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The Future is Digital at Germain Toyota of Naples
California: An Unlikely Compliance Model

California: An Unlikely Compliance Model

I propose that your F&I and sales disclosure compliance models mirror the sales and F&I processes at dealerships in California — what is required by statute in California, should be considered best practices in the other 49 states.

December 28, 2020

There Is No Try

There Is No Try

It’s easy to list goals or resolutions, but it’s another thing to make a plan to achieve them. The only way to raise your PVR consistently is to have a plan and stick to it.

December 15, 2020

Tips For Recovering Debts From Departing Employees

Tips For Recovering Debts From Departing Employees

Many scenarios exist where employees can leave an employer owing the dealership money. The likelihood of your being able to recover money for these purposes depends in large part on a handful of proactive processes and procedures.

December 9, 2020

Data Breach 101

Data Breach 101

By all reports, billions of records have been exposed by reported data breaches. If the unthinkable occurs, having a well thought out data breach response plan will help you manage the challenges you and the dealership will face.

November 11, 2020

When Should I File FinCEN 8300?

When Should I File FinCEN 8300?

Knowing when to file FinCEN 83011 is serious stuff that could subject the dealership to significant fines after an audit. A little bit of training upfront could avoid some pain later.

November 3, 2020

Reigning in Franken-agency

Reigning in Franken-agency

On June 29, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was unconstitutional. A compliance expert shares why this matters, and why it matters to dealers in particular.

October 30, 2020

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Most people interpret communication to be the sending of information and forget it’s actually the exchange of information. We might have the best menu pitch ever, but it won’t do any good if we don’t listen to our customers.

October 29, 2020

The FTC Suggests We Buckle Up

The FTC Suggests We Buckle Up

The FTC recently issued a report that summarizes its enforcement actions, roundtable findings, consumer workshops, and in-person interviews with 38 Washington D.C. metro-area consumers focused on deceptive advertising practices, spot-delivery, and voluntary protection products.

October 28, 2020

Compliance Considerations When Texting Automotive Customers

Compliance Considerations When Texting Automotive Customers

The TCPA has been around for more than 25 years but remains one of the most litigated consumer protection statutes. By having proper compliance in place, your dealership can enjoy the benefits of contacting consumers with peace of mind.

October 27, 2020

Let’s Talk Politics: A 5-Step Survival Guide For Dealerships During The 2020 Election Season
Data Privacy in Automotive: How the CCPA Will Impact the Industry 
But … the System is Down

But … the System is Down

Most dealers rely on one or more software providers to manage and document all their transactions and many businesses count on a robust disaster recovery plan in the event their IT infrastructure fails.

October 20, 2020

Who’s Zoomin’ Who?

Who’s Zoomin’ Who?

Whether businesses interact in person or virtually, they must do so in a safe and secure manner to retain customer trust and comply with applicable law.

October 14, 2020

DO OVER!

DO OVER!

I suggest those of us in the car business — and maybe others too — should occasionally shout “do-over” as though we were kids again.

September 29, 2020