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”

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”

What is Carfax, Anyway?

When it comes to a car’s condition, we often mention the Carfax report. A Carfax report is your window into a car’s past. Like a private eye, it gleans cues from insurance companies, DMVs, and even the police to tell you about a car’s background.

In the most extreme cases, it can save you from buying a lemon. Since it can be so helpful, we include a full free Carfax report for every car we list on Shift.  Continue reading “What is Carfax, Anyway?”

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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