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The World's First Car Vending Machine

Stick a coin into the slot. The machine activates and pulls a car out of its inventory, delivering it to you.

Jiggling it will not get you a second car. The designers were careful about that possible flaw.

This is Carvana, the world's first automated car vending machine. It's more of a promotional gimmick than a traditional vending machine, like the kind you might buy a soda from. The process is, however automated.

Go online and buy your car there. Then come to the Carvana facility in Nashville, Tennessee. Pick up a special coin designed for the process. Drop it into the vending machine and it will dispense your car. News Channel 5 (auto-start video) quotes Carvana CEO Ernie Garcia:

Once the buyer purchases their car online, they go to the Carvana Welcome Center where you're given a coin. They put the coin in a machine, shaped like a vending machine slot, and that starts the vending process.

First your car is retrieved from the 20 vehicle glass tower.  Then it's moved through the machine and down a drive way to one of three delivery bays for buyers to pick up.  And if they don't like something about it, Garcia said there's a seven day return policy.

"Whatever it is no questions asked," he said.  "Six days later we will call you to remind you you only have one day left on your return policy. You can return it, swap it off for another car or just wash your hands of the transaction and say maybe I'll come back next time."


(Video Link)

This promotional video shows how the process works.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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