The Strange-ness: Car Vending Machine

Raleigh Car Vending Machine. Source: Carvana
Raleigh Car Vending Machine. Source: Carvana

Carvana, an eCommerce platform for buying used cars, in August 2017 unveiled their five-story, all-glass Car Vending Machine in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Holding 18 cars, the Raleigh Car Vending Machine serves as a fun and memorable pickup experience for customers who purchase their cars online through Carvana. Much like a traditional vending machine, the Raleigh Car Vending Machine is coin-operated and fully automated; however, instead of receiving a candy bar in the delivery bay, customers will drive away with their car, without the hassle and haggling of a traditional dealership.

“If you’ve driven through Raleigh lately, you’ve likely seen the vending machine taking shape and wondered what it was. The wait is over, and we look forward to welcoming customers at North Carolina’s very first Car Vending Machine,” said Ernie Garcia, founder and CEO of Carvana. “We’re making car buying fun again by giving customers an easy, quick alternative to the traditional dealership.”

By visiting, customers can search through an inventory of 7,000 vehicles, purchase, finance and trade-in an old car completely online. Once the online purchase is complete, customers can choose to have their car delivered or pick it up from the Raleigh Car Vending Machine. If customers chose to pick it up, they will receive an oversized Carvana coin on-site to drop into the giant coin slot — activating the vending process. Once the car is vended into a delivery bay from the glass tower, the customer takes receipt.

The Raleigh Car Vending Machine is located at 1631 Navaho Drive, Raleigh NC. Vehicle pickup at any of Carvana’s Car Vending Machines is free for all Carvana customers, Monday-Saturday, 9am-7pm.

For customers who live outside of the Raleigh metropolitan delivery area and want to pick up their car at the Vending Machine, Carvana will subsidize $200 in airfare and arrange white-glove transportation from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

The Raleigh Car Vending Machine is the sixth of its kind, with others located in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Nashville.

To learn more about Carvana and its Car Vending Machines, visit

Source: Carvana

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