Philip is an automotive expert who writes a syndicated column for NerdWallet. He has appeared on national TV and radio and once wore a hidden camera for ABC News to show how to haggle for a used car. His passion is helping people save money in their automotive budgets.
The latest from Philip
Is That Nearly New Salvage-Title Car Really a Deal?
A few dealers now specialize in professionally rebuilt salvage-title vehicles. The risks remain, though.
New Ways to Get More for Your Old Car
Online buyers make offers in minutes — a safety net for car shoppers wondering what their trade-in is really worth.
Choose the Right Vehicle for Your Off-Road Adventures
A versatile SUV can take you almost anywhere, but prepare for trade-offs the farther you venture off-road.
End Your Car Lease Early: Sell, Swap or Buy
You can transfer your lease, sell to a dealer or take out a loan to buy the car and then sell it yourself.
3 Ways to Say No at a Car Dealership
Preserve the good deal you negotiated on the car sales lot by being ready to say no in the finance office.
A Bargain Hunter’s Guide to Used Car Shopping
The first step in finding a better deal on a car is knowing the right places to look.
5 Reasons It’s Smart to Lease a Car Right Now
The need to keep financial options open has made leasing a wiser choice for many car buyers.
Upgrade Your Old Car With New-Car Tech
For the price of a typical new-car payment, you can add any of the seven upgrades below.
Protect Your Health With a Clean Car
A clean car lasts longer, and it's safer for you and your family.
Buy a Car at a Safe Distance With a ‘No-Touch’ Deal
The online route to car buying is being ramped up to keep the metal moving during the pandemic.
Your Teen’s First Car: A Low-Cost, Low-Upkeep Used EV
Affordability, limited range and fuel savings can make a used electric vehicle the ideal first car for teenagers.
How to Spot a Good Car Salesperson — Or a Bad One
A former car salesman offers his tips on how to find the right salesperson to work with.
Extended Car Warranties: When and How to Say No
Many people who buy an extended car warranty either don’t need it or will never use it.