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Fear of COVID-19 is waning as a reason to avoid shopping for a car, but fears of being laid off and paying high costs are rising, according to a TrueCar Inc. survey.

And a forecast released Thursday by Edmunds, a car-buying analytics company based in Santa Monica, Calif., predicted consumers will have a harder time finding cars at an affordable price this year because of severe parts shortages for automakers.

Jim DuPlessis

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