October 18, 2021

Chip storage is building a new car desert. Dealerships pushing applied autos in its place.

STAUNTON — Matthew Walsh stated generally there would be up to 2,200 cars and trucks on the heaps at the 15 Carter Myers Automotive dealerships in the state. Now, they have a total of 363.

“That helps make it tricky for us to offer range for consumers and commonly, if you ended up obtaining a automobile, you’d appear in and you could exam push 3 or 4 diverse styles of say a Honda CRV. Now … we may perhaps not even have a CRV on the ground to demonstrate you,” he explained.

Carter Myers Automotive (CMA) has a complete of 15 dealerships — in Staunton, Charlottesville, Colonial Heights, Williamsburg and Winchester — offering a wide variety of vehicles which include Honda, Volkswagen, Nissan, Dodge Jeep Ram, Subaru, Kia, Hyundai, Chevrolet and Ford.

In accordance to Vehicle and Driver, a semiconductor chip scarcity is influencing the selling price of used autos and the supply chain of new automobiles. The semiconductor chips, which have a microchip processor, are vital due to the fact it can command every little thing from screens to fuel administration and stability management, according to ConsumerReports.org. The desire for these chips rose all through the COVID-19 pandemic and the scarcity is envisioned to previous until eventually next 12 months.