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Car Dealerships Still Seeing Shortages as the Holidays Approach

Some of you might be looking to buy your loved ones a car as a gift. We took to the car lots to find out what you can expect during this holiday car buying season.

Posted: Dec 1, 2021 4:14 PM
Updated: Dec 1, 2021 10:25 PM

We’re now heading into the holiday season, and some of you might be looking to buy your loved ones a car. We took to the car lots to find out what you can expect during this holiday car buying season.

The pandemic has caused supply chain issues and chip shortages across numerous industries, but none hit harder than car manufacturers After months of struggles, car lots are still seeing inventory shortages.

“The chip shortage is still a prominent issue with us," said Duke Brubaker, GM of Champion Car Dealership in Owensboro. "We get inventory in, but the problem is that a lot of the inventory we get in has already been pre-sold. Customers have put orders in back in the summer. Those vehicles are built. They’re now showing up, so those vehicles never hit out lot.”

Lots are still looking a little barren. Duke said he’s not sure as to exactly when people can expect to see full lots once again.

“A normal car lot full of cars," asked Brubaker. "I’m not sure when that’s going to happen. It depends on which manufacturer you listen to. I get different news. I just don’t know when that’s going to happen.”

Duke says they still have some options on the lot. If you’d like to get specific about the specs you want your car to have, you may look into pre-ordering which will take between 1-4 months to get you a car.

Duke had one message to anyone in the area thinking about Holiday car shopping.

“Don’t wait," said Brubaker. "Do not wait to buy something the last week of the month or right around Christmas time. If you’re looking for something, start to look now. Look around. Look what’s out there. Look at what’s coming in.”

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