What are the easiest cars to find during the chip shortage?


Buying a car can be a fun experience, but thanks to the shortage of chips, it has become a major hassle for most people and an expensive one. Whether you are looking for a new or used car, it is almost impossible to find one. Fortunately, there are still vehicles on the market that you can find quite easily.

The shortage of chips has had a devastating effect on the automotive market

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Between the chip shortage and the coronavirus (COVID-19), buying a car has become much more complicated. Automakers briefly closed factories when some workers became infected, while others like Ford converted their assembly lines to make much-needed PPE. Then the shortage of chips set in and the production of new vehicles came to an abrupt halt.

So how are you supposed to buy a car if the automakers don’t have the supplies to build it? You are buying used. This, in turn, increases the price of used vehicles as they become more in demand.

New cars are rarely found on lots now, and many dealers are hoping consumers will order cars. However, not everyone wants to buy a vehicle they have never driven. Even though online car dealerships like Carvana and CarMax are picking up steam, not everyone is ready to take that leap.

But, there are vehicles you can find now if you’re not too picky. It might not be the best solution, but given that the chip shortage is expected to last until 2023, it’s worth looking into if you desperately need it.

You might be able to find these cars now

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According to Cars Direct, Chrysler has the most inventory to check now, since last year. The main problem with this is that Chrysler has reduced its lineup to three vehicles. The once mighty automaker now only makes and sells the Pacifica, Pacifica Hybrid and 300.

It is possible to buy other vehicles made in the United States, such as Ford, GM or Buick, but it comes at a cost. Many vehicles lack safety features like automatic start and stop and a steering column lock.

If you find a vehicle, you’ll probably have to settle for what’s available at the time or wait an indefinite date to get what you want.

Other imported brands like Toyota, Kia and Honda will be hard to find.

How good are Chrysler vehicles?

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If you’re in a rush and ready to buy a Chrysler, you might be wondering what the specs look like.

The Chrysler 300 may fall under the radar compared to other sedans like the Toyota Corolla or Honda Accord, but it gets plenty of praise for being one of the most comfortable cars on the market. The standard engine is a V6, which produces 292 hp. Gas mileage is where the 300 seems a little lackluster, as it only gets 16 mpg in the city. If you can handle rising gas prices, this little car might be worth considering.

The Pacifica is actually a pretty cool minivan for the price. It is equipped with a 3.6 liter V6 engine that produces 287 hp. Add to that the fact that it gets 31 mpg and the starting price is just $37,000. It becomes clear that the Pacifica has a lot to offer.

Chrysler may not be where it used to be, but the American automaker may be about to return with a Hellcat-powered Pacifica. Although most people don’t think of a minivan as a powerful race car, that may be precisely what will happen if Chrysler goes all the way.

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