Near Field Communication - Buying a New or Used Car

Let me just throw this little bit of information out there for you. Outside of attending a one-year-old’s birthday party, filling out a wedding registry, and talking to any insurance agent ever, there is nothing I hate more than going car shopping. As a younger, poorer man, I always swore I would never buy a used car again once I could afford not to. Now, as an older, richer, slightly balder man, I realize how nice it would be to just hand a guy some cash and drive away with his car. Sitting here trying to think of ways NFC could make my life easier, this is one of the first I came up with, and it may just stop me from causing harm to some poor unlucky car salesman one day.

When buying a new car, there’s this dance you have to take part in. You don’t have a choice. If you want a car you have to dance the dance of showing up on the lot, trying to avoid a salesman, getting caught by a salesman, and doing your best not to fall for his or her spiel without some significant forethought. I hate car salesmen… not personally… but as professionals I trust them about as much as lawyers or insurance agents or, you know, Lucifer. NFC, I think, can give me an alternative to dealing with them.

Think about it. What do you need a car salesman for? One of the main things is you need someone there so you don’t have to read and translate every sticker on every car. For myself, I personally don’t know anything about cars. Tell me it has a dual exhaust and I’ll ask you what it needs that second one for. Give me a car with a shiny screen somewhere on the inside so I never get lost, give me some leather seats that heat up for me, hell, give me more than two cup holders, I’m probably getting that car. Granted none of these features can actually get you anywhere, but I’m just trying to be honest. What a great day it would be if I could just hold my phone up to the windshield and get the information that was important to me. Maybe even get approved for credit then and there. Then I just walk in to the dealership, show them what I want, how I want it, and get the deal done. I guess there really is no getting around these guys after all.

If you aren’t in the market for a new car, or if, like me, your feet are just tired from so much dancing, you might be looking for a used car. Now, if every car were fitted with an NFC chip, I could simply walk up to a used car for sale and hold my phone up to it and get the information I might need. The value of the car when it considers the car’s Carfax report might be two of the most important pieces of information to a used car buyer.

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