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October 2018, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

Digital Is Great, Until It’s Not

By Rebecca D. Chernek

Switching to a digital menu has its benefits, but dealers can’t expect it to deliver on its promise without a plan of action.

Tags: Cox Automotive, Darwin Automotive, digital, digital retailing, online F&I, tablet menu

October 2018, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

Make F&I Great Again

By Michael Sung

Technology insider looks at four technologies designed to keep F&I managers in the digital retailing game.

Tags: digital, digital retailing, online F&I, Showroom, software, technology

October 2018, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

3 Elements of a Balanced Online F&I Strategy

By Rick McCormick

Flooding your dealership’s website with F&I content without a strategy can be just as costly as underreacting to the Digital Age. The magazine’s resident F&I pro details a balanced approach for taking F&I online.

Tags: digital, digital retailing, F&I office, F&I process, online F&I

October 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

F&I Pacesetters: Bob Moore Subaru

By Gregory Arroyo

The F&I team at Bob Moore Subaru of Oklahoma City is proving every day that Subaru buyers are F&I product buyers. Now their in the running for F&I and Showroom's F&I Dealer of the Year award.

Tags: DOY Pacesetters, EFG Companies, F&I manager, F&I Pacesetters, F&I products

October 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

F&I Pacesetters: Cecil Atkission Motors

Richardson describes the group’s sales and F&I processes as ‘predictable,’ meaning the organization values consistency and demands a high level of professionalism and courtesy in sales and F&I.

By Gregory Arroyo

For the last 25 years, the six-rooftop, Kerrville, Texas-based dealer group has operated under the belief that ‘When products are similar, the dealer makes the difference.”

Tags: Darwin Automotive, DOY Pacesetters, F&I director, F&I manager, F&I Pacesetters

October 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

F&I Pacesetters: Hoehn Carlsbad Buick GMC Cadillac

Flanking F&I managers Megan Phillips and Richard Thorton are group F&I Director Josh Sherman (l) and store General Manager Jerry Brummet. The group has high expectations for its F&I producers, which is why candidates must have worked in another area within the organization and attended “Hoehn University.” The eight-week course, which is led by general managers from each of the group’s stores, covers a number of topics related to ethics and compliance.

By Gregory Arroyo

To become an F&I manager at this Carlsbad, Calif.-based Buick-GMC-Cadillac store, candidates must complete an eight-week course addressing a number of topics related to ethics and compliance. The dealership is in the running for the magazine's F&I Dealer of the Year award.

Tags: compliance, DOY Pacesetters, F&I manager, F&I Pacesetters, F&I training, Hoehn Carlsbad Buick GMC Cadillac

October 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

F&I Pacesetters: Prince Automotive Group

Last year, the group’s F&I teams generated $5 million in revenue, about 60% of which was made from product income and the rest from reserve.

By Gregory Arroyo

Prince Automotive Group is proof that operating high-performance finance departments while maintaining the highest level of ethical practices is possible. Now it's in the running for F&I and Showroom's F&I Dealer of the Year award.

Tags: compliance, DOY Pacesetters, F&I manager, F&I Pacesetters, F&I training, Prince Automotive Group

September 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Are Noncompetes Enforceable?

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By Christian Scali

Although standards vary from state to state, it can be difficult to enforce agreements designed to prevent former dealership employees from taking their skills — and their coworkers and your customers — to competitors.

Tags: California, dealers, employment, Florida, hiring, hiring manager, management, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, noncompete agreements

September 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

The Big Menu Debate

By Gil Van Over

The magazine’s resident compliance pro weighs in on one of F&I’s big debates: Is the F&I menu a sales or compliance tool?

Tags: ACE, Automotive Compliance Education, compliance, F&I menu

September 2018, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

4 Steps to Overcome Any Objection

By Rick McCormick

The magazine’s resident F&I wiz lays out a four-step process for handling any objection and having fun while doing it.

Tags: F&I process, F&I sales, F&I training, objection handling, overcoming objections

September 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

The Accept/Decline Form Is F&I’s Best Friend

By Joe Porter

F&I pros who don’t include a completed Accept/Decline form in every deal jacket are not only failing to capitalize on a proven sales tool, they’re putting their dealerships at risk.

Tags: accept/decline form, F&I manager, F&I menu, F&I process, F&I products, F&I sales

September 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Give ’Em Gershwin

By Justin Gasman

Award-winning F&I director explains how using music during his process stimulates his customers' purchasing impulses.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, F&I manager, F&I process, F&I sales, sales, YouTube

August 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Fixing the F&I Time Delay

By Demetrios Lahiri

Self-selection tools can reduce your average turn, accelerate deliveries, and improve F&I production.

Tags: American Financial & Automotive Services, Customer Experience, Darwin Automotive, digital retailing, F&I manager, online F&I, transaction times

July 2018, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Sales in the Blink of an Eye

The Blinker app’s image recognition technology allows users to stand behind a vehicle and snap a photo to receive details like year, make, model, approximate mileage, estimate value, and most of the vehicle’s equipment.

By Stephanie Forshee

Blinker’s P2P ecommerce technology isn’t designed to pose a threat to car dealers. In fact, the company could be working with manufacturers and dealerships in the near future.

Tags: Ally Financial, Blinker, digital retailing, GAP, mobile app, online F&I, private-party sales, Vehicle Service Contract

July 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

F&I’s Need for Nobility

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By Lloyd Trushel

With 78% of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, F&I insider says it’s time for F&I producers to change their approach.

Tags: auto affordability, auto finance, compliance, F&I manager, F&I process, home values

July 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Moving F&I Online

By Cheryl Miller

Dealer software expert makes the case for following your customers online and adopting a fully digital transaction.

Tags: auto finance, Dealertrack, digital retailing, F&I manager, F&I process, online F&I, software, technology

May 2018, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Special Report: Unwinding the CFPB

On May 21, President Trump signed into law the Congress-approved resolution of disapproval of the CFPB’s dealer participation guidance, ending the regulator’s attack on a key source of dealer income five years and two months after it began.

By Gregory Arroyo

F&I tracks the rise and fall of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s aggressive but ultimately futile five-year assault on dealer participation.

Tags: American Financial Services Association, Andrew Koblenz, auto finance, Bill Himpler, Chris Stinebert, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Donald Trump, guidance, National Automobile Dealers Association, Paul Metrey

May 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

To Interview or Not to Interview: That Is the Question

By Dwayne Wiggins

Trainer shares six proven methods for preserving the F&I interview without needlessly annoying your customers.

Tags: Customer Interview, F&I manager, F&I products, F&I sales, F&I training

May 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

One Giant Leap for F&I

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By Rick McCormick

Top trainer says it’s time for F&I professionals — particularly the vets — to let go of the past and embrace the changes facing automotive finance and protection products.

Tags: F&I Presentation, F&I products, F&I sales, F&I training, Reahard & Associates, Rick McCormick

May 2018, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Transparency Wave Rolling Into F&I

More than 500 exhibitors lined the aisles inside the Las Vegas Convention Center for the National Automobile Dealers Association’s annual convention and exposition, which was held March 22-25. (Photo Courtesy of NADA)

By Gregory Arroyo

Digital retailing invaded the Las Vegas Convention Center in late March for NADA 2018, but its arrival did little to bring clarity to F&I’s cloudy future.

Tags: Carvoy, Cox Automotive, DealerSocket, Dealertrack, Dent Wizard, digital retailing, ELEAD1ONE, online F&I, Protective Asset Protection Division, Reynolds & Reynolds, Roadster

May 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Menu Selling Reloaded

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By Rick McCormick

F&I trainer believes new technology and expert salesmanship can combine to create an efficient and productive menu-selling process.

Tags: F&I menu, F&I Menu Presentation, technology, Tips

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

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

Finding Greatness in the Box

By Lloyd Trushel

F&I professionals who stop swinging for the fences and focus on base hits stand to gain the confidence of their customers and the per-copy average that comes with it.

Tags: auto finance, F&I manager, F&I menu, F&I production, F&I products, F&I training

March 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Hail of an Idea

Flanking Dent Zone founder and Nobilis Group President and CEO Troy Good are (left) Jeff Snowden, senior director of agent development for the AutoBodyGuard brand and Nobilis COO Stan Starnes. 

By Tariq Kamal

Troy Good and Jeff Snowden didn’t invent paintless dent repair, but they helped take it national, and their efforts have paid off for dealers in hail-prone states from North Dakota to Florida.

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

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

November 2017, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

Drive Motors Preps Dealers for Cyber Monday, Offers 2018 Predictions

By Michaela Kwoka-Coleman

Drive Motors’ Aaron Krane predicted that, for 2018, dealerships that embrace digital dealmaking will become known as the ecommerce hubs of their regions, a move that will end up pressuring manufactures to sell their cars directly online as well.

Tags: digital retailing, Drive Motors, online F&I

November 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

F&I Pacesetters: Bob Moore Cadillac of Edmond

Pictured with American Financial’s Arden Hetland and F&I and Showroom’s Gregory Arroyo is General Manager Adam Black, who received the magazine’s F&I Pacesetter award on behalf Bob Moore Cadillac of Edmond at the magazine’s annual conference in Dallas this past September. The dealership is one of two Cadillac stores in the 14-rooftop Bob Moore Auto Group.

By Gregory Arroyo

The Edmond, Okla., Cadillac dealership is one of two Cadillac stores in the Bob Moore Auto Group, a 14-rooftop dealer group founded by Robert W. Moore.

Tags: auto finance, Bob Moore Auto Group, charity giving, compliance, DOY Pacesetters, F&I department

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

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

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 - Cover Story

The Connected-Car Opportunity

OnStar now counts 12 million customers globally, nearly half of whom are fleet customers. The service’s mobile app surpassed 1.5 billion interactions in December 2016. General Motors’ Greg Ross said the real innovation is OnStar the device, which establishes a link between a vehicle’s databus and the cellular infrastructure. The vehicle data flowing through that two-way connection is paving the way to future capabilities and services.

By Gregory Arroyo

Two major players in the aftermarket telematics space are attempting to do what others have failed to achieve: carve out a profit opportunity for dealers in today’s connected-car evolution.

Tags: Connected Vehicle, Kahu, LoJack, Spireon, telematics

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

July 2017, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

The CIT Fix

By Demetrios Lahiri

Operations expert offers a two-step fix for solving cash-flow issues related to contracts in transit. It includes process and technology recommendations, as well as penalties for violations.

Tags: Contracts in Transit, dealer, F&I director, F&I process, general agents, management

July 2017, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

FIDOY Nomination Period Extended to July 21

By Editorial Staff

The magazine has extended the nomination period for its 2017 F&I Dealer of the Year contest to July 21. Dealership employees, general agents, vendors, finance sources, and F&I product providers are encouraged to nominate their stores and dealer clients.

Tags: American Financial & Automotive Services, DOY Pacesetters, DOY Winners, F&I office

June 2017, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

Don’t Fire Your Best F&I Manager

By Rahul Saxena

Looking to thin your F&I herd? Advanced analytics prove there are better ways to judge performance than PVR alone.

June 2017, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

The Digital Evangelist

Integrating Dealertrack into Cox Automotive wasn’t Mark O’Neil’s only focus when he was named COO in March 2016. He was also charged with bringing together the company’s four business verticals — Retail Solutions, Inventory Solutions, Media Solution and Financial Solutions — to create what he called ‘One Cox Automotive.’

By Gregory Arroyo

Cox Automotive’s Mark O’Neil talks to the editor about MakeMyDeal’s future, digital retailing, and the fate of the F&I office.

Tags: Cox Automotive, Dealertrack, digital retailing, eMenu, MakeMyDeal, Mark O'Neil, online F&I

June 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

When Did ‘Cash’ Become a Four-Letter Word?

By Dwayne Wiggins

F&I trainer shares five proven methods for turning cash customers into F&I product buyers.

Tags: Cash Conversion, F&I manager, F&I menu, F&I products, F&I training

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