Used car dealer Carvana Co. is investing $500 million in new facilities and hiring thousands of employees, betting that recent consumer shifts toward buying vehicles online will outlast the pandemic.
Carvana and other online retailers have benefited from coronavirus-related lockdowns and a consumer shift toward e-commerce. The Tempe, Ariz.-based company, which has operated as an online retailer since it sold its first car eight years ago, sold 244,111 cars in 2020, up 37% compared with the prior year. That’s in contrast to wider industry trends. Registrations for used cars—a proxy for sales—declined 7% last year to 37.2 million compared with 2019, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association.
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