Death of the Car Salesman? Company Inaugurates 24-Hour "Vending Machine" for Used Vehicles

While some automakers are still reluctant of selling their cars online, a used car sales company has inaugurated a dealership that employs no salespersons at all…

“Carvana” is the name of the first 24-hour automobile “vending machine” in the U.S., inaugurated in Atlanta, Georgia, earlier this month. Backed by the DriveTime Automobile Group, which operates over 100 conventional used car dealerships across the country, the service will be expanded nationwide.

The location allows customers to either pick up cars they’ve purchased on the company’s website, or to buy one of the vehicles in stock without having to interact with a salesperson. While informational representatives are available on site, all transactions are done via computer. Basically, customers can buy a car on the internet and have it delivered the next day to their home.

Local delivery is free inside a 75-mile (121-km) radius of Atlanta, while buyers outside that area pay a fee between $199 (€145) for up to 250 miles (402 km) and $1,000 (€725) for a coast-to-coast shipment.

The company says that by not having to pay salesperson salaries, it is able to sell cars $1,500 (€1,090) cheaper on average than traditional dealers. All cars are offered with a 100-day warranty and 7-day money-back guarantee, but the customer will have to chip in the cost of return shipping.

You can see how the system works in the video below – make sure you also check out the second video that uses a funny remake of Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” song to describe the advantages of not having to deal with used car salespersons.

By Dan Mihalascu

Story References: Fox News

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