What to know about the vehicle shortage in Wisconsin

A truck for sale at Bergstrom Chevrolet Buick of Neenah on Friday, August 6, 2021, in Neenah, Wis.

Drive past any car dealership in Wisconsin — or anywhere in the country really — and you’ll notice the lots seem emptier than usual.

That’s because they are. 

The world is in the midst of a global vehicle shortage, and Wisconsin is no exception. 

Auto dealers don’t have the same inventory as in the past due to a slowdown in manufacturing due to a global shortage of microchips used in vehicles.

But people still want to buy cars, and this has led to the vehicles that are available, both new and used, flying off the lots as soon as dealers get them in, while customers are getting top dollar for their used car trade ins. 

The automotive industry will eventually recover and return to normal, said Angela Hansen-Winker, the lead faculty member of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s supply chain management program. However, she thinks the vehicle shortage is going to last until early next year.