Looking to buy a snowmobile? Good luck

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The pandemic has fueled a big rise in sales of snowmobiles in the Chicago area, but one dealer warns of major problems ahead.

Michael Venziano, owner os Richs Yamaha in southwest suburban Lockport, on Wednesday said he can't keep snowmobiles in stock because of the demand.

One problem is manufacturers occasionally have had to stop production during the pandemic for a variety of reasons, he said.

Venziano said his sales during the pandemic rose between 20% and 25%, as more people turned to snowmobiling when other activities were shut down or restricted.

“People have pent-up energy,” he said. “They’ve found all these outdoor sports and activities to do, and this is one of them.”

He says the shortage of snowmobiles could threaten the future of some dealers. Some have had to turn away customers because they have nothing to sell.