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Car Supply To Dealers Still Trails Demand

by Debby Stricker

Bergkoetter’s Chevrolet-Buick dealer Ron Bergkoetter can hardly keep new cars on the lot. The supply comes slowly, mostly due to a shortage of computer chips needed in manufacturing.

“It’s not getting any better,” he said of the vehicle delivery slow-down that is approaching 1 1/2 years.  A three month strike by  the United Auto Workers against General Motors halted production in late 2019 and early 2020. That was followed by a two month shut-down when COVID restrictions started in March 2020, which in turn contributed to a shortage of computer chips which is further slowing production.

Bergkoetter would like to have 30 new vehicles on the lot. He currently has four. 

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