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July 4, 2011 - Industry News

Toyota Offers Performance Accessories Package for 2011 Prius

The Prius PLUS package allows consumers to select from a variety of popular colors, custom body kit enhancements, performance add-ons and custom badging.

Tags: Accessory Market, F&I products, Hybrid Vehicle, Toyota

June 17, 2011 - Industry News

US Fidelis Owners Indicted on Multiple Felony Charges

Brothers Darain and Cory Atkinson, founders of now-bankrupt extended service contract company US Fidelis, were charged with multiple felonies, including unlawful merchandising practices, stealing and insurance fraud.

Tags: extended warranties, fraud, Service Contracts, US Fidelis

June 14, 2011 - Industry News

Protective, VisionMenu Partnership Offers Product Rating and Enrollment Web Service

VisionMenu has forged a new partnership with Protective to offer product rating and enrollment Web services through Protective’s existing distribution network.

Tags: Protective, Protective Asset Protection Division, VisionMenu Inc., Web Tools

June 7, 2011 - Industry News

Hyundai Motor America Launches Accessory Sales Programs

Hyundai Motor America has announced the launch of an in-store accessory sales program to be facilitated through MOBIS Parts America and powered by Insignia Group, LC, which provides accessory sales tools and training.

Tags: accessories selling, Accessory Market, Hyundai

May 13, 2011 - Industry News

Bill to Fix California GAP Problem Signed by Gov. Brown

Legislation aimed at amending a California law that prohibited the inclusion of deductible coverage in the sale of GAP was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last Monday, ending a four-month effort led by several trade organizations and an F&I product provider.

Tags: California New Car Dealers Association, GAP

May 10, 2011 - Industry News

AUL Corp. Partners With OptionSoft Technologies

AUL Corp., a provider of service contracts for used vehicles, has formed an agreement with OptionSoft Technologies, a provider of automotive software solutions. The goal of the partnership is to allow both companies to continue offering their dealer networks the most advanced electronic business solutions.

Tags: AUL Corp., F&I products, Service Contracts

May 10, 2011 - Industry News

Signet Folds, Dealers on Hold

Dealers, consumers and state regulators want to know the whereabouts of Greg Lehmann and his Signet Financial Group. The Vacaville, Calif.-based F&I product provider, which offered a service-contract refund agreement, closed its doors without notice in late March, leaving consumers with a lot of questions and dealers without answers.

Tags: Service Contracts, Signet Financial Group

May 5, 2011 - Industry News

Safe-Guard Promotes Barkowitz to CEO, Duncan to President

Safe-Guard Products International LLC, a third-party administrator of ancillary F&I products, announced that Randy Barkowitz has been promoted to chief executive officer and David Duncan has been promoted to president.

Tags: ancillary products, Safe-Guard

May 3, 2011 - Industry News

IAS and DataDot Partner to Provide Theft Deterrent System

IAS, a provider of F&I aftermarket programs, has partnered with DataDot Dealer Services and will add its microdot theft deterrent system to the IAS anti-theft product portfolio, effective immediately.

Tags: IAS, Vehicle Theft

April 27, 2011 - Industry News

EasyCare Partners With Jeff Cowan’s Pro Talk on Service Drive Training

EasyCare and Jeff Cowan have partnered to bring his Pro Talk sales training and consulting to more than 2,000 EasyCare dealers across the country.

Tags: EasyCare, parts and service, Service Contracts, training

April 26, 2011 - Industry News

Protective Takes Top Spot in Dealers’ Choice Awards

Protective’s Asset Protection Division took top honors in Auto Dealer Monthly’s 2011 Dealers’ Choice Award.

Tags: Protective Asset Protection Division

April 25, 2011 - Industry News

CNA Voted Top Reinsurance Provider in Dealers' Choice Awards

For the seventh consecutive year, CNA National Warranty Corporation (CNAN) has earned a Diamond Award in the Dealers’ Choice Awards, according to Auto Dealer Monthly magazine.

Tags: CNA National, Service Contracts

April 25, 2011 - Industry News

Norman & Company Introduces Commercial GAP

Norman & Company Inc., a provider of aftermarket products for automotive, powersports, marine and RV dealerships, has launched Classic Commercial GAP, a program designed to serve fleet and lease departments.

Tags: GAP, leasing

April 19, 2011 - Industry News

Allstate Dealer Services to Use Allstate Brand for F&I Products

Allstate Dealer Services (ADS) today announced plans to brand its F&I products with the Allstate name.

Tags: Allstate Dealer Services, ancillary products, GAP, Service Contracts

April 11, 2011 - Industry News

JM&A Group Earns Top Service Contract Provider Award

JM&A Group was named the recipient of the Gold Award in the Service Contract Provider category of the Auto Dealer Monthly 2011 Dealers’ Choice Awards.

Tags: JM&A Group, Service Contracts

March 29, 2011 - Industry News

NAE and NWAN Announce Partnership with Paylink

National Automotive Experts (NAE) and National Warranty Administration Network (NWAN) announced a new partnership with Paylink Payment Plans LLC (Paylink).

Tags: National Automotive Experts, National Warranty Administration Network, PayLink

March 24, 2011 - Industry News

Toyota, Lexus Continue to Rebound in Perceived Quality

ALG’s Spring 2011 Perceived Quality Study (PQS) showed Toyota’s Perceived Quality Score rose 4 percent over the last six months and Lexus again captured the luxury category’s highest Perceived Quality rating during the reporting period.

Tags: ALG, Lexus, Toyota

March 11, 2011 - Industry News

Bill to Fix California GAP Problem Moving Quickly

Legislation aimed at amending a California law that barred a key GAP feature is moving quickly through the state Legislature, raising the prospects of the issue being resolved by June.

Tags: GAP, legislation

February 11, 2011 - Industry News

Warrantech and Volvo Ink Vehicle Service Contract Deal

Warrantech Corporation has signed a three-year contract to serve as Volvo Cars North America LLC’s factory-authorized OEM service contract administrator for new and used Volvo cars and light trucks.

Tags: Service Contracts, Volvo, Warrantech Corporation

February 3, 2011 - Industry News

DealerTrack to Support Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Product Sales

DealerTrack Aftermarket Services Inc., a subsidiary of DealerTrack Holdings Inc., has been selected as the exclusive technology platform to support sales of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services (MBFS) USA’s comprehensive line of Mercedes-Benz-branded vehicle protection products.

Tags: Dealertrack, dent-and-ding, GAP, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Tire and Wheel, windshield protection

February 1, 2011 - Industry News

Allstate Dealer Services Names New President

Douglas J. Herberger has been named president of Allstate Dealer Services. In this role, Herberger will be responsible for managing Allstate Dealer Service’s F&I products serving more than 5 million customers.

Tags: Allstate Dealer Services

February 1, 2011 - Industry News

NAE to Market and Distribute Diamon-Fusion

National Automotive Experts has partnered with Diamon-Fusion International Inc. (DFI Nanotechnology) and will market and distribute the Diamon-Fusion protective windshield coating product, replacement warranty and other products.

Tags: National Automotive Experts, windshield protection

January 25, 2011 - Industry News

GAP Deductible Under Threat in California

New disclosure requirements being considered by the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) for loan insurance products aren’t the only threat to core F&I offerings like GAP. In California, product providers are racing to notify dealers that one of the key selling feature of GAP might be barred since a new law took effect on Jan. 1.

Tags: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, credit insurance, Federal Reserve, Federal Trade Commission, GAP, NADA

January 24, 2011 - Industry News

Ken Garff Auto Group Selects MediaTrac’s Maintenance Program

Ken Garff Automotive Group has selected MediaTrac’s UltraCare Preventive Maintenance solution to help grow its service revenue and boost customer retention.

Tags: parts and service, Vehicle Maintenance

January 24, 2011 - Industry News

The Impact Group Adds E-Rating, E-Contracting Functions to Fusion Menu

The Impact Group is excited to announce e-rating and e-contracting enhancements to the Fusion Menu for the full line of IAS products and services.

Tags: e-contracting, F&I menus, Innovative Aftermarket Systems, The Impact Group