How to Pay for Your Next Car

Did you know that a car is the second most expensive real asset that most people have? Buying a car is a big decision and can have a meaningful impact on your monthly budget and financial position. As one of the largest used car retailers in California, Shift helps consumers with this question daily. Should you finance or pay in cash? Here are a few things to keep in mind.

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2017 Holiday Car Deals of the Year

Happy Holidays

Our pricing team has helped many people find their new rides with our Shift Deals of the Week highlights. Now we’re wrapping up 2017 with a bang and bringing you Deals of the Year. These are fantastic cars at amazing below-market prices. Grab them while you can, first come first serve.

As always, you can schedule a test drive straight to your home or office. Perhaps you will find the perfect car you or your loved ones want for the holidays. Best – Gift – Ever.

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San Francisco Holiday Car Deals

2014 Audi A6 3.0T Prestige

Audi A6 3.0T Prestige - Matt Heinz - Gray Audi - San Francisco San JoseCAR SOLD: See similar cars
Dealership: $38,834
Shift: $28,650
You Save: $10,184CarGurus great deal

This beautiful Audi A6 comes loaded with the Prestige Package, Sports Package, and Cold Weather Package. Everything from power folding mirrors, climate controlled seats, rear sensors, and so on. But more importantly, check out that color. When you want to be cool by being a little different: 2014 Audi A6 3.0T Prestige

2015 Audi Q7 3.0T S Line Prestige

Audi Q7 3.0T S line Prestige Black

Dealership: $43,979
Shift: $38,950
You Save: $5,029CarGurus great deal

Whether you are looking to run over things or protect a bunch of little ones, this Audi Q7 will enable you to do in style. Comes with a towing package as well as a cold weather package that includes independent seats for the front and back seats AND the steering wheel. Someone must have really hated the cold as they came up with these ideas. Cold? Want to be safe? See it: 2015 Audi Q7 3.0T S Line Prestige

2013 Volkswagen GTI

2013 Volkswagen GTI Base - Isabel Siragusa - Grey VW GTIDealership: $17,136
Shift: $12,950
You Save: $4,186CarGurus great deal

This sporty, turbocharged Volkswagen GTI has a beautiful plaid interior you have to see to believe. If you always wanted your car to match your flannel shirts, check it out: 2013 Volkswagen GTI

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Assistant or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Field Ops

Buying and selling cars isn’t easy. Not only is it a large transaction, it’s a highly regulated one. To top it all off, here at Shift we believe you shouldn’t have to complete it at a dealership. You should be able to buy a car on your own turf whether that’s your home, your office, or your SoulCycle. Luckily we have a crack team of Car Enthusiasts (CEs) to make this possible. To make their job possible we have Assistant. Assistant is the internal iPad app used by our field teams on all types of appointments. Throughout the development process we keep three core tenets in mind. Continue reading “Assistant or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Field Ops”

Knowledge-Sharing with Design Docs

Shift’s engineering team has always had an informal process around design docs for new systems, but the process has varied from team to team and engineer to engineer. We’ve had the assumption that if a project or feature is expected to take more than a week or involve more than one engineer, it probably makes sense to document your design in advance so you can get feedback.

A few engineers from our infrastructure team recently formalized the process to add some consistency with the main goal of streamlining the process–we want the term “design doc” to mean the same thing to everyone and to prevent engineers from feeling like they have to reinvent the wheel every time. We also think design docs can be used for mentorship because they allow junior engineers to get feedback faster than through code reviews.

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Logistics at Shift

At Shift, a foundational belief is that the used car market is local and that customers need to see, feel, and smell a car before they are comfortable buying one.

With this belief in mind, one of our core value propositions is we will meet you where and when you want us to, and when we meet we are able to do all things a traditional dealer needs to do in order to sell you that car from the comfort of your driveway.

Delivering this core value proposition may seem simple — companies have been doing field sales for ages — but to do it delightfully, efficiently, and at scale with vehicles is a tough problem. Here at Shift, we call the system that coordinates all of this the Logistics Platform, and its main responsibilities are to:

  • Model customer demand and manage our availability
  • Monitor and adjust operational schedules
  • Enable the field sale

We’ve built parts of the system so far, and have grand plans for the rest, so let’s dig in and see what these responsibilities really entail.

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Announcing Our Latest Fundraise

It was just a little over three years ago that we sold our first Shift car in San Francisco. Since that time, we’ve become the number one used car seller in the Bay Area, grown our team by 100x, and expanded to several new markets. It’s been a wild ride.

And thanks to some recent financing by leading investors, we’re in it for the long haul. Last month, BMW iVentures, DCM, G2 Ventures, Goldman Sachs, and Highland Capital invested more than $38 million in Shift’s Series C. To date, we have raised more than $110 million. Continue reading “Announcing Our Latest Fundraise”

8 Reasons Shift is the Simplest, Fairest Way to Buy a Used Car

From the beginning, we’ve believed that car buying should be simple and fair. In April, we wrote about our recent updates to Shift and how we’ve taken steps towards that goal.

Progress has continued in the months since, and while we aren’t anywhere close to done, I just wanted to take a step back and make 8 arguments for why we think that’s true: Continue reading “8 Reasons Shift is the Simplest, Fairest Way to Buy a Used Car”

Navdy Review: Driving with Super Powers

Even if you never drive and text, you only have to be asked so many times “do you want me to help you DJ/navigate?” by your passengers before you know you still might have a behind-the-wheel device usage problem. As a chronic (and embarrassed) checker of directions and changer of tracks while driving, I was immediately attracted to Navdy for its potential to make me a safer driver.

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