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Carvana Debuts Its Most Futuristic Retail Wonder Yet

Just drop in a coin at the Hollywood “vending machine.”  

You have to hand it to Carvana for creating a need in the marketplace that few would have guessed even existed. People love vending machines (in that tactile, midcentury throwback sort of way) and they love cars.  

The brand bills itself as the fastest-growing used automotive retailer in U.S. history. The industry pioneer, which buys and sells used cars online, just unveiled its newest car vending machine, in Hollywood. The state-of-the-art steel and glass structure stands eight stories tall with a 27-vehicle capacity, offering South Florida car shoppers a second facility to enjoy a futuristic yet retro car buying experience. (Carvana has an additional location in Miami.) 

Carvana customers can choose to either pick up their vehicle at the car vending machine or have the vehicle delivered to their home. When customers opt for a car vending machine pick up, upon their arrival at the tower, they will be greeted by a customer advocate and receive a commemorative, oversized Carvana coin to activate the automated vending process. Then, Carvana customers get a front-row seat to watch their newly purchased vehicle descend through the brightly lit vending structure from the heart of the all-glass tower. So basically, Carvana is providing an experience as well as a product.

Whether South Floridians are shopping for a spacious crossover with enough cargo room for a family trip to South Beach, or looking to test the towing capacity of an all-wheel drive SUV on a weekend excursion to the Everglades, Carvana offers a nationwide inventory of vehicles at competitive prices.

“We first launched in the Miami area more than six years ago and the response from customers has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Jacari Green, Carvana’s market operations manager. “Since then, we’ve expanded across the Sunshine State with four of our iconic car vending machines. We’re excited to be opening our fifth, most technologically advanced tower in the state, and look forward to bringing even more memorable car-buying experiences to Florida residents.” The new facility is located at 3950 N. 28th Terrace in Hollywood.

Photo by Larry Wood 

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.