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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

Drive Motors Aims to Break Silicon Valley Mold

Photos by Terence Bordon.

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 2015, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Agents of Change

Northwest Honda’s GM Tony Carter and business managers Sam Baylasy (center) and Camille Kim (right) are putting information about F&I online to build trust with customers.

By Brittany-Marie Swanson

Studies show that change is coming to the finance department, and dealerships like Northwest Honda and Southern Chrysler-Jeep are making sure their F&I offices are ahead of the digital curve.

Tags: CoVideo, EasyCare, F&I products, F&I Video, Online Buying, Online Marketing, Service Contracts, Video Advertising, YouTube

October 2015, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Vroom Service

Vroom, which has raised $73 million in total equity funding since its founding in 2013 by former AutoNation execs Marshall Chesrown and Kevin Westfall, expects to generate $300 million in revenue this year.

By Gregory Arroyo

Vroom is one of a handful of firms attempting to prove that cars and F&I products can be sold online, with one major difference: The company was founded by former AutoNation executives.

Tags: AutoNation, F&I menus, F&I products, Online Buying

January 2014, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Online Checkout

Dealer Bill Marsh Jr. is one of the roughly 400 General Motors dealers currently using the OEM’s new Shop-Click-Drive program, an online buying option rolled out in November.

By Stephanie Forshee

Though the fate of Tesla’s attempts to break away from the dealer franchise model remains to be seen, there’s one piece of its business model dealers are gradually getting on board with.

Tags: Credit Applications, Elon Musk, General Motors, Internet shopper, Online Buying, Tesla Motors

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So Here's the Deal

Ronald J. Reahard
Achieving $1,600 Per Copy

By Ronald J. Reahard
An F&I manager from New York asks the magazine’s resident F&I pro how achieving a $1,600 per-copy average is even possible. He responds with strategies employed by the Top 25 F&I operations in the nation.

Starting F&I Online

By Ronald J. Reahard
The magazine’s resident F&I pro agrees that tech tools can’t sell product alone, but he does believe the online space offers new opportunities for F&I pros to engage and educate customers.

(Video) Handling the 'Be Back' Objection

By Ronald J. Reahard

(Video) Overcoming Helicopter Parents

By Ronald J. Reahard

Done Deal

Gregory Arroyo
Time to Change the Message

By Gregory Arroyo
The editor wonders what marketers hope to accomplish by bashing F&I and warns them not to bite the hand that pushes the buttons.

Turning 100

By Gregory Arroyo
The editor reflects on his decade-long connection to the industry and the 100-year-old association that drives it.

Are the CFPB’s Days Numbered?

By Gregory Arroyo

Anti-Consumer, Me?

By Gregory Arroyo

Mad Marv

Marv Eleazer
Taking Inventory

By Marv Eleazer
His Madness offers up some recommendations for making 2017 a prosperous year, maybe even a record-setting year.

Culture Clash

By Marv Eleazer
His Madness breaks from his usual F&I programming to deliver a message to dealers about the importance of culture and the keys to instilling and maintaining it.

Defining F&I Success

By Marv Eleazer

Stop the Madness

By Marv Eleazer

On the Point

Jim Ziegler
CPO: Are You In or Out?

By Jim Ziegler
Da Man believes CPO leasing will be the hot ticket in 2017, especially now that vehicle OEMs and private companies have muddied the CPO waters.

Fasten Those Seatbelts

By Jim Ziegler
With a major slowdown imminent, Da Man says it’s time to ditch those new-age theories and get back to the basics.

Harry's in a Slump

By Jim Ziegler

Time to Pay the Piper

By Jim Ziegler