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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

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,...
menu

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...
F&I

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...
buyers

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...
F&I

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...
f&i

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...
f&i

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),...
f&i managers

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...
Dan Banistervideo

Virginia Nissan Dealer Dan Banister on How to Close the Racial Divide in Retail...

On today’s show, we’re so pleased to welcome Dan Banister, Owner of Banister Nissan of Chesapeake and Banister Nissan of Norfolk in Virginia. In...
Do Good Auto Coalitionvideo

How the Do Good Auto Coalition is Bringing Dealers Together to Aid Local Communities...

On today’s show, we’re so pleased to welcome Diana Lee and Matt Woodruff, Founders of the Do Good Auto Coalition, a 501(c)(3) non-profit designed...
technicians

Technicians Among the Unheralded Heroes in Pandemic Recovery

Since the middle of March when much of the nation was deeply affected by COVID-19 restrictions, automotive technicians have been keeping the nation running....
Google

Google’s Digital Toolkit from International Small Business Week

Last week was International Small Business Week. Many dealerships would be considered small businesses under the Small Business Association’s definition in retail trade –...
initial quality

J.D. Power’s 2020 Initial Quality Study Gives Insight into Customers’ Perceptions

The global leader in automotive insights, J.D. Power, has released the results of their 2020 Initial Quality Survey. The study has identified both Dodge...

Why Dealers Should Concentrate on Experience, Not Price

On this week’s episode of Kain & Co., host David Kain is joined by his colleague Steve Purdy, the client success driver for Kain Automotive....

Creating a Frictionless Online Car Buying Experience

There is still a lot unknown about how the Coronavirus will continue to affect American lives, industries, and consumerism. However, dealers can assume that...

Making the Commitment to Provide a Top-Tier Customer Experience

On this week’s episode of Kain & Co., host and President of Kain Automotive, David Kain discusses the necessary changes to the customer experience brought...

May Kerrigan Report: How the Buy/Sell Market Fared in Q1

Today on CBTNews.com for Wednesday, June 10th, 2020: May Kerrigan Report: How the Buy/Sell Market Fared in Q1 Welcome to the Kerrigan Advisors Market Update with...