Tony Z.
Sacramento, CAMember since September 2020

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    • Sep 27, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    Shift Car Buying Service

    They don't allow pre-buy inspection. Sketchy!

    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    I found a super clean car that looked like a good deal at Shift. But I'm no mechanic, so I wanted to take the car to a mechanic for a standard pre-purchase inspection.

    But Shift told me that they do not allow their cars to be put on mechanics' lifts (because they might fall off?) and they do not allow electronic (OBD) diagnostic check to their cars (because it can "cause electrical issues").

    Here's their written policy: https://support.shift.com/hc/en-us/articles/360049238931-Can-I-have-a-mechanic-inspect-my-car-at-the-test-drive-.

    Of course a proper inspection requires looking UNDER the car - which is why they need a lift and an OBD diagnostic check can reveal critical problems.

    So, I understand Shift just doesn't want their vehicles properly inspected by a professional third party. That seems sketchy to me. (Lifts and computers run by professional mechanics do not damage vehicles.)

    I will never buy a car from sketchy Shift.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Nice employees
    • Clean looking car
    • No pushy salesmen
    • No pre-purchase inspection allowed
    • Disingenuous (and shady) corporate policy
    • 7-day return policy - which likely entails fees for cleaning and restock

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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