The only thing constant on Atlanta’s 75/85 Connector, as the saying goes, is change.
When driving between Midtown and Downtown, it’s hard to find a single piece of the skyline that hasn’t been transformed by a new building or soon-to-be structure of some sort.
Now, Carvana is making its own unique mark on Atlanta with the opening of its tallest car vending machine in the country.
You may be familiar with Carvana for their e-commerce platform that streamlines the used car buying process. Or perhaps you’ve seen the company’s curbside pickup locations across the Southeast.
But today Carvana opened its new 12-story tower. More specifically, it’s opened a 43 car vending machine designed to elevate the car buying experience for Atlantans. As Allison Andrews, Carvana’s Senior Brand Activation Specialist for Atlanta, told Hypepotamus, “the pandemic has shown that some habits have changed” that have made a vending machine-style car buying experience more appealing.
As CNBC pointed out, the used car market has been an unexpected success story during the pandemic, as more consumers look for alternatives to public transportation. And with touchless delivery options, buyers can use Carvana’s website to do most of the paperwork online and bypass the traditional car dealership experience.
Cars can be delivered the next day to the vending machine off 16th Street in West Midtown/Atlantic Station area, and users can simply use the coin-operated vending machine to get their car. Available by appointment only, the buyer will be the only other customer inside the Car Vending Machine.
Watching the whole vending machine process take place as you await your car is definitely a cool engineering marvel to watch (you can head over to our Twitter to see it all play out). While it takes a lot of power to move a car, each electric engine uses about the same amount of energy as a home washing machine, the Carvana team told Hypepotamus.
The opening of this tower is somewhat of a homecoming for Arizona-based Carvana. The company sold its first car back in 2013 in Atlanta, and the first iteration of this automated vending machine concept was also tested in Atlanta.
The opening of the 16th St location marks the company’s 27th spot across the country. Carvana vending machines can also be found across the Southeast in Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, and North Carolina.