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December 8, 2011 - Industry News

Bank of America, DataScan Launch Used-Car Buying Website

Bank of America and DataScan Field Services have launched a new Website that will provide used-car buyers with everything they’ll need to complete a vehicle purchase online.

Tags: Bank of America, DataScan Field Services, internet sales, Internet Shopper, PRNDL.com, used vehicles, used-vehicle financing

November 17, 2011 - Industry News

New F&Idol Videos Available Now

The magazine has posted new video footage of the five F&Idol category winners running through their product pitches.

Tags: F&I products, GAP, key replacement, Service Contracts, Tire and Wheel, training, Vehicle Theft

November 17, 2011 - Industry News

VIDEO: Tip of the Week

John Vecchioni offers five steps to achieving a proper customer turnover from sales to F&I. United Car Care’s director of F&I development also offers some useful tips on how salespeople can really tee up the F&I manager.

Tags: F&I Presentation, sales department, Sales Tactics, turnover, United Car Care

November 15, 2011 - Industry News

Nissan Announces 20th Anniversary Package for 2012 Altima

The 20th Anniversary Package for the 2012 Nissan Altima includes 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, fog lights, rear spoiler, automatic auto on/off headlights and more.

Tags: F&I products, Nissan

November 15, 2011 - Industry News

American Guardian Launches New Funding Program

American Guardian Warranty Services Inc. has launched a new program that will pay dealers upfront when they sell one of the company's F&I products.

Tags: advanced commissions, American Guardian Warranty Services, F&I products

November 8, 2011 - Industry News

AdVantageTec, California Coastal Commission to Raise Funds for Coastal Conservation

AdVantageTec announced it has partnered with the California Coastal Commission to promote the Whale Tail Ecoplate, a specialty license plate created to raise funds for coastal conservation and environmental efforts.

Tags: AdVantageTec, F&I products

November 8, 2011 - Industry News

Ford Credit Launches Lincoln-Branded Captive

Ford Motor Credit Company announced the launch of Lincoln Automotive Financial Services (LAFS), a new captive established to serve Lincoln customers.

Tags: captive finance, F&I products, Ford, Ford Credit, Lincoln, Lincoln Automotive Financial Services

November 1, 2011 - Industry News

New Service Levels Playing Field for Single-Point Dealers

Dealers United introduced a new service in which it will act as the conduit for single-point dealerships to negotiate better terms and prices with vendors, and bring costs down through volume purchasing.

Tags: Dealers United, F&I product provider, F&I products, Franchised Dealerships, Independent Dealerships

November 1, 2011 - Industry News

Vince Tunzi Named Izmocars National Field Operations Manager

In his new post as national field operations manager, Vince Tunzi will oversee izmocars’ national consulting team and further expansion of the company’s process for accessory sales.

Tags: accessories selling, Accessory Market, izmocars

October 18, 2011 - Industry News

Vets-Cars Launches Service Contract for Service Members

Vets-Cars Group has introduced the Vets-Shield Command Care, a service contract geared toward active and former military personnel and their families.

Tags: military, Service Contracts, Vets-Cars, Vets-Shield Inc.

October 6, 2011 - Industry News

G.P. Anderson Named 2011 F&Idol Winner

Readers of F&I and Showroom voted Greg Paul “GP” Anderson the winner of the magazine’s inaugural F&Idol contest. The F&I manager for Thielen Motors, Park Rapids, Minn., was honored during a special ceremony at the publication’s Industry Summit 2011.

Tags: FandIdol, GAP, Industry Summit 2011, key replacement, Service Contracts, Tire and Wheel, training, Vehicle Theft

October 6, 2011 - Industry News

Izmocars, Ask Patty to Offer Accessory Sales Training

Izmocars and Ask Patty have partnered to offer training that will provide women with a better in-store purchasing experience and help dealers capture a larger share of the accessories market.

Tags: accessories department, accessories selling, Accessory Market, AskPatty.com, izmocars, training

September 27, 2011 - Industry News

VSC Refund Provider in Jeopardy

The North American Dealer Co-Op (NADC), which came to the aid of automotive dealers when another guaranteed refund program folded over the summer, is now in danger of losing its own 17-year-old program.

Tags: NADC, North American Dealer Co-Op, Service Contracts, Signet Financial Group

September 22, 2011 - Industry News

PEN Adds NAE to e-Contracting Platform

The Provider Exchange Network has added National Automotive Experts to its platform, which will allow NAE dealers to e-contract the F&I product provider’s vehicle service contracts and other offerings.

Tags: e-contracting, F&I products, Open Dealer Exchange, Provider Exchange Network, vehicle service products

September 20, 2011 - Industry News

Ziebart Founder Dies at 91

Ziebart International Corp. announced that Kurt Rudi Ziebart, founder of the Ziebart brand and Ziebart Rustproofing, passed away on Sept. 12, 2011, in Williamsburg, Mich.

Tags: F&I products, obituary

September 20, 2011 - Industry News

F&I Admin Releases Dealer Portal for SCS Auto

F&I Administration Solutions LLC unveils a new platform that will connect F&I product providers to their dealers.

Tags: dealer, F&I Administration, F&I products

September 15, 2011 - Industry News

RoadVantage Selects F&I Administration to Automate Product Administration

RoadVantage taps F&I Administration Solutions LLC to streamline its F&I product administration.

Tags: F&I Administration, F&I products, RoadVantage, vehicle service products

August 23, 2011 - Industry News

F&I Administration Adds Auto Knight Motor Club to E-Contracting Platform

F&I Administration Solution has added Auto Knight Motor Club to its SCS Auto platform, which provides F&I product providers with e-contracting, e-rating and e-remittance capabilities.

Tags: Auto Knight Motor Club, e-contracting, F&I Administration, F&I products

August 23, 2011 - Industry News

VisionMenu Menu Integrates Reynolds Certified Interfaces

VisionMenu Inc. announced the release of Reynolds and Reynolds certified data interfaces for its VisionMenu and VisionReport systems.

August 23, 2011 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz, AMEX Roll Out Co-Branded Credit Cards

American Express and Mercedes-Benz USA have partnered to offer two new credit cards that will allow Mercedes-Benz owners to earn points that can be used toward the automaker’s service package offerings or toward the purchase or lease of a new vehicle.

Tags: American Express, Credit, Credit Cards, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

August 18, 2011 - Industry News

Charter Warranty Adds Product Funding Option

Vehicle service contract provider Charter Warranty has announced the launch of “Save-A-Deal,” a new program designed to offer dealers a new option for financing F&I products.

Tags: Charter Warranty, F&I products, Service Contracts

August 18, 2011 - Industry News

GSFSGroup Names New National Sales VP

GSFSGroup has named the former national sales director for Allstate Dealer Service to its top sales post. The F&I product provider also appointed a new vice president for its Gulf States Division.

Tags: GSFSGroup

August 8, 2011 - Industry News

The Warranty Group, Lithia Motors Extend Service Contract Deal

The Warranty Group Inc. announced that Lithia Motors has extended its agreement with the F&I product provider and will continue offering The Warranty Group’s service contract offerings.

Tags: F&I products, Lithia Motors, Service Contracts, The Warranty Group

August 8, 2011 - Industry News

F&I Express adds Protective to e-Contracting Platform

Protective Life’s vehicle service contracts and GAP will be available through Intersection Technologies’ e-contracting platform.

Tags: e-contracting, GAP, Protective, Protective Asset Protection Division, Protective Life Corporation, Service Contracts

August 8, 2011 - Industry News

Accessories Influence 12 Percent of All Vehicle Sales, Says New Report

Foresight Research’s 2011 Automotive Accessory Market Report found that accessories influenced 12 percent of all vehicle sold. It also found that less than half of dealers visited by surveyed shoppers had an accessorized vehicle on display.

Tags: accessories department, accessories selling, Accessory Market