Coin-Operated Car Vending Machine Planned For Tempe

Published: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 2:14pm
Updated: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 9:47am
(Screen capture from Carvana project narrative)
Carvana's car vending machine is operated by special coins customers get in the mail.
(Screen capture from Carvana project narrative)
A rendering of Carvana's car vending machine.
(Screen capture from Carvana project narrative)
Lights would illuminate the car vending machine at night.

Online used-car dealer Carvana company continues to expand and wants to bring a vending machine to Tempe.

First the obvious, what is a car vending machine?

Essentially, it’s a 84 foot-tall glass and metal tower with cars stacked inside like Pringles.

Through Carvana’s website customers can browse vehicles, inspect 360-degree photos and make a purchase.

There’s several options to round up your new ride including picking up the car from a vending machine (if one’s nearby) and delivery.

To use the vending machine, customers insert a custom coin and their car appears.

Arizona-based Carvana was founded in 2012 and became a publicly traded company last month. Company shares lost value in the first days of trading.

If the Tempe vending machine location is approved by the City Council, it will be the company’s sixth in the country.

Tempe spokeswoman Kris Baxter-Ging says council will review a proposed use permit for the proposed Carvana site near Scottsdale Road and Loop 202 on Thursday.

“After that if they are approved, they will need to get a building permit within a year,” she said.

Carvana invited neighbors to public meetings in January in February and submitted feedback to the city.  Most comments were supportive of the project.

“Seems like an excellent use of the property, well planned,” wrote Kim Gaffney-Liza.

Carvana declined to comment for this story. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to clarify how costumers can take delivery of a Carvana vehicle.

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