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Online Auto Retail Company Carvana Expands Into Minnesota

When I first saw a “Carvana” commercial, I thought it was satirical commentary on our online-obsessed culture. The very thought of ordering a vehicle from an online vending machine and having it dropped off in front of my home was laughable. Well, the joke’s on me, I guess, as Minnesota is the newest market in Carvana’s nationwide expansion.

According to a release, the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, Rochester, and Mankato will be served from a brand new Minneapolis branch. Minnesotans are now able to search for a vehicle from their recliner, press a few buttons, and a Carvana driver will deliver the new wheels like a hot lunch the next day. Also, if you’re in the mood to get rid of your current vehicle but just can’t be bothered to tape a “For Sale” sign in the window and drive it around until someone calls you, Carvana allows you to put your VIN into their online system and you’ll get an instant quote. If you like the price, they’ll send a truck to pick up your wheels and leave you a check.

Carvana’s nationwide inventory consists of more than 15,000 vehicles, and these four new Minnesota markets bring their market presence to 152 areas throughout the U.S. Carvana says every has passed a 150-point inspection, has no frame damage, and has never been in a reported accident.

Not yet introduced to the Minnesota market, Carvana also literally has car vending machines around the country. You can go look at the couple of dozen vehicles in stock and, after making your choice, a representative gives you a huge fake coin that activates the machine. Your new car then filters down to the ground for delivery.

The future is here, and it sounds Insta-worthy.

Valerie Lockhart
Valerie is proud to spend her time immersed in the Minnesota tech scene, whether she’s writing articles for, designing websites, or coordinating events for the Minnesota Women in Technology meetup group.