Across the country, but notably in states like Texas where pickup trucks reign, supplies of new trucks are surprisingly thin. The reason? Car parts, particularly computer chips, are in rare supply.
As a result, vintage Ford and Chevy pickups from the 70s and 80s are selling for 10 times more than their worth before the Covid-19 pandemic.
So hold off selling that old pickup truck to the first person who offers $5,000 take it off your hands. It could be worth $50,000.
In several states, according to several media reports on Drive.com, Ford is storing thousands of new Ford F-150 pickup trucks at the Kentucky Speedway and in parking lots in Detroit. The shortage of chips is preventing the trucks from being transported to dealerships.
Big Bucks For Old Trucks
Patrick Armstrong, CIO of Plurimi Investment Managers, told CNBC’s “Street Signs Europe” last week, he thinks the chip shortage will last 18 months.
“It’s not just autos. It’s phones. It’s the internet of everything. There are so many goods now that have many more chips than they ever did in the past,” he said. “They’re all internet-enabled.”
The world’s largest chip manufacturer, TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), said earlier this month it believes it all be able to catch up with automotive demand by June. Armstrong has a different opinion.
“If you listen to Ford, BMW, Volkswagen, they all highlighted that there are bottlenecks in capacity and they can’t get the chips they need to manufacture the new cars,” he said.
Covid-19 oddity: dirtier older trucks, cars