Thursday on KFYO Mornings with Dave King and Matt Martin, The Car Pro Jerry Reynolds joined Dave and Matt to talk about his test drive of the week, the ongoing major part shortage, as well as other auto industry news.
This week, The Car Pro was test driving the 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-350, their new sedan. Jerry started the discussion by saying that he wouldn't call this a large car, but it is a little bit bigger than a mid-sized car. The E-350 is all wheel drive, and has a 2 liter 4 cylinder engine that puts out 300 horses, although Jerry says it feels more like a 6 cylinder engine, and has good gas millage, getting 30 miles to the gallon on the highway. Reynolds also said that, since his back has been hurting this week, that he specifically looked for a car that would be comfortable, and this one fit the bill, with it having larger tires and wheels, and being very comfortable inside with the seats having lumbar support. The E-350 comes with everything you could want on a car, and has a price of $72,000.
Reynolds also talked about something that is still a very big issue in the car industry, and that is the ongoing shortage of car parts. Jerry explained that because of the chip shortage, the price of used cars is still going up, and now to top it off, there is both a foam and rubber shortage as well, making seats and tires harder to come by. The cause of these shortages is the factories that shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic, and even after they've opened back up, simply not being able to meet demand. This has made the price of used cars go way up. Jerry said that it is a weird time for the car industry, and that there is currently no end in sight, going on to say, "If you can find something that you like, and you've got a particularly late model trade-in that's clean, man I would do everything in the world to try to take advantage of this used car market right now."