JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Sunday was the last day of the Jacksonville International Auto Show, an annual event where hopeful buyers got a chance to see, drive and ask their burning questions about the hottest vehicles. recent this year.
The event was held amid supply chain challenges and production pauses as many automakers say they struggle to keep up with demand.
Lowell Briggs is the director of marketing and public relations for the Paragon Group, which put on the show.
“It’s been a great rebound year,” Briggs said.
Briggs said event numbers are back to pre-pandemic levels.
“The Jacksonville Automobile Dealers Association worked very hard with the manufacturers to make sure we could put on a great show amidst chip prices and all that going on,” Briggs said.
Amid record inventory, hopeful shoppers said they were just trying to get the best value. However, with supply chain challenges and production pauses, they shared that was easier said than done.
Action News Jax spoke with potential buyer Joseph Hopkins, who shared that his wife and mother need new cars.
“It’s hard to find one because my family wants new cars,” Hopkins said. “We’ve had bad luck with used cars in the past, so finding new cars that fit what we want is a challenge. You have to wait or you have to watch and be patient.
Hopkins said opportunities like the Jax Auto Show are helpful in guiding prospective buyers through the process.
“It’s nice to see the shapes and colors and options that are out there and to be able to talk to their sales people,” Hopkins said.
More than 80% of U.S. car buyers paid more than retail price in January, according to Edmunds, the online portal that tracks car ratings and prices.
Sean Oeding bought a car about seven months ago and took his kids to the Jax Auto Show.
“I’ve been doing these things since I was a kid in every city we’ve lived in, and now we’re doing it with them too,” Oeding said. “They love getting inside, pretending to drive and asking if they can actually drive the cars.”
Other car enthusiasts have shared their thoughts on navigating the car buying process in 2022.
“There’s a big token shortage, which has sent everything skyrocketing,” said Jacksonville Mustang Club’s Jim Griffiths. “Even used vehicles are coming off the roof.”
He shared some tips for those new to the process.
“Stick to your budget and be safe, so you don’t get into trouble later,” Griffiths said.
Experts say that if you already own a vehicle and are hoping to buy a new one, expect to see a high trade-in value.
Guests at the event had the opportunity to try new cars from Chevy, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Ram.
The Jax Auto Show took place from Thursday, February 17 through Sunday, February 20 at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center.
“It’s an opportunity to see the 2022 and 2023 models, and you can see it in an environment where you’re not really harassed,” Briggs said. “You have experts all over here who can really give you details on these vehicles. It’s a super easy way to shop for a car and at Florida’s largest car showroom right now.
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