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F&I in the Era of Digital Darwinism

Darwin Automotive’s Phillip Battista has some strong opinions about digital retailing and online F&I, and he worries some providers — and their dealers — may soon find themselves in legal peril.

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Carvoy Launches New Leasing Platform

Carvoy Ignite was designed to benefit dealers and customers by facilitating the sale of new-vehicle leases online.

DRIVIN, Chrome Data Announce Data Licensing Agreement

DRIVIN this week announced it has signed an agreement to license Chrome Data’s Automotive Description Service (ADS) to enhance its inventory-sourcing marketplace.

Edmunds Releases List of 'Most Researched' Vehicles

The list demonstrates that it will take a major shift in consumer preferences to unseat passenger cars from best-seller lists. Through the first 11 months of 2016, the share of passenger cars has dropped 10%, while the popularity of SUVs and light trucks continues to soar.

Amazon: Friend or Foe?

Amazon now offers consumers a vehicle research tool and a parts store. Are car sales next on the e-tail giant’s agenda?

DRIVIN Wins Chicago Innovation Award

DRIVIN, which operates an online marketplace for dealers to sell, search and buy used inventory, was named one of the winners at the 15th annual Chicago Innovation Awards, the firm announced this week.

Manheim Now Offering Enhanced Vehicle Imaging at 74 Auctions

Manheim has nearly tripled the number of auctions offering enhanced vehicle imaging (EVI), expanding from 25 to 74 locations throughout North America, the company said this week

Edmunds Releases New Lead Generation Tool

According to the firm's internal traffic data, about 500,000 consumers use its site every month to appraise their vehicles, Edmunds' new MyAppraise taps into this pool of active users to generate potential leads for partnered dealerships.

MakeMyDeal Rolling Out F&I Connect Tool

Billed as a product designed to bring the F&I process into the Digital Age, F&I Connect allows dealers to promote their F&I products and prices to customers in a controlled online environment.

Vehicles on Manheim’s Digital Platform Gain Higher Auction Values

A study of Manheim’s online wholesale vehicle marketplace, called OVE.com, found that vehicles posted to the site retain a higher auction value than those that are re-run through the physical lane.