Why is it so hard to get a new car these days?

(NC) Anyone who has been trying to purchase a new vehicle this year knows it’s been a challenge. Snarled supply chains and factory closures have contributed to a global shortage of semiconductor chips, which has delayed vehicle production and created a shortage of new vehicles. While microchip production has ramped back up, it will take time to clear the backlog. For those who want their car right away, buying a pre-owned vehicle is a practical option instead of waiting for a new one.

Certified Pre-Owned, known as CPO, programs are designed to minimize the risk involved in buying a used vehicle. CPO vehicles are gently used, come reconditioned and are backed by a manufacturer warranty; they are required to meet a certain age and mileage limit, which varies by automaker. They also need to pass a multipoint inspection of the vehicle structure, appearance and a review of interior components and functionality. The test typically involves a technician getting behind the wheel to evaluate its steering, brakes, suspension, drive shaft and overall ride quality. Some CPO vehicle programs also offer additional customer benefits like roadside assistance, finance and leasing options, warranty coverage and more.

“We put every one of our CPO vehicles through a rigorous 166-point certification process to ensure CPO drivers enjoy all the quality, reliability, performance and safety that comes with owning one of our cars,” says Bart Herring, vice president of sales, Mercedes-Benz Canada. “However, not all manufacturers’ CPO programs are the same. I encourage car shoppers to do their research, ask questions and read the fine print.”

Consumers can learn more about CPO vehicles at mercedes-benz.ca/en/cpo.

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