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F&I and Showroom - Issue

January 2017

Cover Story
There's an App for That
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.

Hold Your Head High
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.

Features

Naïve, Sloppy or Kinky?

By Gil Van Over

There isn’t much the magazine’s compliance pro hasn’t seen. In fact, he’s got a category for every type of issue he’s come across in his more than 15 years auditing deal jackets.

Ready, Fire, Aim!

By Jim Maxim Jr.

Dealer software expert makes the case for switching to an electronic menu and reaping the rewards of a swift, productive and compliant F&I process.

Addressing the Overtime Rule Delay Courtesy of iStock. 

By Dave Druzynski

The new overtime rule is on hold. Now what? Human resources expert unpacks the big decision dealers have to make this month.

Stop Abusing Bank Reps Courtesy of iStock. 

By Shaka Dyson

F&I trainer recommends changing the way you treat your auto finance partners before your production — and your professional reputation — suffers.

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.

Relationships Matter Again Courtesy of iStock. 

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.

Blog

So Here's the Deal

Ronald J. Reahard
Addressing F&I’s Internet Problem

By Ronald J. Reahard
A frustrated F&I manager poses an increasingly common question: How do you sell protection products to customers who demand the final price by phone and then show up with a bank check?

(Video) Selling Eight Products Without Losing the Customer

By Ronald J. Reahard
Is offering eight products a bad idea? The magazine’s resident F&I pro says it depends on the producer and the presentation.

He Had a Goal: Remembering David Ressler

By Ronald J. Reahard

[Video] Selling to Short-Term Owners

By Ronald J. Reahard

Done Deal

Gregory Arroyo
Change Is Happening

By Gregory Arroyo
Saddened by the potential loss of another piece of his childhood, the editor tries to put the pieces together when he realizes there’s a good lesson to be learned in a toy retailer’s likely demise.

Who Will Take Up the CFPB's Torch?

By Gregory Arroyo
The CFPB’s acting director tells state regulators there will no longer be ‘regulation by enforcement,” but the editor believes there’s a long list of regulators waiting to take up the torch.

Military Lending Act Guidance: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

By Gregory Arroyo

Resolution Needed

By Gregory Arroyo

Mad Marv

Marv Eleazer
Overcome Your F&I Weaknesses

By Marv Eleazer
His Madness issues a challenge to every F&I professional: Eradicate your bad work habits, diversify your lender spread, and check your God complex at the door.

Proper Deal Structure Moves Mountains

By Marv Eleazer
His Madness has a simple but powerful piece of advice for newbie F&I managers and those struggling to adapt to the way finance sources are rating credit-challenged car buyers.

Show Us Some Love

By Marv Eleazer

Chargeback Prevention

By Marv Eleazer

On the Point

Jim Ziegler
Sharpen Your Survival Skills

By Jim Ziegler
‘Da Man’ has a plan you can use to survive the collapse of the car business and remain profitable through the dealer apocalypse.

Sales Rock Stars Still Exist

By Jim Ziegler
Da Man says $40,000-a-month sales rock stars still exist. He says you’ll find them on YouTube and Facebook Live.

The New Stooges

By Jim Ziegler

Is Your Quick Lube Driving Away Business?

By Jim Ziegler