Auto Trader unveil world’s first contactless car vending machine

By on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

AutoTrader have launched the first contactless car vending machine, offering motorists a haggle free way  to purchase a brand new car.

The vending machine was installed in London’s Spitalfields Market following a study by Autotrader finding that Brits think they are bad at haggling.

A team of six engineers spent three months designing and building the contactless car dispenser. A custom-made point of sale system and key release function was created, alongside an integrated payment and door release mechanic.

The machine allows purchases of up to £21,000 and you can “buy and go” with a pre-haggled price. This particular car comes with the already agreed price of £16,000 (RRP of £22,470), reflecting the amazing discounts that can be found on AutoTrader.

The installation features a brand new Renault Zoe by Lookers Motor Group, which is one of the most searched electric cars in the country according to search data from AutoTrader. In fact, there has been a 60% rise in electric car registrations over the past year, due to 4 in 5 Brits admitting to being concerned about their carbon footprint.

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.”

Agency: Taylor Herring


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