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Jessica L. Anderson

Associate Editor
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Anderson has been with Kiplinger since January 2004, when she joined the staff as a reporter. Since then, she's covered the gamut of personal finance issues—from mortgages and credit to spending wisely—and she heads up Kiplinger's annual automotive rankings. She holds a BA in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was the 2012 president of the Washington Automotive Press Association and serves on its board of directors. In 2014, she was selected for the North American Car and Truck Of the Year jury. The awards, presented at the Detroit Auto Show, have come to be regarded as the most prestigious of their kind in the U.S. because they involve no commercial tie-ins. The jury is composed of nationally recognized journalists from across the U.S. and Canada, who are selected on the basis of audience reach, experience, expertise, product knowledge, and reputation in the automotive community.

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Travel
April 2015

7 Secrets to Save on Travel

Keep more money free for souvenirs with these expert tips.

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SLIDE SHOW
April 2015

International Travel Bargains

The good news for U.S. travelers who plan to venture abroad this year is that their dollars will go further. You’ll benefit from the favorable exchange rates in euro-zone countries as soon as you ...

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Travel
April 2015

10 World-Class Travel Bargains

We pick international destinations where the strong dollar is making travel remarkably affordable.

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Drive Time
April 2015

The Woes of Extended Auto Warranties

Payouts over the life of an extended warranty typically fall short of the cost of the warranty.

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Buying & Leasing a Car
January 2015

How We Choose the Best New Car Values

A guide to our annual Best New Car Values rankings.

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2014

10 Best Values in All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles

When you have to drive on the white stuff—or, worse, a wintry mix—you want to feel confident that you can get where you're going. All-wheel drive or four-wheel drive can give you that assurance. With ...

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2014

Best Values in Family Cars, 2014

The words “safety first” may seem clichéd, but safety is the top factor we consider when we compile our list of family-friendly vehicles. Our picks must get high scores in our annual rankings for ...

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SLIDE SHOW
August 2014

Best Values in Luxury Cars

The words affordable and luxury rarely go hand in hand, but you may not have to pay a lot more for a luxury car than for a mainstream model. The average transaction price for a new car is about $33,000, ...

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2014

Greatest Cars of the 21st Century

Kiplinger ranks cars and SUVs every year, choosing the best in various price categories based on performance, value and safety. So we combed a decade and a half of our buyer's guides to find the vehicles ...

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Car Rankings
January 2015

Deals on New Wheels: Best Car Values, 2015

Kiplinger’s Best Value Awards can help you find the right car at a great price.

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SLIDE SHOW
January 2015

Best in Class New Car Values, 2015

For our Best Value Awards, Kiplinger's chooses a Best in Class (as well as a Best New) vehicle in 15 categories. There's something here for every buyer and every budget. Car buyers have plenty to celebrate ...

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SLIDE SHOW
January 2015

Best Values in New and Redesigned Car Models, 2015

To win Kiplinger's Best Value Award among new and redesigned models, a vehicle must be newly introduced or fully redesigned—not just updated. We pick a Best New (as well as a Best in Class) model in ...

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Drive Time
January 2015

When Leasing Makes Sense

If you always have a car payment—because you trade in your cars often or you tend to finance with long-term loans—then leasing is a good choice.

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Buying & Leasing a Car
December 2014

A Smart Reason to Cash Out Your Car Lease

You might be able to sell your leased vehicle yourself and keep the profits.

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Drive Time
December 2014

Best Ways to Sell Your Car

Dealers usually can't beat CarMax, but even there you may get $500 to $1,500 less than in a private sale.

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Smart Buying
December 2014

6 Things You Must Know About Gift Returns

How to avoid the hassle when you need to take it back.

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2014

Great Cars for Every Driver

As part of Kiplinger's annual best list, which rounds up the year's best financial products and services, we selected the top vehicle for eight types of drivers. There's something here for everyone ...

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