The Master Checklist for the Used Car Test Drive

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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What’s My Car (Really) Worth? The Mushy, Inexact Science of Car Pricing

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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How to Sell Your Car on Craigslist

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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