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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 05-17-2019, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone every bought a car through Carvana? What was your experience?

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Out of curiosity, I googled "Carvana San Jose" and the search returned a location in an industrial area for a junk yard (recycled truck parts). Nothing resembling a vending machine or late model car lot in the google satellite view. Not exactly a solid first impression.

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Arenít they the vending machine car sales people? Two things I would not buy from a vending machine; egg sandwiches and cars.
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I’ve had friends that have purchased and all were extremely pleased. I think they even include a test period where if you’re not happy, they’ll pick it back up. I wouldn’t hesitate to use them.
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Car vending machines...

This screams "MILLENNIAL", doesn't it!!
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If you're ok buying a car, site unseen, I guess it's cool.

I've done that with a new car, but would not do on a used car.
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Interesting title, in any version of Carvana I might envision, there's a woman involved, but hey, that's just me... ;o)
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I enjoy the "game" of buying a vehicle from a dealership. I am not comfortable with buying a vehicle as if it was a on line wheelbarrow sale. Recently I was getting a oil change at a dealership and a young sale dude noticed my car and offered to blow me away with a new car deal by trading in my unit. I told him you got till my oil change is done. He came back proud as punch with the trade in offer with documents from various dealer sponsored evaluation companies. My trade in value was about 40% under valued, I laughed out loud and left.
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Even though I protested, my daughter once insisted on dragging me to CarMax to look at cars. With my phone in hand I proved to her on the spot that with current sales promotions she could actually buy the brand new version of the two year old car she was looking at cheaper at the dealership. I knew as much going in so you get the idea of my opinion of THAT company.

I get the idea that Carvana is out to steal customers from CarMax. Looking at a sample of the stuff available nearby and contrasting it with private party sales I see the Carvana prices seem to be around four to five thousand dollars higher than local asking prices. Even higher than what some local car lots are asking for equivalent vehicles. I can't think of a reason for such a huge markup.

I recall when when a minivan insanely cut me off on the interstate the other day. Causing my to yell "WTF? Are you freaking retarded or what?" Then I saw their CarMax sticker on the back. "Oh. Ooooh. I'm terribly sorry and do apologize. I didn't realize."
Not that they could hear me at all, but you know. I shall be adding people who are sporting Carvana sales stickers to my list of people who are allowed to drive that way. Because of, well....
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That vending machine thing is real. There are at least a dozen or so. While it's a gimmicky marketing idea it's an inexpensive way to store vehicles compared to a lot. You can cram 30-40 cars into one and it uses automated retrieval. Basically an automatic garage. I first saw these about 15 years ago at the main VW plant in Wolfsburg where they hold about 400 cars each. The place is massive and even has a kind of themed entertainment area but about the various VW group cars. When the cars roll off the line they are stored in a couple of these glass towers with automated retrieval until the buyer comes for them. Over there they don't so much buy off the lot as they do have the car they want built for them. Then they go get it. I had some pics but can't find them. I did Google this though...

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I bought a car through Truecar.com, got a very good deal and avoided all the dealer BS. They are also one of the companies that the USAA buying service goes through.

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I recall when when a minivan insanely cut me off on the interstate the other day. Causing my to yell "WTF? Are you freaking retarded or what?" Then I saw their CarMax sticker on the back. "Oh. Ooooh. I'm terribly sorry and do apologize. I didn't realize."




I guess there's one in Charlotte now, might have to roll by the next time I'm up there.

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What happens if your car gets stuck in the vending machine just like the potato chips always do?
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What happens if your car gets stuck in the vending machine just like the potato chips always do?
Give it a good shake and it will come out for ya.
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Give it a good shake and it will come out for ya.

Can you imagine a scenario where that happens, in say LA, and a minor earthquake happens and the car comes out the slot
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