Ongoing scarcity of latest and used automobiles drives costs up and choices down


The continuing provide scarcity of latest and used automobiles on the market continues to trigger loads of roadblocks for patrons, together with fewer choices, lengthy waits and better costs.

Calgarian Jesse Waddell was not too long ago out there for a brand new automobile. He informed International Information it was a irritating and totally different expertise.

“We went to a couple dealerships simply to see among the fashions,” he mentioned. “We hoped we would have the ability to get in and simply sit in it, really feel it, contact it, perhaps go for a take a look at drive.”

Waddell mentioned they weren’t in a position to do any of that.

“(Dealerships) actually don’t have something. You may be fortunate to search out one automobile that’s even within the mannequin you need, however overlook the trim and all the opposite fixings.”


Jesse Waddell sits in truck as he waits for brand spanking new automobile to reach.


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Waddell mentioned most sellers additionally informed them it could take about 9 months to a 12 months to get a brand new automobile in.

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The household ultimately narrowed down what they needed and headed to Staightline Kia, the place Waddell mentioned they bought to do a take a look at drive and have been quoted a a lot shorter supply timeline than among the different dealerships.

However, he added, there was a catch.

“We primarily submitted an order for 3 totally different automobiles,” Waddell mentioned. “Whichever one you will get in first — we are going to take.”

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Provide chain woes

Provide chain consultants informed International Information new automobile provide shortages started firstly of the pandemic, when demand was forecast to dwindle considerably.

Gerry Duffy, who teaches provide chain administration and logistics at SAIT, mentioned many automakers reduce manufacturing and in flip, so did different producers that offer them with elements.

He identified when demand picked up once more, provide simply couldn’t sustain.

“Numerous the automotive business remains to be struggling to get their palms on sufficient semi conductor materials with the intention to make the entire elements that they require to place their vehicles collectively.”

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Ongoing provide points end in empty tons at some Calgary automotive dealerships.


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Duffy mentioned it takes time for a lot of of those crops to both ramp up or construct new services and subsequently it may take some time for provides to replenish.

“I’d assume we’ve most likely bought one other 12 months forward of us,” he mentioned.

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A scarcity of latest automobiles has additionally led to a hike in worth for those which can be available on tons. Duffy mentioned a fast turnaround time can imply important hikes from the producer’s recommended retail worth (MSRP).

Waddell mentioned as a result of he ordered the best way he did — and never proper off the lot — he was in a position to pay very near the MSRP for his new automobile.

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Used automotive rush

Costs have additionally risen for a lot of used automobiles because of provide and demand. Many dealerships have put out the decision for used automobiles and plenty of automotive house owners are deciding to get extra bang for his or her buck by posting privately.


One Calgary dealership promoting the necessity for used vehicles.


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“There’s a number of folks which can be very completely happy. They’re saying, ‘My automotive was value $30K, now it’s value $35K,’” Duffy mentioned.

“The draw back to that’s when you’ve bought your automotive for $35K, then it’s essential get one other automotive.”

Waddell went the secure route by buying and selling in his truck. Not solely was he in a position to lock in a worth for his trade-in, he was additionally in a position to put the tax in direction of his new automobile and maintain his truck till his new Kia arrives.

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‘Hopefully two to 3 months,” he mentioned. “However nonetheless no assure.”

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