Instead of driving up to a local dealership to find row upon row of new cars to choose from, you will probably be more likely to find a few new cars here and there along with a random assortment of used cars. Unfortunately, dealerships all across the country are dealing with inventory issues due to a variety of industry supply-chain problems and other production problems related to the Covid-19 pandemic. There is a high consumer demand along with a serious shortage of vehicles which is making it difficult for consumers to shop for a new vehicle. What, then, can consumers do to get a new vehicle? If you aren’t in a position where you can wait for a period of time, you might need to get creative and think outside the box in order to find a new car. Here are some helpful tips and expert advice for car shopping during the current vehicle shortage.
With less inventory available, you may not be able to find a suitable vehicle in your area. Therefore, you can increase your chances of finding a car by expanding your search radius. Thanks to today’s technological advances, you have the ability to shop for a car anywhere in the country. If you are open to purchasing a car in another state and having it shipped to you, you are increasing the odds that you will be able to find a car.
Although all cars are in short supply, used cars are in somewhat better supply than brand new ones. This is caused by a global chip shortage that is severely constraining the supply of new vehicles. Manufacturers are unable to get the tiny semiconductor chips that are needed to build new cars and this has brought the production of new vehicles across the nation to a halt. Thus, car dealers are left with empty lots as manufacturers await shipments of semiconductor chips. While this has certainly pushed up the demand for used vehicles, you will find that there is still a bigger selection of pre-owned vehicles available and they will come at a more affordable price.
While you cannot actually purchase a car on Facebook Marketplace, you can search for one and make a connection with a seller. As a result of the current vehicle shortage, the used car market on Facebook Marketplace is hotter than ever. Due to lower inventory, people are looking to places other than dealerships to buy a car and Facebook Marketplace is a great resource. In fact, it has become one the most popular social media platforms to advertise used cars from private sellers.
In the pre-pandemic days you may have squabbled over the color, accessories, and additional options available on your vehicle but these days you don’t have room to be so picky. The pickier you are, the longer you will have to wait. If you are willing to be flexible on the specs of your car there’s a better chance you will get it much sooner.
Trucks and SUVs are definitely the most popular vehicles on the market. If you are willing to consider looking into another type of vehicle such as a sedan, you may have better luck finding more options.
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The hardest thing for people researching car moving companies to understand is that the prices they are getting are not hard and fast gaurantees, but rather ESTIMATES of what one company thinks it will take to get a vehicle moved promptly versus another company's opinion of what it will take. Don't be fooled, there are not carriers committed to take your vehicle at these quoted prices, the company you choose will still have to get to work getting a carrier to commit to move it at the price they quote you.
Your total price breaks down into two parts, the broker's fee (or 'deposit' as everyone calls it) and the carriers fee (your COD amount) Make no mistake about this, EVERYONE YOU ARE GETTING SALES CALLS FROM IS GOING TO BROKER YOUR MOVE. In this industry, there are brokers who try to fool you into thinking that they are the actual carriers and there are an equal amount of carriers who sell themselves on the fact that they have a truck or two but are not being honest about the fact that they broker out 90% of the orders they book. Here is a quick easy way to tell, if a company takes an up front fee, whether they call it a deposit or any other name, they are a broker. Carriers do not take any payment until the vehicle is delivered.
In our opinion, you are crazy to do so. Have you ever been paid up front for the work that you perform for your employer? Why would you pay a fee up front when there are reliable and trustworthy companies like ours that won't ask for it until we provide you with your carriers details?
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will be between one and two weeks. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.