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Proposed Carvana location in OKC

KFOR-TV and OKCTalk have already reported:

Carvana is planning to build a new facility in north Oklahoma City.

The facility is expected to include a multi-story vending machine that can dispense cars to local buyers.

After purchasing a car online, customers can select the option to pick up their car from the vending machine location. When they arrive at the site, customers find their transaction in a kiosk and the car is dispensed.

The company will continue to offer car delivery to a home or business as an alternative.

The new facility, which will be built at 1800 W. Memorial Rd., will consist of a 5,800 square foot building and vending tower.

Purchase of the land has just closed ($900,000, including the adjacent lot at 13551 North Indiana), and Carvana has applied for a city building permit. Expected cost: $3.5 million. That’s a lot of damned cars. And how is this supposed to work, anyway?

Carvana is the whole new way to buy a car, so our process is nothing like what you would experience on a sales lot. Just like shopping for a new couch or your next favorite pair of shoes, Carvana offers a car buying experience for today’s world: completely online, done from the comfort of your home, on your own time, with delivery right to your door.

Using our list of comprehensive filters, you can narrow down your search and check out the 360-degree tours of the actual cars! No stock photos here. On each vehicle’s display page, we’ve also highlighted all the details and specs, pointed out the most noticeable imperfections, provided review data from Edmunds, and you can even find a direct link to the vehicle’s CarFax!

Once you’ve found the car that’s right for you, click “Get Started” to see all the steps on the online purchase dashboard. There you’ll be able to select your payment option from Carvana Financing, third party financing, or cash. Next, you can choose to apply a trade, add GAP coverage, or add a Carvana Care extended warranty (if available on your chosen vehicle). We will ask you to upload your driver’s license along with some other documents based on your purchase. In the last step, you get to choose your delivery or pick-up details! Once your order is placed, our Underwriting Team will review your account and reach out with an update. Don’t worry, we’ll always contact you to confirm your appointment. The specifics of your delivery or pick-up will depend on your location, so click here [well, not here exactly] for more information. Regardless of your location, every car will come with a 7-day Money Back Guarantee and 100-day/4,189-mile Limited Warranty.

Sounds easy right? It is. We’re committed to putting our customers first and giving you a great experience every step of the way.

So you’re apparently not buying out of the machine: you’re buying from their Web site, and then they ship it to the nearest machine.

I have a couple of qualms, one obvious, the other perhaps less so. I hate the idea of giving up the traditional test drive, even though it’s probably less informative than it used to be, simply because I don’t match up physically with most cars. (Even when I was healthy and walking, I was six foot one with an inseam of barely 28 inches, which means I’m more likely to scrape against the headliner than your average NBA player is. Well, your guards, anyway.) And why 4189 miles? Sounds weirdly specific, and no conversion factor suggests itself. It turns out that the average driver, according to their surveys, drives 41.89 miles per day.

1 comment

  1. McGehee »

    23 December 2018 · 10:55 am

    Buying without a test drive isn’t an option for those of us for whom buying new is sacrilege.

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