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

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.” …

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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”

How to make the most of your engineering internship

Are you about to start an engineering internship and are wondering how you can optimize your time there? Or maybe you’re starting your first full-time job and want to get started on the right foot. Throughout my internship at Shift and other past internship, I have learned many invaluable lessons that helped me grow as an engineer and perform well at my internships. Here are some of the lessons and tips that I find most important to optimize your internship!

Be customer focused

Whether you’re building a new consumer-facing feature or internal tool, you should always be thinking about your users and customers.

Who are the users of your project? Are they engineers, data scientists, or car buyers? Are they technical? What is going to bring the best user experience to them? Understanding your users will help drive the direction and vision of your finished product.

Why are they using it? Are they using the product to buy/sell a car, for entertainment, or something else entirely? This is a question to address early because if you can’t think of any reason why they would use what you’re building, you should hold off on writing code. Instead, talk to your manager, designers, and even customers to get a better understanding of why people would want your feature. This step will also help you understand the leverage and impact of your project! Continue reading “How to make the most of your engineering internship”

Getting Started with Go: 3 Tips for Engineering Interns

When I received my first code review as a fresh new engineering intern, I was horrified. How could I have received 87 comments on a 50 line code change? After getting A’s in all my CS classes, how could I be so unprepared for programming in the real world? After taking a deeper look at the comments, I realized that my fundamentals were fine, I simply didn’t know any of the industry style guidelines or best practices. The code review comments were extremely helpful in teaching me the industry standards for programming in Go. To help any future engineering interns, this blog post is a list of the three Go styles and best practices I wish I had known before I started my internship.

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10 Used Car Spring Deals You Don’t Want To Miss

Brace yourselves—Spring is coming! A new season brings in some new, awesome deals. We asked our pricing team to find you the some sweet deals on new rides to jumpstart the season. These cars are yours to test drive and buy at amazing below-market prices. Read on, and book a test drive now! Remember, we’ll bring the cars out to you wherever you are, whether you’re at home or at the office.

San Francisco Spring Car Deals

2015 Ford Edge SEL AWD

Ford Edge SEL 2015

Dealership: $26,698
Shift: $20,950
You Save: $5,748CarGurus great deal

That is one shiny, sleek blue vehicle. If you are looking for a good, functional vehicle with a little splash of personality, look no further than this Ford Edge SEL. This beauty comes with the technology package. Basically all the stuff you want plus more stuff you thought you never needed. Blind spot information system, back-up camera, rear parking aid, voice activated touch screen navigation, cross-traffic alerts, auto-dimming side view mirrors, and this thing even has an outlet. And the real kicker is that it’s only got 20K miles. Yes please.

Give it a test drive: 2015 Ford Edge SEL AWD

2014 Audi S4 Premium Plus

Audi S4 Premium Plus 2014 - Black Studio Masked

Dealership: $29,676
Shift: $25,650
You Save: $4,026CarGurus great deal

You know what is better than ice cream? Premium ice cream. What is better than premium ice cream? Premium ice cream at normal ice cream cost.

Come test drive this Audi S4 Premium Plus. Save over $4K below market price. Comes with a full-on navigation system, back-up cameras, parkings aids, heated front seats, leather and basically what you would expect from a “premium” Audi.

UPDATE: CAR JUST SOLD! Find similar cars here: 2014 Audi S4 Premium Plus

2014 Chevrolet Impala Limited LT

Dealership: $11,708
Shift: $8,000
You Save: $3,708CarGurus great deal

Perhaps you are thinking, I don’t need no flashy blue tech car or a premium anything. I just want something that will get me from point A to point B, it’s reliable, an awesome deal, has some cool perks and something other than a Civic or Corolla. Well, how about a Chevy Impala Limited LT? Got a little something extra with perks like remote engine start, keyless entry, dual climate control and of course got to have that AUX input. But more importantly, at only $8K, it’s a great option to consider.

UPDATE: CAR JUST SOLD! Find similar cars here: 2014 Chevrolet Impala Limited LT

2015 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sedan

Subaru Impreza 2.0 Sedan

Dealership:$15,706
Shift: $13,650
You Save: $2,056CarGurus great deal

So you are outdoorsy and environmentally friendly and just looking for a nice all-around car with of course, all-wheel drive. This Subaru Impreza provides just that. 28 city / 37 highway. Only ~25K miles. Perhaps this is the reliable, fun new partner you are looking for.

UPDATE: CAR JUST SOLD! Find similar cars here: 2015 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sedan

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2017 Holiday Car Deals of the Year

Happy Holidays

Our pricing team has helped many people find their new rides with our Shift Deals of the Week highlights. Now we’re wrapping up 2017 with a bang and bringing you Deals of the Year. These are fantastic cars at amazing below-market prices. Grab them while you can, first come first serve.

As always, you can schedule a test drive straight to your home or office. Perhaps you will find the perfect car you or your loved ones want for the holidays. Best – Gift – Ever.

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San Francisco Holiday Car Deals

2014 Audi A6 3.0T Prestige

Audi A6 3.0T Prestige - Matt Heinz - Gray Audi - San Francisco San JoseCAR SOLD: See similar cars
Dealership: $38,834
Shift: $28,650
You Save: $10,184CarGurus great deal

This beautiful Audi A6 comes loaded with the Prestige Package, Sports Package, and Cold Weather Package. Everything from power folding mirrors, climate controlled seats, rear sensors, and so on. But more importantly, check out that color. When you want to be cool by being a little different: 2014 Audi A6 3.0T Prestige

2015 Audi Q7 3.0T S Line Prestige

Audi Q7 3.0T S line Prestige Black

Dealership: $43,979
Shift: $38,950
You Save: $5,029CarGurus great deal

Whether you are looking to run over things or protect a bunch of little ones, this Audi Q7 will enable you to do in style. Comes with a towing package as well as a cold weather package that includes independent seats for the front and back seats AND the steering wheel. Someone must have really hated the cold as they came up with these ideas. Cold? Want to be safe? See it: 2015 Audi Q7 3.0T S Line Prestige

2013 Volkswagen GTI

2013 Volkswagen GTI Base - Isabel Siragusa - Grey VW GTIDealership: $17,136
Shift: $12,950
You Save: $4,186CarGurus great deal

This sporty, turbocharged Volkswagen GTI has a beautiful plaid interior you have to see to believe. If you always wanted your car to match your flannel shirts, check it out: 2013 Volkswagen GTI

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