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    Re: The New Economy: Detailing Product & Equipment Shortages

    WOW - this is strange to me.

    I`m part time/hobbyist, so i`m still plenty stocked. The few times I went to order online, no issues. The few times I went to a local 3D store, no shortage of anything.

    I drive by car dealerships regularly and they seem full, as if nothing was going on in the world.

    I suspect location? I`m in Southern California. Big cities, not rural areas, where I live and drive around.

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    Re: The New Economy: Detailing Product & Equipment Shortages

    Quote Originally Posted by Desertnate View Post
    Its funny how the shortages which are killing auto makers actually make their dealerships REALLY happy. Dealers never make much money off cars. It`s the service department, used car sales, and F&I where the profits are hidden. Right now used car prices are insane, service centers are over flowing, and even the F&I guys are happy because the few new cars they do sell are almost always at MSRP (or higher).

    Sorry, Lonnie if this gets too far off topic, but another oddity of this post/intra-pandemic automotive economy is Ford starting to look at shifting priories from massive inventories on lots to more of a by-order process. Car dealerships in Europe do this now. They stock a few examples for test drives and tire-kickers, but if you want to buy a car, most of the time you order it and wait the 6~8 weeks for it to arrive equipped just like you wanted.
    FI makes more money by financing more deals.... not so much amount of cars. Used and new car are insane but dealers have to do it. People complain but they gotta stay in business too. New cars Usually make money by volume not profit.

    Service dept are 3-4 weeks back log


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    Re: The New Economy: Detailing Product & Equipment Shortages

    Quote Originally Posted by JustJesus View Post
    WOW - this is strange to me.

    I`m part time/hobbyist, so i`m still plenty stocked. The few times I went to order online, no issues. The few times I went to a local 3D store, no shortage of anything.

    I drive by car dealerships regularly and they seem full, as if nothing was going on in the world.

    I suspect location? I`m in Southern California. Big cities, not rural areas, where I live and drive around.
    Seattle a big area and dealerships are empty.


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    Re: The New Economy: Detailing Product & Equipment Shortages

    Quote Originally Posted by Coatings=crack View Post
    Seattle a big area and dealerships are empty.


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    Re: The New Economy: Detailing Product & Equipment Shortages

    Quote Originally Posted by Coatings=crack View Post
    Seattle a big area and dealerships are empty.


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    Dealerships across several large metropolitan areas in several states in our region are all empty. Kansas City and St. Louis I know for sure. Anecdotal stories only for other areas. I was in Chicago briefly this weekend, but didn`t pass any dealerships.

    Interesting thing it isn`t just one brand either. They all have nearly empty lots. The Big 3 look like they are suffering more, but I think that is simply because they always had MASSIVE amounts of inventory on hand compared to anyone else on gigantic lots though I don`t think they actually moved vehicles any faster than other brands which simply keep less inventory on smaller lots.
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    Re: The New Economy: Detailing Product & Equipment Shortages

    I have to add to this thread about forum member Older FINALLY getting his Valu-Guard ABC decontaminate order that he placed in March of this year, 2021. THAT`S a long time to wait for a detailing product!
    Reference thread: Valugard A-B-C Now in Stock

    Speaking of car dealers, does anyone know if there are used car lots near you that have gone out business OR if you know of car sales personnel who have been laid off or have their hours reduced or moved to commission-only salary for their paycheck, all due to the new and used car shortages??
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    Re: The New Economy: Detailing Product & Equipment Shortages

    I`m of the mind that if you`ll need something and it`s in stock, you may as well get it now.

 

 
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