Auto Trader launches Britain’s first contactless car vending machine in London’s Spitalfields Market. Being one of the most searched for electric cars in the country, the vending machine contained a Renault Zoe EV which was provided by Lookers.
Data collected from an Auto Trader survey shows that out of 2000 British motorists:
- 92% said they are bad at haggling over a car purchase.
- 89% find the process embarrassing and uncomfortable.
Haggling on prices topped their list of anxieties about buying a new car (41%), hidden costs (39%), worrying about making the wrong decision (28%) and having to wait a long time to receive a car after buying it (25%).
An Auto Trader Spokesperson 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.”
A team of six engineers spent three months designing and building the contactless car dispenser.