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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
Selling High-Mileage VSC Plans

By Ronald J. Reahard
How do you sell a $3,000 VSC on an $8,000 car? Top trainer offers a four-step process to ensure every customer gets the protection they need.

Selling Warranty Compliance Plans

By Ronald J. Reahard
Do-it-yourself customers will tell you they prefer to save a few bucks by performing their own maintenance. F&I trainer has the perfect response for this common objection.

Handling the ‘Last Car’ Objection

By Ronald J. Reahard

Sold But Not Closed

By Ronald J. Reahard

Done Deal

Gregory Arroyo
Rescinding the CFPB’s Auto Finance Guidance

By Gregory Arroyo
The editor debunks a few myths about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, then explains why the industry is on the brink of repealing the bureau’s auto finance guidance.

Still a Work in Progress

By Gregory Arroyo
The editor explains why he put another digital retailing startup on the cover and looks at two studies that point to online car buying and financing still being a work in progress.

It Is Unwise to Lower Your Defenses

By Gregory Arroyo

What's Really Behind the Subprime Pullback?

By Gregory Arroyo

Mad Marv

Marv Eleazer
Your F&I Backup Plan

By Marv Eleazer
Equipment failures can’t stop an F&I manager who is prepared for any contingency. His Madness lists four backup plans you can implement today.

Love It or Leave It

By Marv Eleazer
His Madness is reminded that excelling at F&I requires true passion for the craft. He offers a few suggestions for staying focused and mentally sharp.

G.O.Y.A.

By Marv Eleazer

The Little Things

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