I have a two week old new Toyota Rav4 in the driveway. Never in my life did I expect to buy a new vehicle. In July, seeing nothing on CL, I went into the Toyota dealer and asked about hybrid RAV4 purchase, ideally used. He explained that used were at a premium, and I could buy a 2018 with 30,000 miles and approximately 30 mpg. Or order a new one for about the same price and get 41 mpg, to arrive mid September. He had only black coming in. As a former Arizonan, I don’t buy black vehicles. After checking out Honda CRVs, which had slightly better availability as a hybrid, I returned to Toyota, as they required no money down and the ability to decline the purchase. They found one lighter color vehicle, and I ordered. It finally came in second week in October.
My sales rep stated that Toyota sticks to MRSP, and vehicles ordered now won’t come in till late Feb or March. He said there are odd shortages holding up car builds in Japan, seat foam for example. Mine was late partially due to a lack of drivers for the trucks to bring vehicles north from the end of the rail line in Chicago. The environmentalist in me is irritated that they don’t ship cars further north by train as well, and avoid wearing out the highways.
Meanwhile I thought my used Honda Fit would be a hot item, and I listed it on CL after receiving a bid from CarMax. Though it is manual transmission, I thought I’d have a bit more interest, being relatively low mileage. A few looked at it, but I ended up selling to Carmax.