Coronavirus putting a dent in the supply of new cars in Maine

Factory shutdowns this spring due to COVID-19 has resulted in limited inventories of new vehicles

SACO, Maine — At Prime Ford Saco, there are only a dozen of the top-selling F-150 pickup trucks. Typically this time of year the lot would have more than 60 of the popular models. 

The lack of inventory comes at a time when customers are on the hunt for a new vehicle especially before winter weather arrives. 

“Our new car sales are up even though our inventory is less. People are ready to buy,” General Manager Dave Blanchard. 

The ripple effect from factory shutdowns earlier this year is due to the coronavirus pandemic. The dealership, which is offering incentives such as zero-percent financing, expects to receive a shipment of more than two dozen cars in the next few weeks, but they won’t last long.

At Lee Auto Mall in Westbrook, General Manager Josh Douglas said

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Viral outbreaks at auto plants lead to new-car shortage in Maine

First it was hand sanitizer. Then toilet paper.

For the latest shortage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, look to new car dealers’ lots.

John Emerson, owner of Emerson Chevrolet Buick in Auburn, said some popular models are in short supply, because of factory shutdowns in late spring caused by the pandemic.

For instance, Emerson said he typically likes to have 40 to 50 new Chevrolet Silverados, a popular large pickup truck, on his lot. These days, however, it’s more like a half-dozen.

The same goes for the Equinox, Emerson said, with only four or five models of the SUV on the lot, about one-tenth of his normal supply.

That’s why he treats every invoice he gets from the carmakers as a reason for celebration. The car may not yet be on the lot, but the invoice means it’s made, has a vehicle identification number and is likely to be on

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How to Get the Best Rates on Car Insurance in Maine

In Maine when you buy a new car you should be aware of one very important fact. You can’t register a vehicle in this state without showing proof of insurance. The insurance you purchase must include not only the legally required limits of liability insurance, and uninsured motorist coverage but $1,000 medical payments coverage too. If you don’t show the proof, you can’t operate the car.

All drivers in Maine have one important thing in common. Regardless of what type of car they drive and the level of car insurance they are looking for, they want to get the best rates in Maine. Many people make the mistake of buying a policy based on the first quote they receive. This is never a good idea. In order to find the best rates, you have to do some comparison shopping.

It’s a good idea to call several car insurance companies when … Read More

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