Shift customers may be eligible for a $400 finance credit if they meet all of the following requirements in this order:
Apply and be approved for a loan through Shift before your scheduled appointment.
Buy the car during their first test drive appointment.
Obtain Shift financing during the first test drive appointment.
Promotion begins 6/18/20. Cannot be combined with another promotion. Cars purchased online are not eligible. Prequalification does not apply. Customers who do not get approved for financing, do not obtain financing through Shift or who do not apply for financing prior to a test drive are not eligible. Customers must purchase the vehicle at the time of their first appointment to be eligible for this promotion. Promotion credit subject to change without notice.
Looking to buy a car online? With Shift’s online purchase process, you can purchase any car through our website and have it shipped to your door. So if you’re ready to take the leap and streamline your car buying process, we’ll work with you to make the process super easy.
What is online purchasing?
Glad you asked!All Shift cars are eligible to be purchased without a test drive, sight-unseen, just like you’d order anything else online. Each car comes with our risk-free 7-day/200 mile return policy.
How do I actually buy a car online?
First, pick out the car you’d like to buy and click through the steps to buy the car. Once you place a deposit on it, we’ll give you a call to confirm the purchase and arrange delivery to have the car dropped off at your house. Then all you’ll have to do is wait for your new wheels to arrive!
Can I still do a return if a buy a car online?
Yes – all cars, including our cars sold directly online, are eligible for our seven day/200 mile return for any reason. Simply call us at 855.744.3801 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help to arrange a return for you.
You sure can! You’ll have the option to get prequalified for a loan during your shopping process to be able to view cars based on your likely monthly payments. Or, you can apply for and choose an auto loan during the checkout process. You can also add vehicle protection plans and gap insurance at that time.
Please keep in mind that if you live outside of California, Oregon or Washington, there may be additional steps or complications – but our Purchase Advisors will help you through the process.
Do I have to pay anything upfront?
Yes – you’ll be asked to put a $250 deposit on the vehicle. Our sales team will then follow up with you to confirm the details of the purchase.
Is there any cost to ship it?
Yes. The shipping fee is applicable for cars purchased directly online, just as you’d pay a similar fee for other online purchases sent to your home. Please note that the shipping fee is different from other costs associated with Shift’s standard service fee, and only applies to the actual shipping cost of the vehicle itself.
Like all of you, we’re keeping a close watch on the developments around coronavirus and COVID-19. We’ve taken measures to make buying a car during the pandemic as safe as possible. As part of our effort to keep our customers and communities safe, we’ll be posting regularly with new information. Below is a list of coronavirus updates and FAQs to help you stay in the know.
Social-distancing, no-contact test drives
Buying a car during the pandemic doesn’t have to mean you can’t test drive it. We’ve made it super safe with no-contact test drives. That means we’ll bring you the car, wipe it down, and let you take it for a test drive on your own without a Shift Concierge present. In addition, our Concierge will avoid being in close proximity during your appointment and will not be shaking hands.
Here’s how it works: Your Shift Car Concierge will show up at your home for your scheduled appointment. They’ll ask you for your driver’s license so we can verify it in our system. Once that’s done, the concierge will wipe down any frequently touched surfaces (including the interior and exterior of the car, keys, iPad, and driver’s license), hand you the keys, and then you get to go take the car out for a spin by yourself while the concierge waits for you at a designated meeting spot. At the end of your test drive, if you decide to buy the car, we’ll facilitate the transaction right then and there. If not, we’ll simply drive it back.
Buying a car online during the pandemic
Now is as good a time as ever to buy a car online. In a nutshell, all Shift cars are eligible to buy directly online without a test drive. Once you place a deposit on it ($250, nonrefundable), we’ll give you a call to confirm the purchase and arrange delivery to have the car dropped off at your house. You’ll have seven days or 200 miles, whichever comes first, to return it if it ends up not working out for whatever reason.
Looking to offload your wheels? We’re always interested in buying cars. You can get a free, no-obligation quote here. Our Shift concierge will come to your house to evaluate the car and give you a final offer on the spot. If you’re trading in a car, our Shift concierge will bring you the car you want to test drive, and if you want to trade in your old car for the new one, we’ll apply the trade-in credit on the spot. And if you’re not ready to commit just yet, you can always sell us your car without buying a new one just yet.
Can I still return a car if I buy it directly online?
Yes – all cars, including our cars sold directly online, are eligible for our seven day/200 mile return for any reason. Depending on where it is, we may be able to pick the car up from you. Simply call or email us and we’ll help to arrange a return for you.
Easy financing for all purchases
Stress-free financing is more important than ever during the pandemic. We’ve streamlined our finance processes, so you’ll have the option to get prequalified for a loan during your shopping process to be able to view cars based on your likely monthly payments. Or, you can apply for and choose an auto loan during the checkout process. Either way, it takes just a few clicks and you’ll be on your way.
We know many of you, especially essential workers, still need safe, reliable, and affordable transportation while this crisis continues. We also recognize just how many people in our community have been adversely affected by it already. And with the current restrictions in place, Shift is for many people the only way to test drive and buy a car directly online right now, and will be for the near term.
We want to help. That’s why we’ve created the Essential Workers Program and the Community Pricing Initiatives to help you get back on the road in the meantime.
How does the Essential Workers program work?
This program is intended for customers who are considered essential and frontline workers during the coronavirus including grocery store staff, utilities operators, government employees and medical professionals. If you feel you fit the description, please let your Shift representative know at the time of or before your appointment and they will confirm your discount status.
This program will apply to cars both for local test drive appointments and cars purchased online, and will continue for as long as strict public health directives are in place. (Subject to change.) This is an honor system, and will operate on a discretionary and availability basis, so please be advised that we cannot guarantee your discount status until your appointment.
While Shift is one of the only places open on the market right now to buy a car, we recognize that many people in our communities have been adversely affected by the crisis. So we created a special, temporary price adjustment to give those in need an opportunity to buy cars at a discounted price. This is a first-come, first-served offering on vehicles currently available. The temporary pricing has already gone into effect, so the list price you see on a car’s vehicle listing page has been updated with the lower price.
Please let us know how else we can help. We’re all on this road together.
The ones who survive this are the ones who act decisively
The coronavirus impact on business the world over has already been monumental. As it has for almost everyone else across the country, the ongoing pandemic has had a huge impact on Shift, our employees, and our customers. The entire auto industry — indeed many industries — is facing lower demand across the board right now.
The Shelter-In-Place orders as well as the economic crisis that has developed as a result of the outbreak has forced us to take extremely difficult steps to ensure our company’s long-term durability.
We have had no choice but to furlough or reduce hours of close to 50% of our operations teams across the business. We have been able to ensure that furloughed employees will receive Shift’s excellent health benefits, and no employee has been furloughed because of sickness.
Additionally, we’ve had furloughs on the corporate level, while all of our salaried employees will be taking a 25% reduction in salary for at least eight weeks, though the timeline of this will be assessed as this crisis continues.
Taking these measures breaks our hearts. However, we are decisively taking these serious actions now to position Shift to weather this storm and come through it stronger. We extend our deepest sympathies and gratitude to the furloughed employees, some of whom volunteered, and we hope that all will return to Shift once we’re through these difficult times. As this crisis environment continues and we assess demand, it is possible we have to go further than this, but we hope to see higher demand than we had anticipated. If this happens, we would be able to bring our team members back to work. We are hopeful Congress passes the Keep Workers Paid Act quickly, and that measures in this legislation would allow us to reassess some of the steps we have been forced to take.
Six years ago, Shift invented the concept of allowing a customer to shop for a car online, have a test drive delivered to them at their house, and complete the purchase fully digitally. We also offer the functionality to sell their car fully online. We are confident in Shift’s resilience and fortitude to continue serving customers over the long term because of these unique features. In the current environment, we believe that the need for privately-owned transportation options will increase dramatically, while demand for used cars will jump substantially (coupled with fall in demand for new cars). As a company, we will do everything we can to service customer needs through our test drive and purchase delivery capabilities.
We are currently living through a situation that is totally unprecedented. These times have also brought out the best of who we are as a team. We are encouraged by the stories of Shift employees looking out for each other, be it through covering shifts for a coworker who has to stay home to take care of their children, or the innovative practices we are adopting to ensure the health and safety of our colleagues and customers.
We want to thank our customers for bearing with us during uncertain times. We will do whatever we can to continue giving everyone safe access to reliable transportation throughout this period.
And we want to thank our employees for their continued hard work, adaptability, and dedication to their teammates, to our customers, and to the business.
Like many of you, we’ve been closely monitoring the developing situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and have been impacted by it. We recognize that transportation needs will continue as this crisis unfolds and are as committed as ever to helping you get where you need to go.
The health and safety of our employees and customers is a top priority, and we want to take a moment to let you know what we’re doing to help.
For the time being, we’ve made the difficult decision to close some of our physical hubs to any customer visits. However, you can still buy a car with us without leaving your driveway.
Here’s what you can do:
Shop online: We’ll bring the car to your home to test drive (virtual test drives are also available).
No-Contact Test Drives: Your Shift Concierge will bring the car to you, wipe down the car and keys, and then hand it off to you to take it for a spin.
Purchase online: We’ll drop the car off in a safe, no-contact way.
Sell us your car: We’ll come to you to evaluate it.
In addition, we’ve implemented the following procedures for the safety of our customers and staff:
Following recommendations for reducing the spread of germs, including frequent, sustained hand-washing and using hand sanitizers. Our Car Concierge team will refrain from shaking hands or other close-proximity interactions.
Disinfecting all vehicles before and after each test drive and frequently touched surfaces at our gated storage facilities multiple times per day — that includes things like common use areas; all car keys and iPads; and car door handles and steering wheels.
Finally, we want to give a special thanks to our Car Concierge team who are going above and beyond in continuing to serve those customers in need of transportation options.
We hope these measures and services can help alleviate some of the stress and burden during this time and encourage you to reach out if there’s anything further we can do.
We’ve all been in that stressful quandary: “Where can I sell my car?” (Ideally, without getting lowballed.) Normally, selling a car is a somewhat time-sensitive endeavor; most of us can’t wait weeks and weeks to have it done with. Whether you’re moving, need the extra money to use towards a new car or some other large purchase, or something else entirely, the last thing you need is a lot of hoops to jump through to make it happen. But we also want a reasonable price for it.
It all depends on what your situation is. The key thing is to first determine what you’re optimizing for: do you want the most money possible for your car and are willing to wait however long it sell it? Or is the exact price not as important as getting it out of your driveway quickly? As they say, you can’t have your cake and eat it, too. But there is a compromise solution that will let you get the best of both worlds.
Where can I sell my car for top dollar?
We hate to say it but… yes, selling your car private party (like on Craigslist) is probably the best way to get the most money possible for your car. Because you’ll have the ultimate freedom to negotiate with buyers, you can determine what you’d like to get for the car and work backward from there to set a good price. The (major) drawback, as you might be able to guess, is that there’s no guarantee it will sell at that price and how long it might take to find a buyer. If you’re determined to go this route, godspeed! (Here are our tips for making the process go as smoothly as possible.)
Car sale in 2015 – post on CL, field 15 inquiries, give 7 drives, inspection for 3, negotiate with 2, finish at dmv/payment 👉 12 hrs of pain
Car sale last week to @driveshift. Quote, at home assessment, payment and drive off all in *under 1 hour*. Magical!
As the saying goes: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Sometimes it’s easiest to know you’ll walk away with cash in hand. Companies like CarMax and We Buy Any Car will reportedly send you on your way with a bank draft or check to deposit immediately. Pretty nice, huh? The only downside is you have to come to one of their locations.
Selling privately? Ain't nobody goat time for that 🐐
Some companies will offer a nice compromise between convenience and price. Shift, for example, can complete transactions in about an hour and because it uses algorithm-based pricing, ensures you’re getting a fair market-based price for your car. Plus, you don’t ever have to leave your driveway. Not too shabby!
"I sold my car to Shift for a good price without any hassle. As a Millennial, I don't like putting time and effort into things that could just as easily be simple, so I'm happy when companies like Shift come around and make things easy for me." 🔥https://t.co/i3Y2JFtYpwpic.twitter.com/8YjgKPlDOk
So you’ve done the (seemingly) tough part of listing your car to sell on Craigslist. But that’s only half the battle. Here’s your guide on how to find your car a new home, quickly and easily.
Step 1: Get your affairs in Order
Make sure you have all your paperwork lined up:
Title (If you have a loan on the vehicle, contact your bank to notify them of the sale. You won’t be able to get the title from them if you don’t, and without the title you can’t complete a sale.)
Dealer and repair paperwork (if you have it)
Contract of sale (also known as Bill of Sale)
If either the title or the registration are missing, you’ll have to apply for a replacement with the DMV. Luckily, this is a common process that is inexpensive and straightforward.
You’ll want to have two copies of a contract of sale, which can be downloaded from the internet and printed out. Some sellers will have a printout of their car’s Carfax history report and KBB price as well to pre-empt lowballers or aggressive negotiators.
Step 2: Schedule a test drive
Privacy and safety is important for both you and the buyer. You may want pick a public and convenient place to meet buyers, like a shopping center, and arrange a time that is relatively safe (for example, a weekend morning). Some buyers and sellers also choose to ask a friend or family member to come along with them for added safety (and moral support!), so be ready for it to be a party.
PRO TIP: Make sure to remind your buyer the time, date, location, and preferred form of payment to avoid any confusion.
A couple hours before your scheduled test drive, give your car a once-over to get rid of any bits of trash and other unsightly elements, take it for a final wash and vacuum, and then go meet your buyer.
Some sellers insist on being in the car during the test drive, but it’s probably easier and more comfortable for both you and the buyer to just take a picture of their driver’s license and let them take it for a spin themselves.
If you’ve done all your work, pretty soon you’ll find yourself in the closing negotiations. It’s normal for buyers to negotiate for a better price. Decide beforehand a price that you won’t go below. If a buyer does try to go lower than that number, don’t be afraid to say no. It’ll only be a matter of time before you find someone else.
Closing the sale
Once you’ve agreed on a price, it’s time for the paperwork:
Collect your cashier’s check (politely decline personal checks)
Fill out the contract of sale
Transfer the title to the buyer
Since every state has slightly different laws, it’s best to do a Google search for car sales in your state to check if there’s additional documentation required. And that’s it! Cash your check at the bank and pat yourself on the back.
One thing to be aware of: Getting your car listed is generally fairly quick, but the process of actually selling your car on Craigslist often takes much longer — several weekends on average. If you’re on the West Coast and want to save some time, Shift can cut it down to about an hour or less.
As a car company, we often get customers asking us, “Can you deduct your car on your taxes?” They’re not alone: Americans everywhere are starting to think through their finances as tax season approaches. But most people don’t know all the ways that their cars can have an impact on their returns, or vice versa. We’ve rounded up some of the best tips you need to know to maximize your money.
Your taxes and your [next] car
Perhaps the most obvious way to get the most out of tax season is if you receive a refund from the government after filing your return. The average American receives about $2,900 back on their annual tax refund. Compare that to the average used car price of about $20,000, and an average 12 percent down payment of $2,400. So it’s easy to see how that extra cash windfall can literally pay for a new set of wheels. It’s no wonder why TurboTax lists replacing your car as one of the best ways to spend your tax refund. Some people also use that cash to pay for service or upgrades to their current vehicle.
One of the hidden benefits to putting a tax return towards a car’s down payment is that you can generally either afford a more expensive car (a higher-value asset). Alternatively, you can apply more money towards the down payment, which can lower your overall loan amount and APR. Keep in mind that high-quality used cars tend to retain their value better than brand new cars, so your money will go farther if you choose to buy used.
Even if you don’t have a refund coming your way, you can still take advantage of some vehicle-related benefits come tax season. You can deduct sales tax on a car purchase for local and state taxes when you itemize your deductions. (Given the large price tag of a new car, that’s a lot of sales tax).
On the flip side, if you live in certain states, you can also get a huge sales tax benefit by trading in a car. Those states will let you apply your trade-in credit to the total price before tax is applied, meaning it will bring down the overall taxable amount. So you’ll end up paying much less in sales tax upfront.
Pro tip: Run the numbers first to see what your payments and APR might be when accounting for that extra cash. Better yet, get prequalified to get an accurate estimate of your monthly payments upfront. (Shift’s prequalification tool even lets you shop based on your predicted loan terms.) That’s some savvy financial planning.
From summer trips to the beach to winter drives to the mountains, you’ll want a solid car that can handle the long distance in comfort and style. We’ve scoped out the best road trip cars that make the cut in terms of price, style, comfort, and reliability. Happy exploring!
Best for: STYLE
If you don’t have to worry about lots of space for extra riders or gear in a road trip car, and coolness is a premium, these picks are classics to consider.
If you’re traveling as a family (or friends), you’ll want to look for something that has the legroom and storage space to accommodate your gear and luggage. These roomy options check both boxes.
2018 Ford Expedition Limited
2012 Honda Odyssey EX-L
2015 Toyota Sienne LE
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
2017 Audi Q7 Prestige
Best for: Fuel Efficiency
Especially if you’re planning to put in serious miles, it’s worth looking into a hybrid. Unlike most electric cars, you won’t have to worry about the battery running out, but still get the benefits of fuel economy. That can really add up on long drives.