between Lack of latest automobiles on PEI All through the COVID-19 pandemic, some PEI automotive sellers say they’re being advised by producers that provides and stock ought to begin in March or April.

“It is nonetheless too early for stock predictions for the calendar yr, however I’d say issues are extra constructive than in 2021,” mentioned Lisa Doyle-McBain, govt director of the PEI Vehicle Sellers Affiliation (PEIADA).

Nonetheless, some islanders have already taken their very own measures to adapt to produce chain delays.

Kensington resident Gordon Coffin is reluctantly driving his convertible in the course of winter whereas he awaits the four-year-old he ordered in September.

“I am not going to place winter tires on a convertible, okay,” Coffin mentioned. “It isn’t what I ought to be driving.”

Gordon Coffin is seen with the convertible he is been driving since final summer time as a result of the brand new automotive he ordered in September hasn’t arrived but. (Submitted by Gordon Coffin)

For the previous few years, he is pushed four-on-four vans ideally suited to resist harsh winters, however he mentioned he’d prefer to downsize and get a brand new hybrid car as properly.

The coffin was anticipated to reach earlier than winter. However due to the delay, the one choice they’ve is to be extraordinarily cautious the place they go together with their automotive.

Regardless of noticing low stock on the Summerside automotive lot, Coffin mentioned he is aware of different individuals who have acquired their orders on time.

“My seller was very up entrance with me and says, ‘We’re having provide chain points,'” Coffin mentioned.

“Christmas has come and gone and the seller has been liable, however apparently there may be nothing the seller can do.”


Doyle-McBain mentioned producers sometimes supply extra incentives for final yr’s fashions than dealerships sometimes obtain within the first quarter of subsequent yr, which implies patrons can get a mixture of decrease costs, money again or decrease financing charges. Can get it.

“Prospects are very understanding and affected person and are keen to attend for his or her manufacturing facility orders, and typically it is as much as six months,” Doyle-McBain mentioned.

For these ready on their automobiles, Doyle-McBain mentioned the autos had been ordered in 2021 however will preserve their worth as they arrive in 2022.

She recommends anybody available in the market for the car to talk on to the native dealership for availability data as stock ranges rely on the producer and the model.

Doyle-McBain mentioned the used car market continues to be scorching, with predictions that it’s going to proceed to develop for the following few years, and that is excellent news for these seeking to commerce or promote.

Allison Smith, proprietor of Allison’s Auto Gross sales in South Freetown, has stored her previous automotive dealership working as a part-time job for 14 years together with two different aspect gigs: working an condo advanced and a farm.

However the domino impact from provide chain points has pressured her to extend her hours by working additional time seven days every week.

“Now I’ve bought three full-time jobs so I attempt to preserve it going in order that when issues get again to regular, [I] There’s nonetheless a enterprise to return to,” he mentioned.

Allison Smith, proprietor of Allison’s Auto Gross sales in South Freetown, says gross sales between January and March have been decrease than typical. (Submitted by Allison Smith)

Smith mentioned the shortage of availability of latest automobiles has drawn American patrons to his market, making it troublesome to compete in opposition to the excessive alternate fee.

“You are right down to 1 / 4 of what I used to construct on a car earlier than the pandemic … as a result of it simply prices an excessive amount of to do the whole lot,” he mentioned.

One other problem is taking the automobiles from public sale in Moncton, NB, to the province, as truckers who’ve labored with them up to now don’t wish to self-isolate.

Smith just lately bought three vans from Newfoundland and Labrador, however he expects delays of as much as three or 4 weeks, which he mentioned is longer than the standard week-long turnaround.

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