How a Little Chip Shortage Wreaked Havoc on the Auto Industry

Microchip Shortage Impacting Automotive Market

The shortage of microchips has drastically impacted the global automotive market. And while you may be aware of this, you may not know how we got into this chip issue mess. The explanation is fairly simple.

Cars in ProductionPhoto Credit: Auto Production News

There are two key reasons for the auto industry chip shortage.

1. Cars, trucks, and SUVs are using more chips than ever before. They are used to power the latest and greatest improved infotainment systems and the other high-tech car safety features found in vehicles today.

This makes the demand for chips higher than ever.

2. With mass shutdowns as the result of the pandemic, car manufacturers reduced sales forecasts and canceled orders for components like chips. However, vehicle demand only slowed temporarily and when orders for new vehicles rose, there was a 3–6-month backlog which only grew from there.

This makes supply lower than ever.

Additionally, the pandemic created a huge increase in demand for other consumer products requiring microchips such as computers, gaming consoles, and mobile phones converting to 5G.

This extremely low supply in chip production plus the tremendous demand for them created a perfect storm to completely upend the supply chain.

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So, just like in we learned in Economics 101, it’s simply a matter of supply and demand. It’s now just over two years after the pandemic began, the global supply chain has mostly stabilized. But in the automobile sector, there is still a profound effect making it difficult to find cars to buy or lease.

Chips affecting vehicle productionPhoto Credit: NY Times

Just make more chips

If only it were as easy as just speeding up production, this issue could be put to rest. The manufacturing of semiconductor chips is extremely complex, expensive, and time-consuming.

As a result, it takes about 12 weeks to manufacture the average chip—complex chips up to 20 weeks. Add in ramp-up time and delivery and it takes about six months from order to receiving.

Fewer Cars on the Lot

The auto industry is feeling the pinch

The bottom line is this: the demand for chips and the lack of supply means fewer vehicles are available for lease or purchase. New cars are literally hard to find on dealer lots. And prices have skyrocketed for those attempting to find a car once they arrive at their new destination.

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