I’m forced to do the school run in the rain after my £37,000 car’s been delayed for a YEAR


AN OAP has been forced to walk his grandchildren to school in the rain after waiting over a year for his new £37,000 Land Rover to be built.

Michael Finnerty, a grandad from Sheldon, is furious that he ordered a Discovery Sport in March 2021, but has still not been given a build date.


Michael FInnerty, 68, has been stranded without a car, after waiting more than a year for his Land Rover to be builtCredit: BPM

Although he has paid a £1,000 deposit and signed a contract, his order has been cancelled and changed multiple times – his car doesn’t even exist yet.

Jaguar Land Rover has blamed the global chip shortage for the severe delays, as there are not enough semiconductors to go around.

Michael wants this particular model, which sets him back £37,000, because only a seven-seater will fit all of his five grandchildren. 

Stranded without a car, the disgruntled pensioner has been relying on public transport or walking to get by, and he has even had to hire cars to go on holiday.

Michael worked at Jaguar in Castle Bromwich as a production supervisor for 20 years, so was able to order the car through Jaguar Land Rover’s employee scheme.

After retiring in 2005, he ordered his previous car this way, which he drove for 17 years before deciding to replace last year.

The 69-year-old told the Birmingham Mail: “The contract was signed, the order was put in [but] I haven’t received my car.

“After 20 years of service to the company, loyal service I might add, they are not looking after me.

“All I’m asking for is a build date.”

“Because I’m retired I’ve managed to do without a car.

“I imagine people who need a car would have cancelled the order.

“You can’t wait and be without a car for 12 months if you are working.”

Jaguar Land Rover has been hit by a global chip shortage, which has been a blow to the tech industry and car market.

The chips – tiny semiconductors – are the brains of every electronic device, but they are in fast demand.

A disclaimer on the web page to order a Discovery Sport reads: “There is currently a global shortage of semiconductor components.

“As a leading manufacturer utilising cutting edge technology, Land Rover is currently being affected by this shortage and as a result delivery times for some products may be extended.

“Please be reassured that we will do all we can to deliver any vehicle you order to you as soon as possible.”

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Michael originally ordered a 2021 plate Land Rover Discovery Sport petrol, however, he claims he was told JLR had cancelled the order and offered him a 2022 model.

After agreeing to pay a similar price for the newer model, he claims he was then told the car had been “taken off the employee purchase scheme with only the diesel model available”.

Michael claimed the situation could “go on forever” while Jaguar Land Rover still has a thousand pounds of his money.

Asked if he would give up and get another car, Michael said: “Obviously I have thought about it but it’s the only car I want.”

Jaguar Land Rover told The Sun Online: “Like other automotive manufacturers, we are currently experiencing some continued supply chain disruption, including the global availability of semi-conductors, which is having an impact on our production schedules and our ability to meet global demand for some of our vehicles.

“We sympathise and will be in contact with Mr Finnerty and are working hard to minimise the impact on customer orders wherever possible.”

The granddad worked at Jaguar for 20 years


The granddad worked at Jaguar for 20 yearsCredit: BPM

What is the a global chip shortage?

Tiny semiconductors – the brains of every electronic device – are in fast demand.

The rise of 5G has been blamed for the spike in demand, and the US also prevented the sale of semiconductors and other technology to Huawei.

Others have pointed the finger at a surge in interest in cheaper chips as firms try to cut down their costs.

It means the older technology is more sought after than ever and supplies have been scuppered.

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