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January 26, 2017 - Industry News

RoadVantage Teams With The Academy on New Training Initiative

The Academy is led by F&I trainer Tony Dupaquier. The program includes workshops for personnel at all levels within F&I and sales operations, and is designed with today’s internet-educated shoppers in mind.

Tags: digital retailing, F&I manager, F&I training, Garret Lacour, Internet Shopper, RoadVantage, The Academy, Tony Dupaquier

January 25, 2017 - Industry News

Wise F&I Integrates With OptionSoft

Wise F&I's product lineup is now integrated with OptionSoft's menu software.

January 25, 2017 - Industry News

Roadster Adds Vehicle Recommendation Feature to Ecommerce System

The company’s new Vehicle Recommender tool for the iPad empowers dealership salespeople to instantly identify the right car for customers from the moment they set foot in the dealership. It’s available as a new feature of Roadster’s Express Storefront iPad app.

Tags: digital retailing, Ecommerce, online F&I, Roadster

January 25, 2017 - Industry News

Quantech Rebrands F&I Solutions, Announces New DMS

Quantech Software Inc. has dropped the word "Online" from its flagship Q-F&I (Online) and Q-Menus (Online) solutions. It also announced this week a new version of its Q-DMS software.

Tags: DMS, F&I manager, F&I menu, Quantech

January 24, 2017 - Industry News

CDK, Darwin Team Up on New F&I Menu System

The new F&I menu system will be marketed and sold as CDK MenuVantage Platinum. It uses "prescriptive selling," a patented technology that uses inputs from consumer, vehicle, deal and third-party sources, to tailor F&I product presentations to individual car buyers.

Tags: CDK Global Inc., Darwin Automotive, F&I manager, F&I menu, F&I products

January 24, 2017 - Industry News

Doug Frey Joins EasyCare to Lead New Agency Development and Acquisitions

Frey joins the F&I product provider from Allstate Dealer Services, where he served as COO. He will now serve as EasyCare’s executive vice president of new agency relations and acquisitions.

Tags: Allstate, APCO, Doug Frey, EasyCare, F&I manager, F&I products, general agents, GWC Warranty Corporation

January 24, 2017 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Names New Vice President Of Operations

GWC Warranty announced the appointment of Richard Gesler as vice president of operations. He will oversee the F&I product provider's claims, business processing and customer service operations.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I products, GWC Warranty Corporation, vehicle service contracts

January 23, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Credit Invests in Online Car-Buying Platform

The captive announced a new connection to San Francisco-based AutoFi, which provides a platform that allows customers to purchase and finance a new vehicle via the dealership’s website.

Tags: AutoFi, digital retailing, F&I products, Ford Credit, Online Buying

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

Compliance Summit Returns to Texas in September

Held alongside Industry Summit for the second consecutive year, Compliance Summit will include one full day of compliance education for dealers, managers, and sales and F&I professionals. An onsite certification courtesy of Automotive Compliance Education (ACE) will be available to all attendees the following day.

Tags: auto finance, Best Training Day Ever, compliance, Compliance Summit, F&I training, Industry Summit

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

F&I Express Announces Initiative to Streamline F&I Product Cancellation Process

The software company today released details on an initiative to electronically integrate major finance sources with F&I product providers in a bid to develop better F&I product cancellation processes and systems.

Tags: auto finance, Dealertrack, F&I Express, F&I products, Repossessions

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

Roadster, F&I Express Announce Integration Pact

Through F&I Express’ Express Digital Media Solution, Roadster dealers can now provide car buyers with accurate F&I product quotes and education material from more than 130 F&I product providers.

Tags: digital retailing, F&I Express, F&I products, online F&I, Roadster

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

Heritage Acceptance Corp. Launches New Vehicle Service Contract

The new service contract includes roadside assistance and a higher liability limit the company claims will better protect the customer's investment.

Tags: Heritage Acceptance Corp., Marathon Administrative Co., vehicle service contract

January 10, 2017 - Industry News

Dent Wizard Hires Vice President of Customer Development

Ryan Briggs, former national sales manager for DigitCut, was hired by Dent Wizard to fill the newly created position of vice president of customer development. He'll be responsible for expanding the company’s relationships with the nation’s Top 150 dealer groups.

Tags: Dent Wizard, paintless dent removal, reconditioning, remarketing

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

KosLo Website Integrates NADAguides Data to Improve Consumer Experience

The online vehicle deal generation company has enhanced its site with year, make and model data from NADAguides to help further enhance the customized car-buying experience it offers consumers.

Tags: KosLo, NADA, NADAguides, technology, Website

December 29, 2016 - Industry News

New VSC Portal Helps Monetize Lost VSC Leads

ForeverCar, a vehicle service contract technology provider, has launched a new dealer-branded VSC sales platform designed to help dealers sell protection products on older, higher mileage vehicles. The platform is also designed to help dealers recapture 'lost' VSC opportunities from prior lead investments.

Tags: Digital F&I, technology, VSC

December 29, 2016 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Names New Agency Channel Manager

Adam Cappucci, who spent the last three years as an inside sales rep for global engineering group Sandvik, will serve as GWC's primary liaison to automotive agents and their dealers.

Tags: Agency Channel Manager, Appointment, GWC Warranty Corporation

December 21, 2016 - Industry News

Tech Companies Offer 2017 Marketing and F&I Predictions

This year saw a slew of companies enter the automotive space looking to push vehicle sales into the Digital Age. With the New Year’s bells within earshot, several of them offered their 2017 predictions in the areas of marketing and F&I.

Tags: 2017, Drive Motors, Outsell, Predictions, technology

December 20, 2016 - Industry News

RouteOne Targeting Digital Retailing With Acquisition of MaximTrak

MaximTrak President Jim Maxim Jr.

The deal was executed through a wholly owned subsidiary developed by RouteOne. It will operate as MaximTrak Technologies under the leadership of RouteOne CEO Justin Oesterle and MaximTrak President Jim Maxim Jr.

December 20, 2016 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Caps Off Charitable Year With Toy Drive Donation

GWC Warranty employees across the country donated hundreds of toys and more than $1,000 to help families of hospitalized children shop for holiday gifts.

Tags: Charity, Donation, GWC Warranty Corporation

December 15, 2016 - Industry News

SouthwestRe Looking to Add Agents in 2017

SouthwestRe announced plans to aggressively expand into new territories beginning in 2017. The company is now recruiting independent agents to support this effort throughout the continental United States.

Tags: agents, F&I, SouthwestRe

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

EFG Companies Names Winner of 2016 Innovator of the Year Award

EFG Companies and Northwood University have named Team Vigilance the winner of their 2016 Innovator of the Year competition. The three-person team was awarded $25,000, and could see their winning product developed by EFG for market availability.

Tags: Customer Retention, EFG Companies, Innovator of the Year Award, Northwood University, technology

December 13, 2016 - Industry News

Portfolio’s Dallas Office Named a ‘2017 Best Place to Work For in Texas'

The F&I product provider joins 100 other companies on the list. This was the first time the company entered the contest, which is designed to recognize and honor the best places of employment in Texas, benefiting the state economy, workforce and business.

Tags: F&I product provider, Portfolio, reinsurance, vehicle service contracts

December 12, 2016 - Industry News

Half Million North Texas Residents Still Driving Unrepaired Recall Vehicles, Takata Warns

More than 500,000 North Texas residents are driving recalled vehicles equipped with faulty Takata airbag inflators, according to Airbag Recall, a website setup by the Takata Corp. to inform consumers about the recall. The company is urging drivers of these vehicles to have them repaired immediately.

Tags: Airbag, Inflator, NHTSA, Recall, Takata, Texas

December 12, 2016 - Industry News

Autotrader Announces Top 8 CPO Programs for December

Autotrader today released its list of the Top 8 certified pre-owned programs for the holiday season. According to the company, these certified pre-owned vehicles offer consumers the reliability and safety of a new vehicle, but at a more affordable price.

Tags: Acura, Autotrader, BMW, Buick, CPO, GMC, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan

December 8, 2016 - Industry News

New York AG Settles Two Payment Packing Suits for $1.6 Million

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s crackdown on payment packing continues. Last week, the New York regulator announced settlements with SG Hyland Motors Corp. of Staten Island and Best Auto Outlet of Floral Park, which will collectively pay $1.6 million in restitution to more than 2,300 victims of their alleged deceptive sales tactics.

Tags: Attorney General, Eric T Schneiderman, Lawsuit, New York, Settlement