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August 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

The CFPB’s Spirit Lives On

Acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney was a featured speaker at the National Association of Attorneys General’s 2018 Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C., this past February. During his address, he said the bureau would be looking to state regulators and attorneys general for leadership when it comes to enforcement.

By Tariq Kamal

Attorney Eric Johnson fields questions about the state of the CFPB, the now fully staffed FTC, and the aggressive stance of state attorneys general. He also offers a critical update on the Military Lending Act.

Tags: Attorneys General, auto finance, CFPB, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Trade Commission, FTC, Gregory Arroyo, interest rates, Mick Mulvaney, NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association, rate markup

July 2018, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Sales in the Blink of an Eye

The Blinker app’s image recognition technology allows users to stand behind a vehicle and snap a photo to receive details like year, make, model, approximate mileage, estimate value, and most of the vehicle’s equipment.

By Stephanie Forshee

Blinker’s P2P ecommerce technology isn’t designed to pose a threat to car dealers. In fact, the company could be working with manufacturers and dealerships in the near future.

Tags: Ally Financial, Blinker, digital retailing, GAP, mobile app, online F&I, private-party sales, Vehicle Service Contract

July 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

F&I’s Need for Nobility

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By Lloyd Trushel

With 78% of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, F&I insider says it’s time for F&I producers to change their approach.

Tags: auto affordability, auto finance, compliance, F&I manager, F&I process, home values

July 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Moving F&I Online

By Cheryl Miller

Dealer software expert makes the case for following your customers online and adopting a fully digital transaction.

Tags: auto finance, Dealertrack, digital retailing, F&I manager, F&I process, online F&I, software, technology

July 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Priced Out

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By Melinda Zabritski

Record highs in two critical auto finance categories make clear that vehicle affordability is becoming a big problem for car buyers.

June 2018, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

3 Factors Impacting 2018 Auto Shipping Costs

By Max Matev

Transportation and shipping expert identifies three reasons auto transportation costs are up this year.

Tags: Auto Transport, inventory management, Max Matev, MIG Auto Transport, used-vehicle sales

May 2018, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Special Report: Unwinding the CFPB

On May 21, President Trump signed into law the Congress-approved resolution of disapproval of the CFPB’s dealer participation guidance, ending the regulator’s attack on a key source of dealer income five years and two months after it began.

By Gregory Arroyo

F&I tracks the rise and fall of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s aggressive but ultimately futile five-year assault on dealer participation.

Tags: American Financial Services Association, Andrew Koblenz, auto finance, Bill Himpler, Chris Stinebert, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Donald Trump, guidance, National Automobile Dealers Association, Paul Metrey

May 2018, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Transparency Wave Rolling Into F&I

More than 500 exhibitors lined the aisles inside the Las Vegas Convention Center for the National Automobile Dealers Association’s annual convention and exposition, which was held March 22-25. (Photo Courtesy of NADA)

By Gregory Arroyo

Digital retailing invaded the Las Vegas Convention Center in late March for NADA 2018, but its arrival did little to bring clarity to F&I’s cloudy future.

Tags: Carvoy, Cox Automotive, DealerSocket, Dealertrack, Dent Wizard, digital retailing, ELEAD1ONE, online F&I, Protective Asset Protection Division, Reynolds & Reynolds, Roadster

May 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Cause for Concern: CEOs Take the AFSA Stage

Fielding question posed by Charlie Vogelheim (left) during the 2018 Vehicle Finance Conference’s CEO panel were (from left) Ravi Raghu, president of Capital One Auto Finance; Rich Morrin, president of Chrysler Capital and auto relationships for Santander Consumer USA Inc.; Rich Hyde, COO of Prestige Financial Services; and Dan Berce, president and CEO GM Financial. (Photo courtesy of AFSA)

By Jim Henry

Executives representing leading auto finance sources gathered at the American Financial Services Association’s 2018 conference to discuss the present and future consequences of inflated lease returns, declining used-car values, and rising interest rates.

Tags: American Financial & Automotive Services, auto finance, Capital One Auto Finance, Chrysler Capital, Fiat Chrysler, General Motors, GM Financial, J.D. Power, Lease, Prestige Financial

May 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

NADA Seeks Clarity Through Upheaval

Vince Rice, COO of Hyundai Capital and 2018 chairman of the AFSA’s Vehicle Finance Division, interviews Wes Lutz, 2018 NADA chairman and president of Extreme Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Inc. in Jackson, Mich. (Photo courtesy of AFSA)

By Jim Henry

NADA Chairman Wes Lutz laid out the association's priorities and touched on a number of pressing topics at the American Financial Services Association (AFSA)’s 2018 Vehicle Finance Conference.

Tags: American Financial & Automotive Services, auto finance, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Donald Trump, Military Lending Act, National Automobile Dealers Association, Vehicle Finance Conference, Wes Lutz

April 2018, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

A Robust Future for Used-Car Sales and CUs

By Bob Child

Credit unions have gained market share as other finance sources have retrenched, creating new incentive to diversify your selection finance sources.

April 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Auto Finance Data Reveals Affordability Concerns

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By Melinda Zabritski

Fourth-quarter loan balances reached an all-time high for the third year in a row, but records broken for amounts financed and monthly payments raise affordability concerns.

Tags: Auto Loans, Credit, Credit Scores, Finance, Fourth Quarter, Quarterly Report

March 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

7 Reasons to Embrace Mobile F&I

By Alan Campbell

Car buyers no longer rely on the dealership as their sole source of information about F&I products. Trainer offers seven reasons forward-thinking dealers are meeting customers in the mobile marketplace.

Tags: digital retailing, F&I manager, F&I menu, F&I training, online F&I, Showroom, tablet menu, technology

March 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Don’t Let the Deal Ruin the Sale

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By Keith Whann

Compliance expert lists four steps dealers and F&I professionals can take to fill the gaps in your documentation process and prepare your dealership for regulatory inquests.

Tags: Audit, auto finance, compliance, dealer compliance

March 2018, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

A War on Many Fronts

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By Tariq Kamal

NADA chairman and Michigan dealer Wes Lutz takes the association’s helm during a time of transition and conflict at the factory, retail and legislative levels.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Donald Trump, Fully Autonomous, mobility, NADA Chairman, National Automobile Dealers Association, Wes Lutz

March 2018, F&I and Showroom - Feature

When Greedies Meet Stupids

By Gil Van Over

Dealer compliance expert offers a crash course in detecting and preventing identity theft by fake car buyers and unprincipled employees.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Federal Trade Commission, Gil Van Over, identity theft, Red Flags Rule

February 2018, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

The Rise of Subscription Services

By Michaela Kwoka-Coleman

Automakers are dipping their toes in the subscription waters, but dealers and some industry watchers are skeptical about the business model’s lucrativeness and its ability to attract customers.

Tags: auto finance, Book by Cadillac, Boston Volvo Village, Care by Volvo, Fair, Flexdrive, George Bauer, Ioniq Unlimited, Porsche Passport, Subscription Service, Village Automotive Group

December 2017, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Tap to Lease

By Brittany-Marie Swanson

Honcker’s Nathan Hecht took his dislike of the typical leasing process and turned it into a mobile app that’s delivering ready-to-go deals to dealers in eight states and an experience studies show customers want — even when it comes to F&I.

Tags: digital retailing, Honcker, Mobile Applications, online F&I

December 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Perfect Storm

By Tariq Kamal

Industry Summit’s executive panel convened to discuss and debate the effects of Hurricane Harvey, the status of the used-car and subprime markets, the GM mandate, and the digitization of the F&I process.

Tags: auto finance, digital retailing, Disclosures, GAP, General Motors, guaranteed asset protection, Hurricane Harvey, new-vehicle sales, online F&I, SAAR, Subprime Financing

December 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Popping the F&I Question

The promposal craze was first mentioned in the Dallas Morning News in 2001, and continues to grow in popularity and scale each year. MTV even launched a series called “Promposal.” Although the promoposal is just a microcosm of society, the author says it illustrates the need for people to feel special about making decisions.

By Dwayne Wiggins

F&I trainer says F&I offices can learn a lot from the current ‘promposal’ craze. He offers a three-step process for converting your one-size-fits-all presentation into a personalized, needs-based proposal.

Tags: F&I menu, F&I Presentation, F&I process, F&I products

December 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Rich Cordray’s Legacy and The Future of the CFPB

By Lucy Morris

A former bureau official reflects on her time under former CFPB Director Richard Cordray, and explains why the industry shouldn’t be breathing a sigh of relief with his departure.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, dealer participation, Donald Trump, Hudson Cook LLP

November 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

F&I Pacesetters: Gerald Jones Auto Group

By Gregory Arroyo

Meet the two operations that were also in the running for the American Financial & Automotive Services Inc.-sponsored F&I Dealer of the Year.

Tags: American Financial & Automotive Services, Andy Jones, Arden Hetland, compliance, F&I department, F&I products, F&I training, Gerald Jones Auto Group

November 2017, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

F&I Dealer of the Year: Mr. D's Way

Dealer Mike Dunnahoo poses with F&I Manager Jeremy Johnson and longtime F&I Director Jeff Zinsser, who has been with the group for 22 years. Missing is F&I manager Dan Hall, who has been with Star for 11 years. The team averages $1,872 per copy on new and $1,542 on used.

By Gregory Arroyo

When F&I Dealer of the Year Mike Dunnahoo arrived in Abilene, Texas, 18 years ago, he didn’t just take over a dealership, he adopted a community.

Tags: Awards, DOY Winners, EFG Companies, F&I process, GAP, Jeff Zinsser, Mike Dunnahoo, Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram/Hyundai, theft protection, vehicle service contracts

October 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

The Past, Present and Shifting Future of F&I

By Lloyd Trushel

Finance teams of the future will be staffed with professionals whose goals align with those of the dealer and whose jobs are supported — not replaced — by new and emerging technology.

Tags: Customer Experience, digital retailing, F&I manager, F&I process, F&I products, online F&I

October 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Subprime Pullback Continues in Q2

By Melinda Zabritski

The auto finance market is a trillion-dollar industry. It’s also very much a prime market, with subprime financing remaining at near-record lows in the second quarter.

Tags: auto finance, average finance amount, banks, captive finance, credit unions, delinquencies, finance companies, loan amounts

October 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

There Is Power in Alliances

By John Vecchioni

Top trainer lists four ways to build an interdepartmental culture that rewards customers while maximizing the opportunity for F&I product sales.

Tags: Customer Experience, F&I office, F&I process, F&I products, Showroom

October 2017, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Bridging the Digital GAP

By Scott Hendriks and Vincent Weir

Once the king of the car-buying process, dealers are under attack in today’s Digital Age. Industry insiders believe auto finance sources hold the key to restoring order.

Tags: auto finance, digital marketing, digital retailing, direct lending, Indirect Lending, online F&I

September 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Examining NMAC v. Superior Automotive Group

By Christian Scali and Jade Jurdi

Legal eagles deconstruct the case that changed how courts handle contract disputes between dealers and their floorplan lenders.

Tags: floorplan financing, lawsuits, Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., Superior Automotive Group

September 2017, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

Industry Reacts to GM's Disclosure Policy

By Gregory Arroyo

General Motors dealers who sell non-GM service contracts, parts and accessories must now disclose to their customers that the products are not backed by the automaker. Dealer trade groups believe the OEM’s stated goal of enhanced ‘safety and transparency’ is not the real reason for the new policy.

Tags: aftermarket accessories, compliance, customer disclosures, dealers, F&I managers, General Motors, parts and service, vehicle service contracts

August 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Setting Up the Edesk

By Gil Van Over

Continuing with his noble effort to define the edealership, the magazine’s resident compliance pro explains why the desking process is ripe for digitization.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, desking, digital retailing, F&I manager, online F&I

August 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Examining the CFPB’s Arbitration Rule

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

Legal experts break down the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new arbitration rule and how it could affect your dealership.

Tags: arbitration agreements, auto finance, CFPB, compliance, F&I products, Richard Cordray, vehicle service contracts

August 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Disbanding the 'Seven Car Club'

By Reuben Muinos

Sales expert lists three tasks dealers must complete to rid their showrooms of underperforming sales pros.

Tags: Business Development Center, DealerSocket, digital retailing, internet department, Internet Leads, Internet Shopper, Showroom

July 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Tracking the Subprime Retreat

By Melinda Zabritski

Finance sources responded to the recent uptick in delinquencies by moving upstream in the first quarter, pushing subprime lending to a 10-year low.

Tags: 30-day delinquency rate, auto finance, Auto Loan Terms, average finance amount, Lease, new-vehicle financing, used-vehicle financing

July 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

5 Questions F&I Pros Must Answer Monthly

By Rick McCormick

F&I trainer says your answers to five key questions will serve as a roadmap to an unreachable level of performance.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I process, F&I products, F&I training, Rick McCormick

July 2017, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

The CIT Fix

By Demetrios Lahiri

Operations expert offers a two-step fix for solving cash-flow issues related to contracts in transit. It includes process and technology recommendations, as well as penalties for violations.

Tags: Contracts in Transit, dealer, F&I director, F&I process, general agents, management

July 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

The magazine’s legal wiz reminds dealers and F&I pros why it’s wise to assume every customer knows the bad compliance practices you should have outlawed years ago.

Tags: compliance, F&I manager, GAP, payment packing, Regulations

July 2017, F&I and Showroom - WebXclusive

FIDOY Nomination Period Extended to July 21

By Editorial Staff

The magazine has extended the nomination period for its 2017 F&I Dealer of the Year contest to July 21. Dealership employees, general agents, vendors, finance sources, and F&I product providers are encouraged to nominate their stores and dealer clients.

Tags: American Financial & Automotive Services, DOY Pacesetters, DOY Winners, F&I office

June 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Beyond the Résumé

By Shaka Dyson

F&I trainer explains why building and refining a professional skillset is more important than building a solid résumé.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I training, Hiring, hiring manager, Showroom

June 2017, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

The Digital Evangelist

Integrating Dealertrack into Cox Automotive wasn’t Mark O’Neil’s only focus when he was named COO in March 2016. He was also charged with bringing together the company’s four business verticals — Retail Solutions, Inventory Solutions, Media Solution and Financial Solutions — to create what he called ‘One Cox Automotive.’

By Gregory Arroyo

Cox Automotive’s Mark O’Neil talks to the editor about MakeMyDeal’s future, digital retailing, and the fate of the F&I office.

Tags: Cox Automotive, Dealertrack, digital retailing, eMenu, MakeMyDeal, Mark O'Neil, online F&I

June 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

When Did ‘Cash’ Become a Four-Letter Word?

By Dwayne Wiggins

F&I trainer shares five proven methods for turning cash customers into F&I product buyers.

Tags: Cash Conversion, F&I manager, F&I menu, F&I products, F&I training

May 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Credit App Fraud Not a Victimless Crime

By Gil Van Over

Falsifying any of the five key credit determinants on a credit application generates a long list of potential victims inside and outside the dealership.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Credit Applications, F&I process

April 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

5 Tech Tools From NADA 2017

By Gregory Arroyo

There were plenty of new innovations on display in and around NADA 2017. The editor takes you on a tour of five new tech tools aiming to help dealers land more sales and F&I opportunities.

Tags: auto finance, AutoFi, ChannelNet, Darwin Automotive, DealerSocket, desking, digital retailing, digitla marketing, F&I menu, online F&I, WebBuy

April 2017, F&I and Showroom - Cover Story

New-Age Sales

Pictured are Roadster COO Rudi Thun and CEO and founder Andy Moss. The latter was formerly head of vehicles for eBay Motors and COO of CarWoo! The San Francisco-based firm evolved from a California broker site to digital retailing solution provider in June 2016.

By Brittany-Marie Swanson

Roadster’s Andrew Moss and Rudi Thun say they’ve created a digital transactional platform that works both in a buyer’s home and in the showroom. But as they readily admit, not every dealer is the ideal user.

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

April 2017, F&I and Showroom - Feature

Stretched Thin

By Melinda Zabritski

The average household is on the verge of being priced out of the new-vehicle market, Experian’s fourth quarter data shows.

Tags: auto finance, Auto Loan Terms, delinquencies, Experian Automotive, interest rates

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

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

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