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November 8, 2017 - Industry News

Craig Robinson Named President of AAGI

The 20-year industry veteran and former executive with The Warranty Group will coordinate strategy and development for AAGI’s products, services, and technology. Tim Brugh, who held the title since May 2013, named CEO.

Tags: American Auto Guardian, Craig Robinson, F&I products, The Warranty Group

October 25, 2017 - Industry News

Pence Casts Tiebreaking Vote to Kill CFPB's Arbitration Rule

The vice president cast his tiebreaking vote late Tuesday night. The measure now heads to President Trump's desk, where it is likely to be signed. Once it does, not only will the CFPB's arbitration rule be invalidated, the bureau won't be allowed to issue a similar rule unless authorized to do so in a subsequent law.

Tags: Arbitration, CFPB, compliance, F&I products

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

Consumer Advocacy Group Calls for Regulatory Review of F&I Product Pricing

The National Consumer Law Center is calling on lawmakers and regulators to investigate how dealers price F&I protections, claiming that an analysis of approximately 1.8 million vehicle transactions revealed inconsistent and discriminatory price markups over a span of six years.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, dealer markups, F&I products

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Assurant to Buy The Warranty Group in $2.5 Billion Deal

Under the transaction agreement, Assurant Inc. will become a wholly owned subsidiary of TWG Holdings Limited, whose name will be changed to Assurant Ltd. Assurant shareholders will own approximately 77% of the combined company, while TPG and its affiliates will own the remaining 23%. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2018.

Tags: Assurant Solutions, F&I products, The Warranty Group, vehicle service contracts, warranty

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

Fastlane Chooses Market Scan as Data Partner

Fastlane offers dealers an Amazon-like checkout process for consumers who want to buy their car online. It has chosen Market Scan to provide its ecommerce platform with real-time payment and rebate information from every car manufacturer, bank and credit union in the country.

Tags: auto finance, digital retailing, F&I products, Fastlane, Market Scan, online F&I

October 4, 2017 - Industry News

Alpha Warranty Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Over the past 15 years, the F&I product provider has earned multiple industry awards and distinctions for the service it provides to customers, agents, and dealers alike. It was recently acknowledged as the 11th fastest growing business in Utah.

Tags: agents, Alpha Warranty Services, dealers, F&I manager, F&I office, F&I products

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

SouthwestRe, DAC Sold to Canada's iA Financial Group

iA Financial Group, one of the largest life and health insurance companies in Canada, has signed an agreement to acquire shares of third-party administrator SouthwestRe and its insurance arm, Dealers Assurance Co. The acquisition is expected to more than double the firm’s vehicle warranty business.

Tags: Dealers Assurance Company, F&I products, iA Financial Group, Jim Smith, reinsurance, SouthwestRe, vehicle service contracts

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Names New Chief Revenue Officer

The F&I product provider named Brian Stach to the post. The former vice president for Internet Brands will oversee all of GWC Warranty's field sales operations, including a nationwide team of area vice presidents, dealer consultants, and trainers.

Tags: F&I products, GWC Warranty, Used-Vehicle Service Contracts

September 20, 2017 - Industry News

RoadVantage’s New Preferred LeaseCare Combines Active Protection With Lease-End Benefit

The new program combines the ‘as you drive’ benefits of the F&I product provider’s ancillary products, including dent-and-ding, windshield repair, interior/exterior repair, and key replacement, with a lease-end benefit.

Tags: dent-and-ding, F&I products, key replacement, lease, RoadVantage, windshield protection

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

Southwest Dealer Services Acquires Wash.-based F&I Agency

Ryan Hoff, Southwest Dealer Services

Income development company SouthWest Dealer Services (SWDS) has acquired Spokane, Wash.-based Evergreen Dealer & Insurance Services (Evergreen). Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Tags: F&I products, F&I training, general agents, Southwest Dealer Services

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

AUL Promotes Bryan Nieves to Vice President of National Accounts

Byran Nieves

Aside from the promotion of Nieves, who has been with the company for more than 20 years and previously served as national accounts manager, AUL announced the promotion of Henry Paoli to national sales manager.

Tags: AUL Corp., F&I manager, F&I products, used vehicles, vehicle service contracts

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

Attorneys to Tackle GM Product Policy at PALS 2017

In a surprise addition to the P&A Leadership Summit agenda, Matthew Bartle and David Marcus of Bartle & Marcus LLC will address General Motors’ recent directives regarding the sale of non-OEM parts and service contracts.

Tags: Administrators, F&I product provider, F&I products, General Motors, PALS

August 22, 2017 - Industry News

Mirra Promoted to Vice President at EasyCare

Rob Mirra has been promoted to vice president of new business acquisition for EasyCare, where he will lead the search for new partnerships with dealers and vendors.

Tags: EasyCare, F&I manager, F&I products

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

‘Father of F&I Menu’ to Hold Court at F&I Think Tank

George Angus, referred to as the ‘Father of the F&I Menu,’ will be at Industry Summit’s F&I Think Tank to take attendees down F&I’s memory lane during a special lunchtime address. They will be entertained and enlightened, as this legendary trainer shares the good, the bad, and the ugly of the F&I profession.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, F&I products, George Angus, Team One Group

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

AmTrust Names Jackie Banks Vice President of Reinsurance for Special Risk Division

The former reinsurance executive for Allstate Dealer Services will be responsible for all aspects of reinsurance for AmTrust’s Special Risk division, including sales support, training and development of staff, as well as general management responsibilities.

Tags: AmTrust, F&I products, reinsurance

August 16, 2017 - Industry News

'Total Loss Protection' at Center of NY Dealer's $298K Settlement With State AG

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that Nissan of New Rochelle will pay $298,000 in restitution and penalties to settle charges relating to the dealership’s “Total Loss Protection” theft-deterrent program. Photo courtesy New York State Office of the Attorney General

The office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that Nissan of New Rochelle will pay $298,211 in restitution, penalties and fees to settle claims the dealership charged hundreds of car buyers thousands of dollars for an ‘unwanted and bogus’ theft-deterrent product.

Tags: compliance, Eric T Schneiderman, Etch, F&I products, New York, Nissan of New Rochelle, payment packing, Total Loss Protection

August 15, 2017 - Industry News

RoadVantage Promotes Randy Ross to President of Sales

Aside from Ross' promotion, the F&I product provider announced the addition of Keith Cooper and Steve Chandler to the company's senior management team.

Tags: F&I office, F&I products, Promotions, RoadVantage

August 15, 2017 - Industry News

Dent Wizard Named Top Workplace

For the first time, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch included Dent Wizard in its list of “Top Workplaces” for 2017. The F&I product provider joins other honorees such as Edward Jones, Monsanto and Safelite Auto Glass.

Tags: Dent Wizard, F&I products, paintless dent removal, Service

August 10, 2017 - Industry News

Toyota, Lexus Captives Add Key Replacement

The new protection is being offered as an added enhancement to the captives’ tire-and-wheel program and will be offered as a standalone product later this year. The product is being administered by Safe-Guard Products International.

Tags: auto finance, F&I products, key replacement, Lexus Financial Services, Safe-Guard, Toyota Financial Services

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

Gruber to Helm Leadership Panel at PALS

Kristen Gruber of Dealers Assurance Company (DAC) will moderate an all-star panel of leadership experts at the upcoming P&A Leadership Summit.

Tags: F&I products, Industry Summit, Kristen Gruber, National Automotive Experts, P&A Leadership Summit

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

CareGard to Open Offices to Industry Summit Attendees

Agents attending this year’s Industry Summit in Grapevine, Texas, can schedule a time to visit CareGard’s nearby headquarters.

Tags: CareGard, F&I products, general agents, Industry Summit

July 20, 2017 - Industry News

Automotive Assurance Group Now Part of Amtrust Financial Services Group

The F&I agency has represented Warranty Solution, an AmTrust company, for more than 14 years. Now it can offer its dealer clients the resources of AmTrust programs as well as access to other F&I product providers the firm represents.

Tags: AmTrust, Automotive Assurance Group, F&I products, general agents

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

Auto/Mate Integrates With Darwin Automotive F&I Platform

Darwin CMO Jeff Stafford demonstrates the company's F&I platform at the 2017 NADA Convention & Expo this past January.

With both systems fully integrated, all data entered into the Darwin F&I application is instantly and securely updated in Auto/Mate’s DMS, and any changes made in the DMS are reflected in the Darwin F&I application in real time.

Tags: Auto/Mate Dealership Systems, Darwin Automotive, DMS, F&I menu, F&I process, F&I products, online F&I

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

PALS Session to Bridge Gap Between Lenders, Product Providers

F&I Express’ Brian Reed will lead a presentation designed to establish improved lines of communication between leading executives in the auto finance and F&I product provider segments.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, F&I Express, F&I products, GAP, P&A Leadership Summit

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

First Choice Car Care Launches High-Mileage VSC Plans

The new plans are designed to appeal to buyers of older vehicles who desire investment protection at a reasonable cost, officials said. It also encourages dealers to retail units profitably they would otherwise wholesale for a loss.

Tags: Auto Auctions, F&I products, First Choice Car Care, high-mileage VSC, Lloyd Truschel, Used-Vehicle Service Contracts, vehicle service contracts, VSC

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