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Kristine Cain is a freelance writer who loves the car business, hiking long trails, and the Steelers (not necessarily in that order). After finishing a degree in psychology at George Mason University in Virginia, she got her first taste of the dealer world working in the service department of a high volume Honda store. Warned early on that the car business would ‘get in her blood’, it did and Kristine made the leap into F&I departments at several stores around the Washington DC area and later to an automotive information company in dealer sales. A veteran of over 20 years in B2B sales to dealers, she leverages that knowledge to help write within the dealer market. Kristine lives in Holly Springs, NC with her husband and family.
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3 Reasons It’s Still Ok to Call Your F&I Staff ‘Managers’

Titles. Do they matter and if so, do they matter to the person who has the title or the person interacting with them? In dealerships, as...
F&I

Interview Tips When Hiring F&I Managers – What to Look (and Listen For)

Interviewing for any position at a dealership is a bit of a balancing act when assessing whether or not the person will be a...
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When Slow Times Can Actually Help F&I

Downtime. No deals. Few ups and just not a lot of activity. Tumbleweeds blowing through the lot. This is every dealer’s nightmare scenario. It...
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Should Your F&I Staff Sell Product One-at-a-Time or in Packages?

When we are being sold a variety of products or services, do we as consumer like to hear about them one at a time...
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4 Unique Steps to Higher F&I Profits in 2019

A new year is upon us and with it a chance to reflect on the year past and commit to changing your fortunes (and...
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Making Connections in F&I – Sell Yourself Before Selling Product

F&I is the department with the highest profit margin within a dealership and yet consistently seems to rank as the most negative part of...
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3 Tips for a Smoother Subprime F&I Experience

If your dealership works in the subprime space at all, you already understand the challenges that come with these deals. Tighter restrictions on payment,...
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3 Hot F&I Topics for 2019 and Tips to Be Ready Now…

As 2018 draws to a close, dealerships already have an eye on the potential issues that could be facing them in the new year,...
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Credit Life & Accident Insurance – Still Worth Selling? Yes.

Back in the good ol’ days of F&I (we’re talking 70’s and 80’s specifically here), one of the more profitable and popular products a...

Breaking the F&I Stereotype – Simple Steps, Powerful Results

For decades, car buyers have walked into the F&I office with a sense of dread and many would rather have a root canal than...
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Chevy Dealer Tim Roberts, Discusses the Challenges Ahead and Becoming a MotorTrend CPO Dealer

According to numerous projections, the retail auto industry is on track to face some tough challenges this year. Which means it’s more important now,...
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How Outsourcing Digital Vehicle Listings Can Save Time and Money at Your Dealership –...

Every dealer knows how crucial it is to make fast and smart decisions about their inventory management. Here to tell us how Manheim Express...
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Top Tools to Use to Make Sure Your Dealership Has the Necessary Technology

Most consumers today are savvy enough to check their credit scores before they even walk into the dealership. Knowing their score lets them have...
chatbots

How This Feature is Changing The Automotive Experience

Just when you got used to social media, things are changing up again. While it’s not time to close out your Facebook account or...
Bruce Tulganvideo

7 Common Leadership Challenges that Managers Face and How to Overcome Them – Bruce...

CBT welcomes back Bruce Tulgan, Founder and CEO of RainmakerThinking, popular author, and management consultant. On today's show, Bruce discusses what he calls 'the...

How to Deal With a Best Price Shopper

Most car buyers come into the dealership with the fear that they will be pressured into buying something that's not really what they want....

Slowing Down in the Service Process

On this week's episode of the Weekly Tune-Up, Almog Veig of David Lewis & Associates talks about how slowing down in the beginning of the...

Accountability and What It Is Worth to Your Business

Your culture, what’s that worth? Team morale, momentum, your brand, the customer experience, the team member experience, your own credibility as a leader. You...

Creating a Business Development Culture

On this week's episode of Kain & Co., David Kain talks about why you should create a business development culture at all levels throughout...