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Hyundai Accent Hatchbacks

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  • What kind of a price are people able to get for a new 2002 accent, four door, option 3, with a 5 speed? I've already seen the TMV value of it but I'm wondering if anyone is getting a great deal on it, or if TMV is about what people are paying.
  • cjsbcjsb Posts: 71
    your insight is well appreciated...thank you. i'll be at canadian tire in the morning armed with this info. (i beleive the rims are 5.5" and they have said i can go no wider; i suspected they were wrong and was told the same by a friend).
    i will look into the 195/55 options.
    my 00 accent has been a pleasure to own/drive...75000 kms and 2 1/2 years in and i'm very pleased. once the loan payments end, i'll likely buy another hyundai.
    i've read your postings and am interested to read further on how you like the aerio. the majority of reviews i've come across have been definitively favourable.
    in the toronto area i've spotted three sport hatches on the road thus far...one of them parked every day at my office parking lot.
    thanks again.
  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    Thanks for your crash information in the other forum. Since you just sold, how bad was the depreciation?
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    The depreciation wasn't too bad, but I sold it to my best friend. He knew I took care of the car so he was willing to pay me top dollar for it. Sticker on my car was $10200 including destination charge. I sold it for $6000 after 2 years and 2 months of use. I did lose a lot of money to high interest rates though.
  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    It was a 2000, right?
    How come some people are managing to get Accent L's for around $7000? Did yours have A/C? What did you pay for it? I never would have considered an Accent until I heard of people getting those ridiculous prices, and now I really want one.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Mine was a 2000 with factory AC. I think those $7k prices are very rare. My local dealer advertises the base Accent L for 8995 in the newspaper, which is simply sticker price without the destination charge. Those who get these unbelievably low prices either go to high volume dealers in large states where high sales numbers matters to them or are simply the lucky ones who happen to get the one price leader model on the lot. I wouldn't expect to pay that low of a price. I won't divulge how much I paid because the dealer royally ripped me off and I don't want to look like a retard, LOL. Let's just say this: It was my first car purchase ever and it showed. It was a learning experience to say the least.
  • I see there's been some discussion of pricing. For what it's worth, here are my experiences after just shopping aggressively for (and purchasing less than 2 weeks ago) a new Accent.

    I was looking to buy either a stripped L, an L w/ factory AC as an option, or a GS (all manual trans). I bought a stripped '02 L for $6360 after $500 Hyundai consumer rebate. Total price after 8.25% sales tax and DMV (state) reg fees was $7,000 out the door. I had my choice of any stripped L on the dealer's lot-- basically could have gotten any color, all with California emissions and floor mats on most. To get that price took a fair bit of work/time, and some bargaining ability. I called perhaps 20 dealers in northern Cal., and visited perhaps 6-8 in person. I purchased quite late in the month, hoping to be the car that bumped the dealer over a sales volume target. I saw from another dealer's sales manager accurate info from Hyundai on Western Region dealer volume incentives-- over 65 vehicles per month translates to $1K per vehicle. I saw multiple ads in newspapers for the same vehicle at prices from $6850 to $8K. Probably 4-5 dealers would have sold me the stripped L for $7500 out the door-- and even without much work on my part. I was actually hoping to drop my $6350 price to less than $6K by purchasing a new '01, which were few and far between but (I assumed) should have been even cheaper. I could buy the new '01 for the same price, but not cheaper-- even from the dealer who sold me the new '02!
    The cost to me of installing Hyundai parts AC afterpurchase is about $1K at this point-- again after some time and effort shopping for pricing. But the L w/ AC new from the dealer would have cost me about $1700 more than I paid for the stripped L. (Dealer cost of AC option on an L is $686; MSRP is $750.) Not so surprising, since dealers had huge numbers of stripped L's, but most had no L's with AC on their lots. Also, the best I could do on the GS seemed to be about $8900. The supply of those was quite low in relation to the stripped L's, and there were very few of them with manual transmissions. On the other hand, I saw a lot of GL's out there (almost all in auto), so I think the pricing on those should have been reasonable-- but I was only looking for a manual trans hatchback.

    I suspect I could have paid slightly less if I was willing to hold off until after new '03s start showing up on lots. And I might have been able to get slightly cheaper by purchasing in SoCal, but figured after travel costs/time it would be a wash.

    So I guess I'd say based on my experience that these cars are certainly purchasable for substantially less than MSRP or dealer invoice figures-- and certainly much less than Edmunds TMV pricing. The caveat-- you have to be willing to spend the time and have some bargaining skills.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    And you forgot to add: buy in California. Prices are very cheap and competitive in that state (that was one of the states I had in mind when people mentioned getting these awesome deals). On the east coast, it's not the same, at least not the southeast. Hell, Toyota charges extra freight to ship cars to the southeast and we are closer to their factories then California is!
  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    Thanks for the description of your buying saga. I would pretty much be going in the same direction. Stripped L, with AC. Before I heard about those ridiculous prices, I was planning on spending a lot more, but the lure of the 10 year warranty and almost nothing in monthly payments is winning me over.

    I've never test driven one, but I've read as much info as I could find, and when I get back, I'll be heading over to the nearest dealership to check them out. (and I'll be living in So Cal)
  • baberbaber Posts: 96
    I can usually find the base Accents with factory AC, but Stripped Accents with out AC are rare as hens teeth here in Florida. Almost all new cars are sold with AC here because of the climate. I would be leary of dealer installed AC as I have been burned with a poor dealer installed AC in the past. My Wife and I have a 99 Accent sedan and a 99 Elantra sedan. The factory AC in these cars are first rate. It is great to drive around in my Accent drinking coffee when the temp outside is in the 90's. It would be interesting to hear from people who have had dealer installed AC in their base model Accents. I would be interested to hear if their AC is a good as the factory unit. You have to remember that the factory installed AC is covered under the 60,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. I don't think you could get anywhere near that kind of warranty with a dealer installed AC. Just one repair to a dealer installed AC unit could wipe out the price advantage with buying a stripped car and having the AC installed. That price sure is tempting though, and the Accent is such a solid little car, I just love my 99 even after almost 85,000 miles.
  • mpgmanmpgman Posts: 723
    Anyone know what changes will be made to the Accent? Thanks.
  • I don't know, but does anyone know when the 2003's are going to come out. I really wanted to get a coastal blue accent, but according to the local dealer, they have no more and will be making no more 2002's in coastal blue.

    He thought the 2003's will be out in November? If that's the case, I'm going to have to get something else.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    For those who wanted to know, here's what the 03 Accent will look like:


    http://www.hyundai-motor.com/cybermall/showroom/index.html


    The front looks less aggressive, with a smoother appeareance and larger headlights, but I don't care for the grill. The rear is a definite improvement though. It looks very upscale! I wonder if the attractive 14" alloy wheels, fog lights, and body-colored mirrors and door handles will be offered as a new option. The interior looks unchanged except for the possible addition of chrome door handles and a digital odometer. What does everyone else think?

    p.s. Since the site is in Korean, click on the links at the bottom left side of the screen to see more pics of the new Accent. You will see the links show up in English in the bottom portion of your browser (it will say interior, exterior, etc.).

  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    When you click on the link above, click on Verna first and then you will see the other links I was referring to.
  • mazdaprofourmazdaprofour Posts: 202
    Interesting...I like it. Are you sure that the US 03 model will also look like this?. If so, I might have to wait...when would the 03 models come out?
  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    Great link Intonge. I just hope they don't raise the price. I still have $7,000 dreams!
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    I'm almost positive the 03 Accent will look like this. In recent years, there has been no styling difference between the Korean cars and the US cars. Korea gets to see the new models first, usually about 6 months or more before we get them (a good thing because that means they have time to work any bugs out of it before it gets here). I would expect to see the 03 Accents hit dealers around November, maybe October if we are real lucky.

    I also noticed a new seat fabric design in the interior pic. Looks more luxurious and attractive. Hyundai seems to be on a roll with designing attractive facelifts, first the Sonata and now the Accent. I hope they don't let any of their designers get snapped up by other automakers.
  • perry40perry40 Posts: 94
    Yeah, the new 03 Accent looks rather nice ... HMC are really designing some attractive vehicles these past couple of years ... hope they keep it up. I noticed some other models on the HMC website that I'd love to see selling here in Canada ... the Click and Lavita are cool cars!
  • kagedudekagedude Posts: 407
    Here in NYC, various dealers were advertising the base Accent L for around $5788. I went down to a few to see if I can get it at that price and for the 2 dealers I went to, after their hidden costs, they added destination of $495 + dealer prep of $349 and then negated a $1000 hyundai loyalty rebate which was already in the price. The sale price came out to $7632. Now, here is the catch, to get that price, you'd have to finance with them for an APR of at least 12.50%. I calculated this and it basically comes out to be the same as buying it at regular price and financing it at normal APRs. I ended up getting an Accent GL stick no package for $9500 with 7.99% apr. I must say coming down from a 2K1 maxima, I don't miss the feel and performance of it.
  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    one of the things that has really attracted me to the Accent was hearing about people getting it for $7000, but I would never agree to 12.50%, unless I intended to pay it off very quickly.

    Did anyone who got their Accent for $7000 (or so) have a similar experience?

    But man, that must have hurt to go down there thinking $5788, and walking out with $9500. Not that it's a bad deal or anything, just not what you were expecting.

    " must say coming down from a 2K1 maxima, I don't miss the feel and performance of it. "

    You don't? Why?
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