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Nashville has a crazy vending machine for cars

Nashville has a crazy vending machine for cars
Image courtesy of Carvana.com

Buying a new car is the worst. Whenever it's time, you have to argue with a car salesman at the dealership. And even though many dealerships have tried to improve that experience, it's still annoying.

In Nashville, however, it's as easy to buy a car as it is to buy a Snickers bar. You just slip a coin into the vending machine and your treat falls out. That's it.

Of course, the "coin" we're talking about here is much more than a quarter. The car vending machine was created by the online auto retailer Carvana, so shoppers must first buy the car through the website.

Is this a genius approach to improve the car-buying experience? Carvana's CEO Ernie Garcia thinks so. "Our new vending machine is a state-of-the-art, multistory structure that delivers our customers' cars by merely inserting a custom coin," he says. "Carvana's mission is to create a better way to buy a car, and this new vending machine will be a one-of-a-kind experience."

Obviously, this vending machine won't fit in the common break room. The massive structure is five stories tall and holds up to 20 cars. There are three different delivery bays and even a welcome center for guests.

But what about people who aren't from Nashville? Carvana wants them to have access to the vending machine, too. Additional vending machine locations are being considered, but Nashville is currently the only one available.

That doesn't mean others can't enjoy this unique shopping experience though. As a way to encourage outside visitors, Carvana is willing to subsidize up to $200 in airfare costs and even arrange travel to the welcome center from the airport.

If you're worried about buying a car online before you've had the chance to take it for a test drive, Carvana has figured that out too. Customers can take a virtual tour of every car, and then have 7 days after their purchase to return it.

What do you think? Would you buy your next car like this? Let us know in the comments below.

Here's a video of the car vending machine in action:

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