Frequently Asked Questions

What is an F&I Manager?

What is F&I or What does F&I mean?  An F&I Manager conducts professional value building of after-market products and service contracts as well disclosing all contracts and aid customers in creating the best financial package for themselves. They also negotiate deals for prime and non-prime banks and must practice strict legal compliance and ethical behavior. F&I Managers also performed detailed oriented paperwork and packaging of all finance deals.

How much does an F&I Manager make?

This varies from state to state and city to city. The national average salary currently sits at $142,855* and can increase or decrease, depending on the location.

  • *2016 NADA Dealership Workforce Study
What does F&I stand for?
F&I stands for Finance and Insurance.
How does F&I relate to the automotive industry?
The F&I Department is one of the most important profit centers in any dealership. A F&I manager has responsibilities to the dealership, the customer and must have a thorough understanding of these duties to achieve success. It helps to build a team philosophy in a dealership that will help ensure both production and profits are maximized.
What does an F&I Manager do?
F&I means Finance and Insurance. An F&I Manager at a dealership is the person who is responsible for obtaining and reviewing purchasers’ credit application, pull credit reports, budget the customer from credit reports and structure the loan or lease based on the underwriting guidelines of banks, finance companies and/or lease companies. F&I Manager also explains the details of the loan to customer and collects down payment and copies of required documents from the customer prior to the delivery of the car. Finance & Insurance Manager is also responsible to explain the customer the available products such as Extended Service Contract, Alarm Systems, GAP Protection, etc. Once the customer completes his/her choices of optional products, F&I manager rolls the cost of those products into the loan, prints all loan/lease paperwork, DMV Paperwork and obtains all signatures before authorizing the delivery of the new vehicle.
How does one become a Finance Manager or an F&I Manager?
The best approach to becoming a successful Finance and Insurance Manager is to contact Automotive Dealership Institute and one of our representatives with provide all the pertinent information you require.
What schooling or certification does an F&I Manager need?
This can also vary. There are many seminars/trainings that the various dealerships can send their managers to, or they can train them in-house, or a combination of the two. ADI’s Finance Management program is designed to teach the skills necessary to become a successful automotive F&I manager, Internet sales manager, dealer representative for aftermarket manufacturers or banks, or loan officer for financial institutions. Since it also covers the entire retail auto sales process, it enables those with no previous automotive experience to learn the industry up close and personal.
What is Desking A Deal?
The Desk Manager controls every deal worked on by the sales staff. The Desk will review all offers and ensure that terms and conditions are within both the customers’ and the dealers’ best interest. This person is in charge of all financial aspects of each deal and responsible for maximizing profits.