Just a calendar year ago Gaston County automobile lots billowed with new road-prepared rides. Now two summers into the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest products are not so effortless to find. 

A world-wide lack in personal computer chips has kept many auto suppliers from ending and providing new automobiles to dealerships, forcing them to hold off or slice back again on the next scheduled production.

In today’s auto market, laptop or computer chips can be observed in just about every section of a auto that includes superior technological innovation, this sort of as the engine, safety characteristics, the “infotainment” system and even inside the tires for air strain checking.  

At Lowell and Gastonia dealerships, seas of shiny autos have dried up as demand soars with pretty tiny source. But just a yr in the past, the tale was distinctive, says Sal Salinas, an owner of McKenney-Salinas Honda on East Franklin Boulevard in Gastonia.