Small part creating a big problem for car dealerships
The shortage of microchips always leads to a shortage of new cars.
DICKSON CITY, Pa. – Sylvester Chevrolet is Peckville has wheel drive in its showroom. There just aren’t any real new cars to show off.
“We only had eight Trailblazers last week, and over the course of the week they’ve all sold out. That’s good; we stay afloat, keep pushing things forward. It’s just unfortunate when you have empty land, ”said salesperson Logan Bednash.
Bednash told Newswatch 16 that the dealership is still plagued by the global semiconductor chip shortage.
“We’re going to see it for probably a few more months – vehicles come and go. We sell things as fast as they come, but we can’t replenish what we need,” he said.
It’s the same situation at Gibbons Ford in Dickson City. Owner John Grow said a new truck could have 150 microchips. Electric cars have a few thousand of them.
Ford is preparing to send cars to dealerships that they can show off without chips.
“They’ll ship the chips to us when the supply increases, so our techs put the chips in. You can reserve the vehicle, but we have no idea how long it will take. No idea,” Grow said.
Another thing that doesn’t exist is negotiating a price. Dealers told Newswatch 16 that all new cars are sold for sticker prices. But they still have no problem selling them.
The best advice from dealers if you’re in the market for a new car is to order one, but it can be spring before it arrives.