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.
Continue reading “What’s My Car (Really) Worth? The Mushy, Inexact Science of Car Pricing”
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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Buying a used car can be a stressful experience. After all, your car is one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make—second only to purchasing a home. The stress level is often compounded by a pushy salesman, doused in cologne, buzzing in your ear. Price haggling and mounds of paperwork can also make you sweat like a summer afternoon in Arizona. Distractions abound, and you can easily forget to check the basics.
Continue reading “5 Used Car Mechanical Checks to Never Forget”
One of the core tenets of the culture at Shift is personal responsibility, and that comes through in the way that we organize the Shift engineering team. We’re a small, growing team (21 engineers as of this writing) that have come from Google, Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter, and other great places to build the future of car ownership. We strive to leave code better than we found it, enjoy building tools to make the whole team more effective, and we emphasize both autonomy and accountability.
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District of Columbia, we’ve arrived. Shift is ecstatic to announce the opening of our first East Coast branch–and we couldn’t think of a better place to kick things off than in our nation’s capital. It makes perfect sense: cars are undeniably American. Cars are what Shift does. DC is America. Shift is in DC. See what we did there? It was meant to be.
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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”
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.
Continue reading “The Rain Rundown”
Who says the West Coast is the best coast? While our roots will always be in California, we’re proud to announce that we’re heading east — by bringing 100 open tech and engineering jobs to the state of Virginia.
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This is the first in a series of odes to the cars we’ve known and loved. Here, Kyle Clark – a Shift Car Enthusiast – pays tribute to the Datsun he refurbished in college and still drives today.
Continue reading “The Datsun 240Z: My Car Story”
From the spotless leather seats to the smell of a new car, most of us approach test drives with the excitement of a first date. The potential problem? When we get caught up in the romance and possibility, we sometimes forget we’re really searching for a long-term partner.
Continue reading “Kevin’s No-Stress Guide to a Successful Test Drive”