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March 22, 2018 - Industry News

RouteOne’s MaximTrak Rolls Out Digital Retailing Platform

MaximTrak aims to redefine the F&I transaction with its new FLITE ENGAGE digital retailing platform. Designed to provide an omnichannel experience, the platform can be used by dealership personnel in the showroom or by consumers on their mobile device.

Tags: digital retailing, Jim Maxim, Jr., MaximTrak, online F&I, RouteOne, virtual F&I office, Virtual Showroom

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

Zurich to Showcase F&I Online Consumer Education Program at NADA

Zurich continues to enhance its digital presence with the introduction of a co-branded F&I landing page dealers can add to their websites. The new offering, which will be on display at NADA 2018, is designed to educate internet shoppers about F&I protection products.

Tags: digital retailing, F&I products, online F&I, virtual F&I office, Virtual Showroom, Zurich

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

DealerSocket to Display Enhanced Auto Retail Tech at NADA

DealerSocket has announced improvements related to CRM, sales, inventory, and pricing to coincide with this week’s NADA convention.

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

AutoLoop Acquires Trade-In Valet

The acquisition adds a new online appraisal tool to AutoLoop’s suite of dealership sales and service solutions.

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

RouteOne, ODE Alliance Targets Longstanding F&I Challenges

Officials with both companies said the technology convergence resulting from the new alliance will eliminate the need for traditional system-to-system integration and creates the broadest access point in the industry for dealers to connect with finance sources, OEMs, and F&I product providers.

Tags: digital retailing, econtracting, F&I technology, online F&I, Open Dealer Exchange, RouteOne

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Zurich Joins Dealertrack Network

Zurich North America has joined Dealertrack’s aftermarket network in a move designed to help dealers deliver a ‘more digitized’ experience for car buyers.

Tags: Dealertrack, digital retailing, F&I process, online F&I, Zurich

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Appoints Strategic Brand Manager

F&I product provider GWC Warranty today announced the addition of Emily Dwyer as its new strategic brand manager.

Tags: F&I products, GWC Warranty Corporation, hires, Used-Vehicle Service Contracts

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Darwin Partners With RouteOne

A new partnership between Darwin Automotive and RouteOne was designed to connect dealers with online car shoppers without compromising F&I production.

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Ford Launches Online Sales and F&I Website

Ford Motor Co. has launched Ready.Shop.Go., a new ‘online experience’ designed to allow car buyers to find a vehicle, make a deal, and apply for financing.

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

AUL Names Jose Fleites CIO

AUL Corp. has expanded its executive leadership team with the hire of Jose Fleites as chief information officer.

March 15, 2018 - Industry News

J.D. Power’s Finbarr O’Neill Joins APCO Holdings Board

Finbarr O’Neill, who is set to retire from J.D. Power this month, was weighing his options for retirement when the vehicle service contract administrator invited him to join its board of directors.

Tags: APCO, EasyCare, Finbarr O'Neill, GWC Warranty Corporation, J.D. Power, vehicle service contracts

March 15, 2018 - Industry News

RouteOne, MaximTrak Streamline F&I Process With New Functionality

The new functionality allows product documents from the 110-plus F&I product providers connected to MaximTrak’s sales and F&I solution to be included in RouteOne’s econtracting package for a single, electronic consumer signing ceremony,

Tags: auto finance, econtracting, F&I process, F&I products, F&I solutions, MaximTrak, RouteOne

March 13, 2018 - Industry News

GWC Warranty and Nicholas Financial Form Strategic Alliance

The vehicle service contract provider and auto finance company to offer financing and VSCs to auto dealers and car buyers.

March 12, 2018 - Industry News

Cox Launches Accelerate in Vegas Market

Cox Automotive’s new connected retail platform was designed to connect the online and in-store process to drive faster car deals.

March 8, 2018 - Industry News

Auto Lands at No. 2 on N.Y. Attorney General’s Complaint List

The regulator who has championed New York’s crackdown on payment packing released his office’s Top 10 list of complaints received in 2017. Auto was 1,965 complaints short of the No. 1 complaint category: the internet.

Tags: auto finance, compliance, Credit Forget It, Eric T Schneiderman, payment packing

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Westlake Launches New Prime Program

Executives say the new program, which is designed for car buyers with a 750 FICO or better, is part of the finance source's push to become a one-stop shop for every dealership.

Tags: auto finance, F&I office, FICO, full-spectrum finance, Westlake Financial Services

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

eLEND Adds Auto Finance Veterans to Sales Team

Automotive finance veterans Joe Peterson and Flory Hunsaker join the tech firm as chief sales officer and regional sales director, respectively. They bring decades of sales success to eLEND as it prepares for the launch of its next-generation finance platform.

Tags: auto finance, digital retailing, Ecommerce, eLend Solutions, Gateway One Lending & Finance, online F&I

March 6, 2018 - Industry News

TD Auto Finance Joins AutoGravity Network

Through the newly forged partnership, indirect financing offers through TD Auto Finance will be made available to qualified buyers using AutoGravity’s digital retail platform.

Tags: auto finance, digital retailing, online F&I, TD Auto Finance

March 5, 2018 - Industry News

Auto Loan Interest Rates Soar to Eight-Year High

Edmunds analysts say the industry is beginning to see the trickle-down effect from the rate increases happening at the federal level. February's annual percentage rate on new finance vehicles was expected to average 5.2%, up from 4.9% in the year-ago period.

Tags: auto finance, Edmunds, Federal Reserve, interest rates

March 5, 2018 - Industry News

Experian Unveils Tri-Bureau Trended Attributes

The new offering is designed to help finance sources better serve consumers across the credit lifecycle, providing insight into historical consumer behavior across all three credit bureaus.

Tags: auto finance, Experian, full-spectrum finance

March 5, 2018 - Industry News

CNA National Distributed More Than $41M to Dealers in 2017

This was the third consecutive year the F&I product provider paid out more than $40 million to its dealers through its various participation programs.

Tags: CFC, CNA National, Controlled Foreign Corp., GAP, NCFC, Noncontrolled Foreign Corp., reinsurance, Tire and Wheel

March 5, 2018 - Industry News

Fidelis PPM Adds Deductible Reimbursement

Dealers selling Fidelis PPM maintenance plans can now enjoy complimentary auto deductible reimbursement coverage.

March 5, 2018 - Industry News

Dominion Unveils Updated Equity Mining Tool

Ver. 4 of Dominion Dealer Solutions’ DealActivator equity mining solution was designed to offer improved functionality, greater conquest capitalization, and a better user experience.

March 1, 2018 - Industry News

APCO Adds Anne Bélec to Board of Directors

The F&I product provider’s new board member spent 24 years with Ford Motor Co., where she served as director of global marketing for Ford, president and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America, and president of sales operations for Volvo Car Corp. in Sweden.

Tags: APCO, EasyCare, F&I product provider, F&I products, Ford Motor Co. Volvo Cars, GWC Warranty

February 27, 2018 - Industry News

LMC, J.D. Power: Mixed Results Expected for February

Average incentive spending in February is poised to fall for the first time since 2013 due to lower spending by Domestic manufacturers on trucks and SUVs. The two firms also project a 400,000-unit decrease in the SAAR and a 3% decline in retail sales.

Tags: incentives, J.D. Power, LMC Automotive, new-vehicle sales, SAAR

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