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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.
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...
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...
F&I

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...
F&I manager

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...
profits

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...
F&I

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...
subprime

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,...
F&I

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,...
credit life

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...
F&I

Dealing with Higher Interest Rates – 3 Tips to Help F&I Weather the Storm

Dealers seem to be getting a lot of bad news these days. Tariffs threatening to increase the prices of new cars, sales slowing down,...
waiting room

What Customers Actually Want in the Waiting Room

Wait time is a perceptual thing. Depending on many factors, time can either stretch or contract. When creating your dealership’s waiting room, you want...
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,...
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...
inbound

How to Properly Handle Inbound Service Calls for Greater Profitability

After all the technological advancements with handling internet leads, the auto industry is still far from perfect when it comes to handling inbound phone...
diversity

How to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in Your Dealership

There are numerous headlines across print, online and social media platforms addressing the pros of diversity in the workplace. This goes beyond simply meeting...

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...

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....