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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.
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...
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 staff

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...
Recession

3 Ways to Make Sure Your F&I Staff Are Ready for Another Recession…Just In...

Anyone who was alive in the years 2007-2009 remembers very well the crash of the stock market, the stories of Bear Stearns and AIG...
GAP insurance

How to Sell GAP Insurance with Less Pressure and More Trust

There may not be a much more maligned F&I product to sell than GAP insurance. It’s the one product that buyers seem to understand...
Ashley Bellvideo

What You Need to Know About the Paycheck Protection Program and How to Apply...

As part of our continuing coverage of the Coronavirus, we’re pleased to welcome Mr. Ashley Bell, who is the White House Policy Advisor on...
Paul Cummingsvideo

Automotive Veteran, Best-Selling Author, and Business Coach Paul Cummings Shares His Unique Perspective on...

Today on CBTNews.com - Thursday, April 2nd, 2020: Best-Selling Author, Business Coach, And Automotive Veteran Paul Cummings Shares His Unique Perspective on the Current Crisis On...
Ourisman Automotivevideo

Chris Ourisman and Keith Lemer Discuss Reducing Overhead Expenses During These Uncertain Times

As part of our continuing Coronavirus coverage, we’re pleased to welcome Keith Lemer, Co-founder and CEO of WellNet and Chris Ourisman, President of Ourisman...
Mark Tewartvideo

5 Pieces of Advice from Veteran Trainer Mark Tewart to Weather the Coronavirus

As part of our continuing coverage of the Coronavirus, we’re pleased to welcome back Mark Tewart, President of Tewart Enterprises, best-selling author of "How...
Bernie Moreno

Seven Ways to Maintain a Positive Outlook When Living in Uncertain Times

A lot of unknown elements are challenging us and will continue to for the next few weeks. Not only are there health concerns facing...

Selling Your Customer’s Story to the Bank

Some dealerships like to cut corners in order to get a customer approved by the lender. On this week's episode of F&I Today, Becky...

March Kerrigan Report: How will COVID-19 Affect Dealership Earnings for the...

Welcome to the Kerrigan Advisors Market Update with Jim Fitzpatrick and Erin Kerrigan, Founder and Managing Director of Kerrigan Advisors. In this segment, Erin...

The Importance of Confirming Appointments

On this week's episode of Kain & Co., David Kain talks about confirming appointments with your ptoential customers in order to move to the...

Are You Presenting Your Menu the Right Way?

On this week's episode of F&I Today, industry expert Becky Chernek explains how consistent product pricing and offering your full F&I menu to all...