7 Tips to prepare your car for sale

Make your car beautiful (as possible)

Preparing your car for sale is super important if you want to maximize your sales price. A buyer is going to probably make up their minds about whether or not they want to buy your car as soon as they look at it. Whether looking at a picture of your car online or in person, you will only have a few moments to convince the person to take a closer look. So whether you choose to sell to a “private party” through a listing on craigslist, opt to trade-in to a traditional dealer, or use a full car selling service like Shift, it is very important to make sure your car looks clean and appealing.

Here are some tips to prepare your car for sale and increase it’s curb appeal!

1) Clean up your car

Let’s start with the most obvious: clean your car. Simple, yet you will be surprised how many cars are put up for sale without proper cleaning. This has to be more than just spraying the car with water. It’s the little things that could make your car look appealing and push people over the fence with hopefully a good offer. Consider the following:

  • Wash & vacuum your car.
  • Clean out your car of your belongings. Your entire car and trunk should be empty of all belongings.
  • Wipe down your wheels and hubcaps.
  • Wipe down your dashboard with car cleaning products so it looks new.
  • Wipe down your mirrors and windows inside and out.
  • Wipe down leather seats with a leather cleaner.

If you don’t have the time or are too lazy, you can always get it detailed or use a service that does it for you. Continue reading “7 Tips to prepare your car for sale”

#IHeartShift: 5 Things People Love About Shift

When it comes to finding your perfect car, we at Shift love playing Cupid! During Valentine’s Day, we featured some of our very own happy customers who met their dream cars on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. In case you missed it, we rounded them all up for you here in one post.

Curious about what it’s like to buy or sell a car with us? Just read on and get the scoop straight from the folks who went through the easy-peasy experience!

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We Expanded our Coverage Area

We know that selling a car is a big decision, which is why we emphasize a great seller experience. At Shift, there are no shady deals and no negotiation hassle. We take care of the legwork and get you a better price, which frees you up to live your best life. We’re excited to announce that we are bringing our delightful seller experience to even more areas in Northern and Southern California.

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7 Unforgettable Super Bowl Commercials Over The Years

Over at Shift HQ, we’re getting our gameface on for the Super Bowl on Sunday. Football fan or not, it’s easy to get caught up in all the frenzy—from the Puppy Bowl to the halftime show to all the commercials. Whether they’re a hit or miss, Super Bowl commercials always get people talking for many days (even years!) after the big game. In fact, last year, Ad Age reported that a total of $4.5 billion has been spent on advertising within the first 50 years of the Superbowl. Let’s take a look back at some of its most memorable commercials over the years! Which ones do you still remember?


1979: Coke
This commercial for Coke, starring “Mean” Joe Greene and a young fan, made us feel all the feelings.
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The Lease Buyout: Getting Out of a Car Lease

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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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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