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November 2020 Newsletter


Maximize success with Assurant’s online Dealer Claims Portal.

The service department is a critical component of any dealership. With its primary goal to serve customers, ease of business is essential to maximize success.

One way Assurant is providing a better customer experience is through the use of the online Dealer Claims Portal. Major and transformative changes have been made to the portal to allow service departments to track claims in real time, print EOPs with instant access and verify customer contract coverage with one click.


Encourage your clients to make the switch to online claims today for a quicker, smoother and more efficient claims process. Contact your Assurant representative for more information or an online Dealer Claims Portal enrollment form.

Stay ahead of the curve with Assurant online training

At Assurant, we’re committed to helping you and your dealer clients achieve their goals. From providing a wide range of F&I products to offering comprehensive participation and reinsurance options, we’re working to add value to your dealer relationships.


Now, your clients can stay ahead of the curve when they participate in our comprehensive online training through the Assurant Performance Institute. We offer flexible solutions for busy, time-strapped teams. Our training is a complete playbook that can be delivered online through the Assurant Virtual Learning platform or in person at your client’s dealership.


If your clients aren’t getting the most out of their dealership training program, contact us for course descriptions or a full consultation.

Assurant Agent Services

Assurant Resource Automotive is more than a product provider, we’re a true performance partner with broad visibility into the whole dealership. Our focus is on giving you a full suite of competitive products to meet your clients’ needs and help maximize your profitability.


But serving as your performance partner is only half of our story, we recognize our strength also comes from the business support we provide. From new technology and training to reporting and research, our services are unmatched. As we continue to invest and innovate, we’ll also be refreshing our name to Assurant Agent Services in January. Watch for more details in the new year and get ready for the next level of service with Assurant.

Will online car shopping be the new normal after COVID-19?

Developing a Digital Retailing Approach that Drives Profitability for Your Dealers

Earlier this year, when social distancing and shelter-in-place orders were in effect, auto sales took a hard hit. Short-term findings indicate that social distancing measures prompted an estimated 65% drop in sales volume in March 2020. But there’s good news. A Q2 analysis by KPMG suggests that online approaches to vehicle sales have “bent the curve,” and sales are beginning to stabilize.  While our industry's recovery period is inevitable, there’s some uncertainty around what “the new normal” of vehicle purchasing will look like. Early indications suggest that social distancing will have a major long-term impact on how dealers sell vehicles and the F&I products attached to them.

Consumer Feedback on the Vehicle Shopping Experience

In recent years, consumers have been clear about wanting more online options throughout the car-buying process. A pre-COVID-19 Assurant study found that between 85% to 90% wanted a better car-buying experience with more online options but still wanted the flexibility of completing steps in store. Here were some of the top findings around the car-buying experience.

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Consumers dislike the long wait times, time on paperwork and sales pressure

  • #1 frustration is time spent at the dealer, especially on negotiation/paperwork (47% of the time)
  • Satisfaction is highest in the first 90 minutes and declines from there; the average delivery time today is 3 hours
  • Consumers want to reduce time at the dealer, enjoy the convenience of home shopping, increase the flexibility of the buying process, and reduce sales pressure
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Consumers enjoy seeing/test-driving vehicles and engaging with dealership staff, but COVID-19 has accelerated interest in home delivery

  • 62% of consumers still want help from dealership staff, and 60% want to get to know the vehicle more
  • Most buyers want to see/drive the vehicle, but technology is reducing barriers: 50% viewing a virtual tour as acceptable, and 90% would be open to test-driving at their home/office
  • Before COVID-19, only 12% were interested in fully executing the purchase with home delivery. Today, that number has jumped to 75%
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The result is that consumers want car-buying CX their way: a mix of online/offline options

  • 95% of consumers want a combination of offline and online options during their journey
  • 94% want to shift the time-consuming portions online: configuring payments, reviewing documents, and reviewing contracts online
  • 89% would be more likely to purchase from a dealership that offered online options

COVID-19 has accelerated many of these trends, including prompting a decisive increase in dealers' importance having a strong approach to digital retailing and/or virtual transactions. The digital survey by KPMG suggests that to meet the increased demand for online car shopping, 80 to 90% of U.S. car dealers will fully adopt e-commerce capabilities by the end of 2020.

The Role of Digital Retailing Has Accelerated – and it Includes F&I

With the recovery process and reopening businesses well underway, the auto buying process is likely to look different moving forward. With inevitable concerns around health and social distancing top of mind, consumers may want to complete even more of the car-shopping process online.

Given the critical role F&I products play in dealership profit margins, now is the right time to think through how these key profit-drivers integrate into the digital retailing strategy. Studies show that customers who research F&I products during the pre-buying process have higher attachment rates at the end of a sale.


Recent Assurant research indicates that online attachment of F&I products can play a big role in dealer profitability. Here are some of the key findings.

  • 40% of consumers are interested in adding VSCs online. This is aligned with standard industry attach rates.
  • 92% of buyers want to learn more about F&I products and review product details online in advance of making a purchase.
  • 63% say they are more likely to purchase an F&I product if they have the option of learning about it on their own time.


By being able to conduct F&I research on a dealer website, buyers will be more prepared to purchase both a vehicle and F&I products once they contact the dealership.

How can Dealers Get Started with Digital Retailing for F&I Products?

To help your dealerships build a digital retail approach that highlights your F&I product suite, our team has outlined some steps below.

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Create a guide to help your clients develop a process that makes presenting F&I products and closing the deal online easy. Include an easy-to-tailor virtual presentation that can help your dealers communicate benefits based on customer needs.

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Leverage the Assurant Digital Engagement Toolkit. Our toolkit offers a quick way to provide downloadable F&I product information for Assurant products, including easy-to-understand videos in English and Spanish that make the value of F&I products more accessible to your dealer’s customers. 
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Connect with your Assurant representative to discuss digital retailing. We can help answer any questions about approaches that drive PVR.