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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.
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.
Photo: IStockPhoto.com/Brauns CFPB Still Needs Schooling on Credit Sales
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is taking baby steps toward financial literacy, but it remains far from the head of the class.
Minimize Your Loaner Losses
Accounting expert offers a three-step plan for recovering loss of use and value on loaner car damage claims.
Hudson: My Job Application to Mr. Trump
In response to rumors that President-elect Donald Trump is preparing to oust the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's director, the magazine’s legal eagle says he’s the right man for the job.
NADA Economist: Trump Needs to Clarify Economic Policy Goals
NADA Chief Economist Steven Szakaly says a clear set of economic policy goals delivered before the New Year would go a long way to ensuring that any immediate uncertainties are smoothed over.
Magazine Offers Details on Compliance Summit Program
Scheduled for Aug. 29-30, Compliance Summit is designed to deliver a crash course in federal regulations and enforcement action to help dealers, agents and industry execs build sustainable sales and F&I processes without sacrificing productivity and profitability.
Certified for the Future
The magazine’s compliance pro breaks down Compliance Summit’s new certification component. He explains how it’s designed to address the industry’s true regulator.
4 Benefits of Centralized Accounting
Multistore dealers are using centralized accounting practices to improve consistency, productivity, and customer and partner relationships — and, most importantly, save time and money.

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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.
S&P/Experian: Concerns About Subprime Auto Bubble ‘Seem to Be Behind Us’
Auto loan defaults fell to a 10-year low in May, squashing concerns about a forming subprime auto loan bubble. But not all consumer credit categories were a picture of health in May.
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.
Fletcher Jones Adds AutoGravity Inventory App
Auto Gravity and the Fletcher Jones Auto Group have launched ‘FJ Drive,’ a real-time smartphone inventory app.