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These New Cars Are Nearly Impossible to Find on Dealer Lots 

Blame a global computer chip shortage that has crippled car production, pent-up demand caused by coronavirus pandemic restrictions, or simply a bustling economy. No matter the cause, one thing is for sure: new cars are in short supply.

Cox Automotive found that some models are nearly nonexistent on dealer lots. A standard metric used in the automotive industry looks at the theoretical number of days it would take for dealers to run out of a specific model entirely, assuming supply was cut off.

Toyota dealers have the weakest inventories: just 18 days’ supply on average, meaning lots would be essentially empty in less than three weeks if the automaker stopped shipping new cars from its factories.

The hottest Toyota is, ironically, one of the oldest designs on the market. The 4Runner SUV is down to just 9 days’ supply. Many of Toyota’s biggest dealers don’t even have a single 4Runner in stock, while some dealers are asking over list price on the off-road-oriented SUV.

Another model that’s tricky to find is the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, which has less than 20 days’ supply.

General Motors’ large SUVs, including the Chevy Suburban and Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade are tricky to find, too. Dealers have less than 25 days’ supply on average for the big SUVs, which can cost as much as $100,000.

It’s not clear when automakers will be able to boost production to keep pace with demand, though the Biden administration has said it wants to allocate as much as $50 billion to shore up the chip shortage. Find a new car for sale

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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