CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – It’s a small piece of the puzzle – it may stay on the top of your finger, but it’s causing big problems for automakers and dealers. Car dealers across the country are seeing their lots empty every day.
“We’ve never seen anything like it. Until recently this hadn’t affected us too much, we still had a decent amount of inventory to sell, but the last 60 days have really… we have very few cars left, ”Ross said. Sutton, Managing Director of Fremont Motor Company.
Fremont Motor Company sees this trend affecting new and used cars. The car dealership had between five and six hundred vehicles on display all the time. This week, Fremont sees approximately 25 new vehicles and 80 used vehicles on their land.
“Being sort of in the center of state, a lot of people have come to Casper and expected to see a large inventory in our store and other stores here in town and that’s just not the case anymore. Said Sutton.
Fremont Motor Company, like many dealers across the country, has learned this was the result of the semiconductor chip shortage. It’s not just the inventory in the field. Fremont notices a delay in receiving parts from suppliers.
“Some fast moving parts are still available, but there are other parts that just aren’t lit and we can’t even give customers an estimated time of arrival to know when they’ll be here,” said Sutton.
Fremont was doing 150 units regularly every month, but last month they saw 92. Sutton says that while change can be difficult, it helps to know they’re not alone.
“I mean, it’s a big difference and you know it hurts our wallets a little bit, but we feel very lucky to be working and making a living,” Sutton said.
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