Every word shared between salespeople, sales managers and the F&I Department carries with it the power to affect the bottom line. Details are crucial and as one sales manager once wisely suggested to his salesperson, "Land the plane!"
Smart business management is preparing for the "What-Ifs." While it's hard to predict sicknesses, it's also hard to predict if an employee will resign. If your dealership is void of F&I staffing, there can be a disruption in your day to day sales operations. Before your dealership stalls out, setting up a "Fill-In" F&I Specialist should be a consideration.
While the ignition is the key to starting a vehicle, the sales desk is the key to approaching and earning a customer's trust. It's that trust that helps customers feel confident to commit to purchasing a vehicle. Beyond the commitment to purchase a vehicle, a customer's journey within your dealership is only just beginning.
"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." These Abraham Lincoln words still vibrate in the minds of those who have sold themselves over to win. Every sales manager or any other business executive overseeing a sales team understands that preparation is necessary for success. Therefore, they spend time sharpening their teams to achieve stellar results.
Every dealership manager knows how important the F&I Department is to producing revenue for the company. They are also the key that ties the sales department to the customers and the dealership to outside vendors and financing agencies. With so much riding on F&I Specialists, it is important that dealerships take the time to ensure the Finance and Insurance department is always running smoothly. One of the best ways to do this is by preparing for absences and implementing training through a fill-in F&I Specialist. 3 benefits of having a fill-in specialist are listed below.
Topics: F&I Specialist
Motivation is undoubtedly among the most crucial ingredients of sustained success in sales over time. As the dealer principal or head of sales, you are charged with crafting plans and supervising junior staff in the department to reach the set objectives. So, how should you push the team to ensure they achieve the optimal performance? Let us explore.
Pushing out the bottom line of your F&I department can feel like the most difficult thing you've ever done, and a lot of dealership decision makers have more trouble with it than any other aspect of the business. But a little bit of advice can go a very long way, and we're hoping that we can offer just enough to give you that boost you need.
Hiring the right Business Manager is a critical part for your dealership. Do they have the experience needed as well as a successful background? Will they be a good fit and work well with the team? Knowing what to ask and what to look for during the interview process will help you make the right decision in choosing your new F&I manager.
Finance and insurance (F&I) specialists are vital to the daily function within a dealership. Your F&I specialist has the flexibility to work with customers, lenders, and other staff members to maintain the quality relationships that keep your dealership running smoothly. With a thorough knowledge of all products and compliance laws, F&I specialists also help maintain the high ethical standards expected of your dealership.