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Hyundai Elantra Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • inharmswayinharmsway Posts: 153
    Maita Hyundai in Sacramento and the biggest Roseville Hyundai. Hope this helps.
  • mlk2000mlk2000 Posts: 6
    The MSRP for the GLS with popular package, floor mats and mud guards was $17,165.00 including destination. Prior to going to a dealer, I had requested internet prices from several dealers. The dealer I eventually purchased from, emailed me stating that the price after rebate of $2,000.00 would be between $13,000 - $13,500. I went to this dealer (at the end of the month, with a poor economy) along with a newspaper ad from another dealer further away offering the vehicle for $2,500 off the MSRP in addition to the $2,000 rebate. After a little negotiation, I produced the ad from the other dealer and asked if they would meet the price. If not, I was prepared to go to the other dealer. The price was $17,165.00 less $2,500 less $2000 bringing it down to $12,665. On the contract they had a pre printed dealer preparation charge of $395.00. I tried to get them to remove it and even spoke to the manager who refused to remove it. I decided to purchase it. Price was $12,665 plus $395 for a total of $13,060 plus tax and tags.
    By the way Towne Hyundai often quoted on this board emailed me stating the price would be $12,756.00 I do not know if that included prep, etc. I did not go to them, because they were too far away.
  • nerdlyonenerdlyone Posts: 3
    We live in Sacramento, and just bought today from Maurice at Roseville Hyundai a 2008 Elantra SE PZEV automatic transmission (charcoal grey with light grey interior, only options were the spoiler and floor mats).

    The agreed upon price before rebates etc was $16788. We got the $2000 rebate (CA rebate) and the $500 military rebate. So, price after rebate was $14288 (plus they threw in a year's worth of free oil changes).

    Doc fee was $55.00. Taxes was $1305.33 and registration was $73.75. There isn't a separate destination charge listed, so that must have been rolled into the $14288.

    Total OTD with TTL and everything was $15722.08.

    I'm pretty happy!
  • platyase,
    can you tell me who you dealt with at Herb Connelly in Natick on your SE back on April 28? I'm looking in Mass right now and it would be great to get the same deal!
  • platyaseplatyase Posts: 2
    I was going to reply to you with the salesperson I dealt with, but when I was about to post the message, I noticed the warning not to post names of salespeople. You can either go through the Herb Connelly's website and contact them from there, or send me an email, and I'll let you know whom I worked with. I have a gmail.com account, and my username there is the same as the one here.
  • nareknarek Posts: 37
    I'm looking at an '08 Elantra GLS w/sunroof options package and carpet mats. This is the best I've found:

    $15,236.00 plus tax, tags & title
    $17,069.01 out the door

    The only things I'd like to see on this car are power driver seat and audio controls on the steering wheel. Had those on my last car and I'm going to miss them. Anyone know if they'll be options on the '09? Anyone know when the '09's come out? My dealer couldn't (wouldn't?) say.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,628
    It's very, very, very unlikely that the Elantra will get a power seat for 2009. Not even the upscale 2009 Elantra Touring will have it. You can get audio controls on the steering wheel right now by getting the SE trim. That also gets you several other useful features, including stability control, traction control, telescopic steering wheel (could help make up for the lack of a power seat cushion), trip computer with mpg meter, and of course those good-looking 16" five-spoke alloys (might provide better handling than the 15" wheels on the GLS). The SE trim costs about the same as the moonroof option, so if you could do without that you might be able to get an SE for about the same price as the GLS with moonroof. Or you could splurge and get the SE with moonroof--leather is available on it too.
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    I recently bought a friend a 08 mazda3 i touring auto value sedan with 2.0l, alloys, abs airbags, etc, (msrp 18100) For $15500 +tax and title with 100kmi factory bumper to bumper warranty.another $680. There were some dealers that seemed amenable to a mazda6 i value auto (alloys,auto,airbags, abs) msrp 21200 for $15700.

    The mazda is a better or at least competitive car and is truly stunning looking at night, the 6 does also, though their designs are pushing 4 years old. Your own research end of month could reveal lower prices.

    The 08 Elantra gls auto (17000 msrp) is a compelling buy for 13000 or less, the 20000 sonata 08 for 15000 but once you get considerably above that (or about 16000 or so for the 09 Sonata) you should probably look elsewhere. Hyundai's made big strides in quality over the years and the Elantra is nice but price is their main selling point and if the best price you can get in your area is about 14500 for the gls auto and the hi 15's or so for the SE its well past time to move on.

    Both mazdas wholesale used for about $2000-2500 more than the Hyundai 's after 12 months, and will depreciate much less from a decent purchase price over the years. So in addition to higher quality they're worth it.

    Good luck
    --jjf
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,628
    Did you get lost on your way to the Mazda3 Prices Paid discussion? ;)

    The Mazda3i is a nice car, but you are overlooking some "selling points" of the Elantra, such as standard stability control and traction control (on the SE), more interior room (especially in back--midsized inside vs. compact for the Mazda3), bigger trunk, standard XM radio, and a smoother and quieter ride. With a $1500-2000 rebate on the Elantra, it isn't hard at all to find a GLS AT around $13-14k and an SE around $14-15k. As for the Mazda3 being "higher quality," not sure where you get that but CR ranks both cars the same for reliability and in fact ranks the Elantra SE over the Mazda3i and has the Elantra SE as its "Top Pick" in the Sedans Under $20k class.

    But it was very nice of you to buy a new Mazda3i for your friend. You are a very generous person.
  • mjoshimjoshi Posts: 34
    Not sure about value for money factor but fun to drive factor Mazda 3 wins anytime against any of sedans in its price range. I had Mazda 3 and moved to Elantra. First thing I noticed was Elantra's body roll. For some reason when you turn it feels like drving boat. Compared to that even my Honda Odyssey gives better handling. Mazda 3 was more fun to drive for me and I did drive it in couple of northeast snow storms without single problem.
    On the other hand I do like the bit better fuel economy with gas prices heading north.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,628
    I think the Mazda3 is fun to drive also, but there are other discussions for talking about the merits of the Mazda3 vs. Elantra, e.g. the Economy Sedans discussion.
  • nareknarek Posts: 37
    Yep, I'm now considering the SE for those features. Maybe even with leather.

    I'm discovering they're pretty hard to find in my area right now. I've been told that when the April Consumer Reports mag was released listing the Elantra SE as a "Top Pick" the SE's started flying off the lot. They also tell me that getting more is unlikely, and that the next shipment might be '09s.

    I swear. I'm always a day late and a dollar short. :(
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,628
    That varies by area it seems. Some dealers seem to have more SEs than others. Might want to shop around.
  • nareknarek Posts: 37
    After I posted that last message I decided to see what Fitzmall may have in other locations. Found my "wish list" car on order for delivery at the end of this month to the Fitzmall location in Bethesda, MD. They will ship it for roughly $350. I can't fly up and drive it back for that. :)

    Not sure yet if that's what I'll do, but it's nice to know I have that option.
  • stilgarstilgar Posts: 6
    Does anyone here live in Houston, TX? Why are all the dealers charging 15K+ for a 2008 Elantra auto + A/C + radio? I read that some guy in NY got this for 13K. Right now the car industry is doing terrible in Texas, with Toyota seeing a 24% decline in full-year profits. You’d think they’d be bending over backwards to make deals.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,628
    Have you tried yet to go to a Houston dealer with a "firm offer" of $XXk (whatever your target is), tell them you are ready to buy the car from them today if they agree to your offer, and see what happens? Talk is cheap, but money talks. ;)
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  • nareknarek Posts: 37
    I finally made up my mind. (Much to my husbands joy..lol)

    I could not find any SE's with the options I wanted. Called/emailed/checked inventory of every dealer from Jacksonville to Bradenton, Gainesville to Cocoa, FL.

    Fitzmall in Bethesda, MD has on order a Carbon Gray '08 Elantra SE (auto) w/Premium Package + Leather, Rear Spoiler and Carpeted Mats. When it comes in they'll ship it to their Clearwater, FL location for $350, where I'll pick it up.

    $20,355 MSRP

    $17,135 Internet price (after rebate)
    $1,610.38 TT&T
    $350 shipping

    $19,095.38 Out the door

    I left a deposit this morning. I was a little hesitant to by a car sight unseen, but I originally thought I'd have to ship it myself. Fitzmall arranges the shipping to it's dealership which means I get to inspect and drive it before I take delivery.

    Also, I discovered that some cars on Fitzmall's Clearwater lot cost more than at the Maryland Fitzmalls. It was a comment in this thread somewhere about how competitive dealers in the DC area are that made me take a look at that. I don't know if that's the reason for the price differences, but it's there just the same. I compared several sets of identical cars at both locations and came up with differences in the $350 to $550 range.

    Anyway, if anyone is looking at Fitzmall's Clearwater inventory and they don't have the exact model/color/options combination you want, check out other Fitzmall locations. The price difference might just be enough to offset the cost of shipping, to get what you really want. :)

    In the 2 weeks or so that I've been reading these forums, I have learned A LOT. Thanks to all for your insight and advice! Without it I'd be in a totally different car right now, having 'settled' for what I could find locally in both inventory and price.

    Can't wait to pick up my new Hyundai! It's a first Hyundai for me, and my family.
  • hemanthhemanth Posts: 1
    Hello

    I am looking to buy a hyndai elantra 2004 GT model. Here are the specifications

    # 4-month old new Firestone tires
    # Tinted Sun Roof
    # 2.0L DOHC 16-Valve CVVT Engine
    # 5-Speed Manual Transmission
    # Dual Front Airbags
    # Front Side Airbags
    # Front Independent Suspension w/MacPherson Struts
    # Rear Independent Multi Link Suspension w/Coil Springs
    # Front & Rear Stabilizer Bars
    # Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes
    # Premium Wheel Covers
    # 14.5 Gallon Fuel Tank
    # Power Rack & Pinion Steering
    # Air Conditioning
    # Tilt Steering Column
    # Power Locks/Windows/Mirrors
    # Variable Intermittent Wipers
    # Tachometer and Trip Meter
    # Remote Fuel Door Release
    # Remote Trunk Release
    # Quartz Digital Clock
    # Tinted Glass w/Sunshade Band
    # Rear Window Defroster
    # Center Console w/Armrest
    # Keyless Remote Entry with Vehicle Security System
    # AM/FM Stereo/Cassette
    # Bodycolor Bodyside Moldings
    # 60/40 Split-Folding Rear Seat
    # Rear Child Seat Anchors
    # Carpeted Floor Mats
    # Trunk Cargo Net
    # Color - Crimson, Interior - grey
    # 3-Point Front Seatbelts with Pretensioners and Force Limiters
    # Lumbar Adjustment on Driver's Seat

    The kbb value of this car in my locality is 6725 - 7260. Its a private party deal.
    How much do you people think, I can pay for the car.

    Thanks for your time

    --Hemanth
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    If thats the wholesale kbb.com value (not private party sale) and it is in kbb good condition I would start below that wholesale value and of course seem unenthusiastic.

    If it is advertised in a medium where one pays $20 for a 3 day or 2 week ad one has a better chance than for "fishermen" advertising in trader type publications where one can advertise cheaply for months.

    Also if serious carfax of of course.

    --jjf
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