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Preparing for Hurricane Season
Hurricane season kicked off on June 1 for Florida and other states along the East Coast. Two accounting and financial planning experts offer tips on how to prepare for that and other natural disasters.
Photo: Getty Images 17 Tips for Effective Time Management
Manage your time like an expert by prioritizing completing, delegating or deleting the many tasks that crowd your personal and professional calendar.
Don’t Fire Your Best F&I Manager
Looking to thin your F&I herd? Advanced analytics prove there are better ways to judge performance than PVR alone.
OEM Sales Quotas and the Dependable Dodge Decision
The owners of Dependable Dodge scored a judicial victory that further erodes manufacturers’ rights to ax franchises that don’t meet their sales quotas.
Data Control and the DMS
Learn how Mike Esposito changed careers from engineering to auto retail and dealer software.
President Donald Trump promised sweeping regulatory reform on the campaign trail and could play a pivotal role in easing or eliminating some regulations affecting the auto finance industry. Photo by Gage Skidmore 5 Ways Trump Can Alter Finance
Auto dealer regulations face an uncertain future under the Trump presidency. Two California-based attorneys take a look at the road ahead for the CFPB, the FTC, and state regulators.
The Lost Art
The editor has seen the good, the bad and the ugly version of the vehicle walkaround.
Tesla vs. Franchise: Weighing the Pros and Cons
Todd Bryant ponders the implications of Tesla’s direct-sales model for car buyers and their communities, both of which have benefited from the franchise model.
David Gesualdo All In on the Process
The publisher seeks inspiration from men of vision but still relies on the alarm clock method to get business done.
Set Your Cybersecurity Fears Aside
Have you received letters from your providers that were full of intimidating technical phrasings — things like 'unacceptable levels of risk/control' and 'data integrity issues'? Those terms certainly sound scary, but as Franklin D. Roosevelt once opined, 'The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.'

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John 'The F&I Professor' Vecchioni to Emcee Industry Summit
American Financial’s John Vecchioni will return to Industry Summit as the event’s master of ceremonies.
SF Conference Returns to Industry Summit
Industry Summit will once again play host to the Special Finance Conference, the industry’s premier SF training event.
Dealertrack to Open New Headquarters
Dealertrack’s new, LEED-specified building will house 600-plus employees and an enviable range of amenities designed to promote productivity, health and wellness.
Van Over to Serve as Luncheon Speaker at Compliance Summit
Veteran trainer and compliance expert Gil Van Over will deliver a luncheon presentation dedicated to ‘Your Responsibilities’ at Dallas Compliance Summit in September.
US Equity Advantage Earns Dealers’ Choice Award
US Equity Advantage won the first-place Diamond award in the Biweekly Payments category for the third straight year.
Loyalty to Sedans Remains Strong as SUVs Grow
Jumpstart’s latest report shows loyalty to sedans continues to grow despite exponential gains in all SUV segments.
F&I Futurist Tony Dupaquier Joins F&I Think Tank Roster
The Academy’s Tony Dupaquier will serve as emcee of F&I Think Tank, organizers announced this week. The trainer and F&I futurist will be responsible for guiding the discussions during the F&I 20 Group-like event.
Swapalease: Lease Approval Rate Falls to Three-Year Low
Lease applicants registered a 48.1% approval rate, the lowest level since the car lease marketplace began tracking the stat in 2014. The firm explained that the rise in consumer interest for luxury SUVs is what’s driving the uptick in declines.
J.D. Power: Wholesale Values Decline in May
J.D. Power Valuation Services’ seasonally adjusted used-vehicle price index managed to increase for the first time in a year. While positive, May’s index figure was 7.6% below May 2016.
In-Vehicle Tech: Demand Strong, Willingness to Pay Varies
A new survey from IHS Markit finds car buyers are intrigued by advanced in-vehicle technology, but their willingness to pay is limited to some telematics apps and creature comforts.