Carvana Launches Automated Car Vending Machine in Houston; Will This Step Up Used Car Sales? [VIDEO]

Dec 20, 2016 07:35 AM EST | Leonora Puno

A car vending machine that dispenses secondhand cars instead of coffee or soda has just been launched in Houston, ready to serve car buyers in a unique way. Used cars are displayed in an 8-storey glass tower that has a coin slot. Inserting a giant token into the slot will activate gears and levers that will take down the car to a delivery bay, ready to be driven by its new owner or to be home delivered.

Potential buyers can take a look at the cars for sale online and select the one that they want to buy. They can then visit the car vending machine to collect their car by inserting a token, provided by the company, into the coin slot. Once done, gears and levers will be activated and the car that had been bought will be lowered to the delivery bay. The buyer may get the car or it can be home delivered at the buyer's request, according to VB.

The car vending machine in Houston served as the Carvana's response to the positive reaction that they received in Nashville, where the first car vending machine was located. Because of this, the company decided to make the car vending machine available to other users, resulting to the launching of the second one in Houston. However, when asked about the number of target customers in the Houston branch and the sales in the Nashville area, Carvana CEO Garcia did not give a specific number, according to Automotive News.

The company is planning to extend its reach to other parts of the United States. Aside from its two car vending machines, Carvana also operates in 21 markets offering next-day delivery services for car buyers, according to Houston Business Journal.

With Carvana's car vending machine, the future of this technology has been secured and it ceases to be limited to small items such as sodas and coffee.

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