Buying a car in Newport? Expect to find inventory shortages at dealers


NEWPORT — Newport County automobile dealers are bracing for an inventory shortage that could last well into 2022, which is already leading to fewer options on car lots across Aquidneck Island. 

In July, CNN reported new car inventory could be stalled for months because of a worldwide semiconductor shortage and supply-chain disruptions caused by the COVID pandemic.

Kevin Clare, the general manager and a partner at Newport Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram on West Main Road in Middletown, said the dealership is currently carrying about a third of the inventory it normally does.

Michael Meyer, the general sales manager at Saccucci Honda on West Main Road in Middletown, said its inventory is down 50 to 60%. At BMW of Newport on West Main Road in Middletown, the problem isn’t necessarily about the lack of parts, but more the diversion of vehicles it normally has in its inventory to sell. 

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