Auto Trader's new vending machine automates the process of car buying by allowing shoppers to do everything via mobile

Auto dealers and showrooms are continuing to experiment with their formats and synchronization with consumers' increasingly digital and mobile-first lifestyles. Among them is the dealership company Auto Trader, now offering a contactless car vending machine in London where shoppers can purchase a new vehicle right from their phones.

That's right: no more car salesmen, no more test drives, no more confusion—all that's required is a phone. To avoid haggling, the cars come from a local dealership with a set price. Consumers can purchase the car from their phone, using Apple Pay or credit card. While there are other car vending machines available, Auto Trader's is the first to automate the process through a smartphone.

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The cars in the vending machine cost up to $25,400, a price point that makes it easier for shoppers who plan to complete the entire process through their phones. Once each car is purchased, the machine releases the vehicle and the buyer can drive home. Finally, buying a car can be as easy as buying a bottle of water.

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Auto dealers and showrooms are continuing to experiment with their formats and synchronization with consumers' increasingly digital and mobile-first lifestyles. Among them is the dealership company Auto Trader, now offering a contactless car vending machine in London where shoppers can purchase a new vehicle right from their phones.

That's right: no more car salesmen, no more test drives, no more confusion—all that's required is a phone. To avoid haggling, the cars come from a local dealership with a set price. Consumers can purchase the car from their phone, using Apple Pay or credit card. While there are other car vending machines available, Auto Trader's is the first to automate the process through a smartphone.