Microchip shortage delays car repairs, increases auto sales

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Over the past year, a shortage of microchips has impacted car manufacturing.

Paul Flogel is the Program Director for the Automotive Technology Department at Madison College. He says the tiny pieces are having a big impact.

“You talk about one small little thing, but it’s multiple small little things,” said Flogel.

He says computer technology in cars has grown steadily over the past 30 years.

“The same type of technology in your phones and home computers are in our vehicle. It’s the same type of thing,” said Flogel.

Mechanics around the Madison area are adapting and fixing what they can on cars.

“We deal with the shortages,” said Flogel. “We’ll modify and we’ll do things to make it happen.”

He says some repairs need the right parts.

“Sometimes it’s just a wait. That’s kind of the hard part because we’re not used to doing that,” said

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On his days off, SC BBQ restaurant owner repairs cars and donates them to the needy | News

McCLELLANVILLE — When it came time for Eliot Middleton to get a driver’s license, his father, a mechanic, gave him two cars.

The catch, said Middleton, was that neither car worked. One needed an engine and the other needed a transmission, and it was up to him to make one working car out of the two.

He succeeded, and after graduating from Lincoln High School he trained to become an auto mechanic, then spent years working in or operating repair and transmission shops in the Charleston area.

These days Middleton, 38, co-owns and operates a barbeque restaurant in Awendaw, but he’s putting his automotive experience to good use. He repairs donated vehicles and gives them to people who need one through a nonprofit he established.

“This gives me a chance to work on cars again, at my own pace,” Middleton said.

At his mother’s blue cinderblock home in McClellanville, where

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The Most Expensive Car Repairs That Will Make You Want To Sell

car engine repair.

car engine repair.

Every time a car experiences a mechanical failure, it gives the owner a stark choice — to repair or not to repair. Depending on the age of the car, the cost of the car and the type of repair, the fix is often worth it. In some cases, however, it’s best to just cut your losses and sell. So how do you know which is the right choice?

See: The 29 Biggest Car Mistakes That Will Cost You

Owners will often attach sentimental value to their vehicles beyond the real value. While no one can tell you a car’s personal worth, here are the times when the expense simply doesn’t make financial or practical sense.

Last updated: March 19, 2021

Close up picture of car motor lifted up.

Close up picture of car motor lifted up.

Engine Replacement

“Major engine damage” are three words that no driver ever wants to hear. If you’re still protected

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