Computer chips fit into an interesting problem, as they are REALLY tied to how China is doing. No just because they make a lot of them but because the rare earth metals we need for them are almost exclusively found and mined there. It's the reason why I have serious doubts that the U.S. (and indeed the Western world) will EVER go on full war with China not matter WHAT they do. They only have to stop exports of the metals, and out ability to wage high-tech war crumbles (and they have too many people and too much military for a low tech war to work out in or favor).CBS news had a segment that new car prices have been rising (+8%), due to a shortage in parts, namely the computer chips.
In spite of the higher prices, used cars are vanishing off the lots. DW & I drove past the dealer where we've purchased our last two vehicles; they have maybe 1/3 of their normal inventory.The shortage of new cars has driven up the price of used cars.