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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.
burnout

How Dealerships Can Help Reduce F&I Burnout

There are few jobs within a dealership that have more inherent stress and burnout than the F&I manager. Back in the ‘stone age’, the...
F&I

Dull F&I Meetings? Here are 4 Ways to Make Them a Can’t Miss Experience

Meetings. Love them or hate them, they are a necessary evil in any business. Dealerships are not immune, and most meetings seem to revolve...
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...
F&I

Personality or Sales Ability? Which is More Important for F&I Success?

Every GM has the important task of choosing the right F&I manager when screening applicants, whether they are an outside hire or an existing...
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Converting the Cash Buyer in F&I – It Could Be Easier Than You Think

There has never been an F&I manager in the history of the car business that has ever been excited to work a ‘cash deal’....
F&I managers

3 Simple Ways to Inspire Your F&I Staff

For as long as there have been ‘sales’ teams’, there has always been a fundamental problem of exactly HOW to motivate, excite, or inspire...

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...
F&I

4 Ways to Ace the Customer F&I Interview

Making sales in any industry requires knowledge of what makes your customer tick, what their ‘pain points’ are, and being able to apply that...
car sales

Surge in Used Car Sales Opens Up F&I Opportunities

2019 is already proving to be an interesting year for car sales and it’s barely the second quarter. One trend that could impact F&I...
consultative sales

Higher Profits, Lower Resistance with Consultative Sales Method in F&I

Anyone who is tasked with selling any kind of product or service is always searching for one thing…the perfect sales strategy. How can I...
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Surprise and Delight: A Great Customer Service Concept. Or Is It? – Shep Hyken,...

 When talking about customer experience, every business owner has probably heard the phrase “surprise and delight your customer”. While this might seem like common...
ride-sharevideo

How to Improve Your Customer Experience with Ride-Share Services – Mahesh Shah, CDK Global

 CBT News sits down with Mahesh Shah, EVP, Chief Product and Technology Officer at CDK Global, to discuss their new partnership with Lyft and...
personality

The 5 Personality Traits That Winning Auto Retailers Have

A winning personality. It might sound cliche, but studies have shown that personality is what separates the salespeople at the top from those on...
advertisingvideo

The Attribution Revolution and How It Can Maximize Your Dealership’s Advertising Spend – Brian...

 We recently welcomed back Partner GM and VP of Paragon Honda, Brian Benstock to the CBT studios. Earlier this year, Brian presented a key...
CarNowvideo

The Importance of a Dealership’s Unique Digital Retailing Process –  Tim Cox, CarNow &...

 Today on CBT News, we welcome back Tim Cox, co-founder of CarNow, and Drew Tutton, General Manager at Ed Voyles Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep,...

How to Evaluate The Value of Your Third-Party Classified Partner

Do auto dealers need third-party classified marketplaces? Brian Pasch discusses how you can evaluate the value of your third-party classified partner on today's episode...

What Does Digital Retailing Have To Do With F&I?

On this week's episode of F&I Today Becky Chernek talks about digital retailing and what it has to do with F&I. Why should you...

The Power of Consistency

On this week's episode of the Weekly Tune-Up, Almog Veig of David Lewis & Associates talks about the value and the power of consistency....

Having the Willingness to Win

The retail auto industry can often times feel like a race. Sometimes we're racing against coworkers or the competition, while other times we're racing...