Car vending machine lets you buy a Renault Zoe instantly
A car vending machine has been launched today in London’s Spitalfields Market, allowing customers to buy a brand-new car instantly.
Auto Trader launched the bespoke vending machine today selling a Renault Zoe electric car for a “pre-haggled” price of £16,000.
The vending machine, understood to be the UK’s first, includes an integrated door release and payment system, which means customers can purchase a car instantly with a tap of their card.
Meet the world's first contactless car vending machine. Have you spotted it yet around London?
You can actually buy this Renault Zoe from @Lookers_Renault at a pre-haggled price using contactless payment! Head down to Spitalfields to take a look for yourself.#tapanddrive pic.twitter.com/TErMZJ63vN
— Auto Trader (@AutoTrader_UK) August 21, 2019
“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 publication said.
“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.”
Six engineers are understood to have spent three months developing the vending machine, which Auto Trader believes could be the future of automotive retail, removing salesmen and the stress of price haggling.
According to a recent survey of 2000 people conducted by Auto Trader, 92 per cent of Brits said they were bad at haggling when it came to buying a car, while 89 per cent found it embarrassing and uncomfortable.
An Auto Trader spokesperson added: “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.”