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Kristine Cain

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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.

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...
cash

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’....
gen z

How Gen Z Changes the F&I Approach and Tips on How to Adapt

Much has been made of working with Millennials in the F&I office. Hundreds of articles and blogs analyze the most effective ways to engage...
F&I manager

Signs That It’s Time to Fire Your F&I Manager

‘We have to let you go. Clean out your desk and hand in your keys’. There isn’t a manager on the planet that has not...
F&I

How to Reduce Chargebacks in F&I – 3 Simple Strategies Can Make All the...

Chargeback. It’s the one word that sends chills down the spine of every F&I manager (or  any salesperson for that matter). It can decimate...
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

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 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...
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...
dealers

The New Normal: Turning Good Dealers Into Great Dealers

Going from good to great requires building a customer-centric dealership organization.  Customer-centricity is a requirement for the New Normal, which is critical to improving...
business

So You Want to Sell Your Business

If you have read and acted upon the first two installments of this Client Alert series, you know the reasons why you have decided...
interview

Interview Red Flags: What to Look for When Interviewing Potential Employees

According to the job search website Indeed.com, the average annual earning of a car salesperson in the U.S. was around $68,000 including all bonuses. ...
hiring

What’s the Upside? Comparing Hiring Experience or Non-Experienced Salespeople

When it comes to hiring new salespeople, it can be a daunting task to find just the right ones that will be a good...
video advertisingvideo

Is Your Dealership Using Video Advertising to Its Full Potential?

Joining us today to discuss how dealers can better incorporate video into their marketing strategies, is Jon Torrey, Product Manager of Video Advertising at...

Moving Smoothly From Greeting the Customer

The first impression your customer has on you can make or break the deal. On this week's episode of On the Mark, Mark Tewart...

Customer Relationship Management

On this week's Kain & Company, David talks about customer relationship management and CRM culture.

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...

The Importance of a Dream Team Concept

 On today's episode of F&I Today, Becky Chernek discusses the importance of a Dream Team concept between sales and F&I as well as how you...