Mar 20, 2023 - Business

Columbus awaits its Carvana car vending machine

A Carvana car vending machine that opened last month in Denver. Photo: Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Carvana's expensive car vending machine project near Polaris appears to be stuck on the ground floor.

Details: The online used car dealership's plan calls for building a new sales facility with a 75-foot car vending machine on-site.

  • Carvana operates about 35 of these transparent towers ā€” including one in Warrensville, near Cleveland ā€” for customers to pick up their cars after buying them online.
  • The company bought the former Magic Mountain Fun Center site off I-71 for $6.25 million last March, Delaware County auditor's records show.

State of play: Fifteen months after first announcing the plans, the vending machine still isn't built and Carvana is struggling just to stay afloat.

Yes, but: Construction is still happening elsewhere, as Colorado's first Carvana vending machine opened in February.

What they're saying: "We don't have any information to share at the moment," Carvana spokesperson Veronica Cardenas tells Axios, "but we'll be sure to follow up when the time comes."

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