Britain’s first contactless car vending machine was recently launched in London courtesy of Auto Trader, giving people the chance to buy a brand new vehicle on the spot.
The installation allows for purchases of up to £21,000 ($25,495) and is of course “haggle-free”, meaning you can just buy and go. It took a team of six engineers three months to design and build the contactless car dispenser, which features a custom-made point of sale system, a key release function, integrated payment and door release mechanism.
Inside is a brand new Renault Zoe, one of the most sought-after electric cars in Britain – in the past month alone there have been nearly half a million (463,277) searches for electric vehicles on Auto Trader.
The Zoe costs £16,000 (RRP of £22,470), a sum that has already been agreed with the dealer. Reportedly, nearly 7 in 10 Brits think that if cars were sold online, pricing would be “clearer and more consistent”.
“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,” said a spokesperson for Auto Trader. “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.”