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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.
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The Advantages of Selling Beyond the F&I Menu at Your Dealership

Back in the 1990’s, menu selling was becoming an accepted way to make it easier for the F&I managers to be able to present...
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Get Back to Basics with These 5 Best F&I Practices

F&I products, selling techniques, and technological tools have all undergone a seismic shift in the last 30 years. Gone are the 4 squares, the...
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3 Common F&I Problems & How to Solve Them

In any dealership, there are going to be problems. Low unit sales, bad CSI, personnel issues…the list can go on and on. But when...
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How a Softer Approach with Millennial Buyers is Best

If there was any age group in America that gets a bad ‘rap’, it’s Millennials. It seems like everyone has an opinion about the 20-35...
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Looking to Recruit More Women in F&I? Good Idea…

In many of the dealerships I worked in years ago, there simply were not many female F&I managers. I was the rare exception at...
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6 Surprising Stats For F&I Managers That Can Help You Sell More Products

F&I managers are immediately at a selling disadvantage compared to the other profit centers in the dealership. They have to sell the products and...
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Consumers Are Using Their VSC and Other Products More Than You Think – Leverage...

F&I managers are immediately at a selling disadvantage compared to the other profit centers in the dealership. They have to sell the products and...

3 Types of F&I Managers & How They Can Help or Hurt Your Store

Most dealerships have anywhere from 2 to as many as 6 F&I managers depending on volume. When you have that many (or that little),...
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3 Ways to Help Your Veteran F&I Managers Embrace the Future

Every dealership has had THAT F&I manager. You know the one…he/she has been there for 10-15 years or more. They carry deep knowledge of...
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F&I Transparency = Higher Profits

For decades, the F&I department of every dealership has had the reputation among car buyers as being some horrible financial black hole whose very...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Four Free Digital Marketing Training Resources for You and Your Staff

As the famous saying goes “you have to spend money to make money.” This likely applies to all of your business dealings: from hiring...

Finding Your Drive to Succeed

Go to work ready to make a difference for your customers. Don't settle for average. Do you have the drive it takes to succeed...

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...

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...