Open Dealer Exchange and RouteOne today announced a strategic alliance that brings together industry-leading organizations to provide streamlined solutions to their partners CDK Global and Reynolds and Reynolds that bridge the gaps, open the entire lender network and streamline dealers' processes for providing financing and aftermarket protection products to car shoppers. As a result, vehicle shoppers will experience a more robust online and in-store sales process and spend significantly less time in the dealership Finance & Insurance (F&I) office when buying or leasing a vehicle.
This alliance leverages best-in-class technology and expertise to create a solution to a long-standing industrywide challenge that no one company has been able to solve individually. Traditionally, F&I portions of vehicle transactions, managed with disparate systems, prolonged the vehicle-buying process and created dissatisfaction for all parties involved. Open Dealer Exchange and RouteOne are committed to connecting the critical F&I components needed to enable a seamless dealer workflow that will translate into a better consumer experience and decrease paperwork mistakes for dealers – leading to more rapid closing process and "funded right the first time" contracts.
This technology convergence eliminates the need for traditional system-to-system integration between multiple systems and creates the broadest access point in the industry for automotive dealers to connect with captive finance sources, independent lenders, OEMs and aftermarket providers. At the same time, the alliance's process reengineering will be made available through CDK Global and Reynolds and Reynolds systems, allowing auto dealerships to combine a seamless and scalable F&I offering into their existing workflow with limited new investment or technology upgrades. All of these enhancements will significantly reduce the time new and used vehicle shoppers need to spend in a dealership's F&I office, while providing a seamless transition from online to in-store.
"As an organization we are passionate about helping streamline dealers' retail experience so they can deliver an overall better customer experience," said Steve Luyckx, General Manager, Open Dealer Exchange. "This alliance allows dealers to quickly and inexpensively implement a streamlined F&I workflow into their existing operational infrastructure, create a seamless online to in-store shopping experience, and reduce the time consumers spend waiting for paper during the actual purchase process."
"This relationship will combine the industry's most robust and far-reaching captive finance source, independent lender and aftermarket provider networks, and makes them available through two of the leading dealer networks to create a simple access point that benefits everyone supporting automotive F&I.," said Justin Oesterle, Chief Executive Officer of RouteOne. "The F&I process is something that everyone in the industry has been trying to fix for a long time. The reengineering of this process by our alliance connects the infrastructure needed to finally meet consumer expectations."
Highlights of the alliance include: