World’s first car vend­ing ma­chine makes fetch­ing fun

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - LOIZ BLAIN

PHOENIX-based car deal­er­ship Car­vana has done a pretty im­pres­sive job of mov­ing the en­tire used car buy­ing process on­line.

For any ve­hi­cle you’re in­ter­ested in, you can ex­am­ine a long list of specs, rat­ings, re­views and de­tails, as well as ex­am­in­ing it in­side and out with a stan­dard­ized ro­tat­ing tour that points out ev­ery nick and scratch on the body­work.

Ev­ery­thing down to trade-in and fi­nance is done on­line.

The car is then de­liv­ered to your door, and you’ve got seven days to “test drive” it, af­ter which you’re free to re­turn it if you’re not happy.

The on­line model al­lows Car­vana to cut down on staff and over­head, and ac­cord­ing to its own es­ti­ma­tions, save cus­tomers around $2 000 (R29 000) in the process.

Of course, de­liv­ery fees cost money too, and Car­vana no­ticed that a lot of cus­tomers were ex­cited enough to come in and pick up their cars straight away.

The more peo­ple came to pick their cars up, the more Car­vana saved.

So the com­pany de­cided to make a bit of an ex­pe­ri­ence out of it.

The end re­sult is a gi­ant, fivestory vend­ing ma­chine for used cars, which has just opened out­side Nashville, Ten­nessee.

Cus­tomers roll up af­ter buy­ing their cars on­line, they’re given an over­sized coin to­ken to put in a slot, and they watch their car come down from the carousel. — Giz­mag.

PHOTO: CAR­VANA

An Amer­i­can car dealer has turned on­line car buy­ing into an ex­pe­ri­ence with this gi­ant car vend­ing ma­chine, which even has gi­ant to­kens.

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