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August 2014, F&I and Showroom - Feature

F&I Products at Center of Legislative Battles in Four States

Members of the Florida Automobile Dealers Association descend on the state’s capitol for Dealer Day, an event designed to show support for legislation backed by the association.

By Brittany-Marie Swanson

Legislation regulating the influence captive finance sources have on F&I product sales has popped up around the nation this year, but the industry disagrees on what is driving these state-by-state battles.

Tags: Aftermarket Products, CFPB, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, Florida, legislation, Mississippi, New York

February 2012, F&I and Showroom - Feature

10 Predictions for 2012

By Tom Hudson

The magazine’s legal wiz shines up his crystal ball to offer his predictions on how the CFPB and the FTC will flex their regulatory muscles in 2012.

Tags: CFPB, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, FEDERAL REGULATION, Federal Trade Commission, Legal, legislation

December 2011, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Just the Facts, Ma’am

By Michael A. Benoit

After sitting through three roundtables’ worth of tired anecdotes from consumer advocates, the magazine’s legal expert hopes the FTC will keep its word and rely on empirical data before instituting new regulations.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, Legal, legislation

October 2011, F&I and Showroom - Feature

A Tale of Two Agencies

By Michael A. Benoit

Do you know who your regulator is? The answer may not be as clear-cut as you think. The magazine’s legal wiz weighs in.

Tags: CFPB, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, Federal Trade Commission, Legal, legislation

July 2009, F&I and Showroom - Feature

4 Threats to F&I

By Michael Benoit

Washington sure can react to a crisis, but the real question is, “How effectively can Washington react to a crisis?” Apparently not well for you, or so pending legislation on Capitol Hill would have us believe.

Tags: Legal, legislation, Michael Benoit

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So Here's the Deal

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Combating CUs

By Ronald J. Reahard
Top trainer tells an F&I pro from San Antonio to stop fighting credit unions and join them. He also reveals three reasons most CU members should choose dealership financing.

Trading Rate for Product

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A reader wonders if a scenario exists where trading rate for product doesn’t cross that invisible legal line. The magazine’s resident F&I pro weighs in.

(Video) Discussing the Risk-Based Pricing Rule

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(Video) Timing F&I

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Done Deal

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Don’t Tune Out

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The editor takes you inside a conference that had digital retailing makers wooing auto finance execs.

Generationally Speaking

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What was supposed to be a listen-and-learn assignment turns into fodder for the editor’s monthly page, and he thinks you’ll understand why.

Credit Crisis or Market Rationalization?

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How to Lose a Customer

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Mad Marv

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There’s No ‘I’ in Team

By Marv Eleazer
His Madness shares a story of how good, old-fashioned customer care will always trump some algorithm or digital retailing tool.

What’s the Rush?

By Marv Eleazer
When you’re having fun, the hours go by like minutes. His Madness shares advice for improving the car-buying experience.

Debating the Chargeback

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Simple Is as Simple Does

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On the Point

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Sales Rock Stars Still Exist

By Jim Ziegler
Da Man says $40,000-a-month sales rock stars still exist. He says you’ll find them on YouTube and Facebook Live.

The New Stooges

By Jim Ziegler
The Alpha Dawg predicts that the latest round of technology disrupters will deliver more missed opportunities than closed deals.

Is Your Quick Lube Driving Away Business?

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Who Shot the Dealer?

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