Shortages in car stereo products, the result of some better-than-expected sales this year, may not be resolved until the summer and fall, said suppliers.
Retailers are seeing backorders on some key products of a month or more, particularly on some Pioneer in-dash DVD radios with spot shortages on Alpine and Kenwood radios.
Car security supplier Auto Page also confirmed some of its products are backordered by 30 to 45 days and it may take much of the summer or until fall to catch up to demand.
Alpine confirmed shortages on its entry level $99 CD player and its standalone Bluetooth module. “Each of these are caused by demand that exceeded initial forecast compounded by chipset shortages that have compromised our ability to get caught up,” said assistant VP Sales Mike Anderson. He expects to return to a “good inventory position by July” on the CD player, but he’s not certain when the Bluetooth adapter will be fully available as it requires chipsets from a third party.
Auto Page president Michael Northup said “Business has been better than anyone expected over the last four months particularly…demand to the factories has been much greater than what they experienced in the past 12 months. They cut back and they can’t get the component parts because [the parts suppliers] have cut way back. So the lead time for placing purchase orders and getting product built used to be 75 to 120 days and now its 120 to 180 days.”
Retailers said Pioneer DVD/radios such as the AVH-3200BT and AVH-P4200DVD were particularly hard to come by. Some also reported shortages on certain JVC models but JVC said it is not experiencing shortages. JVC added that its sales year-to-date through April have exceeded forecasts.
Retailer Al & Ed’s Autosound, speaking generally of car radios, said it has some unfulfilled purchase orders dating back to January.