A 102-acre vehicle inspection and refinishing center near Will Rogers Airport is being planned by online used car retailer Carvana.
(Typical Carvana reconditioning center)
Initiatives obtained by OKCTalk demonstrate a structure of 190,000 square feet and space to process and store 10,000 cars.
In the United States, the Arizona-based corporation has approximately ten similar facilities that act as regional hubs for cars they have purchased.
Maintenance and repair centers placed every vehicle through a process of 150-point inspection and minor repair of the body to prepare it for sale. If a vehicle is licensed, the company uses automated photo booths that capture any vehicle submitted to the company's website for a 360-degree exterior and interior virtual tour.
(360-degree photo booth)
In 2017, when residents were able to take home delivery of any of the company's cars, Oklahoma City became the 30th US market for Carvana. The same year, the company went public and began trading on the New York Stock Exchange and now serves over 250 markets worldwide.
In November of 2019, on Memorial Road just east of Pennsylvania Avenue, Carvana launched the state's first vending machine.
(Carvana facility at 1800 W. Memorial)
Usually, no transactions are carried out at maintenance and refinishing sites, and the public can not go there to pick up a vehicle.
Cars are maintained on the site until delivered to the home of a customer, a designated location, or one of the business's famous automobile-dispensing towers.
A broad track at 5500 S is the proposed site. Rockwell, which is actually occupied by an oilfield supply company. Some Carvana centers of this size hire approximately 400 workers and entail an investment of $25 million.
(Site plan for proposed facility)