Typically when ordering a new car, you can expect for it to take six to maybe even eight weeks before it arrives at the dealership. Now though, that lead time has drastically increased for car manufactures around the globe, due to a semi-conductor computer chip shortage and production problems caused by Covid-19.
Semi-conductors have had a huge impact on our society. You find them at the heart of everything we use in our day-to-day lives. Anything that's computerized or uses radio waves depends on semi-conductors, that's phones, tablets, computers, laptops and, you guessed it, cars!
The lack of semi-conductors has been affecting an array of companies for almost a year now. It initially stemmed from increased demand for personal computers, tablets and smartphones during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, which meant the supply was directed away from the car and van industry. On top of this, the industry is also facing Covid-related closures at factories around the world, and at international shipping ports, leading to increased delays for car manufacturers and dealerships around the world.
With waiting times for some car models increasing, and some gadgets becoming harder to find the BBC published a quote from Ben Wood, from the CCS Insight consultancy, stating "Products could get more expensive - or at least not fall in price over time as you would normally expect, and supply will be limited. So if there's a gadget you really want to get, don't think about hanging around to see if there's a better deal in a few months' time." Read the full article here.
Perhaps your finance agreement is due to end in six months time, or you are thinking about getting a new car after Christmas - now is the time to get the ball rolling, or the wheels turning in this case!
Our experienced team here at Birchwood are here to make your new car buying experience a seamless one, even if it does now takes a little longer than usual. That's why we are encouraging our customers to forward-order their brand new car well in advance. And, with many fantastic offers currently available there's even less time to delay in ordering your brand-new vehicle today!