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Why there may be no return to ‘normal’ for the U.S. used vehicle market


Customers browse in a used car lot on February 15, 2023 in Glendale, California.Mario Tama | Getty ImagesAll new vehicles become used cars and trucks once they’re sold.It’s an obvious statement, but one that needs to be laid out to explain the root cause for ongoing inventory and pricing issues in the U.S. used vehicle market, which has been a barometer for the country’s inflation levels.During the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020, automakers shuttered factories for weeks to stop the spread of Covid-19. It was an unprecedented action that eventually led to additional supply chain problems, such as an ongoing semiconductor chip shortage, causing factories to cease production again for weeks, if not months, at a time in recent years.The lack of production meant fewer new vehicles would become used models for consumers to purchase, leading to inventory …

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