Those who are looking to use their car loan for a new Toyota may have to wait a few months, as the automaker recently announced that it won't be resuming regular operations until the winter, according to USA Today.
The March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Sendai destroyed much of Japan, causing Toyota and other Japanese manufacturers to slow or halt production in order to repair their facilities. Dealers have since been concerned about dwindling inventories.
"To all the customers who made the decision to buy a vehicle made by us, I sincerely apologize for the enormous delay in delivery," Akio Toyoda, the company president, said in a statement. Global production is predicted to continue normal operations by November or December of this year.
Part of the delay is due to the change in parts suppliers, as the automaker has had to source from different businesses in the wake of the natural disaster.
"Our entire company is committed to solving the problems before us so that we can achieve production recovery even one day sooner," said Toyoda.