The 2021 global microchip shortage has had serious consequences across industries from computers to home technology. The auto industry, which is dependent on these chips to power the ever-increasing technology in new cars, has seen production shut-downs and slow-downs in response to the shortage. As supply thins, demand is actually increasing–consumers see an increased desire for new vehicles as they prepare to return to work, school and everyday life.

At Cartelligent, our mission is to make car buying easy and enjoyable for our clients. For the past twenty years, we’ve helped clients get the new car they want at a great price no matter what is going on in the world around us. This current situation is no different. 

If you’re looking for a new car, here are some of the options we’re recommending to our clients:

Be willing to compromise on the car, SUV or truck you want:

Most dealers have fewer cars on their lots than they normally would. This means that the exact BMW X5 xDrive45e in Arctic Grey Metallic you built on the website may not exist in California (or beyond). Your Cartelligent advisor can discuss what colors and options would be a good choice for you, and can even uncover some other options, makes or models in greater supply that may meet your needs.

Look to reserve an incoming car, SUV or truck:

It’s possible to look at the incoming pipeline and reserve an incoming car for you. This may still involve some compromise on colors and options, but it can open up more options than just looking at vehicles available now. Your Cartelligent advisor can help find and secure an incoming car for you.

Order the exact car, SUV or truck you want:

At Cartelligent, we’re big fans of special orders. They allow you to select the colors, options and packages that are important to you. For clients who don’t mind waiting to get the exact car they want, or know they need a car in a few months, special orders are a great solution. 

As always, the Cartelligent team is here to help you navigate the market and have an easy, enjoyable, and safe car buying experience.

Cartelligent is an online new car buying and leasing service serving customers all over California. Since 2000, we have helped our customers get a great sales price on the vehicle they want and provided the best possible buying and leasing experience. Our local advisers are ready to help you select the right car, SUV or truck for your needs.