PROTECTIVE ASSET PROTECTION F&I PRODUCT SURVEY SHOWS HOW THE PANDEMIC HAS ALTERED THE WAY DEALERS OFFER F&I OPTIONS TO CUSTOMERS TODAY

Expanded F&I Options Online, Increased Used Vehicle Sales Play a Larger Role in F&I Transactions Today

 

CHESTERFIELD, MO (June 9, 2021) – Protective Asset Protection, a leading provider of F&I programs, services and dealer owned warranty company programs, announced the results of its latest industry survey today, which illustrates how the pandemic impacted the sales of F&I products both online and at the dealership. The survey also addresses the increased role of digital retailing along with an increased shift in consumer demand for used vehicles.

Protective Asset Protection commissioned an online survey during March 2021 and took the pulse of nearly 500 F&I and dealership executives across the U.S. According to the feedback, approximately a quarter of respondents said the sale of F&I products to customers has increased between 5% - 10% so far in 2021 compared with 2020.

The pandemic created an opportunity for dealers and their F&I departments to offer more digital tools when customers are researching and selecting F&I product options for the vehicles they are shopping for. Forty-five percent of dealers now make F&I product information available online, followed by financing options/loan application online (35%), and F&I product selection and pricing online (33%).

Other key highlights of the F&I product survey:

  • 44% say the ability to adjust products offered based on a customer’s needs are most needed to sell F&I products online; followed by the ability for customers to select product and coverage options (41%), and online tools like videos to explain product benefits (38%).
  • 42% say increased coverage for existing protection products such as VSCs would be the most impactful to improving F&I product sales; followed by a more diverse set of F&I product options (41%), and more F&I products designed specifically for used vehicles (37%).
  • 38% say selling F&I along with increased transaction prices represent the biggest opportunities in selling F&I products today versus pre-pandemic; followed by longer loan terms (37%), and more EV/plugin sales (36%).

“With a greater emphasis on digital retailing, online shopping, used vehicle and EV/hybrid product sales, a larger number of dealers are looking for ways to maximize their opportunities in offering F&I products that cater to these shopper needs,” said Rick Kurtz, Senior Vice President – Distribution, Protective Asset Protection. “Expanded F&I product lineups, customized product offerings and additional F&I product education for both the dealer and their customers are all growing in importance for today’s transaction environment.”

 

ABOUT PROTECTIVE ASSET PROTECTION

Protective Asset Protection provides vehicle protection plans, limited warranty programs, GAP, and ancillary products through vehicle dealerships. Protective Asset Protection has been serving dealers for more than 55 years and currently provides products and services to automobile, marine, RV and powersports dealers. Protective Asset Protection is part of the financial services holding company, Protective Life Corporation. For more information about Protective Asset Protection call 800-323-5771, or visit www.ProtectiveAssetProtection.com.

ABOUT PROTECTIVE LIFE CORPORATION

Protective Life Corporation (Protective) provides financial services through the production, distribution and administration of insurance and investment products throughout the U.S. Protective traces its roots to its flagship company, Protective Life Insurance Company – founded in 1907. Protective’s growth and success can be largely attributed to its ongoing commitment to serving people and doing the right thing – for its employees, distributors, and most importantly, its customers. Protective’s home office is located in Birmingham, Alabama, and its 3,500-plus employees work across the United States. As of December 31, 2020, Protective had assets of approximately $127 billion. Protective Life Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc. (TSE:8750). For more information about Protective, please visit www.Protective.com.

 

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Media Contact:
John Sternal
Merit Mile
954-592-1201

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