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Econtracting: Slippery Slope or Big Opportunity?

Econtracting: Slippery Slope or Big Opportunity?

Progress toward a fully online transaction may be inevitable, but you — and your finance sources — must take concrete steps toward process improvement and regulatory compliance to make econtracting work for your store.

September 24, 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

Lori Church Is a Swiss Army Knife for John Elway Dealerships
F&I Pacesetters: Hoehn Carlsbad Buick GMC Cadillac

F&I Pacesetters: Hoehn Carlsbad Buick GMC Cadillac

To become an F&I manager at this Carlsbad, Calif.-based Buick-GMC-Cadillac store, candidates must complete an eight-week course addressing a number of topics related to ethics and compliance. The dealership is in the running for the magazine's F&I Dealer of the Year award.

October 8, 2018

F&I Pacesetters: Prince Automotive Group

F&I Pacesetters: Prince Automotive Group

Prince Automotive Group is proof that operating high-performance finance departments while maintaining the highest level of ethical practices is possible. Now it's in the running for F&I and Showroom's F&I Dealer of the Year award.

October 8, 2018

The Big Menu Debate

The Big Menu Debate

The magazine’s resident compliance pro weighs in on one of F&I’s big debates: Is the F&I menu a sales or compliance tool?

September 6, 2018

Give ’Em Gershwin

Give ’Em Gershwin

Award-winning F&I director explains how using music during his process stimulates his customers' purchasing impulses.

September 5, 2018

F&I’s Need for Nobility

F&I’s Need for Nobility

With 78% of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, F&I insider says it’s time for F&I producers to change their approach.

July 3, 2018

Special Report: Unwinding the CFPB

Special Report: Unwinding the CFPB

F&I tracks the rise and fall of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s aggressive but ultimately futile five-year assault on dealer participation.

May 31, 2018

Dealer Fines and How to Avoid Them

Dealer Fines and How to Avoid Them

Compliance guru outlines the simple steps every dealer must take to avoid violations of federal OFAC, Used Car, Red Flags, and IRS standards — and the steep fines that accompany them.

March 12, 2018

F&I Pacesetters: Bob Moore Cadillac of Edmond
F&I Pacesetters: Gerald Jones Auto Group

F&I Pacesetters: Gerald Jones Auto Group

Meet the two operations that were also in the running for the American Financial & Automotive Services Inc.-sponsored F&I Dealer of the Year.

November 14, 2017

To Catch a Thief

To Catch a Thief

The magazine’s resident compliance pro says Red Flags tools aren’t foolproof. He offers four tips for vetting suspicious buyers who seem to have all the right answers.

November 14, 2017

F&I’s Compliance Driver

F&I’s Compliance Driver

An electronic menu can do more than drive the F&I process. Compliance expert offers standards and practices you can use to unlock an emenu’s true potential.

September 18, 2017

Industry Reacts to GM's Disclosure Policy

Industry Reacts to GM's Disclosure Policy

General Motors dealers who sell non-GM service contracts, parts and accessories must now disclose to their customers that the products are not backed by the automaker. Dealer trade groups believe the OEM’s stated goal of enhanced ‘safety and transparency’ is not the real reason for the new policy.

September 18, 2017