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There’s this box that some dealers are installing in cars. If you haven’t made your payment, it shuts the car down. Targeted at customers with poor credit, it’s a way for “buy here, pay here” dealers to reduce their risk (did you know that car sales slang for a person with poor credit is “a roach”?).

One such box is made by Payment Protection Systems. Video example here.

In a sense, it’s not much different than the Repo Man coming to get your car if you don’t make your payment. But there’s some hint in this article that this might become more prevalent — remember that modern cars are basically computer-controlled systems.

Alex Eckelberry
(Hat tip to Catherine)