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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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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From Toyotas to Touchdowns

The Super Bowl is upon us, which means many things. A leather ball will be thrown, fumbled, lunged for, and carried. People will eat and drink at an alarming rate. Cheers, gasps, and sighs will emanate from homes and bars across America. And at halftime, everyone will crowd in front of the screen to watch commercials, with an anticipatory awe saved specially for this occasion. Continue reading “From Toyotas to Touchdowns”

The Rain Rundown

Over the past month or so, El Niño has been sweeping the nation. No, it’s not a hip boyband, although it did make a famous appearance back in 1998. Reactions to this millennial incarnation of El Niño are mixed. Flourishing gardens, wicked surf, and the perfect atmosphere for days-long cuddle sessions have left many Americans singing El Niño’s praises. But drawbacks to this unique weather pattern are serious, especially when it comes to driving. Slick, puddle-filled highways and byways may be an unfamiliar and dangerous challenge to California drivers.

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