ATLANTA, Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its commitment to introducing technological advancements designed to disrupt the car buying space, Carvana announces the opening of the country's first vehicle vending machine in Atlanta. The cutting-edge facility was established to offer customers increased flexibility on pick-up options after purchasing a vehicle online at Carvana.com.
The structure provides a full digitally interactive experience complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, custom LED lighting, flat screen TV's and interactive keypads that identify customers based on unique buyer credentials provided by Carvana after the purchase has been completed. With around-the-clock pick up availability, vehicles purchased on Carvana.com will be available for test drive and pick up as early as 24-hours. To date, consumers have purchased and financed their cars on Carvana in as little as 15 minutes.
"Brands like Amazon and eBay have demonstrated the consumer's appetite for purchasing large and small items online while paving the way for 'quick ship' delivery. Our goal from the beginning has been to create an online user experience that's as simple and intuitive as shopping on Amazon or Zappos, but with even greater flexibility and service around the delivery," says Ernie Garcia, founder and president of Carvana. "With our new vending machine concept, we believe we are at the forefront of the future of retail vending, where consumers will shop online and pick-up at a vending-machine. While we're not pioneering that concept, we are pushing the envelope in introducing it to an industry with a primary distribution point that has been a four-hour, exhaustive commitment to a dealership."
The vending machine is located in Atlanta's West Midtown neighborhood and boasts three bays that allow for simultaneous pickups. Company representatives will be available on site to answer any questions that customers may have in regards to their new vehicle, if needed. The vending machine concept is an integral part of the company's expansion plans, with additional locations planned to launch in 2014.
Carvana is the first complete online auto retailer that allows consumers to shop, finance and purchase a car entirely on the Web in less than 15 minutes. The company is backed by more than $1 billion in revenue and more than 20 years experience in the secondary car market. All cars available on Carvana.com come fully covered with a 100-day or 4,189 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 7-day money back guarantee.
The company puts full control into the customer's hands and breaks away from the traditional car buying process by providing a secure, intuitive online shopping platform that allows individuals to browse the company's inventory of vehicles, dynamically set their unique financial terms and coordinate delivery method, all from the comfort of their home. Upon delivery, customers can test drive their vehicle in their own neighborhood, and also enjoy Carvana's 7-day "test own" return policy. If the customer decides they don't like the car for any reason, they can return it within seven days, no questions asked.