- With all that can be purchase online these days, imagine buying a car online? Never mind sites and apps like True Car and Car Max, but actually purchasing a car of your choice as if you’re ordering something on Target, JC Penney, or Staples, using the “pick up in store” option. The Phoenix-based used car company Carvana has created a very interesting, yet innovative, way for customers who have purchased a car on their site to pick it up: coin-operated vending machine.
There are three of these car vending machines already built and operating in the country: Nashville, Houston and now Austin. Rather than using pocket change, the Carvana customer is given a large coin to insert in a coin slot which activates the “vending machine” by selecting and lowering the purchased car on an elevated platform, within a glass tower, down to ground level for the customer to drive off with. There is a seven-day refund policy.
For those who don’t live in the Austin area but want to have the experience, Carvana supplies up to $200 of mitigated airfare, including transportation from the Austin airport. Carvana also does trade-ins, where the customer can drop off their traded-in car at a car vending machine and has launched a delivery service with no additional fees.
You can also check out how it’s done below.