Shortage of auto parts |

Catalytic converters are just one of many out-of-stock parts.

If you need an auto repair soon, here’s a warning you should know: you may have to wait weeks or even months for some parts.

George Weaver is one of many who are in line for a major auto part.

When he starts his 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe, it looks like an old hot rod.

“I started it on Monday morning, and it’s noisy, and I knew straight away what had happened.”

He looked down and saw two clean cuts on his exhaust with his catalytic converter gone. He was robbed for his precious metals.

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So Weaver took his SUV to his dealership where he expected a quick converter repair. Turns out it wouldn’t be nearly as fast as he thought.

“The dealer said they were out of stock, there weren’t any in the country, and they didn’t know when they were going to bring them in,” he said.

Many original equipment parts are currently out of stock due to supply chain shortages.

“We are seeing auto parts backlogs and shortages in some areas. Days, weeks, and in some cases, months,” said repair shop owner Matt Overbeck.

In addition to converters, Overbeck said the “short supply” list includes ABS brake modules, engine sensors, transmission control modules and windshields.

You read correctly. Even the windshields.

Overbeck says independent stores have more flexibility than resellers. Dealers must use official spare parts.

“You can work with your repair provider to see if there are other options, such as a used part or a salvage part.”

He says he shouldn’t worry too much about the salvaged parts. They are generally good and come with guarantees.

“It’s very frustrating,” Weaver said. “And the most frustrating thing is that you pay for the car and you can’t use it!”

Note: The following video was uploaded on March 28, 2022.

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