‘Should I give up on my delayed Mini order?’

Alex Robbins is contributing editor at Telegraph Cars the place, in addition to responding to readers’ queries, he additionally contributes opinions of latest and used vehicles, along with articles on shopping for and promoting. 

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Dear Alex,

I ordered a Mini Electric final year and was instructed there could be a six-month delay. I have now came upon that the wiring loom is made in Ukraine and that manufacturing unit has closed because of the warfare, so the delay is now indefinite. I have additionally been instructed the congestion cost in London is ending. I was so happy I wouldn’t must pay it as soon as I’d acquired an EV, and I’ve already paid £1,000 for a house charger to be fitted. But now I really feel silly. Should I give up on the Mini and search for another? 


Dear SK, 

You are removed from alone on this – prospects of automobile producers throughout the board have been in contact to ask related questions because the warfare and the worldwide computer chip scarcity wreak havoc on provide strains.

Mini is not any exception, and whereas it didn’t need to remark particularly on its plans, a spokesperson did inform me that it’s “continuing to engage in intensive discussions with [its] suppliers and together [they are] continually assessing the parts situation and defining measures to secure production in the best possible way to meet the continued high demand for customers”.

It warned, nevertheless, that the scenario stays risky, and that its provide issues would possibly result in additional “production adjustments”. 

I can’t converse particularly for Mini, however I do know that behind the scenes, a lot of producers are having to come back up with new sources for elements and simplify their mannequin ranges as a way to get deliveries flowing once more. 

In most circumstances, they will’t verify how lengthy this may take till they’ve these new provide strains in place. That’s why we’re seeing supply dates sliding. Indeed, you would possibly even be requested to make a number of tweaks to your order when the time comes, as sure choices might now not be out there.

Frustrating as this can be, there’s not a lot Mini or your supplier can do about it at this stage. But producers need to promote vehicles and to maintain their prospects joyful (normally), so that they have each incentive to minimise the affect and give you a brand new supply date as quickly as they will. 

I subsequently assume you must stick along with your order. Apart from the rest, as a result of that is an industry-wide downside, you’ll most likely have related points should you try to purchase a special mannequin elsewhere; you would possibly even finish up in the back of a good longer queue.

What’s extra, I’ve heard nothing to say the congestion cost in London is ending. Yes, its hours have simply been revised, however so far as I’m conscious, there aren’t any plans to cancel it completely. So you must nonetheless profit out of your funding in a charger and your change to an electrical automobile – when it does finally flip up. 

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