It’s no secret that automotive production has been hit hard by supply chain issues, with some customers waiting a very long time indeed to park their new ride in their driveway. Now, we want to know – how long have you been waiting for your GM vehicle?
Obviously, automotive production is an extremely complex process, with thousands of individual parts required to make just one vehicle. All of those parts must arrive at the production facility on time, with GM sourcing the parts with the intention of keeping purchase costs as low as possible. Once the vehicle is produced, it must then be shipped to dealers.
Naturally, this process is vulnerable to any number of complications. For example, GM may be faced with rising purchase costs amid inflation, as well as supply constraints that not only raise part pricing, but also delay the arrival of parts outright. These part constraints could also result in GM being unable to build all configurations of its vehicles. Shipment of completed vehicles may also run into complications due to rising costs and labor shortages, among other problems.
Indeed, the process it takes to build a vehicle and get it out to customers isn’t always a smooth one, which obviously leads to delays. This was made particularly apparent by the widespread disruptions experienced in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, GM is still figuring out ways to build vehicles without all the necessary components – for example, by placing constraints on certain features to be retrofitted at a later date, such as heated seats.
So then, we want to know – how long have you been waiting for your GM vehicle? It’s important to time the wait for your vehicle from when the order was actually placed, rather than when a reservation was made or when you “raised your hand” for the vehicle. For example, a customer who just reserved a 2024 GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 will have to wait at least a year, which wouldn’t count in this particular poll.