There's Going To Be A Lot Of Angry Toyota Tundra Buyers

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Demand is already very high.

In the market for the completely redesigned 2022 Toyota Tundra? If so, you'd better act fast otherwise you could be waiting far longer than expected. The first batch of deliveries are due in dealerships next month and like its smaller midsized sibling, the Tacoma, the full-size Tundra won't last long.

CarsDirect was informed by one of the largest Toyota dealers in the country that the waitlist could be up to 1.5 years. This is actually surprising considering Toyota built a new factory in Texas dedicated to Tundra (and later Tacoma) production. So what's the problem? Supplier issues, specifically semiconductor chips. The dealer claims Toyota only plans to ship 61 trucks for all the LA region for the next three months.

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Most dealers are taking reservations but that alone won't ensure delivery for at least four months or, as previously noted, up to 18 months. Not surprisingly, the TRD Pro variant will be the most difficult to obtain. Expect at least a nine-month wait on that. There's a very good chance a majority of buyers will end up receiving a 2023 model instead.

Hopefully by then the chip shortage crisis will be mostly resolved. It should also be pointed out that unlike GM and Ford, Toyota does not accept factory orders. This means customers will have to work a dealer to hop on that waitlist.

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Those who are desperate for a new Tundra do have an alternative, though it may not be to everyone's liking. The outgoing 2021 model does have some attractive financing incentives at the moment, but its numbers are running low as well. Buyers are snatching them up knowing full well its successor lacks a naturally aspired 5.7-liter V8 or even a turbo V8. Instead, the 2022 Tundra is powered by a more fuel-efficient 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6.

Toyota's lack of Tundras, new and old, could force some customers who lack brand loyalty to shop elsewhere. GM, Ford, and Ram will be more than happy to have them.

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Source Credits: CarsDirect

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