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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

August 2014, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Fueling the Service Pump

By John Lovin

The F&I office can fuel a dealership’s service-retention efforts. F&I insider offers up some recommendations designed to drive car buyers into the service lane.

Tags: parts and service, Prepaid Maintenance, Service Contracts, Tire and Wheel

February 2012, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Selling the Service ‘Up’

By David Linton

Fixed-ops expert opens his four-part series on establishing a sales process for parts and service with a primer on what considerations need to be made.

Tags: parts and service

July 2011, F&I and Showroom - Feature

The Tour That Drives VSC and PPM Sales

Salespeople should lead customers on a guided tour of the service and parts department while the F&I manager prepares their paperwork.

By Gerry Gould

The best way to sell a VSC is to create awareness of the need for service and to demonstrate your ability to handle it. F&I trainer explains how a quick tour of your service and parts department can do just that.

Tags: parts and service, Service Contracts, Vehicle Maintenance

August 2010, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Driving Profits in the Service Lane

By Eric Wilson

What’s good for the showroom often is good for the service department. Fixed operations expert outlines a strategy to keep customers in the fold by showing them you care about the safety and reliability of their vehicles.

Tags: fixed operations, parts and service

June 2010, F&I and Showroom - Feature

The Rental Effect

By Jim Schalberg

Running an in-dealership rental department isn’t a new concept, but it might be the boost your bottom line needs. Dealer expert lays out the possibilities.

Tags: fixed operations, parts and service, rental operation, used vehicles

April 2010, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Technology Takes Center Stage

Speaking on legislation that could enact the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, AFSA's Bill Himpler said the new agency might be off the table, but warned that regulators "still want a pound of flesh from the bank industry." As if on cue, Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) who is championing finance reform legislation, unveiled a new bill in March that would create a consumer division inside the Federal Reserve, which AFSA opposes.

By Gregory Arroyo

Dealers at the industry's annual get-together said the Internet will set the terms for the market's recovery.

Tags: AFSA, credit unions, dealer, F&I products, Internet, inventory, NADA, parts and service, social media, technology

July 2009, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Bridging the Finance Gap

By Gregory Arroyo

Service Payment Plan has definitely been busy these days. Listen to what the company’s founder says about the current market, and how his company can help.

Tags: Credit, parts and service, Service Contracts

May 2009, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Driving Profits Through the Service Lane

By Jorge Moas

Creating a process for the service department to sell service contracts isn’t a new concept, but it’s gained a lot of interest lately. F&I expert provides a road map for instituting such a process, and says a successful program needs to start with the dealer.

Tags: economic downturn, fixed operations, JM&A Group, parts and service, Service Contracts

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So Here's the Deal

Ronald J. Reahard
Avoiding the AAA Objection

By Ronald J. Reahard
Top trainer advises F&I pros to eliminate the ‘I have AAA’ objection by downplaying the very real — but relatively minor — roadside assistance benefit included with most service contracts.

(Video) Capture Missed VSC Sales

By Ronald J. Reahard
In response to a reader question, the magazine’s F&I wiz updates his plan for re-pitching service contracts to customers who declined the protection at the time of delivery.

The Dealer Moved My Goal Posts

By Ronald J. Reahard

Addressing F&I’s Internet Problem

By Ronald J. Reahard

Done Deal

Gregory Arroyo
Protecting F&I’s Future

By Gregory Arroyo
The editor responds to a reader’s question about whether F&I managers are being replaced by iPads and digital retailing tools.

Game Almost Over

By Gregory Arroyo
With the CFPB’s controversial guidance officially repealed, the editor delves into what the bureau was really after in its targeting of dealer participation.

The Repair Is Covered

By Gregory Arroyo

Change Is Happening

By Gregory Arroyo

Mad Marv

Marv Eleazer
Stop Painting Dealers With a Broad Brush

By Marv Eleazer
His Madness has a few choice words for media members who obsess over every act of dealer malfeasance while ignoring their charitable and volunteer efforts.

I Love F&I. How About You?

By Marv Eleazer
His Madness challenges F&I professionals to decide right here and now whether F&I is your career or just a job.

Is That Legal?

By Marv Eleazer

Overcome Your F&I Weaknesses

By Marv Eleazer

On the Point

Jim Ziegler
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

By Jim Ziegler

The New Stooges

By Jim Ziegler