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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