A shortage of chips and other components have forced the likes of
Mercedes-Benz AG and
Volkswagen AG to rein in production, and the lack of new cars is trickling down market, adding more pressure on consumers grappling with surging inflation.
Prices of used cars in Germany — Europes largest auto market — jumped 27% from a year ago in April, according to data from online car market mobile.de. The average of 31,801 euros ($33,450) is the highest on record.