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July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Three States Pass GAP Laws

The Guaranteed Asset Protection Alliance, a lobbying group made up of GAP providers, administrators and finance sources, was instrumental in getting two of the three laws passed — the most recent state to adopt its model act being Maine.

Tags: compliance, F&I products, GAP, GAPA, GAPWise, Guaranteed Asset Protection Alliance, insurance, Regulations, Rob Berger, Timothy Meenan, Wise F&I

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Industry Summit 2017: Cox Automotive Exec to Delve Into F&I’s Future

Cox Automotive’s Jason Barrie, who has helped drive Dealertrack’s evolution from credit application portal to an enabler of sales and F&I workflow since 2005, says technology won’t kill F&I. He will be at Industry Summit 2017 to explain why.

Tags: Cox Automotive, Dealertrack, digital retailing, F&I process, F&I products, online F&I

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Alpha Warranty Introduces Summit Protection Ancillary Product Line

The new line was created internally based on agent and dealer demand, officials said. It includes ElevateCare, a five-in-one product bundle, and standalone tire-and-wheel protection and key/remote replacement.

Tags: Alpha Warranty Services, F&I manager, F&I office, F&I products, key replacement, product bundle, Tire and Wheel

June 30, 2017 - Industry News

Portfolio Acquires California-Based F&I Agency

The F&I product provider has acquired Folsom, Calif.-based Finance Concepts LLC, one of its largest producing agencies. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Tags: Brent Griggs, Capital Z Partners, F&I product provider, F&I products, F&I training, Finance Concepts, general agents, Portfolio Group

June 26, 2017 - Industry News

Portfolio Launches QUANTUM VSC

The company’s newest vehicle service contract offering was designed to cover ‘essential’ new electronic components.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I products, In-Car Technology, vehicle service contract

June 26, 2017 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Names New Product Manager

Andrew Roke had held positions in operations and marketing product management before the F&I product provider appointed him product manager. He will be responsible for managing GWC’s suite of products while evaluating new opportunities for innovative enhancements.

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

June 8, 2017 - Industry News

F&I Think Tank Heads to Dallas With Arroyo at the Helm

F&I and Showroom’s Gregory Arroyo will chair the 20 Group-like event, which will close out Industry Summit 2017 on Sept. 14. This year’s theme: ‘Making F&I Great Again.’

Tags: Career Advice, F&I director, F&I manager, F&I process, F&I products, F&I Think Tank, F&I training, Industry Summit

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

EFG Companies Launches Virtual F&I Service

The F&I product provider rolled out a new virtual F&I model aimed at powersports and independent dealers, but the executive overseeing the service offered several scenarios in which Simplicity Finance and Insurance can help franchised dealers.

Tags: EFG Companies, F&I process, F&I products, virtual F&I office

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

Dent Wizard Names Director of Operations for Canadian Market

Matt Boyd, who has served in various roles since joining Dent Wizard International in 2005, was promoted to director of operations for the company’s Canadian market.

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

June 5, 2017 - Industry News

Protective Earns Platinum in Dealers’ Choice Award

This year's honor marks four consecutive years the F&I product provider has earned Platinum in the Vehicle Service Contract category of Auto Dealer Today's Dealers' Choice Awards.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I office, F&I products, Protective Asset Protection Division

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Mike Black Named President of Dent Wizard

Black replaces Terry Koebbe, who will retain his title as CEO. Black will also operate as COO, a title he's held for the last six years.

Tags: Appearance Protection, Dent Wizard, dent-and-ding, F&I products, Mike Black, Terry Koebbe

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

CNA National Appoints New Senior Vice President of Customer Service

Trace Thaxton will be responsible for overseeing the company's claims, operations, and reinsurance departments. He previously served as the head of customer care and relations for AGIA Affinity's Scottsdale division.

Tags: claims, CNA National, F&I products

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

KISS Concepts, American Auto Shield Join Forces

KISS Concepts Group's Rod Heasley will head up a new division at American Auto Shield dedicated to the launch of a new customizable VSC program. The union marks American Auto Shield's entrance into the dealer arena after focusing exclusively on direct-to-consumer opportunities.

Tags: American Auto Shield, F&I products, KISS Concepts Group, vehicle service contracts

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

NAE/NWAN CEO Named Finalist for EY Entrepreneur of the Year

If she is named a regional winner on June 22, NAE/NWAN CEO Kelly Price will go to Palm Spring, Calif., this November for the national competition. The 31-year-old awards program is part of the Strategic Growth Forum, a prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Tags: F&I products, Kelly Price, NAE, National Automotive Experts, NWAN

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

NAE Raises Money for Cleveland Christian Home

The F&I product provider helped raise more than $59,000 for the Cleveland Christian Home’s annual 5K and Run for the Kids event. In total, the event raised more than $72,000 to support the organization’s 17-plus community outreach programs.

Tags: charity giving, F&I products, National Automotive Experts

May 10, 2017 - Industry News

Imprise Financial Announces New Account Executive

The captive insurance provider has added Derek Thomas to its team. He is responsible for serving the firm’s clients with an emphasis on enterprise risk programs.

Tags: Captive Insurance Provider, F&I products, Imprise Financial

May 10, 2017 - Industry News

PayLink Direct, Omnisure Group Announce Merger

The merger creates what officials describe as the largest vehicle service contract payment plan provider in the United States. The new entity will operate under the PayLink Direct brand. Rebecca Howard, cofounder of PayLink Direct, will serve as CEO.

Tags: F&I products, Omnisure, PayLink Direct, Payment Plan, vehicle service contracts

April 27, 2017 - Industry News

Lithia: More Acquisitions, More F&I Money

Lithia Motors’ first-quarter results include continued gains in F&I penetrations and revenue, a result the dealer group credits to its aggressive acquisition strategy.

Tags: F&I products, fixed operations, Lithia Motors, used-vehicle sales, used-vehicle values

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

New Gas Tax Hike Not Enough to Fix California’s Crumbling Roads, Group Says

California roads are crumbling, and a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank says in a newly published white paper that a recently passed transportation funding bill won’t raise enough funds to complete the backlog of needed repairs.

Tags: California, California New Car Dealers Association, F&I products, Road Hazard Protection

April 18, 2017 - Industry News

CNA National Launches Z2 VSC Program

The new vehicle service contract offering follows a redefinition of CNA’s vehicle classing system preceded by a thorough rate review. The new offering includes coverage for rideshare vehicles titled to private individuals.

Tags: CNA National, F&I products, vehicle service contracts, Z2 Series

April 12, 2017 - Industry News

NAE/NWAN Names New President

David Neuenschwander was promoted from vice president to president after becoming an equity partner of both companies. He succeeds Kelly Price, who will now serve as CEO.

Tags: F&I products, Kelly Price, NAE, NWAN

April 12, 2017 - Industry News

Volkswagen Boosts Warranties for 2018 SUVs

Photo of 2018 Tiguan courtesy of VW.

The German automaker recently announced it will offer a six-year or 72,000-mile warranty on its Atlas mid-size SUV and Tiguan compact SUV for the 2018 model year. The upgraded warranty marks a significant upgrade from the 2017 Tiguan.

Tags: F&I products, vehicle service contracts, vehicle warranties, Volkswagen

April 11, 2017 - Industry News

EasyCare Names New Head of Agency Experience

The F&I product provider named Sally Freeman vice president of agency experience. She joins the company in the midst of an ongoing campaign to add more agents to its roster.

Tags: EasyCare, F&I products, general agents, Sally Freeman

April 10, 2017 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Introduces Improved Coverage Lookup Tool

Owners of a GWC Warranty contract simply enter their last name and either an ID card number or the last six digits of their VIN to access a coverage snapshot. A new coverage details link also allows drivers to access a soft copy of their contract.

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

April 10, 2017 - Industry News

Alpha Warranty Helps Out Food Bank

On Wednesday, March 8, Alpha Warranty hosted a volunteer night at the Utah Food Bank, an organization whose mission is to fight hunger and serve those in need across Utah. Alpha employees gathered together at the food bank warehouse to sort and organize incoming food donations for distribution.

Tags: Alpha Warranty Services, charity giving, F&I products