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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 (see what we did there?).
Shift knows a little bit 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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A simple question with a not-so-simple answer: What, exactly, is my car worth?
Though we drive everyday, most of us think about buying or selling cars far less frequently. Since the car market isn’t usually top of mind, it can be hard to think about value of your car. So in general, we reference one-size fits all car pricing guides like Kelley Blue Book to act as a stand-in for a more precise pricing picture. In a perfect world where every market, every car, and every buyer are all the same, they can be good price anchors. But one-size-fits-all car pricing guides tend not to capture every element that could affect a car’s true value.
So we put together three real-world considerations that can impact car value that every buyer and seller should have in mind the next time they’re in the market.
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Want to sell your car? Selling a car yourself is not only a good way to beat the dealer’s offer, it’s actually easier than you think.
Shift specializes in selling your car for you, but for sellers looking to do it themselves, Craigslist is the most popular option. It attracts a large number of car shoppers and gives you the best shot of quickly selling your car. It isn’t always seamless, but if you follow these steps, you’ll avoid the typical Craigslist hassle and cash your check in no time.
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