Correspondent, AOL Autos
Phil Berg is a freelance journalist who has spent more than 28 years covering the auto world for many publications. His automotive articles have appeared in the U.S. in Popular Science, Maxim, Parade, Automotive News, Motor… Trend, Sports Car International, The New York Times, Road & Track, and Corvette Quarterly as well as many newspapers and top websites. He served as a senior editor at Car and Driver for 10 years and eight years at AutoWeek. Despite having to list his profession as "automotive industry analyst" to get a Libyan visa while covering the Paris-Dakar rally, he considers himself a full-time journalist covering the world of autos.
It's no surprise that almost everyone is doing research on the Internet before buying a car, but according to international research firm Capgemini, around a third of shoppers would prefer to make the entire purchase online, never visiting an auto dealer.
As insurance costs rise with car prices, ways to reduce costs seem to diminish. One Chicago-based company called Snapsheet, however, is poised to reverse some of that trend, by helping streamline the fender-bender repair process using motorists' smartphones to dramatically speed up damage claim estimates.
The joke that's followed Ford's terrifically popular Explorer (six million have been sold) since day-one twenty years ago has been that owners never actually drive the off-road-equipped SUVs off the pavement. Marketers have been playing to a consumer's desire to have their friends think that they might, one day, be the type of person who would rock-crawl a mountain pass.
Television images of cars being T-boned at intersections are impossible for viewers to ignore. That's great news for shows such as ABC's Good Morning America, which aired such video a few weeks ago in a story about the auto insurance industry's study claiming automated "red light cameras" saved lives. These devices activate if a vehicle enters an intersection when the traffic light turns red, reco...
There are dozens of devices that can track the whereabouts of your car, and we recently spent time testing a simple and inexpensive unit called the Safe Driver from Lemur Vehicle Monitors. Safe Driver is intended as a tattletale for parents to monitor how their teens are driving. But unlike GPS-based systems that require downloading to computers, subscribing to a satellite service, or hiding somew...
Ask the mother of a teenage driver what piece of emergency equipment they want their kid to have with them in the car and mom will answer "cell phone." Indeed, the days of carrying tools, jumper cables, and a jerrycan of gas in the trunk are over – just call AAA. But still, the question beckons: What happens if you're hypermiling in your Prius and you overestimate your skill? You can certain