Massive vending machine spits out cars bought online

For online car buyers, there’s another option to get your car.

Sure, you could pick it up from a used lot or have it delivered. But online car site Carvana has another car vending machine, this time in the Pittsburgh area. Opening Thursday, the eight-story tall glass building holds 27 cars.

After buying online through the Carvana site, buyers get an oversized commemorative “coin” to bring down the car — just like a bag of chips in a vending machine after inserting coins, only a bit bigger. Also in Pennsylvania, two other cities, Erie and Reading, now have next-day vehicle delivery — to your door. But you don’t get the vending machine experience.

The Pittsburgh location, at 1300 Brockwell St. in Bridgeville, PA, just outside of Pittsburgh, is the 16th car vending machine the car seller has across the country. Another one opened in October in the Philadelphia area, so the state is set on access to car-sized vending machines.

As someone on Google Maps said who snapped a shot of the car tower earlier this month, it looks “insane.” It may not be as convenient as straight-to-you-door delivery, but in the age of so much online shopping it seems fun to mix it up. 

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