Most of us know by now the challenges auto manufacturers are going through to get new vehicles to dealerships.
Currently there is extremely high buyer demand, which normally is met with sufficient inventory.
Not for the last several months, though.
Toyota Reduces Production
In fact, Toyota recently announced a reduction in production of 40% worldwide for the month of September. This means 360,000 less Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs will be built than originally planned.
There just are not enough semiconductor computer chips to go around. Computer chips essential for producing automobiles.
Without them, vehicle supply will not come anywhere close to matching buyer demand. Something has to give.
2021 Toyota RAV4 Inventory
If you have visited your local car dealerships anytime recently, you have probably noticed the lack of new cars.
Normally close to full, dealer parking lots may now have only a handful of actual new vehicles available for purchase.
This includes Toyota RAV4.
Most people in the market must now pre-order their new 2021 RAV4, RAV4 Hybrid and RAV4 Prime.
For some, the expected wait time may be just a few weeks. For others, though, it could last many, many months.
People Comment on Toyota RAV4 Buying
I recently made a video for my “ToyotaJeff Reviews” YouTube channel on the vehicle shortage and offered suggestions on how to make the buying process easier.
RELATED VIDEO: My vehicle shortage update and buying tips
People left comments on how things are going for them in the hunt for their ideal RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid. Needless to say, some stories are not all that good.
Mark commented. “I ordered a Flame Blue 2021 RAV4 at the beginning of July, I have no clue when I am actually going to get the thing. Any information would help.”
Moist (hey, I did not pick the name) added. “No one is willing to discount RAV4 XSE Hybrid. Some are trying to sell the car 2, 3, even 4 thousand over the MSRP.”
Tim has a happy result to his experience. “I ordered my RAV4 in January. I drove it off in late May.”
“Hi Jeff, I just bought a RAV4 Hybrid Cruiser AWD in Australia. Apparently, there is a shortage of cars... I have to wait 9 months for my car.” Hang in there Travelman. You will love your new RAV4 when you get it.
Anthony is also playing the waiting game. “That’s right. I ordered my Lunar Rock RAV4 XLE AWD 2021 on May 26, 2021 and the last news I know about my order was yesterday. I called to the dealership, and they told me my RAV4 arrives on August 29 to my country, and I have to wait like 10 days more until they process the unit and finally my RAV4 arrives to the dealership and then they gonna call me to complete the purchase. They told me 2 months but it’s taking 3 months because of the shortage. I hope my RAV4 arrives soon.”
Pink has a different viewpoint of the shortage. “I work at a Toyota plant (TMMC) and yes, we do stop n go with Toyota RAV4 but are still building the Lexus RX. Today we were able to build RAV4 but ran short supply of steering racks... it’s always something.”
“I was told by our local Toyota dealer there was a RAV4 Prime coming (not the color or model we wanted but would have considered it). However, they said $5,000 above MSRP. We passed!” Commented Vicki.
Terri said. “We have been waiting since May for our RAV4 XSE Hybrid. Called the dealership today and they said it still has not been built yet. Advice?”
Time for your Toyota RAV4 Comments
As you can see, most of these people have had, or are in the middle of having, challenges of their own while searching for their new RAV4.
I can tell you firsthand it is not just Toyota RAV4 or Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.
Just about all Toyota models, along with virtually every other brand, are nowhere to be found.
Times are tough.
Hopefully there will be a resurgence with vehicle inventory in the coming months.
Tell me about your story. Have you been in the market and what has your search been like? What did you end up buying?
Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story when I compare both lime colors for 2022 4Runner and 2022 Tacoma.
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