A little more than two years ago, my cofounders and I embarked on a crazy mission to change one of the worst consumer experiences out there: car buying. We ran our tiny operation from the sidewalks and parking lots of San Francisco with a firm belief in customer experience and fueled by good faith.
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?”
Ah, Thursday—our favorite day of the week to reminisce about automotive classics. On this #tbt, we examine a car you likely know well but whose Hollywood history and evolution story you may not: the Mini Cooper.
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.
In the fall of 2015, Shift was quickly hiring the team and expanding operations. Things were rapidly changing and we realized that we were at risk of outpacing our own culture if we didn’t take a step back to reflect.
Back-to-school season presents a dilemma for parents and kids: how do protective folks and their trendy children agree on a safe yet stylish ride? Take a look at our top picks for the best back-to-school cars that are sure to satisfy helicopter parents without causing their children irreversible shame.
In this installment of Cars We Love, we pay tribute to a beloved classic.
Ahhh, the Wrangler. Few cars have captured our imagination like this sparky 4×4. Generation after generation, the Wrangler continues to tantalize and stoke the off-roader in all of us. Here are the five reasons it’s a Car We Love:
Nobody wants to buy a lemon. That’s why from day one, we knew that a big part of adding value to the peer-to-peer car market was providing greater transparency into a car’s condition. From that goal, we’ve developed an entire 200-point inspection to identify and repair wear & tear to make sure every car we list is as safe and reliable as possible.
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.
By George Arison, Shift CEO
In 2011, I tried to buyout a lease on my lovely Saab. What should have been an easy task turned into a runaround between my dealer and my bank. The painful process helped me realize what now seems obvious: almost every step of buying or selling a car asks the customer to work around the process. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?