Every auction includes a professionally written description of the vehicle, a photo gallery, a summary page with key details, a clear indication of the current bid and time left on the clock, and more. A robust comments thread on each listing allows the ShiftGate community to discuss the vehicle and ask questions. Potential bidders can also contact the seller directly to ask questions, schedule a viewing, or set up a test drive. Each seller has the ability to lower their reserve while the auction is live. All auctions on ShiftGate are exclusive; sellers are required to remove any other for-sale listings.
To bid or comment on a vehicle, you must first sign up as a registered user. All bids are verified by a credit card hold to ensure the buyer is firmly committed. As soon as you bid, ShiftGate puts a hold on your credit card equal to 5% of your bid (the ShiftGate buyer’s fee). Should you win the auction, this hold will be converted to a charge on your card. If you have been outbid and did not win, the hold on your card will be released when the auction ends.