Automakers say paint, parts in short supply

Amid the Japan crisis, US dealerships are getting warnings about parts that may be hard to find. And certain colors for new models are off-limits, too. With video updates.

By Kim Peterson Mar 29, 2011 1:30PM
Toyota (TM) dealerships might have a tough time fixing cars as a result of the Japan earthquake.

The company has warned dealers about a shortage of some parts it sends worldwide for repairs, The Wall Street Journal reports. Toyota is already up and running with most replacement parts, but a small fraction -- about 233 -- are in short supply.

That's because those 233 parts are from Japanese suppliers who were hit hard in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Those suppliers won't resume production for at least a month, the Journal reports, and it could be longer. Toyota now says those parts, which include shock absorbers, oil seals, radiator supports and fender parts, are on "controlled allocation."

You wouldn't expect paint to be a problem coming out of the Japan quake, but it is. Chrysler and Ford (F) are running into shortages with specific colors that use pigment from Japanese suppliers.

Post continues after this video analyzing the parts shortage:
Chrysler says it may not produce as many cars in such colors as "brilliant black," hunter green, ivory, deep cherry red and blackberry, USA Today reports. Previously, Ford said dealers shouldn't order cars in "tuxedo black" or three different reds.

Toyota's parts shortage also extends to new vehicles. The company says 500 types of parts are in short supply, including rubber and resin products, the Journal reports. In the U.S., that means Toyota or Lexus owners may have to delay some repairs or wait longer than usual.

Honda (HMC) may have been hit the hardest. It has closed all of its plants since the quake and canceled dealer orders for May delivery of cars made in Japan, the Journal reports. Production is stopped until at least April 3.

Analysts tell the Journal that the auto-parts shortage may cut global car production by as much as 30% this year. That's 20 million fewer vehicles.

Just when the auto industry was getting back to normal.

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Mar 29, 2011 2:45PM
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Seems like a domestic supply chain needs a comeback
Mar 30, 2011 11:24AM
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Really? Rear wheel drive is inferior? Why does toyota put it on their Lexus's then? Why do all high performance cars have rear or all wheel drive? Why are all toyota cars front wheel drive? The best car toyota ever made was the MR2. And it had rear wheel drive. But since toyota supporters have 0 mechanical smarts they didn't buy it. Toyota is not trying to build superior autos. Only dependable and affordable ones. And 1980 was a long time ago. Get updated.

Mar 29, 2011 6:48PM
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"Hmm if you have a GM vehicle and get into an accident and need a fender there is one within 24 hours delivery to your local dealership.  Within 7 days your vehicle will be back to new ready to drive out of the repair facility.

 

Lexus and Toyota owners not only had to wait forever before now they have to wait even longer.  My gosh if this were happening from an American company customers would be yelling and screaming but since its a Japanese company its ok.  No big deal they couldnt control the quake.....but they could control their stock of backup supplies that Americans would expect any American company to have.

 

I hope this turns out to be another kick in the crotch to the Japanese companies here in the USA.  Maybe now americans will start buying more American products, not just..."


I doubt it, MR UNION LOVER.  American cars will remain inferior to Toyota's and Honda's,  parts shortage or not.
Mar 29, 2011 4:10PM
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Hmm if you have a GM vehicle and get into an accident and need a fender there is one within 24 hours delivery to your local dealership.  Within 7 days your vehicle will be back to new ready to drive out of the repair facility.

 

Lexus and Toyota owners not only had to wait forever before now they have to wait even longer.  My gosh if this were happening from an American company customers would be yelling and screaming but since its a Japanese company its ok.  No big deal they couldnt control the quake.....but they could control their stock of backup supplies that Americans would expect any American company to have.

 

I hope this turns out to be another kick in the crotch to the Japanese companies here in the USA.  Maybe now americans will start buying more American products, not just cars,  trucks, and SUVs. 

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