Shift’s 10 Best Used Cars for 2017

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Every year, we see lots of buyer’s guides introducing the best new cars of the year. Shift’s resident car aficionados (hey, we’re not all gearheads) pore through the reports, but for most of us who aren’t likely to buy a brand new car, those yearly reviews just aren’t very relevant.

In fact, if the numbers are any indication, new car guides aren’t very relevant for most people in general. New car sales represented less than one-third of all total sales in 2015, with 17.5 million new cars sold, compared to a whopping 38.3 million used cars sold.

So that got us thinking—since America will buy more than twice as many used cars in 2017 than new cars, why not open up our vehicle data to helpfully inform your search for a great used car this year? Continue reading “Shift’s 10 Best Used Cars for 2017”

Improved Search now Available on the Web and iOS

Ever since we started listing cars on Shift, the primary way to sort through cars had always been via the filters on the left-hand toolbar. But based on your feedback, (“hey Shift, where’s the search bar?”), we’ve completely overhauled how you find a car with a simple and powerful search bar at the top of the browse views in the web and mobile apps. Continue reading “Improved Search now Available on the Web and iOS”

Shift’s Giveaway Picks: Isabel’s Surfin’ 2015 Subaru Outback 3.6R

In case you haven’t heard, Shift is giving away a car. Even though Shift employees can’t win, we can still dream, right?

 

Meet Isabel. She works on our Business Intelligence team. If she won the giveaway, what car would she pick? Continue reading “Shift’s Giveaway Picks: Isabel’s Surfin’ 2015 Subaru Outback 3.6R”

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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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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Inspection Reports Now Available on Every Vehicle Description Page

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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The Lease Buyout: Getting Out of a Car Lease

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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Introducing the Shift iPhone app

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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