The worldwide chip scarcity is now inflicting almost half of automotive customers to exit the market or postpone a brand new car buy for the subsequent a number of months in response to new client analysis from Kelley Blue Ebook. The August 2021 survey seemed into automotive customers’ present views and intentions given the state of an automotive market affected by stock shortages and record-high car costs.

a car parked on the side of a building: Car shoppers are considering switching intended brands, vehicle categories, purchasing used vehicles or postponing purchase altogether in the midst of the chip shortage, according to Kelley Blue Book’s latest report.

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Automobile customers are contemplating switching supposed manufacturers, car classes, buying used autos or suspending buy altogether within the midst of the chip scarcity, in response to Kelley Blue Ebook’s newest report.

Outcomes of the survey point out that 90 p.c of customers are conscious of the new-vehicle stock scarcity issues at dealerships. Greater than half of customers are conscious of the reason for the scarcity, and 71 p.c are accustomed to the results of the scarcity on the automotive market.


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“The most recent Kelley Blue Ebook analysis signifies that the majority customers anticipate unfavourable impacts on the automotive market because of the chip scarcity, from elevated costs to stock shortages and longer supply occasions,” stated Vanessa Ton, senior business intelligence supervisor for Kelley Blue Ebook.

Customers additionally perceive that the problem is usually common throughout the business: 79 p.c stated the scarcity impacts each home and import car manufacturers, 76 p.c stated all manufacturers will likely be impacted, and 71 p.c stated all car classes are impacted.

Of automotive customers at the moment out there 48 p.c say they’re prone to postpone their buy because of the chip scarcity. Inside these keen to postpone, 40 p.c stated they might be keen to attend seven months or longer, about 40 p.c stated they might wait three-to-six months and 12 p.c stated lower than two months.

These unwilling to postpone their automotive shopping for plans are contemplating switching supposed manufacturers, car classes or buying used autos as a substitute.

“With a big portion of the in-market inhabitants now saying they plan to delay their buy given the present market situations, it will likely be fascinating to see how that might affect the continuing delicate steadiness of provide, demand and pricing throughout the business. Long run, OEMs are doubtless experimenting with made-to-order deliveries for customers,” Ton stated.

Roughly a 3rd of all surveyed stated they might be keen to pay above MSRP — as much as a 13 p.c premium, or roughly $5,600 extra primarily based on the newest Kelley Blue Ebook Common Transaction Costs.

Automobile customers are additionally keen to journey between 50 and 200 miles exterior of their native are to seek out their desired car. Nonetheless, lower than 20 p.c are keen to drive greater than 200 miles.

Within the restricted market, customers have been extra versatile with their buying selections: 35 p.c are keen to shift from an imported to a home model, 32 p.c are keen to modify manufacturers, 31 p.c would shift car classes, 38 p.c are keen to shift from buying a brand new car to a used car. Solely 18 p.c stated they might contemplate shifting from shopping for used to new.

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