Carvana builds vending machine for selling cars, drops coin in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Have you ever dreamed of buying a car from a vending machine? Not a toy model, but a genuine automobile that you get to drive home and then decide if you want to keep it.

Carvana comes close to that with a coin-operated, fully automated car vending machine that recently opened in Nashville. The “machine” is located 4270 Kenilwood Drive, just off I-65’s Armory Drive exit. A five-story glass tower houses up to 20 cars awaiting pickup from Carvana customers who have completed the buying process on the company’s website.

Based in Phoenix, Carvana has moved the entire car-buying process online. Customers can view inventory and obtain financing on the website. Customers can choose delivery or pickup at one of the company’s distribution centers. Buyers have the option of keeping the car for seven days before deciding whether to finalize the deal. They also can choose to exchange for a different car or to receive a full refund.

To pick up a car from the vending center, a customer uses a Carvana-branded token to initiate the vending process. A series of robotic machines move the chosen automobile from its bay onto an elevator and out an entry door to the awaiting customer. A video of the operation is available here.

According to an article in Phoenix Business Journal, Carvana will reimburse customers up to $200 for airfare if they don’t live near a distribution center.

Carvana also operates a distribution center in Atlanta, where it also has its first “vending machine,” minus the novelty of the glass tower.

The Nashville operation is not completely bereft of the human touch. Carvana employees are on hand at the location to answer questions and to deliver cars for customers who choose the delivery option.

Image courtesy of Carvana

Source: Phoneix Business Journal

Source: Nashville Business Journal

Source: The Tennessean

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