Chip storage is creating a new car desert. Dealerships pushing used cars instead.

As the U.S. auto market recovers from a difficult 2020, many dealers are struggling to keep their lots stocked with new cars. In July, the average new car took 35 days to sell -- nearly a full week faster than in June.  This quick turnaround is due in part to the microchip shortage and the […]

STAUNTON — Matthew Walsh said normally there would be up to 2,200 cars on the lots at the 15 Carter Myers Automotive dealerships in the state. Now, they have a total of 363.

“That makes it hard for us to provide selection for customers and typically, if you were buying a car, you’d come in and you could test drive three or four different models of say a Honda CRV. Now … we may not even have a CRV on the ground to show you,” he said.

Carter Myers Automotive (CMA) has a total of 15 dealerships — in Staunton, Charlottesville, Colonial Heights, Williamsburg and Winchester — selling a variety of cars including Honda, Volkswagen, Nissan, Dodge Jeep Ram, Subaru, Kia, Hyundai, Chevrolet and Ford.

According to Car and Driver, a semiconductor chip shortage is affecting the price of used cars and the supply chain of new cars. The

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Best Bike Storage 2021: Bike Stands, Wall Mounts, Indoor Racks, Sheds

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Storing bikes is always a challenge – especially in urban areas where, ironically, bikes are most useful. If thrown in the garage or entryway, bicycles can be an eyesore at best and a space-eating wall-scuffer at worst. And, unless you live in a utopia with zero rain and zero crime, leaving bikes outside isn’t an option either. Luckily, there are a number of clever, space-saving apparatuses for stashing bikes. The best bike storage solutions include racks, outdoor tents and hooks that keep your two-wheeler safe and out of the way.

What is the Best Type of Bike Storage?

The best bike storage options aren’t one-size-fits-all solutions. Because every home is different – and everyone has different storage preferences

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