Aaron Gold, About.com's Guide to Cars, has been an automotive journalist for well over a decade and has been About.com's Guide to Cars since 2004.
A native New Yorker, Aaron started his career in automotive journalism as an intern for What Car? magazine in Great Britain. After returning to the States, Aaron moved to California and began writing for automotive web sites. Aaron now works full time as About.com's Guide to Cars, and he also works as a consulting producer on the History Channel series Top Gear.
Aaron has been fascinated by all things mechanical for as long as he can remember. He credits his love for cars to (and occasionally blames it on) his stepfather, a former used car salesman who met Aaron's mother when he sold her a low-mileage 1971 Plymouth Scamp.
Aaron lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife, Robin; his sons, Robert and Andrew; Bayla the dog; Fifi the tarantula; Frankie Four Fingers the gecko; and two unnamed fish, all of whom -- except the dog, the spider, the gecko and the fish -- contribute their opinions to Aaron's car reviews.
Aaron started out as a computer science major, but soon discovered he was lousy at math and hated programming, which led him to earn a bachelor's degree in communications from the State University of New York. The crowning achievement of his college career was his six-month internship with What Car? Magazine in Britain, where he was, as far as he knows, the only intern at his school with a company car.
From Aaron Gold:
"At About.com Cars, we focus exclusively on cars, as opposed to SUVs and trucks. We cover cars of all types, from fuel-sipping compacts to high-end performance models. I test drive about a hundred new cars a year, and while many publications focus only on the newest releases, I give equal time to new models and best sellers in order to ensure that all of our reviews and top picks lists have a fresh and current perspective. Readers tell me they like well-rounded articles that go beyond simple performance statistics and tell what it's really like to live with a given vehicle on a day-to-day basis -- so that's the approach I take."