Samantha Allen leads the insurance team at NerdWallet. Previously, she was the digital managing editor for the publications Financial Planning and On Wall Street. She attended Northwestern University's certified financial planner program and has been covering personal finance and wealth management for more than 10 years. She is based in Chicago.
- Education: B.A. in economics from Barnard College
- Previous experience: Financial Planning, On Wall Street
The latest from Samantha
How to Read Tire Sizes
The numbers on the side of your tires refer to various measurements, while the letters describe tire types and ratings.
How to Choose the Best Tires for Your Car
If you don't want to stick with the type of tires that came with your car, look for the right size and the characteristics you want — and get started early.
Buying Tires Online Can Save You Money
Shoppers can find cheap tires online that a local store might price match. Don't worry about delivery — tires ship directly to an installer.
Why Synthetic Oil Is Worth the Extra Cost
Synthetic oil is more expensive than conventional oil but offers superior protection for your car’s engine.
What’s Wrong With My Car? Diagnosing Common Problems
You’ll likely need to see a mechanic, but how your car smells, feels or sounds can offer warning signs for common car problems.
Forget 3,000 Miles: How Often to Change Your Oil
Most cars can go 5,000 to 7,500 miles between oil changes. Your owner's manual will tell you what's best for your car.
Premium and ‘Top Tier’ Gas: When to Upgrade at the Pump
And why higher octane gas isn't always better for your vehicle.
Don’t Ignore Your Check Engine Light: How to Handle It
The check engine light means one of your car’s systems is malfunctioning. If it’s flashing, pull over as soon as you safely can. If it’s steady, follow these simple steps.
Drivers With Poor Credit Pay Higher Insurance Rates in Most States
Poor credit has the biggest effect in Michigan, Kentucky and New Jersey, our analysis found.
How to Sell Your Car When You Still Have a Loan
You must pay off your loan to transfer ownership. You owe the lender any difference between balance and sale price.