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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.
F&I

A Look at Changes Coming to F&I in 2020

A new decade is here and with it, a lot of speculation on what the state of the auto industry will look like in...
work-life balance

Work-Life Balance in F&I: It’s Easier Than You Think

‘Work-Life balance? In a dealership? Not a chance…’ That was an actual quote from a friend of mine who has worked in the F&I world...
F&I manager

Time for a New F&I Manager? 4 Intangibles to Look For

As 2020 approaches, many dealers may be looking to replace an F&I manager that may not be performing at a high level. The new...
F&I

5 Unethical F&I Practices That Could Sink Your Dealership

It’s no secret that F&I departments have suffered (and sometimes still do) from a bad reputation. Probably the worst in the entire dealership…sleazy, fast-talking...
boomers

What the Baby Boomer Buyer Expects from F&I

There have been many articles on how to sell to Gen Z or the Millennials in F&I but it’s just as important to know...
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

Should Sales Handle F&I? Maybe, Maybe Not.

Back in the day, it would never have been thought of to have a salesperson present F&I products out on the floor. Sales was...
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...
millennial

3 Simple Ways to Help Retain Your Millennial F&I Managers

Much has been written about and analyzed when it comes to comparing all of the major population demographics. How Boomers prefer to buy a...
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...
randy kobatvideo

Move Inventory Faster and Add Selling Time by Changing this Process at Your Dealership

To capitalize on a strong used vehicle market, dealers need to explore every avenue they can to increase efficiency and implement a better reconditioning...
Lisa Copelandvideo

Auto Industry Veteran Lisa Copeland Discusses How to Make Every Dealership Employee a Brand...

Setting the right tone for the new year is crucial for any dealership. Now is the time to throw out bad habits, try new...
demonstration drive

Silence is Golden: During a Demonstration Drive, Let the Car Speak to the Customer

There are many things in the retail automotive business that have become central to the car buying experience. Probably nothing has stood the test...
direct mail

Why Direct Mail Marketing Needs To Be Part of Your Marketing Mix

Even with the evolving technologies available to communicate with prospects from your dealership, direct mail should be a critical piece in your dealership’s marketing...
Joseph Michellivideo

New York Times Best-Selling Author Joseph Michelli On Airbnb’s 5 Leadership Lessons

On today's show, we’re pleased to welcome back Joseph Michelli, New York Times best-selling author and customer experience expert. Joseph also has a new...

Being Personable When Handling Internet Leads

On this week's episode of On the Mark, Mark Tewart talks about how the use of certain templates and scripts when handling internet leads...

Recruiting in the Modern Age of Automotive

On this week's episode of Kain & Co., David Kain of Kain Automotive talks about the words you use in your recruiting ads and...

Moving from Email to Text Messaging

On this week's episode of Auto Marketing Now, Brian Pasch details the benefits and convenience of communicating with your customers via text message rather...

Pinpointing Why the Customer Is Saying No

On this week's episode of F&I Today, Becky Chernek talks about what to do when a customer wants to stick to the base payment...