F&I Think Tank: Opening Session to Focus on Auto Finance's Cool-Down
In 2017’s opening quarter, auto loan balances registered single-digit growth for the first time in four years, while subprime auto financing fell to a 10-year low. F&I trainers Tony Dupaquier and Shaka Dyson will translate what the trends mean to the F&I office. They'll also offer strategies for uncovering a finance source’s appetite and training the desk on proper deal structure.
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.
Industry Summit Extends Early Bird Deadline
Attendees who register by midnight this Friday, Aug. 18, will enjoy a $100 discount on a full-conference pass. Industry Summit is co-located with The Best Training Day Ever and includes F&I Think Tank, the Special Finance Conference, Compliance Summit, and Automotive Compliance Specialist certification by Automotive Compliance Education.
MUSA Auto Finance Launches Leasing Portal
The finance source’s new portal was designed to automate what has been a typically complicated process. With its launch, MUSA is looking to sign up dealers in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia.
Auto/Mate Unveils New Dealer Texting Engine
Auto/Mate Dealership Systems has launched ‘Texting,’ a new SMS engine built into the company’s DMS and designed to facilitate messaging and improve the customer experience.
Report Forecasts Fewer Per-Store Sales
The latest edition of Urban Science’s Franchise Activity Report predicts a stable dealer network will produce reduced per-store sales following a period of stability.
Austin Found: Uber's Loss Was Dealers' Gain
A new study found that 41% of Austin, Texas, residents used their own vehicles when Uber and Lyft left town last year, and 9% bought a vehicle because the ride-hailing services weren’t available.