Surcharges, delays and shortages: the reality of looking for a 0km car at a dealership

The automotive market is experiencing times of change and the consequences are in sight. As defined by the secretary of the Automotive Chamber of Commerce (CCA), Alejandro Lamas, in dialogue with THE NATION, “The industry is in a transition period” and still “continues to pay the consequences of the pandemic.” Lack of components, supply and logistics crisis added to the increase in costs lead to a global problem and Argentina is not exempt from this scenario. In turn, at the local level there is an extra inconvenience: the lack of dollars to pay for imports.

In this framework, dealerships are affected by the shortage of units and models and this restriction is transferred to the customer. When a person makes the decision to buy a 0 km, he runs into three complications today: overpricing, delivery delays and out of stock.

“I don’t have many units left, you have to come to the dealership as soon as possible”is a phrase that is repeated in every conversation with a sales officer. THE NATION visited salons of different brands in four neighborhoods of the City of Buenos Aires to verify first-hand what the delivery delays are and what is happening with prices.

Although the automotive published on their official website list values ​​of models (which have been experiencing increases of between 5 and 7% per month), The effect of the missing ones makes reality different when you walk through the door of a dealership. As verified on the tour, customers they can only access the official prices if they buy the unit through a savings plan. If you want to buy directly from the dealer, pay cash and take your vehicle as quickly as possible, the amount tends to rise notoriously.

An example of the impact of the lack of units is what happens in one of the Volkswagen dealerships visited: the difference between the purchase in cash and through a savings plan can climb up to $2 million within the same model. the crossover Nivusfrom segment b -produced in Brazil and in high demand since its launch in 2021- can be purchased through a plan for $3.776.950 (in its entry-level and mid-range variants) financed in installments, but in cash there are no alternatives. In the case of the top of the range -Highline-, It costs $4,500,000 with a savings plan and climbs up to $7,000,000 paying in cashas reported in one of the rooms.

Volkswagen’s Nivus crossover is in high demand, overpriced and four months late, according to dealers visited

In any case, even with these prices, we will have to wait to sit behind the wheel of the unit. According to the dealers, having stock to be able to sell is no guarantee, and achieving immediate delivery of a model today is almost a feat. The delays for the aforementioned Nivus due to the lack of stock are of, minimum, four months, they inform.

In Toyotadepending on whether there is stock or not, the delivery of the vehicle may take a 60 day minimum from the moment the operation is finalized, they say at the dealerships of the Japanese automaker. “If you know you want it, buy it now”, they advise, to gain time. Before the consultation for his boy model etios (made in Brazil), the answer in one of the salons is that they do not have units for immediate delivery and that they could only receive between August and September. It is also not available at the moment for a savings plan, they add, but they suggest starting to pay for the plan of another model and “then make the change”, to guarantee the unit.

The etios Base manual sedan is listed at dealerships at $2.412.000 and the automatic (XLS pack 6), to $2.822.000.

Toyota Etios, the small model of the Japanese brand for which there is a wait of between three and four months
Toyota Etios, the small model of the Japanese brand for which there is a wait of between three and four monthsTHE NATION

at dealerships Fiat visited, the new star in addition to the Cronos -the best-selling car in the local market in 2021 and so far in 2022, produced in Córdoba- is the SUV Pulse, Just Launched. As reported by the brand at the time of the presentation at the end of April, list prices for the Pulse range from $3,310,000 to $3,705,000 in its top-of-the-range version, called Impetus. In one of the rooms, for the Pulse they ask for $4.313.923 for the manual version for cash payment, and $4.172.000 by savings plan. To this amount must be added the freight costs ($40,000) and patenting ($157,400).

In another dealership of the Italian brand, the top-of-the-range version with an automatic gearbox is listed at $5,000,000 with cash payment. Delivery? 15 days after the signthey promise in that case because it is a new model that is currently available.

For the recently launched Fiat Pulse SUV, they ask for a surcharge for cash payment and delivery in 15 days
For the recently launched Fiat Pulse SUV, they ask for a surcharge for cash payment and delivery in 15 daysMark Camargo

The “0km universe” faces a fundamental problem that begins in the manufacturing and is transferred to the concessionaires: the component shortage. In 2021 they were produced in the world 11.3 million units less than expected and it is expected that for this year that cut of cars reaches 7 million. The main problem facing the sector is the global lack of microchips . Its scarcity is multi-causal but the fact that these semiconductors are not there means that the number of cars produced drops significantly, it does not satisfy the demand and, after all, there are 0 km left.

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