When the transmission control module on Jordan Gray's 2017 Ford Focus gave up the ghost, he never dreamed he'd end up forfeiting the car altogether — and certainly not for want of a semiconductor chip.
Gray's sedan broke down in late 2021. He took it to Tom Holzer Ford in suburban Detroit, where he said they gave him two options: Buy an entire transmission system, or wait six to 10 months for the back-ordered TCM chip.
Because the part for his model year wasn't under recall or covered by warranty, he'd have to pay out of pocket.
What's more, the dealership was out of loaner vehicles and rentals to drive while he waited.
"I could not afford the new transmission they were suggesting I get, and in the end, had to have my car voluntarily repossessed because I wouldn't be able to afford two car payments," Gray said. "It wasn't making sense to pay on a non-working vehicle."