TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on a world scarcity of microchips which has drastically harm native automotive dealerships.

New automobiles require over 1,000 microchips to perform correctly. With out this key element, automobiles are unable to function. Ongoing transport delays have additionally resulted within the low provide of automobiles.

This scarcity has affected many native dealerships, particularly Fuson automotive. The Vice President, David Fuson, says his lot has by no means regarded so empty.

“Usually we inventory round between 80 to 90 new automobiles and we’re down to five,” says Fuson.

He attributes the low inventory to transport points. He says his enterprise has offered over 60 automobiles, however none of them have been delivered.

“These semi-conductors come into the West coast ports that are simply slowed down. They can not get the product via they can not get merchandise via. whether or not it is semi-conductors auto elements all the pieces” says Fuson.

Gross sales guide, Garrett Brown, says prospects perceive the delay however have gotten impatient.

“The purchasers are very antsy. I imply it is positively a consumers market. Everyone seems to be curious about buying and selling of their automobiles and getting new ones” says Brown.

Fuson encourages customers seeking to buy new automobiles to start the method sooner somewhat than later. He additionally recommends buying and selling in previous automobiles as a result of the worth you’ll get in return is a file excessive.