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November 2015, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Launching Special Finance: Part Three

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By Greg Goebel

With a fully operational SF department, the DealerStrong team shifts their focus to finding, selling and financing customers.

Tags: CRM, DealerStrong, special finance, training

October 2015, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Launching Special Finance: Part Two

By Greg Goebel

The DealerStrong team digs in at Champion Motors and finds a few surprises, including a freshly installed CRM.

Tags: CRM, DealerStrong, special finance, training

September 2015, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Launching Special Finance: Part One

By Greg Goebel

Welcome to Part One of a six-part series of articles about the launch of a startup special finance operation at an already successful independent dealership on the fringe of a major U.S. metro market.

Tags: DealerStrong, Sales, special finance, training

April 2015, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Good to Great in 3 Easy Steps

Sourcing inventory from Craigslist can bring ideal SF units and new customers to your store.

By Shawn Foster

Establishing proven processes for sales, desking and inventory acquisition can boost your SF numbers in short order.

Tags: Credit Scores, credit scoring, inventory, special finance

January 2015, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Turn Dealbreakers into Dealmakers

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By Greg Goebel

The art of selling additional cash down payments takes on added importance during the holiday season.

Tags: Customer Satisfaction, Finance, Sales Tactics, special finance

January 2013, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Related Finance Company Considerations: A Difficult Decision That Requires Extensive Review Cont'd

By David Keller, CPA, CFE

David Keller - You should review all the legal implications with an attorney who is familiar with the BHPH and RFC industry to ensure your paperwork and other related documents comply with all regulations and laws...

Tags: BDC, bhph dealers, Dealer's Guide to Compliant Paperwork, Regulations, special finance

November 2012, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

In Search of Silver Bullets

By Greg Goebel

Greg Goebel, president and CEO of Auto Dealer Monthly, discusses how your special finance department can increase their amount of 'good' leads. Through 5 easy steps from tracking your traffic to setting up a budget, Greg outlines the perfect plan to increase your special finance departments' leads immediately.

Tags: advertising, advertising copy, BDC, compliance, Customer Reviews, deal tracking, dealer review, F&I department, lead conversion, Lead Generation, lead management, special finance

October 2012, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Structuring the Win-Win-Win Deal

By Greg Goebel

Special finance expert Greg Goebel details how to structure a deal that maximizes the dealership's profit opportunity while still making winners of the customer and the finance company.

Tags: BDC, Deal Structuring, Dealer Software, Desking, Finance, Inventory Management, ProMax Online, Qualifying Buyers, Software, special finance, special finance win win, technology

August 2006, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Recontracting After A Spot Delivery Transaction: What Are The Rules?

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

Thomas B. Hudson, Esq. - The customer has signed on the dotted line, but now you can’t find a company willing to buy the retail installment sales agreement ... What rules apply?

Tags: special finance

August 2006, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Have A Game Plan - Stick With It

By Harlene Doane

Harlene Doane - Most processes fail when those involved aren’t committed to seeing it done correctly...

Tags: special finance

August 2006, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Car Dealers And Terrorism - What Are The Rules?

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

Elena Lovoy - The USA PATRIOT Act contained several requirements that affected dealers. Some provisions are in force now – others have ...

Tags: special finance

August 2006, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Sucker Pricing

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

Thomas B. Hudson, Esq. - With the exception of limits on the rate of finance charge in financing transactions imposed by most states ...

Tags: special finance

August 2006, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Arbitration Patrol

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

Thomas B. Hudson, Esq. - From where we sit, dealers win a lot more of these challenges than they lose, and when they lose, it’s usually because they deserve to lose...

Tags: special finance

August 2006, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Salesman's Experience Motivates Jury

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

Thomas B. Hudson, Esq. - ... a salesman’s experience should have alerted him to the fact that the car had suffered extensive previous damage?

Tags: special finance

August 2006, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Dealer's Mail Campaign Results In $250,000 Settlement

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

Thomas B. Hudson, Esq. - It seems the mail campaign targeted consumers who had filed for bankruptcy without first getting the consumers’ permission...

Tags: special finance

August 2006, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Federal Court Decision Muddles "Prescreening" Requirements

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

Thomas B. Hudson, Esq. - Creditors cannot ask credit reporting agencies to review their files and identify likely customers for them – or to “prescreen”...

Tags: special finance

August 2006, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

You Have Wheelchair Access To Your Showroom: Must Your Web site Accomodate Blind Person?

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

Thomas B. Hudson, Esq. - If you aren’t employing such software on your Web site, are you violating the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Tags: special finance

August 2006, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Dealer Sued Out-Of-State Based On Internet Transaction

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

Thomas B. Hudson, Esq. - In some states, only specific actions will subject someone from out-of-state to suit, while in others, very minimal contacts...

Tags: special finance

August 2006, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Workplace Violence

By Ron Smith

Ron Smith - Regardless of the worth of the employee involved, if a situation of this sort exists, take immediate and decisive action...

Tags: special finance

August 2006, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Retaliation Claims Can Get You Even If An Employee Has No Underlying Discrimination Claim

By Ron Smith

Ron Smith - An employee can complain of discrimination or harassment without any support for the allegations, yet be protected under the retaliation laws...

Tags: special finance

August 2006, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Spirtuality Training?

By Ron Smith

Ron Smith - You should note any New Age Training program does not become legally troubling until it is objected to by an employee...

Tags: special finance

August 2006, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

An Employer's Duty To Accommodate Religious Practices And Beliefs Of Employees

By Ron Smith

Ron Smith - This could include allowing the employee to have flexible arrival and departure times, ... or permitting the employee to make up time lost...

Tags: special finance

August 2006, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Negligent Hiring: How To Protect Yourself

By Ron Smith

Ron Smith - Employers are immune from liability unless the employee can prove that the information disclosed was known to be false ...

Tags: special finance

August 2006, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Pre-Employment Personality Tests May Cause More Trouble Than They Are Worth

By Ron Smith

Ron Smith - Two main areas that these tests violate are invasion of privacy and disparate impact on protected classes of applicants...

Tags: special finance

August 2006, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

"What Is Harrassment?"

By Ron Smith

Ron Smith - Define harassment as verbal or physical conduct that "denigrates or shows hostility or aversion towards an individual"...

Tags: special finance

August 2006, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Thoughts On The FMLA

By Ron Smith

Ron Smith - Perhaps the most favored method among employers is the "rolling" 12 month period under subsection (d)...

Tags: special finance

August 2006, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Employers With e-mail Beware?

By Ron Smith

Ron Smith - The most effective tool is for an employer to implement an e-mail policy. This policy should be added to any existing employee handbooks...

Tags: special finance

August 2006, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Controlling Your Unemployment Insurance Costs

By Sandra Zabek

Sandra Zabek - You can also control costs by reducing your federal tax rate if all your unemployment taxes are paid as of January 31...

Tags: special finance

August 2006, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Semper Calcitramus Glutius Maximus

By John Carroll

John Carroll - You learn how to close the good customers. And, you learn how to follow up so the next time they want to buy a car...

Tags: special finance, Stories

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