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Stop Keeping F&I Products a Secret

Stop Keeping F&I Products a Secret

All available research and data suggests car buyers want to research F&I products online. Most say they will be more likely to buy if they can can learn more before they get to the dealership. So why do so few dealer websites offer the information consumers are looking for?

September 17, 2019

The Price of Compliance Is Going Up. Sorry.

The Price of Compliance Is Going Up. Sorry.

Recent revisions to the federal Safeguards Rule cement the need for a compliance officer in every dealership. Whether their duties are performed by an employee or outsourced, satisfying the new requirement is going to cost your store thousands of dollars per month.

August 29, 2019

How to Sell F&I on Alt-Fuel Vehicles

How to Sell F&I on Alt-Fuel Vehicles

Many F&I pros are struggling to keep up with battery-powered vehicles — and the customers who buy them. Expert offers a process backed by education and a consultative approach.

August 26, 2019

Is Amazon Really a Threat to the Car Business?
Unsold Car Insurance Is Missed F&I Income

Unsold Car Insurance Is Missed F&I Income

Dealer software expert says it’s time to take a fresh look at consumer auto insurance — not as a problem but as a new opportunity to boost F&I production and profitability.

July 30, 2019

3 Ways to Sell More F&I to Millennials and Gen Z

3 Ways to Sell More F&I to Millennials and Gen Z

Younger car buyers value security just as much as their elders, but timing, transparency, and diversity are becoming critical factors to F&I success as their market share grows.

July 24, 2019

Dawn Walston Dares to Succeed at Titus-Will Toyota

Dawn Walston Dares to Succeed at Titus-Will Toyota

Dawn Walston worked her way up from service cashier to vice president and general manager of Titus-Will Toyota in Tacoma, Wash., forging a career path that shattered stereotypes and earned national and international recognition for herself and her family-owned dealer group.

July 16, 2019

3 Steps to Cure F&I Burnout

3 Steps to Cure F&I Burnout

Sales and managerial incompetence, cash customers, and bad weather all can contribute to severe F&I burnout and greener grass disease. Before you attempt to make a change while your performance is trending downward, try this three-step process guaranteed to positively influence your situation.

June 18, 2019

Is Technology Changing F&I or Is F&I Changing Technology?

Is Technology Changing F&I or Is F&I Changing Technology?

The rapid evolution and advancement of dealership systems and selling tools has led some F&I managers to fear new technology and others to embrace it. Whether you’re in Flintstones or Jetsons mode, you need a plan to meet or exceed your customers’ expectations.

June 17, 2019

The Race Is On at Paragon Honda

The Race Is On at Paragon Honda

Dealer and long-distance runner Brian Benstock reflects on his nearly 40 years in the auto retail business, the challenges and opportunities in the New York market, and his efforts to drive his stores — and the industry — forward.

June 11, 2019

3 Leadership Skills Every F&I Manager Needs

3 Leadership Skills Every F&I Manager Needs

Taking ownership of your own performance and that of those around you is a proven path to success in any field. For F&I managers, it’s a concrete step toward higher production and career advancement.

May 30, 2019

Break Out of Your F&I Shackles

Break Out of Your F&I Shackles

You need to be real to close the deal, and your tired word-tracks aren’t helping. Trainer shares a reliable three-part process you can try the next time an F&I customer goes off-script.

May 28, 2019

Digital Sales Are Stress-Free at Subaru of Puyallup

Digital Sales Are Stress-Free at Subaru of Puyallup

Two years ago, Chris Brown went looking for a way to facilitate sales, trade-ins, and financing for car buyers who prefer to shop online. Today, his Seattle-area Subaru dealership is doing just that, and he says the experience he and his team deliver is just as ‘stress-free’ as ever.

May 7, 2019

Are You an F&I Manager or an F&I Clerk?

Are You an F&I Manager or an F&I Clerk?

Years of strong sales and near-zero unemployment have lowered the bar for the business office. Veteran F&I pro shares two proven strategies for turning a finance clerk into a finance manager.

April 25, 2019

Lori Church Is a Swiss Army Knife for John Elway Dealerships