John M. Vincent

Senior Reporter

John Vincent is a senior reporter for the U.S. News Best Cars team. He covers the automotive industry and is a sought-after expert on the car buying process, auto financing, leasing, alternative fuel vehicles, and automotive technology. His expert advice has appeared in outlets such as CreditCards.com and GOBankingRates.

He joined U.S. News in 2016 following a long tenure at The Oregonian, the Northwest’s largest daily newspaper, where he provided advice for shoppers who were in the market for a new car. He is president of the Northwest Automotive Press Association, a professional organization representing automotive journalists in the Northwest United States. A third-generation journalist, he graduated from the Portland State University School of Business Administration. John is based in Portland, Oregon.

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Future Cars: The Best New Cars Arriving by 2021

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What Do Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ Mean?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ awards are given to vehicles... Read More »

What Is a Good Credit Score to Buy a Car?

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Certified Pre-Owned Cars vs. Non-Certified Used Cars

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How to Finance a Used Car

In the excitement of shopping for a used car, many shoppers think about financing last. Instead, you should get... Read More »

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9 Best Times to Sell Your Car

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2019 Los Angeles Auto Show: Photo Gallery

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