Carvana has opened of the nation’s largest fully-automated, coin-operated Car Vending Machine in Houston, the second U.S. car vending machine. The proprietary Car Vending Machine offers a unique experience for customers who purchase a car online through the company.
The Houston Car Vending Machine stands eight stories tall, stores up to 30 cars and contains four delivery bays, making it three stories taller and one delivery bay larger than its sister location in Nashville, Tennessee, which the company launched in late 2015. As a nod to the Bayou City, the all-glass structure also features the Houston cityscape emblazoned on the delivery bay doors.
“People responded so positively to our Nashville Vending Machine that we knew we had to bring the experience to additional markets. Houston is a natural fit for a Car Vending Machine, and we are thrilled to be able to offer customers this unique and, we hope, memorable pick-up option in addition to the free, as-soon-as next day delivery services we launched in Houston late last year,” said Ernie Garcia, founder and CEO of Carvana.
Carvana customers search for and buy their desired car online at Carvana.com using a mobile phone or desktop computer. This includes the option of vehicle financing through Carvana, as well as the option to trade-in a car. Once the purchase is complete, customers can choose to have their car delivered directly to their door, or they can elect to pick it up at one of Carvana’s Car Vending Machines.
At the time of pick-up at the Vending Machine, the customer receives an oversized Carvana coin to drop into the custom coin slot, initiating the vending process. The purchased car is then automatically retrieved from the tower and moved through the machine until it reaches a delivery bay, where the customer takes possession.
The Carvana Houston Vending Machine is located at 10939 Katy Fwy in Houston. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Vehicle pickup at the Houston Vending Machine is free for all Carvana customers. For those customers who live 100 miles outside of the Houston metropolitan area but want to pick up their car at the Vending Machine, Carvana said it will subsidize $200 in airfare and arrange white glove transportation from the Houston airport.