The chip shortage has had a few strange effects on the automotive industry. With fewer new vehicles rolling off assembly lines, many consumers are turning to the used market. These inventory shortages have driven up the price of both new and used vehicles – making it much more difficult to get a good deal on a daily driver. This scenario has some motorists paying for costly repairs on their existing vehicle that they never would have previously – as well-known YouTube mechanic Car Wizard explained in a recent video featuring a customer’s worn-out 2015 GMC Acadia.
The GMC Acadia in this video was brought to Car Wizard’s shop by a used car dealership that was looking to get the vehicle sorted before they listed it for sale. The only problem is that this vehicle requires a lot of work to make it roadworthy again. Car Wizard had to replace the rear main seal, which is located between the engine and transmission, requiring the front subframe and the transmission to be completely removed from the vehicle. Car Wizard notes GM crossovers with the GM 3.6L LLT V6 engine often experience costly timing chain issues as well, but luckily for the dealer, this Acadia was not experiencing any such problems.
In years prior, it would not have been economically viable for the dealership to pay for a rear main seal repair in a vehicle like this, as the expense would have outweighed any profit they have made on the vehicle. Amid the current car sales boom, though, the dealer can pay thousands of dollars for repairs and still make a good profit on the vehicle – something Car Wizard says he’s never seen before in all his years of working in the car repair business.
Check out the video below to learn more about common problems with the GMC Acadia and how the car sales boom is impacting the car repair industry.