If you’re an I-270 commuter who’s been curious about the tall glass structure that dominates the skyline at Shady Grove Road, here’s your answer.
Online used car selling site Carvana has opened a bona fide car vending machine in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The eight-story, all-glass tower holds up to 30 vehicles and is a fully automated “coin-operated” vending machine.
It is the 10th such car vending machine Carvana has opened, with others in Houston; Austin, Texas; San Antonio; Dallas; Nashville, Tennessee; Raleigh, North Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; and Tampa, Florida.
Carvana — whose online platform lets buyers bypass the dealer and offers free, as-soon-as-next-day vehicle delivery to buyers homes’ or offices — first entered the D.C. market in 2016. Carvana also offers financing.
To pick up their vehicle from a Car Vending Machine, customers get a commemorative, oversized Carvana coin on-site which activates the vending process and transports the car to the delivery bay.
The Carvana Car Vending Machine is at 15710 Shady Grove Road in Gaithersburg and is open Monday through Saturday.
For buyers who aren’t in the D.C.-area and who still want the vending machine experience, Carvana will help. It will subsidize $200 in airfare and arrange transportation from Dulles International Airport.