Auto Dealer Today Issue

Features

Apples and Pomegranates

By Tom Hudson

Consumers will suffer from the CFPB’s use of the word ‘loan’ in place of ‘auto finance contracts.’

It’s Monday, But That’s OK

By G.P. Anderson

F&I pros can escape the weekly grind by focusing on authenticity and turning car buyers into loyal customers and dealer advocates.

At the Vanguard

By Stephane Babcock

Check out three futuristic utility concepts from Detroit, Japan and Brazil.

Season of Prosperity

By Greg Goebel

This year’s Special Finance Benchmarks prove the subprime auto finance market continued to sizzle throughout the summer of 2014.

How to Prosper With Flat Fees

By Pete MacInnis

While the CFPB threatens sweeping changes, dealers are thinking ahead and reducing F&I pain points by moving financing and loan decisions to the start of the sales process.

Saving F&I Combining the efforts of sales and F&I could negatively affect customers by narrowing their financing options. F&I professionals must be trained to demonstrate the value of all types of financing, including dealer-arranged financing. 

By Ron Reahard

Before you eliminate your F&I department, bring it back to life by clearly delineating its purpose and establishing its value to your customers.

6 Touchpoints for Service Customers Customers are more likely to order needed repairs and return for future service when dealers make constant, transparent and friendly communication a priority. 

By Paul Potratz

Dealers are earning loyal service customers by focusing on providing a positive experience in every phase of the transaction.

Progressive Dealers Steve Song took over as president of FH Dailey Chevrolet in San Leandro, Calif., in 2011. Song believes General Motors is invested in creating opportunities for minority members in a changing industry. 

By Stephanie Forshee

Minority dealers have increased their numbers, but many say the industry is still lacking in terms of representing its customer base.

Show Stopper

By David Gesualdo

Education meets entertainment value at Industry Summit.

Blog

On-the-Point

Jim Ziegler
The Future Ain't What It's Cracked Up to Be

By Jim Ziegler
The Alpha Dawg sets the record straight on Tesla’s troubled lineup, GM’s European misadventures, and Sergio Marchionne’s endless search for a suitable trading partner.

Convention and Super Bowl Hangovers

By Jim Ziegler
The Alpha Dawg has a lot of ground to cover after a memorable trip to New Orleans, a soul-crushing loss to the Patriots, and more factory mischief than one man can take.

Welcome to Saturation Nation

By Jim Ziegler

Turn Out the Lights, the Party's Over

By Jim Ziegler

Opening Observations

Over the Curb