By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy for The Arizona Republic
Tempe could become the home of Arizona’s first used-car vending machine.
The vending machine would be operated by online used-car dealer Carvana, which already has one of the vending machines in Nashville. Four more are under construction in Dallas and Austin, Texas. The company has a smaller version of the concept in Atlanta as well.
Now the Arizona-based company is looking to place a car-vending machine on a vacant lot at the northwest corner of Gilbert Drive and Scottsdale Road, north of Loop 202. The entire car buying experience takes place online.
Carvana officials are asking the Tempe City Council to allow the company to build the glass, nine-story vending machine and allow automotive retail on land that was designated to be a general industrial district. Company officials note the footprint is much smaller than a typical auto sales lot.
No time is yet set for the project’s opening, if approved.
Carvana is also in the process of moving its corporate headquarters from Phoenix to Tempe, which is expected to open in June at 1930 W. Rio Salado Parkway…
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