Without reaching the levels of before the pandemic, the truth is that vehicle registrations walked in an upward line in the first part of the year. However, the arrival of July has drastically interrupted this trend, registering a drop in the whole of Spain of 29% in relation to the same month of the previous year. In the case of the province of Alicante, this decrease has been more pronounced, specifically 44.75%. Specific2,897 vehicles have been registered, compared to 5,243 in July 2020.
The month of July closed in the province of Alicante with 2,897 registered vehicles, of which 1,395 were for individuals, 791 for companies and 711 for rental companies.
When looking for an explanation for this circumstance, the sector points to the microchip shortage, a vital component for the manufacture of cars. The coronavirus pandemic caused the production of these devices to slow down, and also to divert them to other items that registered a greater demand in homes, such as computers or household appliances. The blockade of maritime transport, due to the lack of containers, has also contributed to this crisis.
Gasoline cars continue to be preferred by consumers, with a total of 1,581 registered. They are followed by the electric ones, which add up to 883, and finally the diesel ones, which reach 433.
Thus, vehicle manufacturers are being forced to stop part of their production lines, with the consequent extension of delivery times. The president of the Federation of Metal Entrepreneurs of the Province of Alicante (Fempa) and the Association of Employers of Automobile Repair Shops and Related of Alicante (Atayapa), Guillermo Moreno, highlights that “people have to wait between three and six months to be able to have their car, and that, logically, has a direct impact on registration and is a brake on sales. The problem is that we do not know when this issue will be solved.
Moreno, however, also refers to other obstacles, such as the doubts that users have when choosing the type of motorization, at the height of the electric vehicles and the doubts generated by the regulations of the European Commission “Many,” he indicates, “do not know what to do, because there is a lot of confusion.”
For its part, Jordi Vega, dealership manager Brothers Rooms, Alicante, admits that the microchip crisis has led to a “shortage of cars for immediate delivery, and customers are having to wait.” So, more than with a sales problem, which there is also, we have a registration problem, because the vehicles take longer to arrive.
From the Spanish Association of Automobile and Truck Manufacturers (Anfac), your communication director, Noemi Navas, points out that despite the positive impact of the registration tax reduction, “the reappearance of COVID infections, the microchip crisis, economic uncertainty and the confusion produced by the maximalist proposals in Europe are negatively affecting”.
Guillermo Moreno trusts that the so-called plan Modes, with aid for the purchase of cars of up to 7,000 euros, reactivate sales. Although it regrets that, despite being approved in April, the autonomous communities have not yet enabled it.
Pleasure boats continue to rise
Contrary to vehicle registrations, which have not just been traced, those of recreation boats they continue in an ascending line. In the month of July, 404 were registered in the province of Alicante, which represents an increase of 54.2% in relation to the same period last year. The growth percentage is well above the national average, which stood at 12%.
The general secretary of the National Association of Nautical Companies, Carlos Sanlorenzo, points out, however, that a breakdown of stocks in jet skis and certain segments of boats is also beginning to be registered at an international level.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.