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February 15, 2018 - Industry News

New York Fed: Credit Scores Rise as Household Debt Reaches New Peak

Credit scores in the fourth quarter of 2017 were only a half a point higher than the median score recorded during the first quarter of 2009. And according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 2017 auto loan origination volume reached the highest level it has ever observed.

Tags: auto finance, delinquencies, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Great Recession, origination volume

February 13, 2018 - Industry News

ADG EasyCare Adds Yelverton to F&I Specialist Roster

Richard Yelverton has joined ADG EasyCare as a Northern Virginia-based F&I specialist.

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Hyundai, Acura Take Top Honors in KBB’s ‘5-Year Cost to Own’ Awards

The firm named Hyundai as the brand with the lowest cost to own and Acura as the lowest cost luxury brand. Top vehicles were selected in 22 categories.

Tags: Acura, Cost to Own, General Motors, Hyundai, Kelley Blue Book, Toyota

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

AUL Surpasses Two Million Contracts Issued

The company achieved its milestone in a third of the time it took to reach one million policies issued, which AUL did in 2011. Officials said 2017 was the vehicle service contract provider’s best performing year since its founding in 1990.

Tags: AUL Corp., F&I products, milestone, vehicle service contracts

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Earns Two Workplace Recognition Awards

The F&I product provider was named to the National Association of Business Resources’ ‘101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for” and the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader’s ‘Northeastern Pennsylvania Best Places to Work” lists.

Tags: Best Places to Work, F&I products, GWC Warranty Corporation, vehicle service contract

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Car Care Council Releases List of Top 10 Most Common Vehicle Repairs

Changing oil and oil filters, replacing wiper blades and air filters, and scheduled maintenance top the Car Care Council’s list of most common repairs. The list was developed using research from market research firm IMR Inc.

Tags: Car Care Council, IMR Inc., parts and service, Prepaid Maintenance, Vehicle Maintenance

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

American Guardian Announces 2018 Growth Plan, Promotion of Key Executives

As part of its announcement, the F&I product provider revealed several key executive promotions, including the appointment of Jon A. Anderson as president and COO.

Tags: agents, American Guardian Warranty Services, Compass Auto VSC, F&I products, Jon Anderson, vehicle service contracts

January 24, 2018 - Industry News

Canada's iA Financial Group Completes Acquisition of SouthwestRe, DAC

iA Financial Group has completed its acquisition of the third-party administrator and its insurance arm, Dealers Assurance Co. Both companies will now operate as fully owned subsidiaries of iA.

Tags: Dealers Assurance Company, F&I products, iA Financial Group, Mergers and Acquisitions, reinsurance, SouthwestRe

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

Darwin Updates F&I Platform to Address Military Lending Act Rules

Darwin today announced a new update to its F&I sales platform designed to address the interpretive rule the Defense Department issued last month under the MLA.

Tags: compliance, credit insurance, Darwin Automotive, Department of Defense, GAP, Military Lending Act

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

CNAN Recaps Year of Milestones, Awards, Tech Advancements

CNA National said it has now paid more than $3 billion in claims for all product lines since the company’s founding in 1982. That’s just one of the achievements the company notched in 2017, a year in which the company introduced a new product and passed the four million mark for VSCs in force.

Tags: CNA National, F&I products, vehicle service contracts, Z2 Series

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

JD Power Enters F&I Space

The launch of J.D. Power Automotive Protection Products marks the data and insight provider’s first foray into the finance office.

January 22, 2018 - Industry News

Zurich to Focus Heavily on F&I in 2018

Zurich North America is reshaping its dealer P&C portfolio to address 'persistent underperformance due to continued volatility associated with large and catastrophic hail losses." As a result, Zurich will focus heavily on F&I in 2018, a spokesperson said last week.

Tags: F&I office, F&I process, F&I products, P&C insurance, vehicle service contracts, Zurich

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

TagRail Launches Digital Retail Platform

Add TagRail to the growing list of companies offering a digital retail platform. The company’s online car-buying tool is designed to close more online shoppers through a frictionless online transition from their living room to the showroom.

Tags: auto finance, digital retailing, F&I products, online F&I, TagRail, technology

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

Drive Motors: Digital Retailing Delivers Holidays Sales Gains

Drive Motors’ dealer clients sold almost three times as many cars online on Christmas Day 2017 than they did the same day in 2016 thanks to its digital retailing platform, the firm revealed this week.

Tags: auto finance, digital retailing, Drive Motors, online F&I, technology

January 17, 2018 - Industry News

Norman/Classic Adds Diminished Value and Depreciation Programs

The two new programs are backed by Lyndon Southern Insurance Co. The first provides a trade-in credit of up to $10,000 if a vehicle is involved in a collision and repaired, while the other pledges to cover depreciation (up to $10,000) if a vehicle is stolen and not recovered or is deemed a total loss as a result of an accident.

Tags: AM Best, F&I product, Lyndon Southern Insurance Company, Norman & Co., trade-in value, vehicle depreciation

January 11, 2018 - Industry News

Chase Joins AutoFi’s Digital Retailing Platform

Through the newly forged partnership, Chase will deliver financing terms online through the AutoFi Platform. The finance source is the first national bank to join the Ford Credit-backed AutoFi platform.

Tags: AutoFi, digital retailing, online F&I

January 10, 2018 - Industry News

Digital License Plate Maker Closes $11.1 Million Finance Round

The funding round, which will allow Reviver Auto to expand the footprint of its digital license plate, was led by Australian-based ACK Group. The firm also announced the addition of two new members to its board of directors, former Emotient CEO Ken Denman and former R.L. Polk CEO Stephen Polk.

Tags: digital license plate, Reviver Auto

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Survey: Online F&I Improves CSI

Customers who are able to initiate the financing and F&I product selection process online report a better overall car-buying experience, according to a new survey from SpringboardAuto.

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Dent Wizard Rolls Out New F&I Programs

Road hazard tire-and-wheel, key protection with Tile Technology and optional add-on coverages highlight the F&I product provider’s new offerings.

Tags: Dent Wizard, dent-and-ding, F&I products, key replacement, reconditioning, Tire and Wheel, windshield protection

January 5, 2018 - Industry News

StoneEagle Welcomes New CEO

Cindy Allen has been named CEO of StoneEagle, joining an executive leadership team that includes founder and chairman Bobby Allen and managing partner Brent Allen.

January 4, 2018 - Industry News

F&I Express, F&I Admin Launch Product Cancellation Platform

A strategic partnership between F&I Express and F&I Administration Solutions was designed to create the industry’s first electronic F&I product cancelation process.

December 21, 2017 - Industry News

NY AG Sues Two Dealerships Over the Sale of Etch

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against Victory Mitsubishi of Larchmont and Victory Suzuki of the Bronx, charging the stores with selling an ‘unwanted and bogus’ anti-theft product.

December 20, 2017 - Industry News

UPDATED: Core F&I Product Could Put Some Auto Finance Deals Under Military Lending Act’s Requirements

Based on an interpretive rule issued by the Defense Department on Dec. 14, including credit-protection products like GAP in a servicemember’s vehicle finance contract could subject it to a slew of restrictions and requirements under the Military Lending Act (MLA).

Tags: compliance, credit insurance, Department of Defense, F&I products, GAP, Military Lending Act, National Automobile Dealers Association, servicemembers

December 19, 2017 - Industry News

VisionMenu Releases Paperless Deal Jacket

Using Paperless Deal Jacket, any form may be signed at the dealership or remotely using the customer’s smartphone. This is facilitated by VisionMenu’s patent-pending vSignature technology.

December 18, 2017 - Industry News

Auto/Mate Promotes Vickers to Regional Sales Manager

David Vickers

David Vickers has earned a promotion from customer success manager to regional sales manager for New York and Pennsylvania at Auto/Mate Dealership Systems.

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