How I Used Machine Learning To Price Used Cars

Andrew Carman is a software engineer at Shift.

At the core of any market is pricing. If you get pricing wrong, your marketplace doesn’t work. Our success at Shift—as a marketplace that makes it easy for anyone to buy and sell used cars—hinges on accurately and competitively pricing cars. 

Dealerships traditionally have a team of experts that price trade-ins for customers and manage the prices of their vehicles. They haggle over those prices with buyers that come to their dealerships, and often take advantage of consumers who have less access to car price data.

Our goal is to make selling and buying a car a fun, fair, and accessible experience by using technology to disintermediate what car dealerships do poorly. So we build software instead of back-office sales teams to price our cars, which increases efficiency, levels the playing field for our customers, and lets us systematically improve the accuracy of our pricing over time.

Read on to see exactly how we did it, and pass this along to the folks who might be interested in our approach.

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7 Handy Car Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easier

We all love our cars, but oftentimes we come across unavoidable problems and issues on the road that need a quick fix.  Below, we collected a slew of handy car hacks to make driving a breeze and tide you over until your next maintenance appointment. Read on, and share these tried-and-tested tips from Shift with your friends!

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How To Prepare Your Kids For Daylight Saving Time

Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 11 — Daylight Saving Time (DST) is almost upon us! Ready to “spring” forward? This Sunday, you’ll need to advance your clocks with one hour. Later in the autumn, you’ll have to re-adjust the time back to the standard time, and “fall” back. It’s not that complicated, but when it comes to your kids, DST comes with its own set of issues. A new way to experience time can be a difficult adjustment for them.

Here at Shift, we have a lot of customers with kids, and some of us even have kids of our own. So we’ve collected some handy tips that will ease the transition for your children, and make the time change as natural for them as possible. Read on—and if you have some tips of your own, share them with us in the comments!

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Staff Picks: 3 Best Used Cars For 2018

It’s time-consuming and it can sap the life out of you. With so many considerations — everything from checking under hood to deciding on a color — across a range of many options, shopping for a used car can overwhelm you and you may just end up settling on the first decent one you spot. Thanks to our Shift team of drivers and buyers across San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego — the process just got a whole lot easier for you! Read on for our picks of the best used family, commuter, and luxury cars for the year ahead. Then, hop on to the comments and tell us what you think!

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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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Cars We Love: Jeep Wrangler

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:

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