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Alan Scott Joins ADG/EasyCare


NORCROSS, Ga. — Alan Scott has joined ADG/EasyCare as an F&I specialist, the company announced. An eight-year industry veteran, Scott will serve as a trainer and producer at client dealerships to help ADG/EasyCare dealers succeed.

“I love the car business and I wanted to get a different take on it, and ADG/EasyCare really has a great grasp on the F&I side of the business,” Scott said. “They are able to train talented people and I’m excited to both learn from them and bring the expertise to dealers in my area.”

Scott began his automotive career in 2009 as a salesperson at Medlin Motors in Rocky Mount, N.C. He brings expertise in automotive retail and compliance to his new role, which he will share with the dealers he supports.

“Alan brings great energy to ADG/EasyCare and we are very happy to have him on board.  We expect great things from Alan!” said Greg English, President of ADG/EasyCare.

 

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AUL Corp. Launches 2017 F&I Training Schedule


NAPA, Cali. – AUL Corp., the award-winning and leading warranty and vehicle service contract administrator in America, just released their 2017 F&I Training Schedule. This will be AUL’s second year of offering F&I Training. This training provides a tailored education that includes a 3-day live course, virtual training sessions and an online platform that includes a variety of videos and quizzes available for 12 months following the in-person course. The curriculum is designed for F&I professionals selling finance and insurance products in automobile dealerships.

Each course will be conducted by Kirk Manzo, CSP and Director of Global Training for Assurant’s Vehicle Protection Services group. Since 1999, Kirk has consulted and trained retail dealerships to help them maximize profits in their sales and F&I departments. Mr. Manzo is a Certified Member of the John Maxwell Team.  The live workshops will be held in DallasNapaAtlanta and Chicago.  The 3-day workshop will include training on compliance, objection handling, TOs from Sales to F&I, and menu-selling. These highly interactive workshops will teach real-world strategies and tactics necessary to improve performance and increase satisfaction.  Also, included in the in-person training will be role-playing scenarios and valuable feedback following a video session.

When asked about the courses, Kirk Manzo stated, “AUL’s training program integrates the use of Virtual Round Tables to provide a unique ‘peer to peer’ learning and accountability component unlike anything in the industry. It’s like having your own private F&I 20 group to support and encourage your performance improvement.”

AUL General Sales Manager, Jason Garner agrees and also states, “Training must be a proactive and continuous process that becomes an essential element in a dealership’s culture.  In addition to three days of classwork, AUL’s 12-month follow-up delivers the necessary components to ensure a successful continuous learning environment at the dealership.”

To learn more about AUL Corp’s. 2017 F&I Training, contact email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 800.826.3207.

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Duck Dynasty Determination!


Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame was raised in abject poverty. His boyhood home had no electricity, toilet or bathtub. Food was anything they grew in their garden and whatever meat they could hunt. Nevertheless, he said they were always “happy, happy, happy.”

Despite his limited beginnings, Phil went on to acquire a master’s degree in education owing to his football playing skills. At Louisiana Tech, he played first-string quarterback for the Bulldogs, ahead of Pro Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw. Most thought Robertson was a natural for the NFL. However, his love of hunting overshadowed his love of football, and he went on to get a patent on his design of a better duck caller. The rest, as they say, is history.

Terry Bradshaw and Phil Robertson are very different personalities with two principles in common:

  1. The Secret of Success Is Doing What You Love!

As an independent agent, you spend many hours driving from one dealership to the next. On any given day, you may be called on to craft reinsurance strategies, develop training plans for F&I, vet products, and provide the motivation to make everyone successful. Not all of these tasks are always our favorites, but they allow us to do the thing we love the most.

Help dealers and their people reach new levels of success and profits. It’s like the duck call to Phil or the call of the crowd to Terry. They have spent their careers doing the thing they love the most, and that’s why they are both champions in their field.

Phil once cleverly said “Terry went for the bucks, and I chased after the ducks.” They both pursued what they loved. Just remember that, even during those long days, the reward of having made a tangible difference with your dealer is worth the effort. And that’s what you love to do!

  1. Developing the Team Around You Is as Important as Developing Your Own Abilities.

At last count, there were 23 Robertson family members working to manufacture, sell and deliver their products. The one foundational principal Phil Robertson developed in his family was the work ethic he learned as a child. “Duck Dynasty” episodes are filled with family members bucking the system while Phil reinforces the demand for a strong work ethic, often times in hilarious ways. The success in his company can be traced to his consistent effort to develop his family’s abilities to shadow his vision on how to provide the best duck call ever invented.

And what would Terry Bradshaw be without world-class players around him like Lynn Swann, Franco Harris and “Mean” Joe Greene. Bradshaw was not responsible for their world-class talent. However, he was responsible for molding them together as a team, and he did. The result? Four Super Bowl wins.

Duck Dynasty determination is doing what you love and developing those around you. It creates great duck calls, quarterbacks and independent agency teams! I love this business and I know you do as well. That’s why we do what we do. So keep up the great work and we all will be happy, happy, happy!

I look forward to seeing you on my next post! Please feel free to contact me. Exchanging ideas with F&I professionals is what I love!

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Master the Art of Communication!


I just finished a very frustrating phone conversation with the company that provides my phone and internet service. The word “communication” is in their company name, and the reason I am frustrated is the person I was dealing with had no idea how to communicate effectively. The conversation made me feel as if my business was not appreciated and my perspective was not important — only the perspective of the person on the other end of the line.

After patting myself on the back for being a great communicator, I realized that, at times, I need to be reminded of the art of communication and how I am making my customer feel on the other end of the conversation. While I would like to think I get it right every time, I realize I must constantly remind myself and those I work with of three basic principles of communication:

  1. The Most Important Part of Communication Is Listening.

Good listeners gain insight while others just gain information. Insight, information beyond the obvious, is what enables us to truly help customers make good decisions. Many times, I find myself listening while the other person is talking, but in reality, I am thinking about what I am going to say next. I am not truly hearing what they are saying. Most importantly, I miss what lays beneath the surface, and that is often the key to helping the person.

Every customer has a sign around their neck that says “Listen to me.” When we seek to understand their point of view, their situation and needs, then they know they have been heard. When you show respect by listening to the customer, they’re more likely to reciprocate. They’re also more likely to continue to share their thoughts, which increases the likelihood of success.

  1. Never Interrupt!

My frustration with my “communication” company was the other person constantly interrupted me when I was talking. That immediately made me feel as though what I had to say was unimportant.

We provide solutions all day and our mind is full of information that can help our customers. So it is only natural to be anxious to share that information. I find myself at times interrupting with a solution to what I think the problem is. Only to find out a little later in the conversation that I had jumped the gun and now my credibility is gone. Interrupting not only discourages the other person from sharing any further, we lose credibility and the opportunity to truly help.

  1. If You Can Repeat It, You Win!

Nothing shows a higher level of genuine interest in what the other person is saying than your ability to repeat to them a point they made or an objection they raised. It’s not of primary importance that they understand you. It is essential that they know you have understood them.

People love to hear their ideas, thoughts and input. And the person who listens intently — even to the point of taking notes as they listen — will always win. Whether we are attempting to get a member of our team to embrace an idea or sell a product to a customer, the one who shows genuine interest in others wins. If they know you are interested in what they have to say, they will be interested in what you have to say.

I needed those reminders and I trust they helped you as well. Great communicators create great success. After giving it some thought, I called my “communication” company and shared with them that, while I had a bad experience, it served as a reminder I need to always be focused on the art of communication myself!

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RoadVantage Takes Dealer Training to the Next Level with Program Optimized for Web-Savvy Consumers


AUSTIN – RoadVantage, the fastest-growing provider of F&I programs for the automotive industry, today announced the launch of a cutting-edge dealership training program that has been optimized to help dealerships sell to today’s Internet-educated shoppers.

“Today’s dealership customers are a new breed of savvy – their shopping habits have evolved radically in the last decade,” said Garret Lacour, founder and CEO of RoadVantage. “Dealership practices must evolve accordingly.”

RoadVantage is offering F&I and sales operations training in partnership with The Academy, an Austin-based training center that has developed a curriculum specifically designed with today’s Internet-educated consumer in mind.

“The Academy’s uniquely developed process recognizes that a shift in mentality and focus is necessary in the face of today’s more informed customers,” said Tony Dupaquier, Director of The Academy. “Post-training surveys indicate that students who attend The Academy experience higher closing ratios, profit margins and CSI scores.”

The RoadVantage Dealer Training Program includes workshops for personnel at all levels within F&I and sales operations. The comprehensive training covers a wide range of topics and can take place onsite at the dealership, or at The Academy’s state-of-the-art training facility in Austin, Texas. Self-paced online training modules are also offered.

“Everyone knows consumers are researching and shopping online, so it’s time we equip dealers with the tools they need to effectively reach them,” continued Lacour. “This is a big initiative of ours. Last fall we created free online videos, available to all dealers nationwide, to drive consumer awareness of F&I programs before they go into the dealership to purchase their vehicle. Alongside our free online dealer videos, our new dealer training program is another example of how we are working to help dealers provide a better customer experience.”

The free dealer videos are available on the RoadVantage YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/2fWigrR. More information on the RoadVantage Training Program can be found at http://roadvantage.com/training.

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Adopt the Manning Mindset!


Archie Manning, an NFL quarterback in his own right, raised two sons who have made an even greater impact on the league. The Manning clan attributes their success more to the mindset they were taught than to the talent they were born with and developed. Recently retired, Peyton Manning often shared two principles that enabled him to set records year after year during the course of his career.

1. After You Feel You Have Reached Your Best, Get Better!

Peyton set a total of 21 records in the NFL. He underwent four neck surgeries in 2010, and retiring would have been the easiest option. However, he refused to be satisfied with great. He knew there were levels he still could reach. Peyton aimed for levels no other quarterback had reached. He set his final five records after his “career-ending” surgeries, validating his decision to keep growing and pursue higher levels of accomplishment.

As independent agents, one of the most valuable products you bring to the dealership is the ability to motivate even the best performers to continue to grow.

While the products we offer can, to some degree, differentiate between us and our competitors, dealers are looking for more. Dealers want their agents to have the ability to make even the most successful business manager better. They need someone who can develop their team and motivate them to commit to the disciplines that will ensure consistent improvement. Growing those that represent your agency must be a priority, so they can in turn grow those they touch each month.

2. Review Your Performance Relentlessly Until You Can See What Others Don’t! 

Peyton’s coaches, from college to the NFL, say they have never seen anyone more committed to watching the films of previous games. Peyton was relentless in his pursuit to see things that others had missed.

The most effective way to know how a customer may react to a presentation, product or effort to overcome an objection is to know how they have done so in the past.

With numerous options available to have transactions recorded in the dealership, it is more compelling than ever to have the F&I team review the “films” of past deliveries. F&I managers who regularly review past delivery videos can see things that others miss. Film study can accelerate their growth and can help spot a counter-productive habit.

3. Outprepare Your Competitors!

Manning was neither the most athletic quarterback nor the strongest; he certainly was not the fastest. But no one can debate he was the most prepared. As independent agents, what differentiates us from others is the most important intangible product we offer: the ability to grow the dealership’s F&I team! Those that do it well will take their dealer partners to record levels!

I look forward to seeing you on my next post! Please feel free to contact me. Exchanging ideas with F&I professionals is my passion!

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