1. 10 Craigslist Tips for the Smart Car Buyer


    When it works like it should, buying a car on Craigslist can be great. But quality on Craigslist can be hit or miss and it can feel a bit like the Barbary Coast, with mischief and gold in equal measure. To help you sort through the riff raff, avoid surprises, and find the right car, here are 10 essential things to take note of.

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  2. Our Favorite Back-to-School Cars


    Back-to-school season presents a dilemma for parents and kids: how do protective folks and their trendy children agree on a safe yet stylish ride? Take a look at our top picks for the best back-to-school cars that are sure to satisfy helicopter parents without causing their children irreversible shame.

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  3. Cars We Love: Jeep Wrangler

    5 reasons the original utility vehicle makes us swoon

    Cars We Love: Jeep Wrangler

    In this installment of Cars We Love, we pay tribute to a beloved classic. Ahhh, the Wrangler. Few cars have captured our imagination like this sparky 4×4. Generation after generation, the Wrangler continues to tantalize and stoke the off-roader in all of us. Here are the five reasons it’s a Car We Love:

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  4. Inspection Reports Now Available on Every Vehicle Description Page

    Safety and reliability should never be a question mark on a used car.


    Nobody wants to buy a lemon. That’s why from day one, we knew that a big part of adding value to the peer-to-peer car market was providing greater transparency into a car’s condition. From that goal, we’ve developed an entire 200-point inspection to identify and repair wear & tear to make sure every car we list is as safe and reliable as possible.

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  5. The Lease Buyout: Getting Out of a Car Lease

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    Looking to get out of a lease? You’re not alone—buying out your car’s lease can be surprisingly unapproachable. Every car lease is different, but what they all have in common is their complexity. That’s why we talked to our Los Angeles team of lease specialists to put together an easy guide to figuring out if a buyout is right for you.

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  6. Introducing the Shift iPhone app

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    By George Arison, Shift CEO In 2011, I tried to buyout a lease on my lovely Saab. What should have been an easy task turned into a runaround between my dealer and my bank. The painful process helped me realize what now seems obvious: almost every step of buying or selling a car asks the customer to work around the process. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

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  7. 14 Car Buying Mistakes to Avoid

    Find a great car, every time

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    Buying a car is tricky business. After your house, a car purchase is likely to be the most expensive decision you make. To help you avoid the heartache of running into pitfalls, here’s how to avoid the most common car buying mistakes people make when purchasing a car.

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  8. Cars We Love: The Tesla Roadster

    Six reasons Tesla's first car still excites us

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    To own a Tesla Roadster is to invest in the future while saluting the past. Produced for only four years, the Roadster redefined not only the way we think about electric vehicles, but the way we think about supercars in general.

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  9. The Master Checklist for the Used Car Test Drive

    Never risk getting stuck with a lemon again

    Used car test drive checklist

    It’s likely that everyone will buy a used car at least once in their life. It can be an exciting, maddening, and intimidating experience. But if you do it right, it can mean the difference between a lemon and a true cherry of a ride (zing!). We here at Shift know a thing or two about used cars, and we want to pass on our test drive checklist and tips so you have the best chance of buying a great used car.

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