Car buying problems – level 3

17-11-2021 07:00

If you want a new or used car right now, you will feel the effect of the much-discussed supply chain issues.

The market for cars and trucks is one of the most impacted due to the pandemic supply problems, and vehicles are one of the largest big ticket items that most people spend their money on.

In the US, the focus has been on used car prices, which increased the most, maintaining roughly a 2% increase in the overall Consumer Price Index. With the increase of the coronavirus Delta variant, many carmakers significantly cut their production, and used car prices  rose almost 40%.

Carmakers said that this fall’s production of new vehicles will continue to be constrained by technology chip shortages and the spread of COVID-19 in Southeast Asia.

Difficult words: big ticket (a thing that is expensive to buy, and it requires a financial commitment or time to pay it), Consumer Price Index (a measure of the change in prices over time), constrain (to limit the way something develops or grows).

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