Here Are the 1st Prize Winners for the Shift Hit The Road Giveaway

Yesterday evening we drew the winners of the first prizes for our Shift summer giveaway. Congratulations to the folks below!
If one of these people is you, we’ve reached out to you via email, so please shoot us a reply soon.

How did we pick winners?

We exported a participant list from contest.io, the tool we are using to manage the contest, and gave additional entries to account for the people who left a Facebook comment and who shared the contest and got friends to enter.

Didn’t win? There’s still the BMW.

The grand prize giveaway is two weeks away on July 10th. If you haven’t entered, do so now.

Congratulations Minnie!

It was just three years ago this month that our team sold our first car using a new platform we were creating, and boom: Shift was born. But things were a lot different back in 2014. We were working out of my apartment living room and parking cars on the street (or in the Costco parking lot), and doing the sales ourselves, all because we had this crazy idea about transforming the used car industry. Needless to say, it was a wild first couple of months.

Since that time, we have become the largest used-car seller in the Bay Area, built an incredible team, expanded to new markets, brought on board great investors, and have thousands of happy customers. It’s an awesome time for Shift and we are all incredibly bullish about where we are headed.

During all this time, Minnie Ingersoll, our co-founder and COO, has been instrumental in building our business. And she’s done this with an incredible work ethic, dedication, and determination that is unlike any other. At the same time, Minnie has grown her family, and is soon going to have a third child.

It is bittersweet for me to share that after 3+ years as our COO, Minnie has decided to not come back to Shift full-time after maternity leave, and instead join Code for America (CFA) as their new COO (check out this great Axios article about her move here!) And while I’m jealous that the folks at Code will get to work with Minnie every day, I’m thankful that she has agreed to stay on as an advisor. As one of our founders, Minnie will always be a huge and important part of Shift.

Anyone who has met Minnie knows that she has an incredible heart, and it is that big heart that has inspired her to make this professional change. She is also an open book (I can always count on her to give me honest and constructive feedback, even if I don’t want to hear it!) And it is with that same honesty and integrity that she has written about why she decided to join Code in this awesome LinkedIn post. I encourage you to read it.

It is not an exaggeration to say that there would be no Shift without Minnie. From the very beginning, she dove headfirst with us as we built this company and worked tirelessly to make car buying and selling better for consumers. And while it would be impossible for me to list all of her amazing contributions (there are too many to count!), I would like to highlight a few. Whether it’s creating a fun work culture, raising awareness about important issues in the tech community, or just being an awesome colleague and even better friend, I will always be thankful that I had Minnie by my side during Shift’s early years.

Minnie has made me better in so many ways: as a CEO, as a leader, and – most importantly – as a person. I am so grateful to her for her friendship. Minnie, from the bottom of my heart I want to say thank you for the role you played in making the dream of this company reality. We could not have done it without you.

Navigate Car Loan Calculation More Easily with Shift

One of the most common discussions we have with customers deals with matching the right car to a given budget. It can be tough! We’ve seen cars that cost less than $10k, one car that cost $138k, and thousands of cars in between.

To help you better calibrate your car budget and get a better sense for the Shift inventory that matches it, we’ve created a quick and easy car loan calculator. Continue reading “Navigate Car Loan Calculation More Easily with Shift”

Shipping Shift: a Spring Product Roundup

Now that spring is upon us, the new season marks a moment for us to reflect on the past several months of product development at Shift. We’ve been hard at work filling in gaps to build Shift into a streamlined car buying experience for you: Continue reading “Shipping Shift: a Spring Product Roundup”

Two New Financing Options for Shift Customers: Ally and Santander

Starting this month, Shift customers will now have more options and a better chance at getting a low rate when financing their car. We’re happy to announce that Ally and Santander are joining Shift’s network of banks that will compete on your loan application. Continue reading “Two New Financing Options for Shift Customers: Ally and Santander”

Mind the Gap: Gap Insurance Now Offered on Shift

Plain and simple: being underwater on an asset you own sucks. Unfortunately, becoming underwater—owing more than a car is worth—on a car is a reality. Cars are driven. Things happen. Values depreciate.

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To help our customers protect against ever becoming underwater on their car, we’re working with Ally to now offer gap insurance on all cars sold through Shift. Continue reading “Mind the Gap: Gap Insurance Now Offered on Shift”

Used Car Financing Just Got Much Simpler (Finally)

“Boy, that was an easy auto financing experience” isn’t something you often hear. At its best, auto financing today is a cumbersome process. At its worst, it’s a predatory nightmare. The financing difficulties we’ve experienced firsthand were a major “aha” moment that’s informed Shift from day one.

Ever since, improving the process has been high on our priority list. Working with our team and partners, we’ve made a lot of progress on this front and today we’re happy to highlight the major improvements we’ve made to make auto financing smoother and simpler than it’s ever been. Continue reading “Used Car Financing Just Got Much Simpler (Finally)”