DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — For the time being, the days when you can go buy a brand new car off the lot are over.
Last year, a global chip shortage created a huge blow in the automotive industry when production slowed down dramatically.
Chips are essential components in new cars and the shortage left several dealerships without cars to sell. Many lots were relatively empty — and a year later, the situation is worse.
The General Sales Manager at Mercedes-Benz of Dothan, Nick Harris said this has caused pre-orders of cars to skyrocket.
“The inventory levels is at an all time low and for the near future it’s not looking to get any better whatsoever, most people are ordering 6, 7 and 8 months in advance,” Harris said.
Him along with other auto dealers, don’t expect the inventory shortage to end anytime soon.