Vending machines have changed a lot since their inventor, the British Percival Everett, built the first coin-operated device in 1883, which provided postcards. Today, these machines sell a variety of items ranging from cold drinks, electronics, clothes and even hot pizzas.
The online car retailer Caravan launched the first car vending machine in Nashville, Tennessee. The facilities are designed to offer a unique experience for buyers, than no other car dealer can match.
The glass building includes a five-story tower that holds up to 20 cars in a clean, air-conditioned environment. Like a traditional vending machine, the buying process begins with a giant coin, as explained Carvana CEO, Ernie Garcia.
“Our new vending machine is a modern multi-storey structure that delivers cars our customers when they insert a custom currency. Carvana’s mission is to create a better way to buy cars, and this new machine will be a unique experience that reflects how simple and easy the process of buying a car can be.”
Customers arrive at the welcome area and select their name in a kiosk. They are then offered a Carvana coin, which has to be inserted into the dispensing mechanism. The car is then moved to the delivery area.
Caravana records the buying process and customers receive a personalized video that can share on social media. Once buyers receive their car, they begin a period of ownership test after which the car can be returned if they are not satisfied.
The Tennessee vending machine is not for local clients only. Carvana offers a $200 refund for airfare and luxury transportation from the Nashville airport to anyone from another state who wants to experience buying a car through a vending machine.