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Would You Buy a Used Car from a Vending Machine?

Would You Buy a Used Car from a Vending Machine?

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It’s apparently a thing, now. Carvana, an online used car marketplace, just opened their third multi-story vending machine in Austin, Texas, following openings in Nashville and Houston.

The “vending machines” are all-glass, five-story buildings that store up to 20 vehicles, loaded in advance of a customer’s pick-up. Buyers simply purchase their car online, drop a coin into the vending machine and watch their new car be automatically retrieved and lowered to a ground floor garage bay.

It seems like a great idea in theory – no more hassling with smarmy car salesman or venturing into neighborhoods unknown for a Craigslist test drive. But how do you know you’re not getting a lemon since you’re presumably seeing the car for the first time at pickup? Carvana puts vehicles through a 150-point inspection, allows a seven-day test drive with “no questions asked” returns, and a 100-day or 4,189-mile bumper to bumper warranty.

I still think there’s something to be said about the car buying experience and getting to test drive several options, but for buyers willing to give that up just to avoid talking to another human being, Carvana’s here to save the day!


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