Consumers can expect to wait a long time for a new car or van to arrive again in 2023, as the supply shortages continue to affect the leasing sector.

A new report by Alphabet (GB), the leading fleet solutions provider, explains why order books are taking so long to be fulfilled, and suggests ways that fleet managers can get through these difficult times.

Alphabet say that a reduction in manufacturer discounts and regular price increases have presented businesses and employees with challenges when it comes to budgeting for and planning vehicle requirements. Its Fleet Report 2022 says that leasing companies have been working closely with customers, manufacturers and retailers to help manage the impact of supply shortages. This has included expanding vehicle choice lists and making sure access to available stock is maximised.

Planning ahead and using rental vehicles to plug any gaps are key recommendations of the report.

“Although global supply chain issues, fluctuating costs, and changes in taxation and legislation will continue to challenge and shape mobility, we’re focused on leveraging the opportunities for innovation and added value that this evolving landscape presents to our business and our customers,” said Caroline Sandall-Mansergh, consultancy and channels development manager at Alphabet.

Small and medium fleets are being put under the greatest pressure, as they are often managed as part of a more general HR, finance and management operation, rather than by a dedicated fleet manager.

Alphabet expects to see more support being given in such circumstances by leasing companies in the form of full-service offerings, including helping with the switch to electric vehicles.