Car vending machine appears to be coming to Raleigh

A completed Carvana car vending machine in Houston and a building under construction in Raleigh (CBS Newspath/CBS North Carolina)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Vending machines give you all sorts of options these days, and now one of those options could be a car.

Raleigh is one of the latest cities that appear to be getting a car vending machine from the company “Carvana.”

(David Hurst | CBS North Carolina)
The company will not confirm they’re coming to an area, but a skeleton which appears to be a car vending machine is being built on Navaho Drive.

Development permits indicate the company is building there and Carvana signs have been posted around the construction site. A billboard has also been up for several weeks on I-440 saying a car vending machine is coming.

“I think it’s pretty futuristic; it seems like a pretty cool idea,” said Brianna DeChant, of Raleigh. “I think Raleigh is trying its best to be a more innovative city, so this goes along with that theme.”

Carvana is a used car online retailer. Customers go to their website and pick out a car, then the car is retrieved from the vending machine down to one of the delivery bays for you to pick up in just several days.

“When I first thought about it, I think about the idea of taking a Coca-Cola out of a vending machine. I didn’t think that could actually happen with a car,” said Andrew Turkington, of Raleigh. “Apparently somebody has thought about the idea from Redbox and movies now to auto vehicles, so we’ll see what comes next.”

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While most say the car vending machine is a cool and innovative idea, there are mixed opinions on whether or not car-buyers will actually use it.

“I would prefer to stay to the true way of a salesperson selling a car to a family or one person,” said Christopher Straw, of Raleigh.

“You have to factor in the price and convenience but at the end of the day I think it would be pretty cool to say you got a car out of a vending machine,” said Kellan Werness, of Raleigh.

Carvana vending machines are in about a dozen other cities around the country. Raleigh and Charlotte would be among the first sites in North Carolina for the car vending machine.

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