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
Why Many New Cars Are Cheaper Than Used
Due to the lack of new-car inventory, the average used car now costs more than a new one.
Are You Ready to Pay $5 a Gallon for Gas?
Honing your driving skills and paying with a rewards card can help you control gas costs in a time of uncertainty.
Ending Your Car Lease Is Tricky, But Can Still Pay Off
Despite dealers and carmakers making it harder to buy leased cars, you can make the most of your car's equity.
Can the Car Dealership Really Do That?
Car dealers are loading cars with extras and refusing to negotiate the price — and many have the right to do so.
5 Common Objections to Buying an Electric Car, Debunked
Many consumers are still hesitant to buy EVs, despite rapid improvements to charging ranges, selection and price.
Buy Your Next Used Car Online
Learning how to navigate online car dealerships can help you find your next used car from the comfort of your home.
Order a New Car From the Factory and Save
Waiting a few weeks or months gets you the vehicle you want, and perhaps a better price.
Let the ‘Out-the-Door Price’ Drive Your Next Car Negotiation
Learn how to use the "out-the-door price" to negotiate the best deal when you purchase your next vehicle.
5 Mistakes That Can Lead to a Bad Car Loan
Extending the loan's term and not shopping for a loan are among the common mistakes that can lead to a bad car loan.
5 Car-Buying Mistakes to Avoid in Today’s Overheated Market
With limited car inventory and sky-high prices, it's important for shoppers to avoid these costly mistakes.
A 10,000-Mile Road Trip: Prepare to Enjoy the Ride
A 10,000-mile road trip takes preparation. It's good to have a checklist that covers everything.
Sometimes You Need a Map, Not an App
Maps allow you to see the big picture. And you don't need cell phone service to read them.
9 Options for When You Can’t Find a Rental Car
Here are alternatives to get where you need to go, plus tips for saving money if you find a rental.
It’s the Worst Time to Buy a Car — But What If You Have To?
With car prices going up, here are the ways to get through this historic spike in the new and used car market.