Car Vending Machine Opens in Singapore

Wed 24 May

With a touch of a button, customers can get their hands on new Lamborghini's, Ferrari's, Maserati's and more, with a Singaporean car dealer turning his showroom floor into a sky-high 'vending machine'.

The 15-storey, glass 'car showroom' is based six-kilometres from Singapore's CBD and can display up to 60 cars at one time.

AMB Car Vending Machine Source: Performance Drive

Customers can view all the cars on a hand-held tablet, and once they choose one to inspect, the car is lowered down by an elevator to the customer in two minutes whilst a video of the car is played.

The showrooms owner, Gary Hong, has said that sales have risen by 30% since their new structure was opened in December.

He said the idea came when buying his son, a toy car and seeing how Matchbox cars were displayed in the store.

Singapore is the third most population-dense city in the world, and so, Hong decided to be thriftier with how he used space to display his cars.

"We needed to meet our requirement of storing a lot of cars and at the same time, we wanted to be creative and innovative."

Hong can now display his products with a floor-space 5 times smaller than his old showroom.

There are currently six 'vending-machine style' car showrooms around the globe, with 5 in the US run by auto retailer Carvana.

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