NEWPORT — Some car dealers are finding their sales lots resemble vacant lots lately. Dealers are have trouble getting new cars and trucks delivered to their showrooms as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Adam Friend, general manager of Hartley’s Dodge in Newport, explains why.
“We haven’t seen a new Renegade in about six months. By the time they build them and it comes across the ocean and everything else,” he said.
“You know, we’ll have them sitting here. But when you have stuff like that going on. Italy was just shut, shut, shut down for about six months or whatever it was. So, there’s a lot of that going on everywhere,” Friend said.
Some area dealerships are waiting for the factories to send up to 100 new vehicles.
Friend said they can get new cars but there’s a bit of a waiting period between purchase and delivery.