Shift Begins Selling Cars to Customers in Austin-San Antonio Area

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May 10, 2021

First sales market Texas includes signature test drive delivery service

SAN FRANCISCO, May 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading used car ecommerce platform Shift (NASDAQ: SFT) has launched a new market for consumers to buy its cars in Texas. With this launch, consumers in the Austin-San Antonio region can now buy and sell vehicles directly with Shift, using the company's unique direct-to-consumer, at-home service.

Austin-San Antonio is the first full-service market in Texas where consumers can purchase cars from Shift; this adds to the four markets in the state where they can sell their vehicles directly to the company as well. 

"It has long been our goal to be able to serve the communities of Texas with a fair, accessible process for purchasing a vehicle," commented Shift Co-CEO Toby Russell. "We believe Texans  are ready for a smarter way to buy used cars, and we're excited to be able to offer that."

Car shoppers across the state can access Shift's online purchase process, and those in the greater Austin-San Antonio area can take advantage of its unique at-home test drive service as well. Through the website, customers can shop cars in the local area, and schedule a test drive. A Shift concierge will then drive the car to the customer's location and allow the customer to test drive it in a socially distanced way. To purchase they'll complete the transaction on the spot through an iPad, including optional financing and vehicle protection plans. The test drive-purchase process is approximately one hour start to finish. 

With this newest addition, Shift now provides its in-person buyer experience in seven markets across the western states of California, Texas, Washington, and Oregon.

About Shift

Shift is a leading end-to-end auto ecommerce platform transforming the used car industry with a technology-driven, hassle-free customer experience. Shift's mission is to make car purchase and ownership simple — to make buying or selling a used car fun, fair, and accessible to everyone. Shift provides comprehensive, digital solutions throughout the car ownership lifecycle: finding the right car, having a test drive brought to you before buying the car, a seamless digitally-driven purchase transaction including financing and vehicle protection products, an efficient, digital trade-in/sale transaction, and a vision to provide high-value support services during car ownership.

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Such forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which are outside the Insurance Acquisition Corp.'s or Shift's control that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors include, but are not limited to, (1) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the Business Combination; (2) the inability to complete the transactions contemplated by the Business Combination due to the failure to obtain approval of the stockholders of Insurance Acquisition Corp. or other conditions to closing in the Business Combination; (3) the ability of the public entity to meet Nasdaq's listing standards following the Business Combination; (4) the inability to complete the private placement; (5) the risk that the Business Combination disrupts current plans and operations of Shift as a result of the announcement and consummation of the transactions described herein; (6) the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the Business Combination, which may be affected by, among other things, competition, the ability of the combined company to grow and manage growth profitably, maintain relationships with suppliers and agents and retain its management and key employees; (7) costs related to the proposed transaction; (8) changes in applicable laws or regulations and delays in obtaining, adverse conditions contained in, or the inability to obtain necessary regulatory approvals required to complete the Business Combination; (9) the possibility that Shift may be adversely affected by other economic, business, regulatory and/or competitive factors; (10) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Insurance Acquisition Corp., Shift or any of their respective directors or officers, following the announcement of the Business Combination; and (11) the failure to realize anticipated pro forma results and underlying assumptions, including with respect to estimated stockholder redemptions and purchase price and other adjustments.

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