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March 2017, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

5 Ways Trump Can Alter Finance

President Donald Trump promised sweeping regulatory reform on the campaign trail and could play a pivotal role in easing or eliminating some regulations affecting the auto finance industry. Photo by Gage Skidmore

By Christian Scali and Monica Baumann

Auto dealer regulations face an uncertain future under the Trump presidency. Two California-based attorneys take a look at the road ahead for the CFPB, the FTC, and state regulators.

Tags: arbitration agreements, Attorney General, CFPB, dealer participation, Donald Trump, FTC

March 2017, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Rising GAP Claims Reveal Troubling Trends

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By Gregory Arroyo

GAP rates are on the rise. Insiders say dealers should welcome the increases, adding that the performance of this core F&I product points to a severe slowdown in the next 24 months.

Tags: Auto Finance, Auto Loan Terms, claims, F&I products, GAP, Great Recession, guaranteed asset protection

March 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Remote Deliveries: Proceed With Caution

By Gil Van Over

When it comes to out-of-state deliveries, the magazine’s resident compliance guru says proceed with caution. He lays out a simple process for guarding your dealership against ID thieves.

Tags: compliance, Digital Retailing, F&I process, Online F&I, Red Flags Rule, Remote Deliveries

March 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

5 Habits of Highly Successful Sales Professionals

By Tom McQueen

Sales trainer reviews the five fundamentals that separate mediocre salespeople from the true professionals.

Tags: CSI, customer satisfaction, Customer Service, Road to the Sale, sales, Showroom

March 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

The Big Difference: Statements vs. Objections

By John Vecchioni

F&I trainer explains why handling statements like objections can put customers on the defensive and cost you the opportunity to illustrate the benefits of protection products.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I process, F&I products, Objection Handling

February 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

State of the F&I Union

By Ryan Fischer

A survey of 159 F&I professionals revealed a number of surprises — and confirmed at least one widely held theory — about compensation and how they feel about their work.

Tags: F&I director, F&I income, F&I manager, F&I products, Pay Plans, PVR, Ryan Fischer

February 2017, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

F&I to Go

un Toyota’s Showroom2Go program combines process with technology. For the latter, the dealership partnered with website provider fusionZONE Automotive to customize the online buying platform. It includes a finance module, trade-in value calculator, and the software that puts it all together: Dealmaker.

By Brittany-Marie Swanson

Sun Toyota’s John Marazzi was already an internet sales evangelist before launching a fully online process in September 2016. In its first month alone, the program delivered 75 closed deals and an F&I per-copy average that was just $45 shy of the in-store average.

Tags: Digital Retailing, Online F&I, Sun Toyota, Test Drive, Toyota, vehicle delivery

January 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Balancing Act

By Melinda Zabritski

We hate to burst your bubble, but there is no bubble to burst. Auto finance expert breaks down the third-quarter results.

Tags: Bubble, Credit Unions, Delinquencies, Financing, Subprime

January 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Relationships Matter Again

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By Jim Houston

With the sales pace slowing, auto finance insider believes dealer relationship management will be a top priority for finance sources in 2017.

Tags: Auto Finance, Dealer Relationship Management, J.D. Power

January 2017, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

There's an App for That

The executive team for AutoGravity includes CTO Martin Prescher, CEO Andreas Hinrichs, COO Nicholas Stellman, and COO Serge Vartanov.

By Eric Gandarilla

AutoGravity’s Andreas Hinrichs believes his mobile financing app can serve as the ‘digital glue’ between dealers and finance sources, delivering ready-to-buy consumers to dealer showrooms.

Tags: F&I technology, Fletcher Jones, Mobile Applications, technology, Vehicle Financing

December 2016, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Hold Your Head High

Incoming NADA Chairman Mark Scarpelli is a second-generation dealer. He serves as president of Raymond Chevrolet in Antioch, Ill., and co-owners, with his brother Ray Scarpelli, of Ray Chevrolet and Ray Chrysler Jeep Ram Dodge in nearby Fox Lake. Before joining the family business, Scarpelli attended Northwood University in Midland, Mich., and served as a district manager of sales for General Motors.

By Tariq Kamal

F&I talks shop, politics and pride with Mark Scarpelli, president of Raymond Chevrolet and Raymond Kia, and NADA’s 2017 chairman.

Tags: Anniversary, NADA, NADA Chairman, NADA Convention and Expo

December 2016, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

Hudson: My Job Application to Mr. Trump

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

In response to rumors that President-elect Donald Trump is preparing to oust the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's director, the magazine’s legal eagle says he’s the right man for the job.

December 2016, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

A Final Message From the Chairman

By Jeff Carlson

Jeff Carlson reflects on his term as the NADA’s 2016 chairman, highlighting the association’s victories as well as the challenges ahead.

Tags: CFPB, Jeff Carlson, NADA Chairman, NADA Convention and Expo

November 2016, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

NADA Economist: Trump Needs to Clarify Economic Policy Goals

By Steven Szakaly

NADA Chief Economist Steven Szakaly says a clear set of economic policy goals delivered before the New Year would go a long way to ensuring that any immediate uncertainties are smoothed over.

Tags: CFPB, Donald Trump, NADA, Steven Szakaly

November 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Formalized and Documented

By Gil Van Over

The magazine's compliance pro believes the FTC may soon take a page out of the CFPB's playbook when it comes to regulating dealers. He explains how dealers can get prepared.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, F&I , FTC

October 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

5 Steps to Taking F&I Online

By Rick McCormick

F&I trainer makes the case for digital F&I. He offers a five-step process for adding information about products, pricing, and your finance team to your dealership’s website.

Tags: Dealer Websites, F&I training, Online F&I

October 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

No Bubbles Here

By Melinda Zabritski

The auto finance industry continued to quell the subprime bubble talk, with finance sources extending credit to five times more superprime car buyers than deep subprime shoppers.

Tags: Experian Automotive, Financing, leasing, Second Quarter

October 2016, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Examining the Bricks-to-Clicks Push

Moderated by F&I Administration’s Kumar Kathinokkula, the P&A Leadership Summit’s ‘Presenting F&I Products Online” panel discussion featured (l-r) Matt Nowicki of IAS, The Impact Group’s Mark Thorpe, Cox Automotive’s Brett Pomerantz, Dan Lievrouw of American Guardian, F&I Director Justin Gasman.

By Gregory Arroyo

Tech vendors believe the industry needs to respond to customer dissatisfaction with the F&I process, but not everyone believes moving the process online is the answer.

Tags: Industry Summit, NADA, Online F&I, technology

August 2016, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

Magazine Offers Details on Compliance Summit Program

By Tariq Kamal

Scheduled for Aug. 29-30, Compliance Summit is designed to deliver a crash course in federal regulations and enforcement action to help dealers, agents and industry execs build sustainable sales and F&I processes without sacrificing productivity and profitability.

Tags: ARMD resource Group, CNA National, Compli, compliance, Compliance Summit, Dealer Compliance Consultants, EFG COmpanies, F&I Express, gvo3 & Associates, Mosaic Compliance Consultants, NFADA, Reynolds & Reynolds, The Warranty Group, Total Dealer Compliance, UDS

August 2016, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

F&I and Showroom Names 2016 F&I Pacesetters

By Gregory Arroyo

This year’s field of F&I Pacesetters includes operations from California, Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin. One of them will be named F&I and Showroom's 2016 F&I Dealer of the Year at Industry Summit 2016.

Tags: Carlsbad Buick GMC Cadillac, David Hobbs Honda, F&I Dealer of the Year, F&I Pacesetters, Gerald Hyundai, Hub Hyundai, Industry Summit, Sam Pack's Five Star Ford of Lewisville, Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Hyundai, The Warranty Group

August 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Tearing Down Dealership Silos

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By Tom McQueen

Retail expert says dealerships are fertile grounds for the morale-killing, business-destroying silo mentality. He offers four recommendations for righting the ship.

Tags: Communication, Dealership, Operations, Silos

August 2016, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

Certified for the Future

By James S. Ganther, Esq.

The magazine’s compliance pro breaks down Compliance Summit’s new certification component. He explains how it’s designed to address the industry’s true regulator.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Compliance Summit, F&I manager, FTC, James Ganther

July 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

High New-Vehicle Prices Drive Auto Finance Industry to New Highs in Q1

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By Melinda Zabritski

The industry smashed several records in the first quarter thanks to high new-vehicle prices, but stretching terms and leasing weren’t the only ways consumers sought payment relief.

Tags: Auto Loan Terms, leasing, New Vehicle Prices, Supbrime, Used Vehicles, Vehicle Sales

July 2016, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Greg Miller Breaks From F&I Tradition With New Venture

On April 20, 2016, Greg Miller inked a deal to acquire Bob Baker Toyota, marking his return after a year away from the business. The San Diego dealership will operate under his new enterprise: Greg Miller Automotive San Diego. 

By Eric Gandarilla

Greg Miller is back, more than a year after shocking the automotive world when he stepped down as CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group. And as he’s known to do, he’s doing things his way.

Tags: Greg Miller, Larry H. Miller, No-Haggle, One Touch Process, Sales Process, Toyota

June 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Wielding the Velvet Hammer

The advantages females have over their male counterparts when selling product in the F&I office, along with the struggles and perception of women in the automotive retail industry, took center stage during “Doing It Our Way: Women in F&I.” Moderated by F&I Director Dina Wilson, the panel featured F&I professionals Teasha McMillion, Angela Barrett, and Diane Uzelac — each bringing more than 25 years of industry experience.

By Eric Gandarilla

At last month’s F&I Think Tank, female F&I pros shared their stories of perseverance in a male-dominated industry, talked about how times have changed, and explained why they believe women are the future of F&I.

Tags: F&I , training, Women in F&I

June 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Hanging in the Balance

With moderator Robert Harkins looking on, Mosaic Compliance Services’ Jim Ganther offered his take on what the November elections could mean to the men and women manning the F&I office. If a Democrat is elected president, he said, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s fair lending crackdown could intensify.

By Gregory Arroyo

The compliance gurus at F&I Think Tank agreed that a lot is riding on the outcome of November’s presidential elections — including the fate of the F&I department.

Tags: Adverse Action Notice, CFPB, compliance, Dealer Summit, F&I products

June 2016, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Operation Overhaul

Pictured is Superstition Springs’ Dealer Principal Alvin Heggs and Finance Director Ben Saxton. When Heggs closed the deal on the Mesa, Ariz., dealership three years ago, net F&I profit was around $240,000 per month, and the F&I team averaged $600 per copy on 135 units sold per month. Since then, F&I net profit has skyrocketed to $510,000 a month, while the F&I team now averages $2,700 per copy on 313 units sold per month.

By Brittany-Marie Swanson

Alvin Heggs took a leap of faith when he bought a fledgling dealership in Mesa, Ariz., three years ago. But his gamble on Superstition Springs Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram paid off — in spades.

Tags: Dealership, F&I , Internet Leads, Operations

April 2016, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

A New Direction

Pictured are Principle Auto CEO Abigail Kampmann and COO Mark Smith. Nine months after cofounding their four-store dealer group, they took a chance on a new auto-loan equity mining tool and marketing platform called VehicleXchange. It was developed by Dallas-based Pearl Technology Holdings LLC. At BMW of San Antonio, one of the group’s three Texas stores, sales grew 36% in the same year the dealership installed Pearl’s solution. 

By Eric Gandarilla

Principle Auto’s Mark Smith found success after abandoning some of his group’s tried-and-true sales strategies. Now he’s looking to take that change even further.

Tags: Equity Mining, Pearl Technology, Principle Auto, ShowroomXpress, technology, VehicleXchange

March 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Menu Selling Reloaded

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By Rick McCormick

F&I trainer believes new technology and expert salesmanship can combine to create an efficient and productive menu-selling process.

Tags: F&I menu, F&I Menu Presentation, technology, Tips

March 2016, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Mastering the Menu

By Gerry Gould

Does the transition to the F&I menu presentation stress you out? F&I trainer has the three-part cure.

Tags: Creative Selling, F&I menu, F&I Menu Presentation, F&I products

February 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

The CFPB's Misguided Crusade

By Dave Robertson

AFIP's executive director has some choice words for President Obama, Sen. Warren and the 'smartest guys in the room.'

Tags: Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, Dodd-Frank Act, President Obama

February 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Measuring Up

By Ryan Fischer

AutoNation's $1,500 per-copy claim was a great achievement, but one industry vet warns F&I pros against using it as a benchmark for F&I success.

Tags: AutoNation, goals, product penetration, PVR

February 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Want vs. Need: A Lesson in Salesmanship

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By George Spatt

Industry veteran tells an entertaining tale of a conquest sale from 40 years ago to relay three key lessons about salesmanship and the art of listening.

Tags: Dodge, sales, Tips

February 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Perfecting the F&I Turnover

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By Anna Puzier

Expert says salespeople play a critical role in what happens in the F&I office. She lists four ways they can successfully pave the road to back-end sales.

Tags: Finance, Millenials, Profitability, sales

February 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Nothing but the Truth

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By Rick McCormick

F&I trainer says car buyers will only truly reveal their needs in an environment that rewards honesty. He offers a few trust-building tips designed to get customers to open up.

Tags: Tips, Tips for Success, training

January 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Your Year of Self-Discovery

By Dave Robertson

The AFIP’s executive director offers a few ways F&I professionals can improve their performance and compliance acumen in 2016

Tags: AFIP, Certification, NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association

January 2016, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Credibility Does Sell

Gerry Gould was one of the featured trainers at Industry Summit 2015, held at the Paris Las Vegas this past September. Along with fellow UDS trainer Fernando Romani, Gould presented “Actions Speak Louder Than Words.”

By Gerry Gould

Top trainer says rapport moves the metal, but credibility moves the paper. He lists five ways F&I managers can build product-moving credibility.

Tags: Creative Selling, F&I training, Sales Training

December 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Out of the Box

Impact Group's Mark Thorpe says moving F&I product info online might hurt, not help, F&I product sales. 

By Brittany-Marie Swanson

Panelists and presenters at Industry Summit 2015 tackled online automotive retailing and what it means to move F&I out of the box and into the Digital Age.

Tags: Cox Automotive, digital, F&I Express, MakeMyDeal, MaximTrak, NADA, Protective Asset Protection Division, RouteOne

December 2015, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

The Year Ahead: Part One

By David Nathanson

Dealer operations expert puts 2015 in the rearview mirror and identifies trends in sales, compliance and recalls that will affect dealers in 2016.

Tags: AutoNation, compliance, SAAR, Sonic Automotive, vehicle recall

December 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

GAP Is GAP, Right?

An important consideration when selecting a GAP waiver is how the contract terminates at the time of claim. Administrators have two choices: They can cancel the contract or earn the contract at the time of claim. 

By George Spatt

Too many dealers, F&I managers, agents and even providers think of GAP as a one-size-fits-all product. Product expert explains why that’s not the case.

Tags: ACV, GAP, Settlement

November 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

R.I.P. Payment Packing

By David Robertson

The AFIP’s executive director says it’s time to say goodbye and good riddance to a relic of F&I’s past. He explains why ‘a little wiggle room’ hurts new-car gross and puts sales at risk.

Tags: AFIP, Association of Finance and Insurance Professionals, CFPB, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, F&I manager, F&I products, interest rates, Payment Packing

September 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Rethinking the Showroom Generation Gap

By Scott Bergeron

The magazine’s newest contributor says the relationship between old car dawgs and new-age techies doesn’t have to be tumultuous.

Tags: Generation X, Generation Y, Millenials, Sales Training, technology

September 2015, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Setting the Pace

By Editorial Staff

Meet the five finalist for the 2015 F&I Dealer of the Year award, the winner of which was announced earlier this month at the magazine's annual conference.

Tags: F&I Dealer of the Year, F&I Pacesetters, F&I products, Industry Summit

August 2015, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

Solving the CFPB Problem

By Gregory Arroyo

The man who has led the NADA’s regulatory advocacy efforts since 2006 believes the tide may be turning in the CFPB’s attack on dealer participation.

Tags: Andy Koblenz, CFPB, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, discrimination, Honda Financial Services, NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association, rate markup

August 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

The Right Mix

By Ryan Fischer

A manager for a New York-based dealer group explains why the right lender mix is becoming an increasingly blurred variable for dealerships and their F&I offices.

Tags: Auto Lending, Capital One Auto Finance, captive finance, Dealertrack, econtracting, lender strategies

August 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Price Point

By Brittany-Marie Swanson

The New York attorney general’s crackdown on an F&I product provider and the dealerships that sold its credit repair services comes at a time when federal regulators are expected to tighten the screws on add-on sales.

Tags: Attorney General, CFPB, Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, credit repair, Eric Schneiderman, F&I products, New York, Paragon Honda

August 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Creative License

By Rick McCormick

The magazine’s resident F&I trainer says F&I professionals need to infuse a little creativity into their product presentations if they want to be top performers. He offers a few tips for doing just that.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I menus, F&I training, Rick McCormick, Word Tracks

July 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Nothing to Fear

By Melinda Zabritski

Delinquencies remained in check despite total outstanding auto loan balances rising to an all-time high, signaling a healthy automotive credit climate.

Tags: Auto Loan Terms, Auto Loans, Delinquencies, Experian, Experian Automotive, First Quarter, Melinda Zabritski, Subprime

June 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Excel-erate the Experience

By Gerry Gould

Making customers wait can doom the F&I process before it begins. The magazine’s resident F&I trainer details a time-saving process designed to put customers in a buying mood.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I Presentation, F&I process, Gerry Gould

June 2015, F&I and Showroom - Feature

F&I’s New Mantra

By Rick McCormick

The magazine’s resident F&I trainer says F&I pros need to exchange the mantra of ‘always be closing’ for ‘always be connecting.’

Tags: Customer Service, F&I manager, F&I training, Rick McCormick

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