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July 23, 2015 - Industry News

AutoNation’s Jackson Urges Other Lenders to Follow Honda Financial’s Lead

The group’s chief executive reiterated his support for Honda Financial’s new dealer markup caps. He said the policy should serve as a template for the rest of the auto finance industry.

Tags: AutoNation, captive finance, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Justice, F&I products, Mike Jackson, Quarterly Earnings, rate markup

July 21, 2015 - Industry News

F&I Express Releases Compliance Tool for F&I Product Pricing

With F&I products likely to draw the CFPB’s attention, F&I Express’s new CompliPrice designed to help dealers ensure profits made on the sale of F&I products are compliant with their stores’ pricing policies.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, CompliPrice, F&I Express, F&I manager, F&I product, F&I products, F&I trainer

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Spireon Targeting Dealer Market With Inilex Acquisition

With its acquisition of Inilex, Spireon plans to market the company's flagship GPS tracking service to the automotive retail market. Officials said dealers will be able to upsell the system's vehicle-recovery services and other add-on consumer applications that rely on GPS-tracking technology.

Tags: F&I products, GPS, Inilex, Spireon, Vehicle Theft

July 16, 2015 - Industry News

Win a Trip to Industry Summit 2015

IAS and F&I and Showroom magazine have launched a new contest that will send five F&I managers to Industry Summit 2015. The competition will be used to tee up a special F&I manager- and agent-only workshop session at the magazine’s annual conference.

Tags: Ask Joe, F&I director, F&I manager, F&I products, F&I training, IAS, Industry Summit, Innovative Aftermarket Systems, Joe St. John

July 9, 2015 - Industry News

Dent Wizard Launches Service Plan Covering Pre-Existing Dents

Dent Wizard International has introduced Ding Shield Drive, an appearance service plan sold through dealership service drives and body shops that covers pre-existing dents on a customer’s car.

Tags: Appearance Protection, Dent Wizard, dent-and-ding, F&I products

June 17, 2015 - Industry News

N.Y. Dealers Targeted for Payment Packing and Other Deceptive Practices

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, which announced on Wednesday a $14 million settlement with three Paragon dealerships, says he intends to file suit against 11 additional dealerships for the unlawful sale of credit repair and identity theft-prevention products.

Tags: Attorney General, credit repair, Eric Schneiderman, F&I office, F&I products, identify theft, payment packing

June 16, 2015 - Industry News

RoadVantage Launches Bundled F&I Product Program

RoadVantage is offering bundled F&I product packages for both retail or lease customers on a single form as part of its Total Solution program.

Tags: F&I product provider, F&I products, key replacement, RoadVantage, Tire and Wheel, windshield protection

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Simoniz Joins F&I Admin’s SCS Auto Platform

Simoniz USA is now using F&I Admin’s SCS Auto platform for the administration of its F&I products.

Tags: F&I Administration Solutions, F&I products, SCS Auto

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

N.Y. AG Goes After Dealer for Payment Packing

After three months with no response, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has filed a motion to force a New York dealer group to comply with a subpoena issued by the AG’s office in March. The dealer group is accused of “jamming” credit repair contracts into vehicle sales and leases.

Tags: Attorney General, F&I products, New York, payment packing, subpoena

May 28, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. Bank Monitoring F&I Product Pricing

U.S. Bank told dealers this week that it’s monitoring how they price F&I products. If its monitoring program finds ‘unexplained differences in pricing or excessive add-on product financing on a prohibited basis,’ dealers will be asked to provide an explanation.

Tags: CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, F&I products, Hudson Cook LLP, Nikki Munro, Rick Hackett, U.S. Bank

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

Autosoft Certifies MaximTrak F&I Platform

MaximTrack Technologies’ F&I suite has completed Autosoft’s certification process and now integrates with the tech firm’s FLEX DMS.

Tags: dealership management system, F&I manager, F&I menu, F&I office, F&I products, F&I tools

May 7, 2015 - Industry News

AmTrust to Acquire Wells Fargo’s Warranty Solutions

AmTrust announced last week that it has entered into a definite agreement to purchase Wells Fargo’s Warranty Solutions, which the bank acquired in October 2008 with its purchase of Wachovia Corp.

Tags: Acquisition, AmTrust, F&I products, Wachovia Dealer Services, Wells Fargo

May 5, 2015 - Industry News

Maximus Auto Group Releases App, Expanded Online Service

Protection plan administrator Maximus Auto Group has released an app that allows its customers to view and manage their contracts, file a new claim, contact a rep and more. The company has also expanded its digital platform to include online claim filing.

Tags: claims, econtracting, F&I products, Mobile Applications

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

AGWS Adds VP of Training

Industry veteran and compliance expert Bob Harkins will serve as vice president of training for American Guardian's AGWS University.

Tags: American Guardian Warranty Services, F&I products, training

April 28, 2015 - Industry News

Annual Cost to Own a Vehicle Falls 2%, AAA Finds

Decreases in gas prices and finance charges related to auto loans fueled the decline, but rises in maintenance and tire replacement costs make F&I protections an important consideration for vehicle owners.

Tags: AAA, Cost to Own, F&I manager, F&I products, Road Hazard Protection, Tire and Wheel, Vehicle Service Contract

April 23, 2015 - Industry News

Putting F&I Online Increases Profits, MakeMyDeal Finds

A new study from Cox Automotive company MakeMyDeal found that 63% of consumers would be more likely to buy F&I products if they could learn about them on their own time before entering a dealership.

Tags: Cox Automotive, F&I products, Online Financing, Study

April 23, 2015 - Industry News

AutoNation's PVR Average Surpasses $1,500

For the first time, the public dealer group’s F&I profit per deal average surpassed the $1,500 mark. Officials said the company will continue to emphasize F&I product sales as it preps for the launch of an AutoNation-branded maintenance contract later this year.

Tags: AutoNation, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, F&I products, First Quarter, Maintenance plan, Mike Jackson, Online Buying, Quarterly Earnings

April 22, 2015 - Industry News

GWC Warranty VSCs Now Available in All 50 States

After receiving regulatory approval in Alaska, the F&I product provider announced that it's now able to operate in all 50 states.

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

April 21, 2015 - Industry News

Superior Integrated Solution Reaches Milestone With Ford SMARTT Dealers

Superior Integrated Solutions announced that that it has surpassed seven million DMS transactions with Ford SMARTT dealers.

Tags: CRM, DMS, DMS integration, F&I products

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Pelican Auto Finance, AUL Partner on New VSC Program

The subprime auto finance source joined forces with AUL to develop a new vehicle service contract program.

Tags: AUL Corp., F&I manager, F&I process, F&I products, Pelican Auto Finance, Vehicle Service Contract

March 31, 2015 - Industry News

GWC Warranty and FlexPath Capital Form Strategic Alliance

Independent automobile finance company FlexPath will now offer GWC vehicle service contracts as part of its new partnership with GWC Warranty.

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

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Wise F&I Integrates Fusion Menu Into Sales Presentation

Wise F&I announced today that it is now integrated with The Impact Group’s Fusion Menu presentation software, allowing Wise F&I products to be sold through a customizable, low-pressure sales presentation.

Tags: F&I products, software, The Impact Group, Wise F&I

March 5, 2015 - Industry News

GSFSGroup Hires New Compliance Director

GSFSGroup has selected Lewis Kuhl as its senior counsel and director of regulatory compliance. Kuhl will be responsible for ensuring that F&I products and the company’s clients are in in compliance with state laws.

Tags: compliance, F&I products, GSFSGroup, Hiring

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

EFG Companies Launches Mileage-Only VSC

EFG Companies’ MAP My Miles allows car buyers to customize their VSC to their personal driving habits.

Tags: EFG Companies, F&I products, mileage, vehicle service contracts

January 29, 2015 - Industry News

Ally Previews New Vehicle Service Contract and Technology Platform

Ally Premier Protection, Ally’s new flagship vehicle service contract, brings together enhanced features and benefits for auto consumers, powered by an intuitive and easy-to-use technology platform for dealers.

Tags: Ally Financial, F&I products, NADA Convention and Expo, vehicle service contracts