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February 7, 2017 - Industry News

Wise F&I Product Suite Now Available Through Reynolds DMS

The connection, which features erating and econtracting capabilities, provides access to the F&I product provider’s full suite of branded protection products, including GAPWise, WiseCARE, TIREWise, WISETVP, THEFTWise and KEYWise.

Tags: DMS, DMS integration, F&I manager, F&I products, Reynolds & Reynolds, Wise F&I

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Releases Fourth 'Behind the Wheel' Dealer Story

GWC Warranty's 'Behind the Wheel' dealer story series now features the story of Texas Cars Direct. It's the fourth video in the series, and focuses on owner Pete Bulban, who founded Texas Cars Direct more than 35 years ago.

Tags: F&I products, GWC Warranty Corporation, Pete Bulban, Texas Cars Direct, Used-Vehicle Service Contracts

January 24, 2017 - Industry News

CDK, Darwin Team Up on New F&I Menu System

The new F&I menu system will be marketed and sold as CDK MenuVantage Platinum. It uses "prescriptive selling," a patented technology that uses inputs from consumer, vehicle, deal and third-party sources, to tailor F&I product presentations to individual car buyers.

Tags: CDK Global Inc., Darwin Automotive, F&I manager, F&I menu, F&I products

January 24, 2017 - Industry News

Doug Frey Joins EasyCare to Lead New Agency Development and Acquisitions

Frey joins the F&I product provider from Allstate Dealer Services, where he served as COO. He will now serve as EasyCare’s executive vice president of new agency relations and acquisitions.

Tags: Allstate, APCO, Doug Frey, EasyCare, F&I manager, F&I products, general agents, GWC Warranty Corporation

January 24, 2017 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Names New Vice President Of Operations

GWC Warranty announced the appointment of Richard Gesler as vice president of operations. He will oversee the F&I product provider's claims, business processing and customer service operations.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I products, GWC Warranty Corporation, vehicle service contracts

January 23, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Credit Invests in Online Car-Buying Platform

The captive announced a new connection to San Francisco-based AutoFi, which provides a platform that allows customers to purchase and finance a new vehicle via the dealership’s website.

Tags: AutoFi, digital retailing, F&I products, Ford Credit, Online Buying

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

F&I Express Announces Initiative to Streamline F&I Product Cancellation Process

The software company today released details on an initiative to electronically integrate major finance sources with F&I product providers in a bid to develop better F&I product cancellation processes and systems.

Tags: auto finance, Dealertrack, F&I Express, F&I products, Repossessions

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

Roadster, F&I Express Announce Integration Pact

Through F&I Express’ Express Digital Media Solution, Roadster dealers can now provide car buyers with accurate F&I product quotes and education material from more than 130 F&I product providers.

Tags: digital retailing, F&I Express, F&I products, online F&I, Roadster

November 14, 2016 - Industry News

Zachary Hughes Joins American Guardian’s Central Atlantic Sales Team

Hughes joins the F&I product provider’s field team as assistant vice president of sales for the central Atlantic states, which includes Ohio, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Tags: American Guardian Warranty Services, F&I product provider, F&I products

November 14, 2016 - Industry News

Fidelis PPM, MaximTrak Announce Integration

This integration enables F&I departments using MaximTrak to deliver e-contracting functions between the technology firm's F&I platform and Fidelis' prepaid maintenance software, providing dealerships with a paperless solution for presenting, validating, and registering Fidelis products.

Tags: CU Direct, F&I products, Fidelis PPM, Jim Maxim, Jr., MaximTrak, Prepaid Maintenance

November 1, 2016 - Industry News

Carl Grane Appointed Director of Training for EasyCare

The 28-year industry veteran will spearhead the development and execution of new financing, sales, and service training programs, as well as refine the company’s overall training strategy for internal employees, agents and dealers.

Tags: EasyCare, F&I manager, F&I products, F&I training, general agents

October 27, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Teams With JM&A on F&I Product Suite

The products will be marketed as Volvo Increased Protection Plans, or VIP. The suite will feature vehicle service contracts, including plans geared toward certified pre-owned units, prepaid maintenance, and tire-and-wheel protection. JM&A will also provide F&I performance and compliance training.

Tags: F&I products, JM&A Group, Partnership, Volvo

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

Firm Urges Dealers to Remain Vigilant in Wake of CFPB Ruling

Automotive Compliance Consultants warned dealers not to let their guard down after last week’s federal appeals court ruling that the CFPB’s structure is unconstitutional. The firm said other regulators have taken note of the bureau’s activities, adding that next month’s elections will determine if the ruling has teeth.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, customer disclosures, dealer markups, dealer participation, F&I products

September 22, 2016 - Industry News

Reynolds Now Offers 30 State-Specific F&I Documents Libraries

Reynolds Document Services has developed 30 state-specific Reynolds LAW brand F&I documents libraries, surpassing the midway point to its goal of creating document libraries for all 50 states.

Tags: Digital F&I, F&I Forms, F&I products, Reynolds & Reynolds

August 23, 2016 - Industry News

EFG Companies Announces Second Annual F&I Innovator of the Year Competition

EFG Companies and Northwood University have launched their second F&I Innovator of the Year competition. The contest asks six teams of junior and senior Northwood automotive students to conceptualize and build a new F&I product. The winning product will then be developed by EFG Companies, who will donate a percentage of the product's sales profits back to the school.

Tags: EFG Companies, F&I Innovations, F&I products, Northwood University

August 18, 2016 - Industry News

Protective to Acquire United States Warranty Corp.

Protective Life Corp. announced last Friday that it has reached an agreement to acquire USWC Holding Company and all its subsidiaries, including United States Warranty Corp., through a stock purchase agreement.

Tags: Acquisition, F&I manager, F&I products, Protective Life Corporation, US Warranty Corp.

August 17, 2016 - Industry News

Study: Consumers Want to Buy Big-Ticket Items From Their Smartphones

A new study shows that consumers aren’t just interested in buying cars from their smartphones, they’re interested in completing the F&I process as well. The study was commissioned by Roadster, a company that offers that type of experience.

Tags: F&I process, F&I products, Online Buying, online F&I, Roadster

August 4, 2016 - Industry News

National Auto Care Adds to Senior Leadership Team

National Auto Care Corp. has named Matthew Osborn to the newly created position of chief information officer. The veteran of the insurance and third-party administrator industries will also serve as a member of the company’s senior leadership team.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I office, F&I products, National Auto Care

July 27, 2016 - Industry News

FTC Issues Refunds to Buyers of Bogus "Extended Auto Warranties'

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)'s six-year effort to collect on a $4.2 million judgement against a telemarketer of “extended auto warranties” came to a end last week. The telemarketer, which did business under the name My Car Solutions, led victims to believe it was affiliated with auto dealers and manufacturers.

Tags: compliance, extended warranties, F&I products, FTC, Robocalls, telemarketing, vehicle service contracts

July 19, 2016 - Industry News

Lunt to Deliver Opening Keynote at Compliance Summit Las Vegas

Organizers of Compliance Summit announced that attorney and compliance expert Aaron Lunt will deliver the opening keynote address at the inaugural Las Vegas event, scheduled for Aug. 29-30 at Paris Las Vegas

Tags: Aaron Lunt, compliance, Compliance Summit, F&I products, Industry Summit, The Warranty Group

July 7, 2016 - Industry News

Online Retailing Will Lead to Higher F&I Profits, KBB Analyst Says

As digital retailing becomes more and more prolific, Kelley Blue Book Analyst Alec Gutierrez suspects that profits will continue shifting away from the sale of the car and into the F&I office.

Tags: digital retailing, F&I products, KBB

June 16, 2016 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Upgrades Pre-Owned Coverages

The company is now offering exclusionary coverage on vehicles with starting mileage as high as 150,000 miles. In addition,GWC stated that it is introducing new exclusionary terms of three and six months to provide dealers with more coverage options that rival factory warranties.

Tags: F&I products, GWC Warranty Corporation, high mileage

May 26, 2016 - Industry News

RoadVantage Wins Dealers’ Choice Platinum Award

RoadVantage has won a Platinum Dealers’ Choice Award in the F&I Products category, marking the second year in a row the F&I product provider earned an award in this category.

Tags: Dealers' Choice Awards, F&I product provider, F&I products, Garret Lacour, RoadVantage

May 19, 2016 - Industry News

Wise F&I Integrates With MenuSys

The connection will allow dealers to rate and contract Wise F&I's product line electronically through MenuSys, ensuring up-to-date pricing and product information.

Tags: econtracting, F&I products, Menu, MenuSys, Online, Wise F&I

May 5, 2016 - Industry News

AutoBodyguard Adds Zavada’s Odor Elimination Technology

AutoBodyguard, a division of Dent Zone, has obtained the exclusive rights to Zavada Scientific’s organic odor elimination technology. Officials said the odor remover will be added to the firm's line of interior protection programs.

Tags: Dent Zone, Exterior Protection, F&I menu, F&I products, interior protection