Shift’s Top Summer Road Trip Cars for 2019

Summer is here, and now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the weather. We’ve scoped out a few worth road trip destinations for you. Once you figure out where you want to go, we’ve got the cars to get you there. Happy exploring!

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Los Angeles

The City of Angels is a sight to behold. Beautiful scenery, movie stars, and great food abound. But when you are ready to get out of town, there are lots of road trip destinations that are not to be missed. But what is a road trip without the perfect wheels to enjoy it? Check out these gems that are available in SoCal.

2012 Ford Mustang GT Premium
$17,800
2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock Edition
$37,000
2018 Ford Expedition Limited
$43,650
2012 Honda Odyssey EX-L
$14,800
2014 Toyota Tundra Platinum
$30,950
2014 Audi A4 Premium
$16,500
2017 Audi Q7 Prestige
$44,950

Oregon

The Pacific Northwest is known for its wide-open spaces and outdoor lifestyle. Having a comfortable, all-wheel-drive vehicle can certainly help you enjoy some of these popular routes. Shift has you covered with lots of sure-footed vehicles to choose from.

 

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
$23,950
2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
$15,350
2018 Hyundai Elantra
$13,200
2017 Infiniti Q50 3.0t Premium
$22,950
2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE
$23,950
2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium
$21,200
2015 Ford Fusion Titanium
$12,100

San Francisco

The City By The Bay is home to some of the most scenic views in the world. There is a reason why people from all of over the world, flock to the Golden Gate. But some of the best-kept secrets are these road trip destinations. Our selection of cars will help you get on the road and discover all The Bay has to offer.

2014 BMW 4 Series 435i
$23,200
2015 Ford Mustang V6
$14,650
2015 Toyota Sienna LE
$21,200
2015 Ram 2500 Laramie
$49,000/td>
2015 Toyota Tundra 1794
$32,900
2015 Lexus GS 350 Base
$22,950
2017 Audi Q7 Premium Plus
$36,950

Shiftependence Day

Help us celebrate SHIFTependence this weekend by posting your #ShiftSelfie for a chance to win!

How it works: Take a selfie of your Shift car (whether you’re buying a Shift car this weekend or you’d just like to show us some love and post your Shift smile, we’d like to hear from you!) and post on your social media of choice (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter).  

Rules: Simply follow Shift, tag us, and use the hashtag #ShiftSelfie to be sure we see it. You’ll automatically be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card. 

Instagram: @driveshiftcars

Twitter: @driveshift

Facebook: Shift Cars

Pro tip: Submitting on more than one social media platform will increase your chance to win, so get posting! 

No purchase necessary. Must submit entries before 7/7/2019 at 11:59pm PT. Earn 1 entry for each post on social media when you follow and tag Shift, post a selfie with your purchase or sharing your love for Shift, and use the hashtag #ShiftSelfie. Winners will be randomly chosen and notified via direct message on their social media account.

Shift Spotlight: Allie Cell

Find how and why Allie decided to help unblind us with (data) science.

Allie is one of the fabulous data scientists here at Shift. Longtime Shifter Dennis recruited her out of school, where she studied data science and engineering. She graduated in Spring 2018, and she’s been here ever since. We asked her about how she’s liked working here. 

When Dennis told you about Shift, what sold you on it? The problem is really interesting (and Dennis is really smart). I came up with ideas for [how to improve the model], and it seemed like a place where you could come in and have a lot of impact and ideas are really valued. 

I ended up crying during the on-site interview [I was told the story of a single mom who literally couldn’t have gone to a used car dealership, and Shift made it possible for her to buy a car.] There are a lot of use cases that are doing good. 

Did that sense of impact continue after you started? Absolutely. The impact has continued. My day 2 project turned into something that kept evolving into a three or four month project that had a few hundred thousand dollars of impact.

How do you think about Shift doing good? Our pricing is fair and isn’t based on how much you know about cars, it doesn’t discriminate. It’s as fair as we can be at fair market prices. It about the cars, not about the person. There’s no swindling or anything. That our pricing is fair, that’s the biggest thing. 

How do you describe Shift to your friends? I used the same line, that Shift is revolutionizing the car-buying experience to make it fun, fair and accessible. They make a joke about me being a sales person, but that’s it, I believe in it. 

Is that true of everyone here, that they believe in the product? I think so. I’m frequently impressed by how much people do care and want to stay true to that mission. 

Is that unique to Shift? A lot of companies try to come up with mission statements that people can believe in, but I do think that ours is better in some ways. 

Tell me about the culture. How have you gotten along here? Super well. One of the proudest accomplishments of my life was that [my manager] invited me and Dennis to his wedding in New York. I think on a personal level I’m really good friends with the people on my team, I really respect them. What’s cool at Shift, the impact that you have is not strictly technical, you work with a lot of stakeholders and business people, you have to understand how data impacts them. The people are great.

Would you recommend it to your friends? Yes, as I have! [She recruited her friend from college who now works here.] 

When you were first introduced to the idea of shift, what was your impression of the concept? It’s definitely different than most things going on in the used car space, but there are a lot of industries making similar transitions to online and less brick and mortar. The website also looked very nice. 

Do you feel like it’s something that should exist? I haven’t thought about car ownership much for myself, so when I’m giving people my one-line pitch of Shift, frequently their experience seems to be bad, they think it’s obvious that Shift exists. 

Making contributions? The talent here is pretty exquisite, it’s not like you have to shine a spotlight on people having impact, everyone is kicking ass. As someone who’s junior on the team, I feel like my work is having impact. 

Do you foresee staying at Shift? Are you excited for where it’s headed? Definitely. I think we’re going good places. We’re in a good place in that we have a good business plan, and if we can hit our goals, we’re going to keep up. Shift seems like a good thing to invest in (as an employee, and also as a financial backer). 

Anything else? We read all of our reviews, customer feedback is taken really seriously. We really do care not just as a sense of high-level product decisions. It’s not just that. At a granular level, I feel very, very confident that Shift cares about its customers. 

Anything else about being an employee? Some of my friends didn’t grasp the benefits of lunch (free food), apparently that’s a game changer. 

Final thoughts? We really want to keep growing our data science team, and the ability to learn is important. Shift is a good place for that to happen. There’s a lot to do, a lot of really cool problems that we get to tackle, and really good leadership. There’s two senior data scientists with mentorship experience, they want to help the rest of the team grow.

Happy International Women’s Day 2019

Happy International Women’s Day! This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter. As a company in a male-heavy industry, we recognize and support the need for gender parity and equal representation.

In honor of today, we’d like to honor 5 women that have left an indelible mark on the automotive industry with their intelligence, drive, and talent. Ladies, we salute you.

Danica Patrick

We can’t talk about notable automotive women without the incomparable Danica Patrick! She has earned her place in history as the most successful female racer ever. Her incredible drive resulted in not only the first Indy 500 win for a female ever, but also the most top ten finishes for a female driver in Nascar’s Sprint Series.

Bertha Benz

Bertha Benz completed the first long-distance car journey in history, all without her husband’s knowledge. She made the 66-mile trip from Mannheim to Pforzheim in 1888 in her husband’s patented motor car, which helped Benz market and sell their first models. Her trip proved the reliability of their invention and contributed to substantial improvements to the patent. Bertha’s contributions helped changed automobiles from a fascination to an industry.

Denise McCluggage

Denise McCluggage was a race car driver, journalist, photographer, and author. Her persistence and pioneering spirit helped her forge ahead in the struggle for equality for women. She moved to New York for her journalism career but found herself drawn to professional car racing. Five years later, she became the first female driver to win the feature sports-car event at Thompson Raceway in Connecticut.

June McCarroll

After narrowly avoiding a nearly fatal incident involving an oncoming truck that was unwilling to share the road, this former nurse and physician was inspired. She decided to paint lines on the black top, separating the lanes of oncoming traffic. The Riverside Country Board rejected the idea, but June carried on undeterred. Doctor McCarroll decided to take matters into her own hands and personally painted the first white stripe on today’s Indio Boulevard in 1917.

Damsels of Design

Our final spotlight highlights a group of women that changed automotive design and rethought the way cars looked and operated.

Throughout the 1940s, Harley J. Earl began hiring female automotive designers from some of the best design schools in the country – including Pratt Institute’s industrial design program, but the hirings weren’t publicized until the 1950s. The first 10 designers that were publicly acknowledged were dubbed GM’s “Damsels of Design,” with 6 of them being tagged specifically for GM’s auto division. These innovators introduced features that are still used today, such as the retractable seat belt, glove compartments, light-up mirrors, and child safety locks.

Here are a few names to look up: Suzanne Vanderbilt, Ruth Glennie, Marjorie Ford Pohlman, Harley Earl, Jeanette Linder, Sandra Logyear, and Peggy Sauer.

We at Shift tip our hats to all of the women that have fought, sacrificed, and innovated within the automotive industry. Their contributions continue to shape our lives. Thank you, ladies!

Interesting in disrupting the car industry and creating a better more inclusive way to buy a car? Join us! We are always looking for talented individuals to be a part of our growing team.

https://shift.cr/jobs

2018 Holiday Car Deals of the Year

Great deals for a magical holiday season!

Our magical Pricing elves have been hard at work the entire year to make sure you get the best selection at the best price. These are the extra-special holiday deals they’ve saved for those on the nice list. From small to large, we have a great selection of cars of all types for you and your loved ones.

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As a reminder, you can schedule a test drive straight to wherever is most convenient for you. Grab your cup of hot cocoa, and browse our holiday selection below.

NorCal deals

2015 Ford Mustang GT

2015 Ford Mustang GT
You Save: $5,499
CarGurus great deal

This re-imagined classic comes with 300hp and a 6-speed transmission. A blast to let loose on the open road.

2014 Lexus CT 200h Hybrid

2014 Lexus CT 200h Hybrid
You Save: $4,312
CarGurus great deal

A sporty 5-door hatchback with a robust 1.8-liter gasoline/ hybrid electric motor powertrain and Lexus styling.

2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV Premium

2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV Premium
You Save: $4,937
CarGurus great deal

The very definition of a luxury interior coupled with the horsepower and suspension to take you just about anywhere you can think of. With room for 7 adults and cargo, everybody fits.

2015 Audi A3 2.0T Premium Plus

2015 Audi A3 2.0T Premium Plus
You Save: $3,346
CarGurus great deal

This swift and stylish convertible sports All Wheel Drive, with a 2.0L engine for the responsible adult that still has some wild child inside.

2015 BMW 335i

2015 BMW 335i
You Save: $3,825
CarGurus great deal

The 2015 BMW 3 Series remains a solid luxury sedan that offers a comfortable cabin, smooth ride, and great driving dynamics.

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman
You Save: $16,745
CarGurus great deal

This entry-level Porsche Cayman was the first to switch to a turbocharged 2.0 liter flat 4 engine, and what it lost in displacement, it gained in torque.

SoCal deals

2016 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus

2016 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus
You Save: $3,147
CarGurus great deal

All the muscle you need with the retro styling that turns heads. This car has the Premium Sound Package and encourages you to put your foot to the floor.

2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 Coupe

2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 Coupe
You Save: $6,630
CarGurus great deal

Above and beyond this car’s sleek silhouette, you’ll enjoy the 302-horsepower direct-injected V6 with precise suspension and handling.

2014 Chevrolet Volt

2014 Chevrolet Volt
You Save: $5,315
CarGurus great deal

A plug-in hybrid with a much larger electric range than all other hybrids in its class.

2014 Toyota Sienna XLE

2014 Toyota Sienna XLE
You Save: $4,581
CarGurus great deal

One of the most popular minivans in the world because of its versatility, cargo capacity, and top safety marks. Now available in AWD flavor.

2013 Volkswagen GTI

2013 Volkswagen GTI
You Save: $2,904
CarGurus great deal

This turbocharged GTI is one of the quickest cars around that will still get you 30 mpg. This hatch is one of the hottest available.

2010 Nissan Titan PRO-4x

2010 Nissan Titan PRO-4x
You Save: $2,075
CarGurus great deal

A reliable truck that offers greater safety because stability control, side airbags, and curtain airbags are standard, unlike many other trucks in its class. A true work horse.

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Most Common Questions We Get About Shift (From Engineers)

When interviewing with Shift, we give you plenty of time throughout the process to ask questions. But to live up to our value of transparency, we wanted to get the most common ones answered honestly and publicly up front. Here they are:

The Mission

Wait, what is Shift again?

We’re the modern way to buy and sell used cars! Have you bought a car recently? It’s a pretty terrible experience: unfair, slimy, often discriminatory. At Shift, we aim to fix that. We think buying and selling a car should be convenient, transparent, and fair.

Why is this important?

Cars are a critical part of life for the vast majority of people in this country. They’re how we get to work, take our kids to school, buy groceries, take vacations, or earn a living. They can even feel like a secondary home (depending on your time in traffic). Access to transportation matters.

Buying a used car is financially smart and better for the environment than buying a new one. Unfortunately, the current process to buy is intimidating and unpleasant. We think it should be simple, easy, and enjoyable!

Ok, so how does Shift’s service work?

If you want to buy a car, you just browse our inventory on shift.com. We try to be as transparent as possible, giving customers the full out-the-door pricing with no negotiating. You can also view a free copy of the Carfax report, detailed photos of all the wear and tear on the car, and the results of the inspection we performed on the car – with details on everything we found and fixed.

When you find a car you like, you can schedule a free test drive and we’ll bring the car to you! You do a quick test drive with our non-pushy, non-commissioned Concierges. If you like the car, you can buy it on the spot! We offer transparent, competitive financing and additional warranties. We’ll help you complete all the paperwork in under 30 minutes from the comfort of your driveway using our iPad app. Keep the car and we’ll leave in a Lyft. Every car comes with a 5-day return policy and a 30-day powertrain warranty. Instead of spending your whole day at a dealership, you spend an hour with us from the comfort of your home.

Want to sell your car? It’s just as easy! Request an instant estimate on our website. If you like the estimate, schedule an evaluation and we’ll come out to you for brief inspection and provide a finalized offer based on your car’s condition. If you like the offer, we’ll initiate a payment direct to your bank account, collect and process the DMV paperwork, and leave with your car. Depending on your bank, your money arrives in your account in 3-5 business days. We also accept cars with loans or leases on them.

The Business

I don’t know much about the used car market, what’s the opportunity here?

Most of our current engineers didn’t know much about the used car market before they joined, either! But we’ve learned a lot. There are $750 billion worth of used cars sold in the US every year. That’s more than the total amount of smartphones sold globally ($450 billion). If the US automotive industry was its own economy, it would be the 15th largest in the world – and it’s incredibly fragmented. Carmax has a 2% market share and is the biggest used car dealership in the US. They’re worth $12 billion. The top 100 used vehicle dealers combined only have 7% market share.

What are the high-level plans for the company in the next year?

The next year is all about growth. We did about $140M in total sales in 2018 and we plan to double that in 2019. This will mean growing our existing markets as well as launching new ones. Currently, we serve the Bay Area, LA, and San Diego, which covers about 80% of people in California. But we’re opening our first non-California markets as of… now.

Five years?

Our goal is to become the platform for buying and selling cars. Used and new. Additionally, we aim to provide a great service for ongoing vehicle maintenance and to become the most reliable source for used car pricing and information. Also, maybe IPO.

IPO?! Tell me more about that…

Companies in this space tend to IPO earlier than other tech startups. That’s because it’s a very capital intensive business and the public markets are a cost-effective way to raise lots of capital. We have to buy cars, fund new markets launches, lease real estate, and hire engineers. Our closest competitor, Carvana, is 2 years older than us and IPO’d last year at about a $2B valuation with around $300M in total sales.

What about the competition?

The market is so fragmented that competition is a lot less relevant here than in many other businesses. It’s not a winner-take-all market. It comes down a lot more to execution and persistence than luck. Pretty much all our competitors could be successful and it wouldn’t really hurt us. If we can get to even 0.25% market share, we’d most likely be a deca-corn (a $10B+ valuation company).

But we still think about our competitors, at least as a benchmark, and they fall into three main camps: new startups like Carvana and Vroom, listing websites like cars.com, CarGurus, and Autotrader, and traditional dealerships, like CarMax and AutoNation.

For the first two groups, our big advantage is our operations. Online listing sites let you browse lots of cars, but customers still have to visit an old-school dealership to test drive and buy them. With Carvana and Vroom, customers can buy the car, but can’t get test drives. Customers have to buy it sight unseen and then the car is delivered it to you. User research (and common sense) shows that a vast majority of customers want (some might say need) to test drive a used car before they buy it.

Lastly, compared to traditional dealerships, our advantage is in our technology. Traditional dealerships typically rely on third-party software – which is an outdated strategy. Software gives us an incredible advantage in customer experience, efficiency, and scale.

So how do you make money?

Two primary ways. First, on the spread between the price we pay for cars and the price at which we sell cars. This is highly dependent on our ability to accurately and fairly price cars to match supply and demand. Most traditional dealerships rely on humans to do this because it’s a hard, messy problem. But as a technology company, we use software and machine learning to automate nearly all of it. This is a hard, technical challenge.

The second way we make money is by selling financing, warranties, and Gap insurance. These are useful add-on products that are often hard to get on used cars. A loan application can be messy and complex for a customer, so we’ve put a lot of work into making it easy and convenient. In the future, there are also many other potential revenue streams that our proprietary technology and data will enable, like licensing our platform or selling data products.

But isn’t it expensive to deliver test drives?

This was somewhat counter-intuitive to us at first, but it turns out, it’s actually cheaper. It costs less than half as much for us to serve a test drive as it does for a traditional dealership. That’s mainly because we don’t need to have expensive real estate/showrooms. Additionally, we serve a much higher volume of test drives much more efficiently with our sophisticated logistics software and better labor utilization. This logistics software is a fundamental competitive advantage, and a super hard technical problem. You can imagine the difficulty of efficiently coordinating thousands of cars, hundreds of employees with different schedules and capabilities across dozens of parking lots to offer at-home on-demand test drives.

The Engineering Team

Alright, let’s talk about the engineering team.

Let’s! At the end of the day, we’re a technology company. Our business doesn’t exist without technology. We’ve put together a world-class engineering team, with top talent from all over. Currently, we’re about 40 engineers, but we’re looking to double that in the next year.

What’s the engineering process like?

Each team has the cross-functional members they need to own a problem area and deliver on it end-to-end. Each team has its own product manager, designer, engineering manager, tech lead, and a team of engineers. We believe in pushing decision making down as far as possible, so each team is responsible for coming up with their own roadmap, getting buy-in from leadership, and delivering on it. This means individual engineers have a lot of ownership, autonomy, and impact! The startup trifecta!

We loosely follow a sprint methodology, but our work is largely focused around delivering high-impact projects. We know startups are all about trying things, learning, and iterating, and as we double in size our processes will have to scale as well. Every major project built by our engineering team goes through a design doc and architecture review process, and each feature is thoroughly code reviewed. We use quarterly OKRs for longer-term planning and Phabricator for the day-to-day.

What are the teams?

Since our teams are primarily cross-functional, most of our teams are full-stack product teams. This means there are interesting frontend and backend problems on nearly all of our teams. Teams are focused around problem areas, and in pursuit of solving those problems and creating a better customer experience they will span the full stack and use whatever technologies are necessary. Currently, since we’re growing so fast, we re-evaluate our teams once or twice a year to determine if we need to create new, increasingly focused teams. Here’s the current list, as of December 2018:

  • Seller: Making our seller experience great and acquiring a bunch of cars.
  • Local: Owns the tools that our field teams use, our complex scheduling systems for appointments, as well as the iPad app for completing tasks in our warehouse and with customers.
  • Shopping: Owns the top-of-the-funnel experience for someone who first visits Shift and is shopping for a car. The goal: to create a shopping experience for cars that is as educational and engaging as Amazon’s is for…everything else.
  • Appointments: Helps customers schedule, prepare for, and complete test drives and pickups.
  • Purchase: Product and tools team that’s responsible for checkout, including paperwork, financing, and warranty integrations. Also, customer support team tools.
  • Pricing: The team that’s responsible for pricing cars, managing the prices of cars in inventory, data infrastructure, and the tools we use to acquire auction cars (about 10% of our inventory).
  • Infrastructure: Backend and frontend infrastructure team that’s responsible for site reliability, DevOps tooling, and developer productivity.

What technical challenges are there?

We’ve got a ton! A lot of the challenge stems from the inherent complexity of buying and selling cars and there’s too many to get into all of them here, but here’s three examples:

  • Pricing: How do you accurately price assets that are all unique with messy, incomplete data and then explain to customers why the price is fair?
  • Appointments: How do you efficiently offer appointment slots to customers to test drive cars at their home when the cars are scattered across dozens of parking lots with variable traffic and staffing?
  • Paperwork: How do you complete loan applications and sale paperwork in a customer’s driveway in under 30 minutes, when it takes three hours and a half dozen specialized people to do it manually in a traditional dealership?

What’s the tech stack?

We use Go on the back end, running on ECS with PostgreSQL as our main database. On the frontend, we use Typescript, React, and Redux. And on mobile, Swift. For a company our size, we have pretty robust developer tooling, deploy tools, continuous integration, and production infrastructure.

What’s the culture like?

Friendly, helpful, transparent, and pragmatic! We believe in fostering an environment where everyone feels safe to take risks and be vulnerable (psychological safety). We take the time to listen, learn and teach. We understand that engineering is about trade-offs, so we like to identify the ideal solution, but balance that with the most practical one. We strive to have solid tooling and stable systems, to take time to clean up tech debt, and to leave code better than we found it. As with our product, we believe in transparency on the team. We have open communication from leadership to the team with monthly town halls, weekly AMAs, and open sharing of sensitive information, like company financials and fundraising. We believe in being thoughtful and introspective about who we are and how we work.

This isn’t limited to engineering. We’ve also got amazing design, PM, data science, and business operations teams with whom we work super closely! We’re a small but tight-knit group with a wide range of backgrounds and ages. We’ve got a strong contingent of new grads, but also a bunch of experienced engineers with families. We have a number of clubs, including board games, surfing, running, and biking! We like to eat lunch together and do escape rooms. Everyone on the team is invested in making this a great place to work for people from all backgrounds and at all stages in life.

Wow, sounds great! What’s the catch?

No catch! Well, our biggest challenge is that we don’t have enough engineers to do all the things we need to do! But you can help us change that — we’re hiring!

Shift and Lithia’s Strategic Partnership in the News

Lithia to provide Shift with capital and facilities to grow

Shift Technologies has quickly become one of the largest used car retailers in California. By investing heavily into its online platform and sophisticated pricing algorithms, Shift continues to streamline the car buying and car selling experiences and make them much more user-friendly.

Lithia is the fourth largest auto retailer in the US, operating 160+ stores in 18 states. With this new partnership, Lithia will be able to provide greater vehicle storage capacity, reconditioning facilities, and access to capital to expedite Shift’s growth and expansion.

News roundup: Shift & Lithia’s new partnership

The recent $140 million Series D funding and partnership has been making the rounds. Learn more from a selection of news articles below.

Auto Portal Watch: Shift, a US-based online used car marketplace, raises $140 million

Auto Remarketing: Lithia leads $140 million financing round in Shift

Auto Remarketing: Lithia investment, partnership can drive Shift scalability

In an early meeting between the companies, the management at Lithia Motors posed this question to the co-CEOs of Shift, an online automotive marketplace: “Since all this stuff is so good and it works so well, what’s preventing you from scaling this thing quicker?”

The answer Lithia got back “really opened our eyes up to the potential synergies between the two companies,” Lithia chief executive Bryan DeBoer said in a conference call with investment analysts last week.

Automotive News (subscription required, but accessible for free if you search via Google): Lithia invests in alliance with used-car startup

Shift Technologies’ appraisal algorithms and consumer-controlled online platform helped it quickly become one of the largest used-car retailers around Silicon Valley. So Lithia Motors Inc. CEO Bryan DeBoer posed this question in a meeting with Shift’s senior leadership: Why haven’t you scaled up that model at a faster pace?

“They said they didn’t have the capacity of storage, reconditioning facilities and access to capital,” DeBoer told Automotive News. “Three items Lithia has easy access to.” …

Continue reading “Shift and Lithia’s Strategic Partnership in the News”

Shift Raises $140 Million Series D. Partners with Lithia.

We’re Partnering with Lithia, and have $140 million more in the bank!

At Shift, we recognize that mobility comes in many forms. Whether you’re biking across town, navigating the subway, or driving a car, everyone should have access to safe, reliable, and affordable transportation. Having a car affords you the freedom and flexibility to always get where you need to be, whether it’s a last minute trip to Yosemite or a quick run to the market.

Access to car ownership isn’t merely a convenience; it changes people’s lives. And good things happen when people have mobile freedom.

For the last four and a half years, we’ve been on a mission to make car purchase and ownership simple by building a technology platform that brings fun and fairness to the car marketplace. And today, we make a big step in our journey forward.

We’re excited to announce our Series D of over $140 million led by Lithia (NYSE), one of the nation’s leading auto retailers. We’re also launching a national partnership with Lithia, which will help us scale the product our customers love to more locations quickly.

Continue reading “Shift Raises $140 Million Series D. Partners with Lithia.”

7 Tips to prepare your car for sale

Make your car beautiful (as possible)

Preparing your car for sale is super important if you want to maximize your sales price. A buyer is going to probably make up their minds about whether or not they want to buy your car as soon as they look at it. Whether looking at a picture of your car online or in person, you will only have a few moments to convince the person to take a closer look. So whether you choose to sell to a “private party” through a listing on craigslist, opt to trade-in to a traditional dealer, or use a full car selling service like Shift, it is very important to make sure your car looks clean and appealing.

Here are some tips to prepare your car for sale and increase it’s curb appeal!

1) Clean up your car

Let’s start with the most obvious: clean your car. Simple, yet you will be surprised how many cars are put up for sale without proper cleaning. This has to be more than just spraying the car with water. It’s the little things that could make your car look appealing and push people over the fence with hopefully a good offer. Consider the following:

  • Wash & vacuum your car.
  • Clean out your car of your belongings. Your entire car and trunk should be empty of all belongings.
  • Wipe down your wheels and hubcaps.
  • Wipe down your dashboard with car cleaning products so it looks new.
  • Wipe down your mirrors and windows inside and out.
  • Wipe down leather seats with a leather cleaner.

If you don’t have the time or are too lazy, you can always get it detailed or use a service that does it for you. Continue reading “7 Tips to prepare your car for sale”

National Shift Survey on Car Buying

Today we’re releasing data collected from our National Shift Survey on consumers’ experiences with car buying and selling, as well as their opinions on everything from ridesharing to seat warmers.

Drumroll, please….

The Industry Needs a #METOO Movement
Nearly 90 percent of women have felt spoken down to, belittled, or disrespected during the car buying/repair process. Sadly, we shouldn’t be surprised. Data shows car buying is ripe with discrimination and abuse, especially for women and people of color. The status quo is unacceptable – the industry can – and must – do better.

Car Ownership is Here to Stay
We’ve been saying this one for years. The conventional wisdom is wrong about the future of car ownership. According to our data, more than 87 percent of people have no intention of getting rid of their cars for ridesharing. Which makes sense. Have you ever tried strapping a car seat in an Uber? Continue reading “National Shift Survey on Car Buying”