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The great car shortage shows no signs of easing, with virtually all car companies facing extended delays on popular models.
The queue for the yet-to-launch Ford Ranger has blown out to as much as nine months, despite the car not yet being in dealerships.
Ford Australia has confirmed it already holds 17,000 orders for the new Ranger, which goes on sale next month.
The two most expensive versions, the Ranger Raptor (priced at $85,490 plus on-road costs) and $67,190 Ranger Wildtrak, have wait times of nine and eight months respectively.
The Ford Everest, which is a rugged SUV based on the Ranger platform, is also subject to lengthy delays.
Prospective owners of the top-spec Platinum version will be waiting for up to seven months.
The Ranger delays are symptomatic of an industry-wide inability to source vehicles.
Many car companies are now refusing to predict a delivery time, citing the “fluidity” of the global supply chain.
The standard approach has been to advise potential buyers to check with their local dealerships for stock availability.
One of the reasons for this is the dealers are shifting cars among themselves, so while a certain vehicle may not be available in Victoria, there may be a comparable model interstate that can be shipped in.
Hyundai is among many companies advising buyers that the delays won’t be as bad if they’re willing to negotiate on specification and colour.
The other phenomena is some vehicles are arriving in Australia with fewer features than they were originally advertised with.
This is a direct consequence of the semiconductor shortage and, while some companies have resisted de-specifying their cars, others have opted to do down that route.
Volkswagen Group PR manager Paul Pottinger says the issue will afflict the VW range in the forseeable future while chip stocks are still at a premium.
"With the VW Tiguan Allspace, for example, we had to choose between fitting matrix LED headlamps and delaying production or getting cars to Australia with regular LED headlamps. We've chosen the latter," Pottinger said.