The Morning Blend



Posted at 12:05 PM, Nov 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-18 12:05:36-05

The end of the calendar year is typically one of the best times to find a deal on a new car, when dealerships are eager to sell leftover inventory to make room for the next year’s models. However, the market is looking much different this year due to inventory shortages, and consumers might need to adjust their expectations if they want to park a new vehicle in their driveway this holiday season.

According to a recent Edmunds survey, nearly 40% of car shoppers have encountered issues with a shortage of new vehicle inventory and 33% of car shoppers said that the lack of inventory has affected their timeline to buy a new vehicle. Edmunds' data also shows competition among shoppers for the limited number of cars on the lot is fierce: one in 12 new vehicles sold the same day that they hit the dealer lot, nearly half of all new vehicles sold within the first week, and almost two thirds of all new vehicles sold within the first two weeks.