5 Reasons You Should Wait Until 2022 to Buy a New Car

By now, you’ve probably heard that there is a global computer chip shortage that has affected the new car supply at dealers across the nation. Unfortunately, many dealers are in short supply of new cars, which is presenting a huge problem for anyone looking to buy a car and enjoy the sweet new car scent all the way home.

That being said, if you’re in the market for a new car right now, it might actually be a good idea to wait it out until next year. Ari Janessian – an auto broker for Boston Automotive Consulting – recently released a video detailing why it could be better to wait until 2022 to buy a car. Here are a few of his main points.

1. Inventory is low right now

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Hyundai vehicles sit on display for sale on the lot of the Keyes Hyundai dealership. | Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

As we said before, the inventory on new cars across the board is lower than usual right now. According to MarketWatch, many Toyota dealers are down to just an 18-day supply of new cars, with the 4Runner being the most popular model in the lineup. There is reportedly only a 9-day supply of those.

General Motors isn’t looking too good either. MarketWatch reports that many of those dealers have fewer than a 25-day supply of SUVs in which to sell, and that’s factoring in the average price of nearly $100,000 for one of them. As we can see, the chip shortage has had a major effect on every automaker, even the ones with some of the largest inventories.

2. Incentives are also in short supply or non-existent

the interior showroom at a mercedes-benz car dealership while patrons are new car shopping
Car dealership | Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images

Do you know those discounts that people always ask for when buying a new car? Those are available because the manufacturer offers pricing incentives so that dealers can sell more cars. However, since the chip shortage is holding up the supply chain and dealers don’t have as many cars to sell, there aren’t any incentives to take advantage of either.

CNBC recently reported that the average new car discount is $2,957, which is down from $4,825 in May of 2020. So if you’re thinking about buying a new car now, then you probably won’t get the usual great deal that you normally would.

3. Dealers are charging more than the MSRP

The Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price on a car for sale
What exactly is the Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price and how is it used in car sales? | Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Considering the MSRP for a car is known as the “Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price,” emphasis on the “suggested,” dealers are now charging well over it. Torque News reported that many dealers nationwide are charging upwards of $10,000 to $20,000 over the sticker price of most cars. That means you could be paying $60,000 for a Toyota RAV4. You don’t want to do that, so maybe just wait it out.

4. It’s harder to get credit approval for a loan

A salesman talks with a customer about a Toyota Motor 4Runner SUV.
A salesman talks with a customer about a Toyota Motor 4Runner SUV. | (Gary Gardiner/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Since dealers are raising the prices of new cars, the banks are valuing those cars at 110% or 120% over their actual retail value. What consumers might not realize is that increase in value means that it’s harder to get a new auto loan with less-than-stellar credit. So if you have less than a 700 credit score or are in a challenging credit situation, it’s likely harder than usual to be approved for a loan.

And if you do get approved for a loan, then Janessian says that there is the possibility that you will have a high interest rate for a car with an inflated value. That sounds like a bad deal all around.

5. Prospective buyers are buying cars that haven’t arrived yet

Lastly, with the decrease in new car supply, the demand for them has gone up. As such, Janessian points out that many buyers are putting in orders for cars that haven’t even arrived at dealer lots yet. This will inevitably make it tougher for anyone else to buy cars without putting an order in for a car they haven’t seen yet. Again, it’s a tough situation to be in, so if you’re looking to get into a new car, you might want to wait until 2022.

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