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March 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Ready to Charge

By Gregory Arroyo

Auto finance sources reveal that they, too, are focused on the customer experience, and say they are ready for what’s expected to be another great year for auto sales.

Tags: AFSA, AFSA Vehicle Finance Conference, Ally Financial, Auto Lending, Capital One Auto Finance, Chase Auto Finance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Justice, Experian Automotive, Finance, J.D. Power and Associates, NADA Convention & Expo, subprime, Wells Fargo, World Omni Financial Corp.

May 2014, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Taking Note

Toyota Carlsbad has received two Notebook leads so far, but officials believe that number will increase when the OEM begins promoting the tool.

By Brittany-Marie Swanson

Two years ago, Toyota began overhauling its digital engagement strategy. Its latest development is Notebook, an online tool the OEM hopes will deliver higher quality leads to its dealers.

Tags: Car Shopping, digital marketing, J.D. Power and Associates, lead generation, lead management, Toyota

May 2014, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Vehicle Dependability Declines

Top 10 nameplates with most problems per 100 vehicles

By Brittany-Marie Swanson

In the same month Consumer Reports advised consumers to skip vehicle service contracts, J.D. Power reported that vehicle dependability declined for the first time in 15 years.

Tags: Consumer Reports, J.D. Power and Associates, Service Contracts, Trends, Vehicle Dependability

April 2014, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Building a Deeper Link

By Jeff Van Dongen

Digital marketing expert reveals how some progressive dealers are attracting 2.5 times more shoppers at 65% less cost than traditional search engine marketing.

Tags: Dealer Websites, digital marketing, Internet Shopper, J.D. Power and Associates, search engine optimization

March 2012, F&I and Showroom - Feature

As Good As Used

Manheim’s trio of (L-R) Sandy Schwartz, Tom Webb and Joe George was on hand to deliver Webb’s annual used-car report and demonstrate several new, web-oriented auction tools.

By Tariq Kamal

The secondary retail and finance markets didn’t dominate the headlines in 2011, but used cars and subprime lending are key to continued growth in the year ahead.

Tags: Auction Genius, Auto Credit Express, CarFinance Capital, J.D. Power and Associates, Manheim, Originations, special finance, subprime, used vehicles, used-vehicle financing, used-vehicle sales, used-vehicle values

March 2012, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Updating F&I

By Gregory Arroyo

Connecting F&I to the digital world was the talk at the annual dealer and lender conventions last month, and opinions varied on what the F&I office of the future will look like.

Tags: Bank of America, Chase, Dealertrack, Generation Y, Group 1 Automotive, iPad, iPad Business Applications, J.D. Power and Associates, Mobile Applications, Mobile Website, NADA, NADA Convention and Expo, Reynolds & Reynolds, social media, SOCIALDEALER, Wells Fargo

February 2010, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Digital Battlegrounds

By Justina Ly

With the battle for customers going online, dealers are racing to get their hands around this budding marketing medium. Three dealers provide a peek into their strategies.

Tags: Experian, J.D. Power and Associates, KBB.com, Mudd Advertising, social media

April 2008, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Taking the Work Out of Paperwork

By Gregory Arroyo

So much has been made about the time a customer spends at a dealership buying a vehicle. I understand the reasoning. Give customers too much time and you risk them having second thoughts.

Tags: CNW, Editorial Page, J.D. Power and Associates

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So Here's the Deal

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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

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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

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Avoiding the AAA Objection

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Done Deal

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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

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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

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Protecting F&I’s Future

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Mad Marv

Marv Eleazer
Readers Are Leaders

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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

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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

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The New Stooges

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