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Jim Travers

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Jim Travers is a lifelong car enthusiast and a freelance writer, editor, and photographer specializing in all things automotive. His areas of expertise include new and used cars, consumer buying advice, and automotive electronics, technology, and accessories.

A classic car enthusiast and collector, Jim is a regular judge on the car show circuit and author of the Smithsonian Institution’s Extreme Cars. His work has also appeared in Automobile, Autoblog, BBC Autos, Car and Driver, Cars.com, Car Talk, Consumer Reports, Hagerty, The New York Daily News, U.S. News & World Report, Wirecutter, and others.

Jim lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts, and you can reach him on LinkedIn.

The 15 Safest Cars for 2020

Everyone shopping for a new car wants to choose something safe for themselves and their loved ones, but it’s not always... Read More »

Jim Travers Feb. 21, 2020

9 Best Lease Deals Under $300 in February 2020

One way to ease the winter doldrums is by putting something new in your driveway. That goes double if a lot of snow in... Read More »

Jim Travers Feb. 12, 2020

The Best Presidents Day Car Deals in 2020

The Presidents Day holiday is upon us, which means a long weekend for many Americans, many of whom will observe the... Read More »

Jim Travers Feb. 10, 2020

Best Luxury Car and SUV Lease Deals Under $400 in February 2020

Demand for luxury vehicles has grown in recent years, and that’s a good thing for buyers. Fierce competition makes it a... Read More »

Jim Travers Feb. 10, 2020

Ford vs. Chevrolet: Battle of the Brands

The rivalry between Ford and Chevrolet is about as old as the auto industry itself, with brand loyalists willing to... Read More »

Jim Travers Jan. 15, 2020

11 Best Luxury Sedans for Under $40,000

In an age where the cost of a midsize family sedan can easily top $30,000, it might seem crazy to think you could get... Read More »

Jim Travers Dec. 30, 2019

Best Diesel Trucks of 2020

Diesel powered pickups have long been the choice for buyers in need of serious towing and hauling capability. With... Read More »

Jim Travers Dec. 18, 2019

Best Cheap Car Insurance in Oklahoma

With a population of just under four million spread over about 70,000 square miles, Oklahoma has a relatively low... Read More »

Jim Travers Dec. 2, 2019

2019 Mazda3 vs. 2019 Mazda6: Worth the Upgrade?

Mazda has long been a good choice for buyers looking for a practical sedan that’s also fun to drive. With responsive... Read More »

Jim Travers Nov. 15, 2019

The Best Black Friday SUV Lease Deals in 2019

There’s not much point in fighting the Black Friday crowds for deals unless you’ve got a way to get those bargains... Read More »

Jim Travers Nov. 13, 2019

The Best Black Friday Truck Deals for 2019

Black Friday isn’t just about fighting the crowds for a big screen TV anymore, nor is it just limited to the Friday... Read More »

Jim Travers Nov. 12, 2019

The Best Cars Under $30,000 in 2019

There’s good news if you’re shopping for a car on a budget. Not only can you find plenty of good choices for under... Read More »

Jim Travers Oct. 28, 2019

Triumph Motorcycle Buyer's Guide

British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph dates back to 1902, when engineer Mauritz Schulte fitted a 2.2-horsepower... Read More »

Jim Travers Oct. 15, 2019

Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide

Founded in 1903, Harley-Davidson got its start when two young partners from Milwaukee built their first production... Read More »

Jim Travers Oct. 15, 2019

Geico vs. Allstate Car Insurance

If you’re reading this, you’re probably shopping for car insurance. Maybe you are unhappy with how your auto insurance... Read More »

Kristen Hall-Geisler and Jim Travers Sep. 20, 2019

Geico vs. Progressive Car Insurance

Car insurance may seem like a necessary evil. You buy it because your state or your car loan company requires it, and... Read More »

Kristen Hall-Geisler and Jim Travers Sep. 20, 2019

Geico vs. State Farm Car Insurance

For most people, shopping for car insurance ranks right up there with doing your taxes. However, if you don’t regularly... Read More »

Kristen Hall-Geisler and Jim Travers Sep. 20, 2019

Allstate Car Insurance vs. Farmers Car Insurance: Which Is Better?

Regardless of how happy you are with your insurer, it’s always a good idea to shop around once a year. Your... Read More »

Jim Travers Aug. 29, 2019

Farmers Car Insurance Review

Founded in 1928, Farmers Insurance got its start when partners John C. Tyler and Thomas E. Leavey began going door to... Read More »

Jim Travers Aug. 27, 2019

Geico Car Insurance vs. Farmers Car Insurance: Which Is Better?

Geico and Farmers are two of the better-known names in car insurance, thanks to clever TV ads with talking geckos or... Read More »

Jim Travers Aug. 27, 2019

Travelers Car Insurance Review

Travelers had already been around for 33 years when it issued its first automotive policy way back in 1897. The date is... Read More »

Jim Travers Aug. 20, 2019

Nationwide Car Insurance Review

Established in 1925, Ohio-based Nationwide began with the goal of providing affordable car insurance to rural farmers... Read More »

Nate Parsons and Jim Travers Aug. 20, 2019

American Family Car Insurance Review for 2020

In 1927, entrepreneur Herman Wittwer reasoned that rural Wisconsin farmers posed less of an insurance risk than other... Read More »

Nate Parsons and Jim Travers Aug. 20, 2019

Best Cheap Car Insurance in Oklahoma

With a population of just under four million spread over about 70,000 square miles, Oklahoma has a relatively low... Read More »

Jim Travers Jun. 20, 2019

Best Cheap Car Insurance in Connecticut

With about 3.6 million people packed into an area about 110 miles across and 70 miles from top to bottom, Connecticut... Read More »

Jim Travers Jun. 19, 2019

Best Cheap Car Insurance in Hawaii

With terrain that ranges from it famous pristine beaches to its lesser-known snow-capped mountain peaks, Hawaii’s... Read More »

Jim Travers Jun. 19, 2019

Best Cheap Car Insurance in Maine

Known for its rocky coastline, lobsters, cold winters, and large expanses of largely undeveloped woodlands, Maine sits... Read More »

Jim Travers Jun. 7, 2019

Best Cheap Car Insurance in Nevada

At 109,781 square miles, Nevada ranks as the seventh largest state in the US, but with only 2.7 million residents... Read More »

Jim Travers Jun. 5, 2019

Best Cheap Car Insurance in Massachusetts

With an estimated 4.75 million licensed drivers and 6.79 million residents, Massachusetts ranks as the 15th most... Read More »

Jim Travers Jun. 5, 2019

All-New 2019 Ford Edge ST: What You Need to Know

Midsize SUV sales continue to be hot, but hot midsize SUVs can be harder to find. Especially if you’re looking for one... Read More »

Jim Travers May. 22, 2019

Liberty Mutual vs. State Farm Car Insurance

Choosing a car insurance company isn’t easy, but with various companies charging different auto insurance rates, not... Read More »

Jim Travers Mar. 5, 2019

Liberty Mutual vs. Allstate Car Insurance

Even if you have no complaints with your current car insurance company, it’s a good idea to shop around once a year to... Read More »

Jim Travers Mar. 5, 2019

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