In the age of seemingly endless options for cereal, condiments and candies, choice is often taken for granted.
But these days, choice is a luxury when it comes to buying a new or used vehicle.
With the global semiconductor chip shortage hobbling automotive production, vehicle availability is constrained and prices are soaring as automakers are struggling to keep up with demand.
The upshot for consumers shopping for a new or used vehicle during the July 4 holiday weekend is that flexibility is paramount.
That is, embrace the Rolling Stones philosophy: You can’t always get what you want.
Chip shortage hobbles availability
“The No. 1 thing – and it will be really obvious when people show up at the dealership lot – is there simply won’t be the selection you’re accustomed to,” said Ivan Drury, analyst at car research site Edmunds.
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