Get ready to compromise as chip shortage limits options, raises prices

In the age of seemingly endless options for cereal, condiments and candies, choice is often taken for granted.

But these days, choice is a luxury when it comes to buying a new or used vehicle.

With the global semiconductor chip shortage hobbling automotive production, vehicle availability is constrained and prices are soaring as automakers are struggling to keep up with demand.

The upshot for consumers shopping for a new or used vehicle during the July 4 holiday weekend is that flexibility is paramount.

That is, embrace the Rolling Stones philosophy: You can’t always get what you want.

Chip shortage hobbles availability

“The No. 1 thing – and it will be really obvious when people show up at the dealership lot – is there simply won’t be the selection you’re accustomed to,” said Ivan Drury, analyst at car research site Edmunds.

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Retired Fire Chief Has The Classic Car Bug

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We hear this infection just keeps spreading…

Life really is better when appreciating classic cars, as clearly demonstrated by Pat Aust, the retired Redondo Beach fire chief. It’s not really surprising to find someone in California who’s really into cars, considering at least at one point the Golden State was considered by many to be the mecca for automotive enthusiasts in the United States. Still, Aust’s collection is impressive and includes not only classic cars but also some firetrucks.

Find out how California is angering car enthusiasts here.

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Aust tries to keep his classic cars in fantastic condition. Unless he’s taking them to the occasional car show, he keeps them in the garage instead of risking that something could happen to them. While they might be garage queens, you have to admit examples like his

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Electric car sales surge as dealers go digital but overall registrations slide 40%: reaction

New car registrations fell by almost 40 per cent last month despite a surge in sales of electric vehicles, industry figures have revealed.

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© Battery electric vehicle uptake grew by 2,206 units, or 54.4 per cent, to take a 6.9 per cent slice …

Just over 90,200 cars were registered UK-wide in January – down 39.5 per cent on the same month in 2020, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

It marks the industry’s worst start to a year since 1970 as showrooms across the country remained shut due to Covid lockdown measures.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “Following a £20.4 billion loss of revenue last year, the auto industry faces a difficult start to 2021.

“The necessary lockdown will challenge society, the economy and our industry’s ability to move quickly towards our ambitious environmental goals.

“Lifting the shutters will secure jobs, stimulate the essential

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