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June 29, 2017 - Industry News

Ganther to Serve as Featured Speaker at Dallas Compliance Summit

Attorney and Mosaic Compliance Services cofounder Jim Ganther will deliver a featured presentation on Easy-to-Implement Processes and Controls at Compliance Summit in September.

Tags: CFPB, CMS, complaint management system, compliance, compliance management system, Compliance Summit, digital retailing, Industry Summit, James Ganther, online F&I

June 28, 2017 - Industry News

Florida Law Addressing Factory Image Programs Takes Effect

Pictured is Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Aside from entitling dealers to benefits and incentives tied to an OEM-ordered renovation for up to 10 years after construction is completed, the new law prohibits manufacturers from creating and enforcing performance standards that are unfair and don’t account for local and regional differences.

June 28, 2017 - Industry News

Bankrate Lists Top 10 Affordable Car Towns

Bankrate’s latest Car Affordability Survey finds Washington, D.C., is the most affordable city in which to buy a new car.

June 27, 2017 - Industry News

J.D. Power/LCM: June SAAR Expected to Fall to Five-Year Low

Despite record incentive spending, the auto industry is on pace to record its weakest first-half sales performance since 2014, according to the two firms. Days to turn remained at 70 through June 18, the highest level since July 2009.

Tags: days to turn, fleet sales, Forecast, incentive spending, new-vehicle sales, SAAR

June 27, 2017 - Industry News

FrogData Names National Sales Director

FrogData’s rapid expansion continues with the hiring of Heiser Automotive Group and CDK Global executive Chris Dulla.

June 27, 2017 - Industry News

Carfax, MeridianLink Offer Lenders Access to Vehicle History Reports

Auto lending executives now have access to Carfax reports via MeridianLink’s LoansPQ loan origination system.

June 26, 2017 - Industry News

SouthwestRe Wins Gold in 2017 Dealers’ Choice Award

SouthwestRe took home the Gold award in the Service Contract Reinsurance category in this year's Dealers’ Choice Awards.

June 26, 2017 - Industry News

Portfolio Launches QUANTUM VSC

The company’s newest vehicle service contract offering was designed to cover ‘essential’ new electronic components.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I products, In-Car Technology, vehicle service contract

June 26, 2017 - Industry News

KBB: June New-Vehicle Sales Tracking at 4% Below a Year Ago

The vehicle information site put June's SAAR at 16.3 million, which would mark the fourth month in a row the SAAR comes in below 17 million. It would also be the longest below-17-million streak since the six-month streak set at the end of February 2015.

June 26, 2017 - Industry News

Auto/Mate Releases ‘The Auto Dealer's Guide to Team Building’ Ebook

The new ebook was developed to guide auto dealers through the process of turning managers and employees in various departments into one cohesive, productive and motivated team.

Tags: digital retailing, F&I office, online F&I, Pay Plans, showroom

June 26, 2017 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Names New Product Manager

Andrew Roke had held positions in operations and marketing product management before the F&I product provider appointed him product manager. He will be responsible for managing GWC’s suite of products while evaluating new opportunities for innovative enhancements.

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

June 26, 2017 - Industry News

CarMax Looks to Expand Digital Retailing Push

The pre-owned dealer group’s online prequalification portal played a key role in its captive finance company's 7% increase in first-quarter originations. The group is currently testing a home-delivery service as well as an online vehicle appraisal tool.

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

June 23, 2017 - Industry News

IPPI to Offer 1st Equity Payment Plan in Texas

1st Equity becomes one of two independent monthly budget payment brands available in the Lone Star State.

June 22, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: American Financial & Automotive Services, F&I Think Tank, F&I training, Industry Summit, John Vecchioni

June 22, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: auto finance, Greg Goebel, Special Finance Conference, subprime, used-vehicle sales

June 21, 2017 - Industry News

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.

June 21, 2017 - Industry News

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.

June 20, 2017 - Industry News

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.

June 20, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: auto finance, default rates, F&I office

June 20, 2017 - Industry News

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.

June 20, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: dealer, digital retailing, F&I director, F&I manager, F&I process, F&I Think Tank, Industry Summit, objection handling, online F&I

June 20, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: F&I process, lease, new-vehicle sales, Swapalease.com

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: J.D. Power, NADA Used Car Guide, used-vehicle values, Wholesale Pricing

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

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.

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

Dealer David Andrews Begins Term as NIADA President

The owner of City Auto in Memphis, Tenn., encouraged fellow independent dealers to keep pace with the rapidly changing automotive marketplace, saying, 'These are the times ripe with opportunities, times for making the seemingly impossible possible.'

Tags: David Andrews, Independent Dealerships, National Independent Automobile Dealers Associatio