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  • Carvana planning huge OKC facility with 400 jobs

    Online used auto retailer Carvana is planning a 102-acre vehicle inspection and reconditioning center near Will Rogers Airport.

    Typical Carvana reconditioning center

    Plans obtained by OKCTalk show a 190,000 square foot structure along with space to process and store 10,000 vehicles.

    The Arizona-based company has approximately ten similar facilities throughout the United States which serve as regional hubs for cars they have acquired.

    Reconditioning centers put each vehicle through a 150-point inspection process and minor body repair to ready it for sale. Once a vehicle is certified, the company uses automated photo booths that capture a 360-degree exterior and interior virtual tour of each vehicle which is uploaded to the company’s website.

    360-degree photo booth

    Oklahoma City became Carvana's 30th U.S. market in 2017 when local residents became able to take home delivery of any of the company's vehicles. The company went public and began trading on the New York Stock Exchange that same year and now serves over 250 markets across the country.

    In November of 2019, Carvana opened its only vending machine in the state on Memorial Road just east of Pennsylvania Avenue.

    Carvana facility at 1800 W. Memorial

    Typically, no sales are conducted at inspection and reconditioning centers, and the public is not able to go there to pick up a vehicle.

    Cars are stored on the site until delivered to a buyer’s home, a designated location, or to one of the company’s signature automobile-dispensing towers.

    The proposed location is a large tract at 5500 S. Rockwell and currently occupied by an oilfield supply company. Other Carvana centers of this size employ approximately 400 employees and require a $25 million investment.

    Site plan for proposed facility

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