Tips for buying a car during shortages, inflated market

Used car prices have skyrocketed during the coronavirus pandemic. Supply chain issues, altered buying patterns and a limited supply of new cars drove sale prices up 30% nationwide and 36% in Tennessee from January 2020 to June 2021, according to Kelley Blue Book.

“Just like stocks and everything else, you don’t want to buy at the top of the market,” Karl Brauer, an auto industry analyst and president of, told The Tennessean. “The problem for a lot of people is, they need the car now.”

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