Shopping for a new vehicle is an exciting time, but if you want to buy a new vehicle in 2021, you can expect your experience to be slightly different. Typically, you could walk into Northtown Subaru or any local dealership and find a wide array of models to choose from. While we still try to keep our inventory fresh and diverse, this year has made doing so a bit more challenging. In the content below, you will find an overview of the challenges Northtown Subaru has had to overcome this year and what you can expect when purchasing a new vehicle in 2021.

Lack of Inventory

The year 2021 has been filled with many challenges, and gaining access to new Subaru inventory has been one of our top issues at Northtown Subaru. When a global pandemic hit, many factories and production lines were forced to shut down for long time increments. This hit automakers hard, causing weeks-long shutdowns at many automotive plants. As a result, it put new vehicles months behind in their release. To this day, dealerships like Northtown Subaru are still struggling to build up their inventory to even a portion of what it was pre-pandemic. Finding the exact vehicle you are looking for will be a challenge in Amherst. If you manage to find the perfect model, it is likely to be priced higher than what it would normally be. The situation that the world has been facing has affected every aspect of consumer purchasing, especially in the automotive market.

Delay in Ordering

Some vehicle shoppers may think they can avoid the shortage of new inventory by ordering their dream vehicle straight from the manufacturer. While this may seem like a good plan, it doesn't pan out as you would think. In fact, vehicle manufacturing plants are so far behind in their production that it would take a couple of months to get a special-order vehicle produced and delivered. If there is a strong likelihood that you won't be able to find the vehicle you want in the limited inventory in Amherst, waiting a few months for a special-order vehicle may be a viable option. If you can't wait that long, your next best choice is to opt for a Certified Pre-Owned model from Northtown Subaru.

Chip Shortage

Due to delays in production and shipping, the chips necessary for vehicle functionality are being released at a slower pace than ever before. This means some vehicles are being sold without functions that require chip functionality, like remote start, while other vehicles are at a halt until essential chips become more readily available. This microchip shortage has been a big roadblock for many automakers, and shoppers from Tonawanda to Buffalo are feeling the effects of this hardship.

Talk to Your Lender for Extension Solutions

If your lease is almost up and you are worried about the lack of available vehicles, you should reach out to your lender to discuss your options. Nearly all lenders are allowing customers to extend their lease due to the difficult circumstances most families face. You don't want to ignore the problem, which will likely cause even bigger issues. Get in touch with your lender, be honest, and inquire about how they might be able to assist you with a lease extension or loan term modifications.

Overcoming the Challenges of 2021

Car-buying in 2021 will be an all-new experience for buyers in Amherst, but our resilient community has faith in Northtown Subaru to provide quality vehicles as soon as they are available. In the meantime, our staff is here to help in any way we can. We are all in this together.

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