Spanish new-car sales fell 21 percent to 59,044 in October, according to the industry group ANFAC, as automakers continue to struggle with a shortage of components including semiconductors.
Despite the result, dealer group Faconauto sees some encouraging signs based on incoming orders as customers adapt to the realization that they will have to wait longer for cars.
Faconauto also predict improved sales before year-end from car buyers who want to avoid a registration tax increase planned for Jan. 1 2022.
Despite an easing of restrictions following last year's lockdowns, October sales were 37 percent below the pre-pandemic level of 2019.
Registrations to private customers fell by 18 percent to 31,066, while business sales declined 27 percent to 24,249. Sales to rental companies were up 29 percent to 3,729.
Dealer group Ganvam said a shortage of components means "deliveries of orders processed by distribution networks currently take six to eight months on average."
The group forecasts that this year "will be another black year for the automotive industry after the blow of the pandemic, with closing figures below 900,000 units."
Sales in 2020 fell 32 percent to 851,211. Overall sales for the first 10 months were up 5.6 percent to 706,998. The figure is 33 percent lower than the same period in 2019.
October's decline followed a 16 percent drop in September and a 29 percent decline in August.