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ELEAD1ONE Chooses Darwin Automotive's Patented F&I Technology to Help Power DealBuilder
  • ISELIN, N.J
    (Dealer Marketing Magazine)

ELEAD1ONE Chooses Darwin Automotive's Patented F&I Technology to Help Power DealBuilder

Darwin Automotive, a leading provider of F&I technology for automotive dealerships, today announced its patented F&I software has been chosen by ELEAD1ONE for its DealBuilder Showroom and DealBuilder Online solutions.

"We wanted to ensure that both our showroom and online car-buying application had the most advanced F&I product presentation on the market," said Bill Wittenmyer, partner at ELEAD1ONE. "With F&I representing such a large portion of the average dealers' profit, we had to pay careful consideration to this portion of the transaction."

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Darwin to Power F&I for CDK Connected Store
  • ISELIN, N.J
    (Auto Dealer Monthly)

Darwin to Power F&I for CDK Connected Store

Fintech solutions provider Darwin Automotive announced its patented F&I system has been selected by CDK Global to power the F&I offering of the CDK Connected Store solution.

"We are excited to bring our innovative offering to the CDK Connected Store solution," said Phil Battista, CEO of Darwin Automotive. "Using our patented technology, CDK Connected Store will be able to offer personalized F&I protection in real time direct to the consumer."

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Darwin Online Continues F&I Digital Retailing Evolution With RouteOne Partnership
  • ISELIN, N.J
    (Digital Dealer)

Darwin Online Continues F&I Digital Retailing Evolution With RouteOne Partnership

Darwin Automotive, a leading provider of F&I technology for automotive dealerships, today announced that Darwin Online is now integrated with RouteOne for retail contract validation, submission and approval. From the dealer's website a consumer can select their vehicle, briefly describe their driving habits, select payment options and then receive a 100 percent accurate payment. After being educated on the available protection and accessories, the consumer can opt to save even more time and get approved via the RouteOne integrated credit application.

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Darwin Automotive to Demo F&I Everywhere at NADA
  • ISELIN, N.J
    (AutoSuccess)

Darwin Automotive to Demo F&I Everywhere at NADA

Darwin Automotive, a leading provider of F&I technology for automotive dealerships, has announced representatives of their company will be on hand to demonstrate their collective software solutions, known as F&I Everywhere at NADA later this month.

Darwin Automotive offers a suite of F&I Sales Tools for online inquires, F&I desk and service departments so dealers can have multiple bites at the F&I apple — before, during and after the sale. Using prescriptive sales algorithms, Darwin's presentation programs quickly and accurately address customer needs, resulting in increased F&I sales and customer satisfaction. Darwin's F&I sales tools are installed at more than 2,000 dealers nationwide.

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Darwin Automotive Incorporates Military Lending Act Smart Disqualify Technology Into F&I Platform
  • ISELIN, N.J
    (Digital Dealer)

Darwin Automotive Incorporates Military Lending Act Smart Disqualify Technology Into F&I Platform

Darwin Automotive, a leading F&I software provider for the automotive industry, today announced that it has integrated smart disqualify technology into its F&I platform that can disqualify products based on Military Lending Act (MLA) qualifications. It is incorporated into the platform for all users, at no charge, to help protect dealers and lenders and provide a high level of transparency to active duty service members.

The Military Lending Act was designed to protect active duty service members and their dependents in credit transactions and includes certain disclosures, arbitration provisions and a 36 percent interest rate cap on a finance agreement combined with ancillary and credit products. Until recently, motor vehicle finance transactions were believed to be exempt from the act and only auto title loans had to comply with it.

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arwin Online offers a next step toward digital F&I
  • Hannah Lutz
    (Automotive News)

Darwin Online offers a next step toward digital F&I

Darwin Automotive, is trying to get the car-buying process as close to an Amazon experience as possible for customers who want that option.

To make the F&I process more digital, Darwin launched Darwin Online last month. Dealerships using the tool can add a widget to their websites that enables customers to finance vehicles and add accurately priced F&I products to their shopping carts. Dealerships input pricing and F&I product information so that customers can work with Darwin Online around the clock.

Describing the launch as "big news," Darwin CEO Phillip Battista noted that F&I is "critical to the lifeblood of the dealership," typically representing 30% to 40% of overall profitability.

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Darwin's Digital F&I Department Goes Live
  • Iselin, NJ (F&I and Showroom)

Darwin's Digital F&I Department Goes Live

Darwin Automotive, a leading F&I software provider for the automotive industry, today announced the release of "Darwin Online." The digital retailing application was designed to enable dealerships worldwide to process online transactions with a fully functional F&I department open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, while protecting dealership profitability and providing accuracy and transparency to the online consumer.

Describing the launch as "big news," Darwin CEO Phillip Battista noted that F&I is "critical to the lifeblood of the dealership," typically representing 30% to 40% of overall profitability.

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Darwin Automotive now working with 2,000 dealers
  • Iselin, NJ SubPrime Auto Finance News Staff

Darwin Automotive now working with 2,000 dealers

F&I software provider Darwin Automotive announced on Monday that it has reached a significant milestone- enrolling its 2,000th dealership nationwide.

Since launching just 19 months ago, Darwin Automotive has achieved significant growth across the U.S., securing endorsements with the nation's top F&I product providers and developmental agencies, as well as three of the top publicly traded dealer groups.

"We are proud to be part of such a great industry and want to thank all our business partners as the response to our application has been incredible," Darwin Automotive chief executive officer Phillip Battista said.

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Darwin Automotive Receives Endorsement from Nissan
  • Iselin, NJ (PRWEB)

Darwin Automotive Receives Endorsement from Nissan

Darwin Automotive, a leading F&I software provider for the automotive industry, today announced that Nissan Extended Services North America (NESNA), a division of Nissan North America, has entered into a partnership that allows for a special marketing offer for Nissan dealerships.,.

In an announcement to their dealer base on August 21st, NESNA explained why they made the decision to endorse the Darwin Automotive F&I platform. With Darwin, Nissan dealerships will have a seamless interface to eRate, eContract and eRemit all assurance products. The bulletin goes on to explain in further detail the following reasons for the endorsement:

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To Catch A Customer
  • N.Y.- Auto/Mate Dealership Systems

Auto/Mate Integrates With Darwin Automotive F&I Platform

Auto/Mate Dealership Systems' dealership management system (DMS) is now fully integrated with Superior Integrated Solution's Darwin Automotive F&I platform. Dealers using Auto/Mate's Automotive Management Productivity Suite (AMPS) now have direct access to Darwin's patented F&I solution.

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5 Auto Tech Vendors to Keep an Eye on
  • Gillrie Institute: paulgillrie.com

5 Auto Tech Vendors to Keep an Eye on

We've worked with over 7,000 car and truck dealers in the US and Canada on great contracts for auto tech vendors. Discussing dealers' options for Business Office, Front-End, Fixed Operations, and Dealership-wide application is a daily routine. Below is a shortlist of 5 auto tech vendors that have a selling proposition that stands out. Put them on your radar. They are far from being market leaders in their respective fields based on number of dealerships, but each has something FRESH that resonates with dealers. As always – we don't have any financial relationships with any dealership service provider. Our advice is based solely on dealers' feedback.

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To Catch A Customer
  • NADA 2017: New Orleans

To Catch A Customer

There were plenty of new innovations on display in and around NADA 2017. The editor takes you on a tour of five new tech tools aiming to help dealers land more sales and F&I opportunities.

Three shows, miles of walking and Uber rides, and more than a dozen appointments to see the industry's latest dealer solutions left me with this conclusion: It's not the ecommerce reality these digital retailing platforms aim to deliver that makes them noteworthy; it's the small innovations embedded in these digital roads to the sale.

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Wise F&I Partners With Darwin Automotive
  • St. LOUIS- F&I

Wise F&I Partners With Darwin Automotive

St. LOUIS- F&I product provider Wise F&I announced that its full suite of F&I products is now available through Darwin Automotive's prescriptive-based F&I selling software.

The partnership provides dealers using Darwin with access to all of Wise F&I products, including GAPWise, WiseCARE, TIREWise, WiseTVP, THEFTWise and KEYWise. Darwin also provides erating and econtracting capabilities, as well as support for online product integration.

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CDK, Darwin Team Up on New F&I Menu System
  • Hoffman Estates, IL

CDK, Darwin Team Up on New F&I Menu System

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.- CDK Global has teamed with Darwin Automotive on a new F&I menu system that will be marketed and sold as CDK MenuVantage Platinum. It uses "prescriptive selling"- a patented technology that uses inputs from consumer, vehicle, deal and third-party sources- to tailor F&I product presentations to individual car buyers.

"The days of one size fits all in the F&I department are over," said Justin Sprague, vice president of product marketing at CDK Global. "This new solution is going to transform the F&I process for dealers and can lead to higher F&I income. Consumers love it because offerings are now being sorted and tailored to their lifestyle."

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Advent, Darwin Form Strategic Alliance
  • San Pedro, CA

Advent, Darwin Form Strategic Alliance

SAN PEDRO, Calif.- DMS maker Advent Resources and F&I technology firm Darwin Automotive said last week they will provide a fully integrated version of Darwin's prescriptive selling/F&I menu solution to Advent dealers as part of a strategic alliance.

The Darwin system will be offered as an upgrade to Advent dealers. It works on tablets and cell phones, features integrated F&I interview capabilities with comprehensive utilization reports, and features predictive analytics and the Darwin's patented prescriptive selling format.

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DARWIN BLOG

Articles and Podcasts

Giving F&I the Status It Deserves

Phillip Battista - CEO FOR DARWIN AUTOMOTIVE

Sales and service are the most visible parts of any dealership, but dealers and GMs who ignore F&I - or don't give it the focus that it deserves - are not only leaving money on the table, but they are underserving their customers.

In the typical dealership, the F&I department represents between 30 and 40 percent of the overall profitability of the business, but it often treated as an afterthought to the car-buying process. By putting in the time and effort to give F&I the emphasis it deserves, both your dealership and the consumer will get the best deal possible from the car-buying experience.

To build that emphasis, dealers, GMs and F&I managers should look at the following:

Integrate F&I at the Beginning- One of the keys to success is to introduce the F&I manager or team early in the process. Many dealerships wait until the car is selected, negotiations are hammered out and the deal is almost done- and then bring in the F&I department. People are often tired - both physically and mentally - at the end of sales process, and not receptive to yet more offerings and paperwork. Studies have found that 63 percent of online consumers said they would be more likely to buy F&I products if they were educated about them before they came into the dealership. Introducing the process early makes it a part of the experience, instead of a new obstacle standing in the way of the customer driving off in their new vehicle.

Make it Easy - It's never been easier to integrate F&I into the sales process. There are now products available that allow customers to begin the F&I process on the dealership's Website - even on phones and tablets. An educated customer is much easier to deal with than one who you have to introduce ideas and concepts to. Customers, especially Millennials, are more comfortable with business transactions on smartphones and other devices than ever before. By taking advantage of online and mobile technology, you're communicating to the customer in the way they prefer. As shopping habits change and technology becomes more advanced, more and more customers are going to demand the ability to do a full online vehicle sales transaction, coming to the dealership only to pick up the vehicle and get educated about its features. Take the steps today to get ahead of the curve and serve your customers in all aspects of the online sale.

Make it Transparent- When dealing with educated customers, your F&I staff needs to be on top of their game. Giving them the tools they need to not only meet the customer's needs but surpass them is key to making the F&I department the profit center that it needs to be. By using up-to-date, fully integrated menu systems and other technology, your staff can address the specific needs of the customer - their vehicle, their driving habits, the existing warranty and other factors that will affect what they need and what they want. The last thing you want is to surprise your customer late in the sales process, so take advantage of technology to be accurate with your offerings. Only by providing real numbers can you make a real deal- and a happy customer.

Podcast: Increasing the Visibility and Status of F&I

Darwin Automotive's Phil Battista

Phillip Battista - CEO FOR DARWIN AUTOMOTIVE

Darwin Automotive's Phil Battista talks about increasing the visibility and status of your F&I Department.