Auto Trader Tests Automatic Car Dispenser
The vending machine, installed in London, features a Renault Zoe with a pre-haggled price, meaning it can be purchased on the spot.
Auto Trader has launched Britain’s first car vending machine, giving consumers a chance to buy a brand-new car with their phones. Since Brits hate haggling (89% said they find it embarrassing and uncomfortable, according to a recent survey), the dispenser offers motorists a haggle-free way to purchase a vehicle.
A team of six engineers spent three months designing and building the dispenser. A custom-made point of sale system and key release function was created, alongside an integrated payment and door release mechanism.
A spokesperson for Auto Trader said: “Buying a brand-new car is an exciting experience, but it can often be tarnished by anxiety around haggling and knowing whether you’re looking at the right price.
“So today we’re showcasing a real-life version on what can be found on Auto Trader; brand new cars at transparent pre-haggled prices that you can drive away today.
“The only difference is that this Renault Zoe can be purchased at the touch of a card, testing London car buyers’ appetite for electric cars as well as a more instant purchasing future.”