How can I find out the delivery lead time for my chosen vehicle?
Most manufacturers state the delivery lead time for their models on their website to help manage customer demand and expectations so it's worth visiting the manufacturer’s website to get up-to-date information on current delivery lead times. Many automotive magazine sites like Auto Express and AutoCar also report on delivery lead times and potential delays, so you may be able to find this information fairly easily via Google.
If we have been advised of the delivery lead time by the manufacturer, we will display this on the relevant model page where possible. As we mentioned before, delivery lead times differ from model to model so it's always worth checking the delivery lead time with your sales adviser before ordering to ensure it meets your expectations.
How can I get quicker delivery?
The simple answer is to choose a model marked as 'in stock'. Stock models have already been built, so the delivery lead times are much shorter.
On occasion, some stock cars have also been pre-registered before customer allocation. This means they have already been allocated a registration plate number with the DVLA. Other times, a stock model will not be registered with the DVLA until the day before delivery.
Why has my delivery lead time been pushed back?
There are several issues currently affecting the automotive industry that are impacting the delivery lead times for many manufacturers.
Global semi-conductor shortage
Since late 2020, there has been a global shortage of semi-conductors, which has caused severe production issues for the automotive industry. The COVID-19 lockdown, increased demand, factory fires, and the US-China trade war have all played a part in the shortage.
As a result of the shortage, many car manufacturers have had to adjust their order banks to protect vehicle production. The subsequent delays now mean that the delivery lead times for many vehicles have been pushed back significantly.
Some manufacturers have also had to limit the availability of some equipment on the vehicles, so changes to the advertised specification may have been amended. Others have been forced to cancel the production of specific model years to help ease the backlog and manage future demand.
While it was initially believed to be a relatively short-term inconvenience, manufacturers now think the semi-conductor shortage could continue for at least two more years, and is already impacting the supply of new cars in 2022. Many manufacturers are now prioritising production of electric vehicles to hit internal targets and CO2 emissions standards.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine is also causing ripple effects in the automotive supply chain. Several automotive manufacturers have factories in Russia, while others have been forced to pause European production due to a lack of parts from Ukraine-based suppliers.
The manufacturers affected so far are Renault, BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Stellantis and the Volkswagen Group. Further issues arising from impacted supply chains are expected in the coming weeks, although manufacturers are in intensive discussions with suppliers to assess the parts situation and secure production to meet the continued high demand.
China COVID lockdown
COVID outbreaks in parts of China, such as Changchun and Shanghai, is also significantly impacting automotive production. Lockdowns in major cities are causing a halt in the production of major automotive components, which in turn is delaying production. The Volkswagen Group in particular has been severely hit by supply chain issues and has been temporarily unable to meet high customer demand.
It is hoped that the production delays can be made up in the coming months, but manufacturers are warning that if Shanghai and its surrounding areas cannot find a way to resume work, manufacturers may have to stop production in May.
Over recent months, several manufacturers have issued recalls on selected models in their range. A recall happens when a manufacturer believes that a car has a safety-related defect or does not comply with Government standards.
Unfortunately, manufacturers are unable to release a vehicle for delivery until the recall work has been completed. While this work is completed at a franchised dealer, free of charge, the shortage of required parts and repair appointments may have an impact on delivery leas times.
As recalls are frequently changing, you can check the UK Government website to see if a recall has affected your vehicle order.
My lease vehicle has been delayed, what are my options?
If your lease vehicle has been severely delayed due to one or several of the issues above, you have a number of options available for you to consider: