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Ford Recall Includes 1.2M Explorers

Ford Motor Co. announced four recalls for seven vehicles sold in the U.S. and Canada, including 1.2 million Explorers that could be affected by a rear suspension issue dating back to the SUV’s 2010 redesign.

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CarMD: Ignition Coils, Spark Plugs, O2 Sensors Caused Trouble in 2018

Car repair costs were up across all U.S. regions last year in CarMD’s latest Vehicle Health Index report, and ignition coils, spark plugs, and oxygen sensors tied for the lead in check engine repairs.

4 Ways to Turn Recalls Into Positive Customer Interactions

Recalls drive service revenue and bring customers back to the dealership. Why not take advantage? Expert lists four ways to turn your next recall event into a fun and profitable experience for everyone involved.

Former Ark. Dealership Employee Arrested on Embezzlement, Fraud Charges

Janet Christine Stair is charged with concocting a service-ticket scheme that defrauded a Hot Springs Chrysler dealership of more than $17,000 and charged its factory nearly $12,000 for phantom warranty work.

EFG Companies Launches Mobile App

Born out of the F&I product provider’s 2015 and 2016 F&I Innovator of the Year competitions at Northwood University, EFG Companies’ Driver’s Advocate mobile app features a host of service-retention tools, including a loyalty rewards tracker, and doubles as an inventory-management tool.

Dent Wizard Named Top Workplace

For the first time, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch included Dent Wizard in its list of “Top Workplaces” for 2017. The F&I product provider joins other honorees such as Edward Jones, Monsanto and Safelite Auto Glass.

Xtime Launches Customer Retention Platform

At last week's National Automobile Dealers Association Convention, Xtime unveiled a cloud-based system designed to drive owner loyalty through one service experience platform.

Auto/Mate Introduces Online Service Scheduling, Menu-Building Solution

Rev/Mate will be rolled out in Auto/Mate’s Automotive Productivity Management Suite Fixed Ops/Mate module in 2015. The solution is designed to help service departments maximize customer pay revenue while creating a quality customer experience.

TimeHighway.com, CIMA Systems Partner on Service Scheduling

Customers who receive a service notification through CIMA Systems will now be able to book an appointment with a few clicks using TimeHighway’s online appointment scheduling tool.

The Next Up Adds Capabilities for Finance and Service Departments

The firm has expanded its Web-based system to include applications for a dealership’s finance and service departments. These new applications allow management to view real-time stats and track the time managers spend with customers.