunnahoo poses with F&I Manager Jeremy Johnson and longtime F&I Director Jeff Zinsser, who has been with the group for 22 years. Missing is F&I manager Dan Hall, who has been with Star for 11 years. The team averages $1,872 per copy on new and $1,542 on used.

By Gregory Arroyo

When F&I Dealer of the Year Mike Dunnahoo arrived in Abilene, Texas, 18 years ago, he didn’t just take over a dealership, he adopted a community.

Tags: Awards, DOY Winners, EFG Companies, F&I process, GAP, Jeff Zinsser, Mike Dunnahoo, Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram/Hyundai, theft protection, vehicle service contracts

October 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Storytelling vs. Story Selling

By George Spatt

Veteran salesperson and trainer traces the roots of his success to his days as a door-to-door salesman.

Tags: sales, Sales Process, showroom

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

October 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Subprime Pullback Continues in Q2

By Melinda Zabritski

The auto finance market is a trillion-dollar industry. It’s also very much a prime market, with subprime financing remaining at near-record lows in the second quarter.

Tags: auto finance, average finance amount, banks, captive finance, credit unions, delinquencies, finance companies, loan amounts

October 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

There Is Power in Alliances

By John Vecchioni

Top trainer lists four ways to build an interdepartmental culture that rewards customers while maximizing the opportunity for F&I product sales.

Tags: Customer Experience, F&I office, F&I process, F&I products, showroom

October 2017, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Bridging the Digital GAP

By Scott Hendriks and Vincent Weir

Once the king of the car-buying process, dealers are under attack in today’s Digital Age. Industry insiders believe auto finance sources hold the key to restoring order.

Tags: auto finance, digital marketing, digital retailing, direct lending, Indirect Lending, online F&I

September 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Examining NMAC v. Superior Automotive Group

By Christian Scali and Jade Jurdi

Legal eagles deconstruct the case that changed how courts handle contract disputes between dealers and their floorplan lenders.

Tags: floorplan financing, lawsuits, Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., Superior Automotive Group

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

September 2017, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Industry Reacts to GM's Disclosure Policy

By Gregory Arroyo

General Motors dealers who sell non-GM service contracts, parts and accessories must now disclose to their customers that the products are not backed by the automaker. Dealer trade groups believe the OEM’s stated goal of enhanced ‘safety and transparency’ is not the real reason for the new policy.

Tags: aftermarket accessories, compliance, customer disclosures, dealers, F&I managers, General Motors, parts and service, vehicle service contracts

September 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

An Interview With Troy Good

By Tariq Kamal

F&I and Showroom traces the history of paintless dent repair with Troy Good, president and CEO of Nobilis Group Inc., home of the Dent Zone brand.

Tags: F&I products, paintless dent removal, Troy Good

September 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Redefining the ABCs of Sales

By Dwayne Wiggins

Trainer believes in the power of persuasion but wants F&I pros to back it with effective training, sincere needs-discovery, and a personalized approach.

Tags: F&I close, F&I process, F&I training, sales training

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

August 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Examining the CFPB’s Arbitration Rule

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

Legal experts break down the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new arbitration rule and how it could affect your dealership.

Tags: arbitration agreements, auto finance, CFPB, compliance, F&I products, Richard Cordray, vehicle service contracts

August 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Disbanding the 'Seven Car Club'

By Reuben Muinos

Sales expert lists three tasks dealers must complete to rid their showrooms of underperforming sales pros.

Tags: Business Development Center, DealerSocket, digital retailing, internet department, Internet Leads, Internet Shopper, showroom

August 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

6 Legal Challenges for California Dealers

By Alejandro David Szwarcsztejn

California auto dealers and their employees are on a litigation collision course. Attorney lists six problem areas to discuss with counsel.

Tags: California, California New Car Dealers Association, compliance, Fair Labor Standards Act, labor laws

July 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Missed Calls, Missed Sales

By Erik Nachbahr

Despite today’s digital drive, call volumes at dealerships continue to rise. Dealership tech expert breaks down the two biggest phone problems that drive customers away.

Tags: Business Development Center, Car Buyers, internet department, Internet Leads, showroom

July 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Tracking the Subprime Retreat

By Melinda Zabritski

Finance sources responded to the recent uptick in delinquencies by moving upstream in the first quarter, pushing subprime lending to a 10-year low.

Tags: 30-day delinquency rate, auto finance, Auto Loan Terms, average finance amount, lease, new-vehicle financing, used-vehicle financing

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

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Addressing F&I’s Internet Problem

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A frustrated F&I manager poses an increasingly common question: How do you sell protection products to customers who demand the final price by phone and then show up with a bank check?

(Video) Selling Eight Products Without Losing the Customer

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Is offering eight products a bad idea? The magazine’s resident F&I pro says it depends on the producer and the presentation.

He Had a Goal: Remembering David Ressler

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Done Deal

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Change Is Happening

By Gregory Arroyo
Saddened by the potential loss of another piece of his childhood, the editor tries to put the pieces together when he realizes there’s a good lesson to be learned in a toy retailer’s likely demise.

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The CFPB’s acting director tells state regulators there will no longer be ‘regulation by enforcement,” but the editor believes there’s a long list of regulators waiting to take up the torch.

Military Lending Act Guidance: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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Resolution Needed

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Overcome Your F&I Weaknesses

By Marv Eleazer
His Madness issues a challenge to every F&I professional: Eradicate your bad work habits, diversify your lender spread, and check your God complex at the door.

Proper Deal Structure Moves Mountains

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His Madness has a simple but powerful piece of advice for newbie F&I managers and those struggling to adapt to the way finance sources are rating credit-challenged car buyers.

Show Us Some Love

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Chargeback Prevention

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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.

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