According to the Kennebec Journal, Maine, along with many other states, is facing a shortage of new cars to sell because of springtime shutdowns at the manufacturing plants because of COVID-19 outbreaks.

In the last seven months or so there has been a shortage on many other products, too. Toilet paper, hand sanitizer and Lysol spray was in short supple for awhile, but that had more to do with the sudden mega-demand and a production that couldn't, at least initially, keep up.

With the auto-makers the story is a bit different. The shortage of new vehicles across the country is more to do with the supply falling short as opposed to skyrocketing demand. John Emerson at Emerson Chevrolet told the KJ that he normally has around 40-50 Chevy Silverados on the lot but due to the shutdowns he only has about 6 or so.

So if you've been in the market for a new vehicle but are finding dealers to be in short supply, just be patient. The automakers are in the process of catching up and, even better, a lot of manufacturers are offering ridiculous discounts and financing options to qualified buyers right now.

As a matter of fact, I think I want a new truck, too! Please excuse me while I go talk to my wife.

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