It’s not only difficult to buy a new car these days, it’s even becoming difficult to get one repaired.
There simply aren’t enough workers to do the job.
Auto dealerships and repair shops are struggling to recruit and retain technicians and other service personnel. Auto dealerships, like many industries, are feeling the effects of what some have called the Great Quit, in which workers are quitting at a breakneck pace.
It has become especially difficult for dealerships to retain service advisors, who interact with customers and service managers. But even before that, there had been a stubborn shortage of auto technicians – the people who fix cars – for decades.
Industry analysts say low wages, the lack of a clearly defined career path and a generational shift away from jobs in the trades make it difficult to attract and retain people over the long term.
Meanwhile, insiders say the transition to electric vehicles is one of the most exciting times to consider a career in automotive technology since the dawn of the industry. Some hope the opportunity to learn advanced technology will help attract workers to the field.