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March 20, 2018 - Industry News

UDS Launches Diamond Finish Environmental Protection

United Development Systems has launched UDS Diamond Finish, a new environmental protection program for franchised auto dealers.

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Appoints Strategic Brand Manager

F&I product provider GWC Warranty today announced the addition of Emily Dwyer as its new strategic brand manager.

Tags: F&I products, GWC Warranty Corporation, hires, Used-Vehicle Service Contracts

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Darwin Partners With RouteOne

A new partnership between Darwin Automotive and RouteOne was designed to connect dealers with online car shoppers without compromising F&I production.

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

AUL Names Jose Fleites CIO

AUL Corp. has expanded its executive leadership team with the hire of Jose Fleites as chief information officer.

March 15, 2018 - Industry News

J.D. Power’s Finbarr O’Neill Joins APCO Holdings Board

Finbarr O’Neill, who is set to retire from J.D. Power this month, was weighing his options for retirement when the vehicle service contract administrator invited him to join its board of directors.

Tags: APCO, EasyCare, Finbarr O'Neill, GWC Warranty Corporation, J.D. Power, vehicle service contracts

March 15, 2018 - Industry News

RouteOne, MaximTrak Streamline F&I Process With New Functionality

The new functionality allows product documents from the 110-plus F&I product providers connected to MaximTrak’s sales and F&I solution to be included in RouteOne’s econtracting package for a single, electronic consumer signing ceremony,

Tags: auto finance, econtracting, F&I process, F&I products, F&I solutions, MaximTrak, RouteOne

March 13, 2018 - Industry News

GWC Warranty and Nicholas Financial Form Strategic Alliance

The vehicle service contract provider and auto finance company to offer financing and VSCs to auto dealers and car buyers.

March 5, 2018 - Industry News

CNA National Distributed More Than $41M to Dealers in 2017

This was the third consecutive year the F&I product provider paid out more than $40 million to its dealers through its various participation programs.

Tags: CFC, CNA National, Controlled Foreign Corp., GAP, NCFC, Noncontrolled Foreign Corp., reinsurance, Tire and Wheel

March 1, 2018 - Industry News

EFG Sweeps Stevie Awards

EFG Companies was recognized in four out of four categories in the 12th Annual Stevie Awards for Sales and Customer Service.

February 22, 2018 - Industry News

Military Lending Act's December Update More Harmful Than First Thought

Robert Wilkie, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.

A Hudson Cook attorney told industry trade groups in a Jan. 18 memo that the Defense Department’s Dec. 14 interpretative rule, combined with something else it did in July 2015, makes it ‘highly unlikely that any dealer or finance source will be willing to originate or purchase’ a vehicle finance transaction if credit-protection products are included.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, credit insurance, Department of Defense, GAP, Hudson Cook, Military Lending Act

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