Carvana opens newest car vending machine in Kentucky


Just like the racing at nearby Churchill Downs, Carvana is looking to speed past the used-vehicle retail competition in Louisville, Ky.

To help, Carvana on Tuesday launched its latest car vending machine in Louisville within 30 minutes of the famous horse racing venue.

Standing eight stories tall with a 27-vehicle capacity, Carvana’s newest car vending machine offers buyers what the company says is a “a one-of-a-kind experience.” Carvana customers who choose touchless pickup at a car vending machine can enjoy the unique experience Carvana has become known for — from a safe, comfortable distance.

The Louisville car vending machine is located at 1510 Lakeshore Court. Carvana’s newest car vending machine is the first of its kind in Kentucky and the company’s 25th in the U.S.

Additional car vending machines are located in Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Maryland, Arizona, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma and California.   

By appointment only, customers can select a day and time convenient for them, at which time they will be the only customer inside the vending machine. They will be greeted by a customer advocate and receive a commemorative, oversized Carvana coin to activate the automated vending process. Buyers can then get an immersive, central view of their vehicle descending through the structure from the heart of the all-glass tower.

While the coronavirus pandemic pushed this year’s “run for the roses” at Churchill Downs from its traditional time in May to September, Carvana customers in Louisville can enjoy this delivery excitement now.

“Just three years ago we brought the ‘new way to buy a car’ to Louisville, and customers have continued to enjoy the ease and convenience we offer,” Carvana founder and chief executive officer Ernie Garcia said in a news release.

“As we enhance our presence here with the launch of our newest car vending machine, we look forward to providing area residents with a fun, safe option for getting their next vehicle,” Garcia went on to say.

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