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Chip Shortage Prompts Automakers to Tweak Cars, Strip Out Some Features

New cars are loaded with computer chips that help control everything from basic power mirror adjustments to complex collision-avoidance tech. To adapt to the global chip shortage, some automakers have learned to build cars without certain previously standard features.

According to Bloomberg, Ram is no longer fitting rearview mirrors with blind-spot monitor alerts to its 1500 pickup truck. Nissan has dialed back on the number of cars with factory-fitted navigation systems.

And General Motors has already confirmed that it is shipping Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickups without a cylinder deactivation system designed to improve fuel economy in low-load situations. Silverado trucks without the cylinder deactivation system are rated at 1 mpg lower than those assembled with the tech prior to the chip shortage.

If you’re in the market for a new car, you’ll want to closely compare the specifications to the models on a dealer’s lot with those published in brochures and on websites. Automakers may not specifically point out the lack of certain features on cars it assembles, though it’s likely that the federally mandated window sticker that lists standard and optional equipment will reflect any feature deletions.

Every major automaker is facing a similar struggle to source chips for their vehicles, and no end appears to be in sight for the shortage caused by a combination of factors largely centered around unprecedented demand for consumer electronics and an ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China. Find a new car for sale

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Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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