Shortages of absolutely everything that one can think of across all industries are continuing to prevail. One of the products most in demand, at present, simply due to the fact that virtually every piece of tech needs one to work, are semiconductor chips. From the consumer electronics sector to every automaker imaginable, companies have been vocalizing their need for more microchips. Where the shortages are most starkly noticeable are on car lots. Many dealerships are sitting with empty showrooms and have waitlists that are miles long. Essentially, if one is in the market to buy a car, the pickings will be slim to non-existent. That sentiment has never rung more true for those looking to purchase a Toyota Tundra. According to CarBuzz, some customers will have to wait 1.5 years before they can get their hands on the new 2022 model.
A representative from the largest Toyota dealership in the United States told Cars Direct that if a consumer wants to get their hands on the newly redesigned 2022 Toyota Tundra then they will have to make a beeline to their nearest Toyota dealer when they begin receiving shipments next month. However, even if one is able to get there when the Tundras are hot off the truck it still doesn’t guarantee they’ll be able to purchase it.
The dealership representative continued to explain that in anticipation of the demand far outweighing the supply for these pick-ups, many have begun taking reservations ahead of time in an attempt to organize the chaos that could potentially ensue. Complicating the matter, even more, is that a customer does not even have an option to order a Toyota Tundra from Toyota’s factory directly (like one can with Tesla), instead, Toyota forces its drivers to place orders through a dealer.
Unsurprising, perhaps expectedly, so the supply shortages for Toyota’s new Tundra are due to limited chip availability. As irony would have it, Toyota recently built a factory in Texas for the sole purpose of assembling Tundras so that they could ensure they would be able to crank out enough of them to meet consumer demand. However, even with every other component, without a microchip, the cars just won’t run. Circumstances such as this really serve to show just how much technology has become so closely integrated within daily life.
For those willing to make some concessions in regards to purchasing a Toyota Tundra, all hope is not lost. At present, there are still some 2021 Tundra models to be had at some pretty attractive prices, and for those still committed to harnessing the power of the gas-guzzling 5.7 liter V8 or V8 Turbo engine it actually might prove to be the better option for them since the new Tundra comes equipped with a more eco-friendly (in comparison to its V8 predecessor at least) 3.5 liter twin-turbo V6 engine. However, if one has their heart set on a new model then it is more than likely that they will have a long wait ahead of them unless they happen to be endowed with an enormous stroke of luck.