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July 18, 2017 - Industry News

Innovative Lending Releases Loan Management Tool for F&I Offices

Stip Trac was designed to help dealers and their F&I offices track cash flow, collect stips, and keep an open communication line with car buyers before and after their purchase. Dealers can also set contracts-in-transit limits, track money in transit by salesperson and more.

Tags: auto finance, Contracts in Transit, Dealers, F&I manager, F&I office, software, Stips, technology

July 18, 2017 - Industry News

EVOX Images’ VR App Reaches 1 Million Downloads

According to the firm, the RelayCars virtual reality app has been downloaded more than one million times since launch. It provides an immersive automotive VR experience that lets users explore every make and model available since 2015 in six different virtual showrooms.

Tags: EVOX, RelayCars, Virtual Reality, Virtual Showroom

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

Alpha Warranty Services’ COO Named Utah Business CXO of the Year

Alpha Warranty Services’ COO Jeremy Lindsey was honored with the Utah Business CXO of the Year award. He was also featured in the June issue of Utah Business Magazine for his achievement.

Tags: Alpha Warranty Services, F&I product provider, Jeremy Lindsey, Utah Business CXO of the Year

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

Auto/Mate Integrates With Darwin Automotive F&I Platform

Darwin CMO Jeff Stafford demonstrates the company's F&I platform at the 2017 NADA Convention & Expo this past January.

With both systems fully integrated, all data entered into the Darwin F&I application is instantly and securely updated in Auto/Mate’s DMS, and any changes made in the DMS are reflected in the Darwin F&I application in real time.

Tags: Auto/Mate Dealership Systems, Darwin Automotive, DMS, F&I menu, F&I process, F&I products, online F&I

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

Helion Names New Director of Marketing

Tracey Reyes, who previously headed up the marketing departments for Digital Air Strike and Dealertrack, has joined the information technology services provider to help increase awareness of its offerings.

Tags: Helion Automotive Technologies, Information Technology, software, technology

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book: Vehicle Depreciation Shows Pockets of Strength at Midway Point of 2017

The price of cars dropped 1.8%, while trucks recorded a 0.8% decline in value for the month of June. Small pickups registered the lowest monthly depreciation, while subcompact cars recorded the largest depreciation in June.

Tags: Black Book, used-vehicle sales, used-vehicle values, vehicle depreciation

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

Kontos: Wholesale Prices Softening Despite YOY Increase in June

Average wholesale prices in June were down vs. June but up vs. a year ago. A drill down into the data, however, reveals price softening on a year-over-year basis when accounting for sales type, vehicle age, model class, and mileage, KAR Chief Economist Tom Kontos said this week.

Tags: ADESA Analytical Services, Kar Auction Services, Tom Kontos, Wholesale Pricing

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

PALS Session to Bridge Gap Between Lenders, Product Providers

F&I Express’ Brian Reed will lead a presentation designed to establish improved lines of communication between leading executives in the auto finance and F&I product provider segments.

Tags: CFPB, compliance, F&I Express, F&I products, GAP, P&A Leadership Summit

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

First Choice Car Care Launches High-Mileage VSC Plans

The new plans are designed to appeal to buyers of older vehicles who desire investment protection at a reasonable cost, officials said. It also encourages dealers to retail units profitably they would otherwise wholesale for a loss.

Tags: Auto Auctions, F&I products, First Choice Car Care, high-mileage VSC, Lloyd Truschel, Used-Vehicle Service Contracts, vehicle service contracts, VSC

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

AutoLoop Achieves Reynolds Vendor Certification

The new certification allows data to be exchanged safely and securely from a POWER DMS to AutoLoop’s next-generation customer relationship management software.

Tags: AutoLoop, certification, Dealer Software, DMS, Reynolds & Reynolds

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Manheim Adds Locations in Six States

Manheim has opened new auction sites in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, West Texas and Utah.

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Digital Air Strike’s Enterprise AI Listening Platform Wins People’s Choice Award

DAS’s Mission Control Consumer Intelligence and Engagement Platform earned a People’s Choice Award for Favorite New Product in the 2017 American Business Awards.

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Three States Pass GAP Laws

The Guaranteed Asset Protection Alliance, a lobbying group made up of GAP providers, administrators and finance sources, was instrumental in getting two of the three laws passed — the most recent state to adopt its model act being Maine.

Tags: compliance, F&I products, GAP, GAPA, GAPWise, Guaranteed Asset Protection Alliance, insurance, Regulations, Rob Berger, Timothy Meenan, Wise F&I

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

Warranty Solutions, Arbor Day Foundation Celebrate Planting of More Than 1.7 Million Trees

The partnership between the two entities began in 2009 to help improve air quality, water quality, mitigate the effects of climate change, combat deforestation, and prevent species loss. To date, the number of trees planted would offset the emissions of approximately 5,856 cars for one year.

Tags: F&I product provider, Warranty Solutions

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

instaVIN Launches Redesigned Website for Vehicle History Reports

The new site features responsive design and delivers near real-time title, salvage, and insurance total loss events. It also offers optional auto factory window stickers with original build data.

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book: Retention Index Registers Second Increase in Three Months

The index’s rise in June was due in large part to falling gas prices, which helped drive the sale of used trucks, crossovers and SUVs. The downside of falling gas prices was the continued acceleration in depreciation for subcompact and compact cars.

Tags: Black Book, used-vehicle values, Value Retention, vehicle depreciation

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

G.P. Anderson to Deliver ‘Art of the Presentation’ at F&I Think Tank

Former F&I Pacesetter G.P. Anderson returns to F&I Think Tank to deliver “Art of the Presentation,” a 50-minute look at the process and approach that made him an award-winning F&I director for Park Rapids, Minn.-based Thielen Motors.

Tags: F&I director, F&I manager, F&I process, F&I Think Tank, F&I training, G.P. Anderson, Industry Summit, Objection Handling

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

LotLinx Adds Mobile Shopper Conversion Tools

LotLinx has launched a new, mobile car shopper conversion-enhanced product suite for auto dealers.

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Promotes Pratt to VP

Wendy Pratt has been elevated to the role of associate vice president of strategic alliances for GWC Warranty.

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Clarivoy, Cars.com Conclude Attribution Study

Analysts with Clarivoy and Cars.com say the results of a joint study demonstrate the need for new technology to overcome the limitations of last-click attribution.

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Industry Summit 2017: Cox Automotive Exec to Delve Into F&I’s Future

Cox Automotive’s Jason Barrie, who has helped drive Dealertrack’s evolution from credit application portal to an enabler of sales and F&I workflow since 2005, says technology won’t kill F&I. He will be at Industry Summit 2017 to explain why.

Tags: Cox Automotive, Dealertrack, digital retailing, F&I process, F&I products, online F&I

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Alpha Warranty Introduces Summit Protection Ancillary Product Line

The new line was created internally based on agent and dealer demand, officials said. It includes ElevateCare, a five-in-one product bundle, and standalone tire-and-wheel protection and key/remote replacement.

Tags: Alpha Warranty Services, F&I manager, F&I office, F&I products, Key Replacement, product bundle, Tire and Wheel

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Experian Adds ‘Text for Credit’ Financing Option

Experian’s latest innovation was designed to allow car buyers to obtain real-time credit decisions via text message.

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

Manheim Index Reaches Record High in June

It was the second consecutive month that Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index reached a record high. Officials said strong retail demand for recent model-year used vehicles is encouraging dealers to buy more vehicles at auction, and the increased demand is more than offsetting the high supply.

Tags: Cox Automotive, Manheim, Manheim Index, new-vehicle sales, used-vehicle values, wholesale values

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

CFPB Issues Rule Banning Arbitration Clauses in Finance Contracts

The new rule is set to take effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. It comes more than two years after the bureau studied mandatory arbitration clauses and one year after it proposed to ban such clauses in consumer finance contracts.

Tags: arbitration agreements, auto finance, CFPB, CFPB study, compliance