You’re probably sick of hearing about the supply chain. Problems with the flow of goods have haunted us almost as much as the Coronavirus this year. Whether you tried to buy a new car or a new smartphone in the last eight months, you know first hand the frustrations it’s caused.
The auto industry was affected more than most by supply chain problems, and the bad news isn’t over yet. Replacement part production is the latest aspect of the auto manufacturing business to slow to a snail’s pace as
might’ve caused the industry’s initial problems this year, but it’s the labor shortage that’s inflicting this damage. The resulting lack of port space and empty shipping containers has forced drivers to wait weeks for repairs usually done in a day.
How supply chain problems are causing a car parts shortage
The blow the chip shortage inflicted on the auto industry is now a well-told story. Lifted COVID restrictions paired with consumer savings accrued during the pandemic caused a quick spike in demand for new vehicles, but high demand for electronics meant chipmakers couldn’t keep up.
The limited supply of car parts right now is no joke for repair shops. Parts they used to be able to pick up locally are taking weeks to track down. In some cases, wait times are reaching 60 to 90 days.
, garage owner Ross Colket described the parts backorder as “intergalactic.” And while Colket might’ve been overexaggerating, his comment helps illustrate how much supply chain problems have impacted the car repair industry
From increased demand and labor issues in the shipping industry to price spikes in steel and other materials, it seems that every resource problem puts another dent in the business of fixing cars.
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"B.A., English Literature, MedAndrew Koole is an insurance writer who specializes in writing automotive news articles. Andrew’s mission is to create informative and instructional content car owners can use to reduce costs, master repair skills, and learn more about the automotive industry. Andrew has published over 600 articles for Jerry on topics ranging from automaker history to car insurance deductibles. Before joining Jerry in 2021, Andrew split his time between freelance writing in the entertainment and travel industries and creative writing in poetry and fiction. His writing is featured on a variety of arts and travel websites, including his own Ponytail Press.