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Phil Berg

Correspondent, AOL Autos (email) Subscribe to RSS

Sports Car International, Edmunds.com, and Autoweek. 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.

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    How Dealers Are Adapting To "Online-Only" Car Shoppers
    A growing number of car buyers are finding great deals by shopping solely on the Internet 1402340400

    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.

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    Smartphones Reduce Accident Headaches
    Insurance industry's new estimating services stand to reduce costs and customers' time 1396969200

    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 ...

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    Terrain Control Explained
    New SUV systems make off-road driving easier. 1301581800

    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 ...

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    Do Red Light Cameras Make Green (Money) Or Red (Blood)?
    Increasing opposition claims they cause more accidents. 1300384800

    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 ...

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    Tracking Your Teen Driver
    Can Electronic Surveillance Keep Teen Drivers Safer? 1293066000

    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 ...

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    What Happens When Your Hybrid Runs Out Of Gas?
    Life After Jumper Cables 1289451600

    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 ...

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    New Car Apps Will Save You Money, Time While Driving
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    Driven: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Jeep's Venerable Luxury SUV Gains Capability 1278820800

    Off-road people do things differently than on-road people. Off-roaders measure their tires by overall diameter; on-roaders measure theirs by wheel diameter and sidewall height. Off-roaders go slow, favor long-travel accelerator pedals, and rarely use brakes; on-roaders like a quiet wood-and-leather ...

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    Favorite Roads Of The Car Testers
    The Human Butt Is Still The Best Instrument To Tune Cars 1276920000

    Sometimes small changes in chassis tuning can make the same car either a delight or a disaster to drive. That’s why automotive engineers tick off tens of thousands of miles in cars before things are finalized for sale. It’s in these drives that shock absorber settings, spring stiffness, ...

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    Driven: 2011 Buick Regal
    Far From Flint, Buick Fancies A New Future 1275537600

    The easy way to explain the 2011 Buick Regal is to compare it to cars badged as Buicks in the 1990s. This was a decade of anemic V6-powered machines with mushy suspensions, cars altogether so similar to their corporate bretheren at Pontiac and Chevy that you didn’t have to be a cynic to ...

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    Driven: 2011 Ford Fiesta
    Hey Europeans, our Fiesta is better than yours 1273982400

    For over a year, Europeans have been driving Ford's new Fiesta and falling in love with it. The car became the best-selling vehicle across the continent in the first quarter of 2010 and all signs point to it continuing that streak for the remainder of the year. This makes the Fiesta something like ...

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    Driving Inside a Tornado: How Stormchasers Live To Tell About It
    Tornado chasers face danger when they become the chased 1251777600

    "You really want us to look for a tornado?" yelled Will Gray, a journalist for London's The Independent newspaper, over the pounding din of golfball-sized hailstones pummeling our Hummer H3T storm chase truck. Riding in the back seat, Gray strained to see the ominous shape of a twister lit only by ...

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