Chip Shortage Expected to Increase New Car Price Tags
Just when automakers thought they were turning the corner on a pandemic prompted slow down in car buying, a new problem is making it harder to churn out vehicles.
Semiconductors are in short supply worldwide, stalling vehicle production and upping the prices at the dealership.
Honda recently announced that it will shutter three Japanese plants for a handful of days next month as a result of the shortage, while BMW is set to pump the brakes on production in Germany and England, Bloomberg reports. They join the likes of Mitsubishi, Jaguar and Volvo, among other global auto manufacturers slowing production.
Meanwhile, Ford Motor Co. dialed back its earnings expectations for the year, citing the shortage.
The shortage is the result of a confluence of events, largely driven by the coronavirus pandemic. Here is how Car and Driver’s Sebastian Blanco describes it:
“At the start of the pandemic a year ago, automakers reduced their orders, thinking that they wouldn't be able to build as many new cars as they originally thought. When the market rebounded, automakers discovered that chip suppliers were busy fulfilling orders for computers and gaming consoles, given that the companies building consumer electronics didn't see a pandemic-related decline. Just the opposite, in fact.”
Now, chip manufacturers cannot even keep up with the demand from tech companies. Apple has said the slowdown is making it harder for the company to fill orders for devices.
If there is one group that is not crying over the chip catastrophe, it is car dealers. Less supply means dealers can charge a higher price for their vehicles.
"I'll take this till I'm six feet under," Mike Bowsher, who runs a Buick-GMC dealership near Atlanta, recently told Reuters. "Customers are coming in just saying, 'I'll take it, full sticker, get it ready.' It's nuts."
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