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Hyundai Elantra Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • bhmr59bhmr59 Posts: 1,598
    Try Towne Hyundai in Denville, NJ. I'm in the northern part of Trumbull and the one way distance to Towne is 100 miles.

    They typically have internet pricing below invoice (before any rebates), there is no advertising charge. The price they quote includes destination charge (which as backy said is a cost to the dealer with no mark up). As of a couple months ago their doc fee is $249.

    While rebates were different when we bought in Feb. '07, the Sonata we bought from them listed at $22,080. We were out the door (no trade-in) for $18,189 including 6% CT sales tax, all fees
    (state & dealer) and registration. Towne is a very high volume dealer and doesn't "play games."
  • peruchoperucho Posts: 9
    Great! One concern is to buy in a dealer that is far away or out state. I guess is a risk to take for example if you need repair or something like that.

    thanks for the tip.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    It would only be a risk if there are no Hyundai dealers near you at all. You can have warranty work done at any Hyundai dealer. And maintenance and non-warranty repairs can be done by anyone who is competent to do it.
  • cstewart27cstewart27 Posts: 23
    My local dealer says his dealership won't be willing to do the maintenance if we don't buy there. Sounds like BS to me, but IF/WHEN that happens; Hyundai will be getting a direct call from me.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    It is BS, but for me it would be enough to make sure I never gave that dealer ANY of my business. If they treat me like that before I buy a car, I can't imagine how they'd treat me after they have my money.

    I wonder what they'd do if someone moves across the country, and goes to the dealership for service? "Sorry, you didn't buy your car here--go someplace else." :confuse:
  • joegiantjoegiant Posts: 90
    Well backy, I'm getting ever so close to buying one of these SE Elantra's. No matter how hard I try, I keep coming back to the fact that this car gives the most "bang for the buck" for my individual needs. I know as consumers we are grouped into certain categories. I have no doubt I fall under the "What EXACTLY do I get for the money?" group. Guess we're considered the "Value" shoppers of the auto market. Thus Hyundai's emergence as a serious player in the US market in THIS economy undercutting the Japanese competition all the while maintaining an enviable reliability rating. All my opinion of course. This Korean company is leap years ahead of where they were a decade ago if one can believe the "quality ratings" (JD Powers, CR etc. etc.). Getting ready to pull the trigger... I wonder how the finance guy's face will contort when I pull out my Visa card and tell him to put the car on the card (Free money for a month 'til the bill comes due not to mention the 2 percent cash back from the credit card company on the transaction. Whadduh country!!!).

  • marlenelinmarlenelin Posts: 87
    Joe. I have to agree with you. I have a 2008 Hyundai SE and I feel I got alot of car for the money when I bought it last year. Prices have even come down lower this year for the 2009's. I like the car so much that I went ahead and bought a 2009 Touring to replace my big Toyota Sienna Van. Marlene
  • 4elantra4elantra Posts: 10
    Don't think you can charge the entire amount on your credit card.
    Try calling Brad Benson & give an out-the-door pirce/bid with all the specs you want. Might be worth the travel.
    Also try checking the Hyundai service - if you cannot get good service there, don't bother buying a Hyundai......
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    You're right. No dealer I've talked to (and I've talked to a lot of them over the years) allows the entire new car cost to be put on a Visa card. Now AMEX, that might be another story? When I bought my Rabbit a few months ago, that dealer's Visa limit was $2000. So I put that much on the card and got 2000 more air miles.
  • southallsouthall Posts: 3
    I recently purchased a Touring from West Broad Huyndai in Richmond and they let me use a Visa card for the $11k balance. They wouldn't accept Amex though, (Amex costs are too high). So I got about a 1% rebate.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    Cool! We learn something new every day.
  • joegiantjoegiant Posts: 90
    They "let" YOU use YOUR Visa card? Hmpf! You can go to the 7-eleven and buy a slurpee with YOUR card, candy bar in the grocery line or pay for that $3500 transmission replacement out back in the Service department at the same dealership. And then they are NOT going to "let" you use it on the purchase of a new vehicle? Doesn't make sense to me. Either you take Visa as a merchant or you don't. If you do, and you won't take mine, we might have ;)
    Any lawyers out there who can shed some light on this for us??? Might be some fine print somewhere I'm not aware of.

    That said, I'm glad to hear others think like me. Free miles, cash back rebates etc. etc. For those who USE these credit cards the right way, whadduh deal!!! And think of the $20 you pocketed in interest on that $11k for a month while it sat in YOUR account 'til the bill came due.

    Like I said, will be interesting to see the finance mgr's face..."Put it on the card...pah-leeez." :surprise:
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    This isn't rocket science. The retailer pays a fee to Visa when a customer uses the card. For the average purchase, that's no big deal and the retailer has built the fee into their pricing structure. But if you go to a car dealer and negotiate down to a rock bottom price, then expect the dealer to fork over a big chunk of change to Visa in fees, are you surprised if they say, "no, thanks"? I'm not. In fact, if a dealer gladly takes a Visa card for the full purchase price of a car, I'd wonder if I really did get that great a deal on the car!
  • joegiantjoegiant Posts: 90
    backy, I think you just inadvertently stumbled onto something absolutely brilliant as it relates to car negotiations that up 'til now have not even been considered. Pull out Visa card..or AMEX...I don't care which,and measure the degree of jump you get outta the guy or gal on the other side of the desk and paper signing time. Might be an excellent indicator as to just how good your deal really is...or is NOT! Should they launch and bang head on ceiling, you know you're in the sweet spot. Not even a flinch and those boys are high-fiving in the backroom. Something in between and you need to "think about it" some more. ;) Excellent strategy!!!
  • marlenelinmarlenelin Posts: 87
    The dealers whom I have bought cars from who take credit cards, usually have a limit of $4,000 on the cardm abd want the rest in a check.
  • greatlakesjrgreatlakesjr Posts: 109
    I have not yet driven in an Elantra yet but am impressed with what I perceive to be a pretty good value for the car vs. other sedans. I got an online quote from a dealer (Michigan) for an SE w/auto trans. (no premium package) for $15,950 which presumably includes dest. charge but not tax, title or license. I assume I have some wriggle room at this point plus I have a "clunker" (old Plymouth Gr. Voyager) that could net me another $4,500 as it reads an EPA mileage of 18 and the Elantra is at 28 which is right on the 10mpg threshold I'd need.

    Any thoughts? Thank you.
  • joegiantjoegiant Posts: 90
    Without even bringing the clunker trade into the picture, I'd definitely agree that you have some wiggle room. When you get to the low 14's ( which includes freight & dealer fees, not taxes/tags/title etc.) I think you are nearing a deal. In the next several days we'll be able to tell ya one way or the other as to the truthfulness to the numbers I've been quoted on the same exact car you are currently looking at.

    Mid-Atlantic area for the quotes btw.
  • jackas11jackas11 Posts: 5
    I have a firm quote in DFW area for an Elantra SE of 11k ;) OTD. I did this using a cash for clunkers trade ( :lemon: 1996 Thunderbird worth $500.00 :lemon: ). No other dealer in the DFW area would touch it. I even have a "guest proposal" (written breakdown of purchase proposal).

    I took this "guest proposal" into another dealer that promised to beat any quote by $500.00. They balked and I filed a complaint with the BBB.

    I'll go down this Friday to pick-up my RARE natural khaki 2009 Elantra SE with gray interior, silver pinstripes, floor mats and mud guards .

    It took me a lot of work and, in some cases, a little shamelessness, but I got her done.
  • bpizzutibpizzuti Posts: 2,743
    How are you guys getting these deals? I'm in NY state and none of the dealers will budge below invoice minus rebates. I'm looking at grabbing a demo with 5k miles on it just to cut the price.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,681
    Well, depending on the MSRP of the car in the previous case (e.g. maybe it was a stick), the rebates applied (might have been more than the $2000 rebate), and taxes/fees, that price might not have been too far below invoice before rebates and CARS cash. That's why I really appreciate it when folks provide details on their deal.

    In your case, you might venture outside NY a bit (maybe just to NJ) to get some quotes, see if you can do better than invoice before rebates. Then use those quotes as leverage in NY, or just go buy the car in NJ.
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