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The global Semi-Conductor shortage causing major problems for car manufacturers.

You may not have heard of a semi-conductor chip before and if you have you might not know the scale of which theses are use in the world today. 

In March 2021 a major semi-conductor chip factory in Japan had a fire causing major disruption to their chip production. 

Before this event there had already been a growing shortage due to the increased requirement of chips as countries relaxed lockdown restrictions and manufactures up their production levels.

These chips are used in most digital products such as computers, phone and televisions. 

But It’s impacting the manufacturing of vehicles, because on modern vehicles most come with a digital dashboard and large middle console screens both of which require semiconductor chip. 

Most new cars have these high-tech dashboards and screens as standards now so the chips have become a must for manufacturers.


KPMG says the result of this shortage will cost car manufactures $100 Billion in revenue. 

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What Have Car Manufactures Done?

All manufactures have reacted differently for example Mercedes paused the production of the GLC model for 3 months, whilst Mini have pause their whole production in oxford for a short period. 

The VW group has produced 100,000 less than they had projected to in Q1, due to having to close a factory. 

Any small delays have a big knock-on effect in the production of vehicles therefore you should expect delays. 

Manufactures are having to adapt and think more like the major tech companies as this shortage doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.

Currently leads times are being extended to around 14-16 weeks for most new built cars but with the constant flow of orders and limited arability of chips it is possible this could slip further. 

Due to this new in stock prebuilt vehicles are being targeted, therefore significantly reducing the level of in stock vehicles available on the market.  

If you are looking for a new car or you have a leased or financed vehicle which is due up in the next 3 months, we would strongly advise reviewing your plans with your current car and if you are seeking a new vehicle then looking to place an order to secure a vehicle as soon as possible. 

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