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Hyundai Accent Prices Paid and Buying Experience

CarMan@EdmundsCarMan@Edmunds Posts: 38,518
Please use the following discussion to post your experiences when shopping for an Hyundai Accent, including how much you paid if you'd like. Thanks.
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  • Well, the Hyundai-owning chapter of my life started to slowly begin yesterday. I've long been yearning for either an '06 MT Elantra GLS hatch, or, more recently, really yearning for an '07 MT Accent SE hatch. Unfortunately, the lot's on-hand models that I test-drove were a MT Elantra (but sedan), and SE Accent (but AT). Oh well -- at least I got to feel what a Hyundai MT feels like, and it didn't meet my fears of being too "rubbery" or loose. I really enjoyed it, in fact.

    I was there mostly to test-drive before I begin shopping/comparing $ in earnest, so the I-have-nothing-to-lose offer of invoice on an Accent was met with a there's-not-a-chance look of futility from the sales crew. What surprised me was a similar expression when I spitballed $13K for an '06 MT Elantra GLS hatch -- I figure at the end of that generation and calendar year, that wasn't at all an outrageously sub-invoice offer (especially since some Edmunds posters have apparently scored in the $12K region). (These offers would have been on models they didn't have on-hand, but found in the five-state upper-midwest region.)

    All in all, probably best that they didn't have either of my desired models on-site then -- while I have set my personal budget to allow for the car loan I've already been pre-approved for, I didn't expect the jump in my insurance premiums that would come with it (which I found out about once I called my guy after leaving the lot). :surprise:

    All-in-all, I'm going into the comparison-shopping phase now pretty much holding the MT Elantra GLS and MT Accent SE as equals -- what the Elantra lacks in mileage, it pretty equally makes up for in pep and power (my 10-minute drive being the only indicator, plus the knowledge of 28 additional horses). All things as they are, I'd slightly prefer the Accent. Anyone think my target goal of $13K (pre-tax) for either is unrealistic?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,618
    If the Elantra has no options, I think $13k is possible, but if you only qualify for the $1000 rebate, $13k is a bit under invoice. You might try making that $13k (plus mats!) offer on Friday night or Saturday this week, maybe catch the dealer while they are trying to meet a monthly sales target. For the Accent SE, $13k is nearly $600 under invoice and there are no general rebates yet. Plus it's a fairly rare car. But if you can catch that dealer trying to earn an incentive, just maybe...

    Another advantage you have on the Elantra is that automatics are more popular than sticks.

    I would not be surprised to see rebates appear on the '07 Accents in a month or two, after the '06 inventory is gone.

    Keep in mind that there is a short-throw shifter kit for the Accent that is supposed to be available through dealers. The shifters on the Elantra and Accent are a little tall; I've heard that adding an aftermarket short-throw kit to the Elantra makes it more fun to row.
  • I was poised to replace my ailing Saturn commuter car before winter hit and thus had my eye on an '07 Accent SE Hatch w/ MT.
    I live in CT and the closest car that met my specs (I requested 2 color options) was in Reading, PA. After realizing how rare the MT's are at this point I was able to negotiate down to Edmunds TMV but couldn't get them lower. Other then carpeted floor mats I didn't get anything extra.
    The dealer was able to locate the car and have it 'driven' in from PA within 3 days. Downside was it had 400 miles on it when I received it but at least the dealer was responsive.
    As dealers catch up on the inventory of this gem and competition tightens up you may see rebates but I believe it may be awhile.
    The delivery went well however a bit of infant mortality kicked in just 3 days after ownership. Manual transission on occasion will kick out of 4th gear and into neutral. New transmission is on the way from Korea and now I can be seen around town in a SanteFe loaner. Still ticked about it but have resolved myself to give them 1 shot at fixing it until I elevate it. :sick:
  • spmrebelspmrebel Posts: 130
    Hope you get your car fixed fast. At least your dealership provided a loaner car and Hyundai is sending you a new transmission. Keep bugging your dealership and Hyundai to make sure they fix and fix it right.

    Doesn't bode well for quality control at Hyundai though
  • Thanks,
    I just picked it up after the dealer installed a new transmission. So far so good, I'll keep ya posted. They had my car for about 12 days, which I suppose is not too bad considering they had to have the transmission shipped from Korea. Nonetheless, the SanteFe was a nice ride while I was waiting. Only time will tell if this was a 1-off lack of initial quality event. Nice too have the wheels back nonetheless. I'll post my early fuel mileage within a week or 2 :D
  • spmrebelspmrebel Posts: 130
    Thats great you got it back quickly. Hopefully you wont any issues from here on out. Good luck with your new SE (I really like that car and they are very rare here in Southern CA).
  • I'd be careful! I had a 2000 Elantra wagon that I got rid of after 60,000 miles and 4 transmissions. Yes, 4 of them! It kept blowing sensors which would cause it to shut down on the interstate or wherever I was and the fix for the bad sensor was another transmission. They even replaced the master computer once!

    Another thing I learned, they don't give you new transmissions. Hyundai uses rebuilt transmissions so ASK as to what you're getting.

    On the other hand, my 99 Accent has been great. Besides a coil, all I've addes is gas and oil. I own it and won't part with it.
  • 2007 Hyundai Accent GS hatchback stick with air...price paid: $12,300 (invoice).

    The buying experience was that same typical tense deceptive affair that I've come to expect of a new car purchase. This one was particularly nerve-racking, with one salesman handing us off to a second salesman about halfway through the process (the ole good cop/bad cop routine), and since we were looking for the best rate on the financing, we also had to deal with the business manager. These people practice deception on a daily basis, so, unless you also do this, you are at a distinct disadvantage in any negotiation. We ended up getting the car at invoice, which I was satisfied with. They did however try to make an extra few hundred by overstating the cost of some added dealer accessories on the car, and figuring our state sales tax at a higher rate that it should have been. We challenged them on the sales tax thing, and they straightened it out...we let them have the higher than normal markup on the few dealer accessories (it only amounted to about a hundred dollars).

    I really love having a new car, but I really hate the hasssle of buying one.

    :(
  • My brother who lives in Asbury, KY has a 1997 Elantra wagon with 180,000 miles and original engine and tranny. He has had two small issues. This post seems to be written by someone who is 'downing' the product. I will give you his phone # and as a former Toyota owner, he will gladly tell you and show you his green elantra wagon that is still running and working great.
  • beowulf58beowulf58 Posts: 12
    Prosource, I think we I just got one bad car in a bunch of decent ones. I don't doubt your brother's good fortune. My 99' Accent has been a dream and I won't part with it. In fact, I bought a 96' Accent off a friend just for run-around purporse so the wife can park her gas guzzling Pontiac.
  • just_tiredjust_tired Posts: 11
    How much did you pay for you Hyundai Accent GLS 4 door? The dealership I am working with is charging me $14,800 + [tags and tags]. They are offering the Sports Premium Package in this deal. I would like to know if this is a good deal for me.
  • babu2babu2 Posts: 2
    Im thinking of buying an '06 accent hatchback. Can I ask how you went with the fuel mileage?
  • vinnygvinnyg Posts: 57
    Hi, just a little over a month ago I replaced my '99 Accent GL with an '07 GS hatchback with auto, air, and upgraded stereo. My local dealer advertised it for $11,991 with the $500 discount, and another $500 owner loyalty discount. I called them up and verified that was the real price; no college or military discounts pre-applied, and they told me it was correct. I went down with my current registration to prove I currently own a Hyundai, and they charged me $12,991 minus the $1000 cash back for a total of 11,991.
    Not a bad deal considering I paid about $1000 less for my '99 over 8 years ago (which still runs great and has over 206,000 miles clocked). Very little maintainence has been required, as I change the oil every 25,000 miles with Amsoil, and do the timing and drive belts every 60,000 miles. Thats not bad for an inexpensive, reliable small car, especially with the gas prices these days.
  • I was offered by a dealership a GS 3 doors hatchback 2007, manual with the AC package. It is from leasing according to carfax(the dealer says it was driven by Hyudai worker from Korea) and has 8 month ownership according to carfax. has 16,000 miles. clean accident history.
    I am thinking of offering 9.5K (the dealer asked for 11.4K)
    is 9.5K too much?
    Does anyone know what is the real price for a new car as this one?

    Thanks
  • We will be selling our 2007 Hyundai Accent, which has approximately 3,000 miles.

    The car had an unusual problem -- it came with a faulty engine. Part of the engine was just replaced -- the short block. Several months ago, the head gasket was replaced.

    The repairs were done under warranty.

    Assuming that our car's engine problems are now completely solved, I was wondering if anyone knows if having a new engine put into a 10 month old car would affect the car's resale value.
  • caazcaaz Posts: 203
    I think you can do better.....On June 29th i bought an ELANTRA....SE.....for 14,280 plus T&L......2007 model. You should be paying way less for an Accent
  • My wife woke up at 2am & said she wanted a new car & I had to get it for her. After driving a Vibe & Yaris, I was going to drive a Honda Fit & VW w/dual clutch tranny. On the way I stopped at the Eastside Hyundai dealer in Totem Lake, Washington & saw a 2008 two door Accent hatchback. After a limited test drive(got stuck in a traffic jam), the nice salesman offered $10,500 with lifetime oil changes without me saying anything. Got my wife, she liked the Accent & we bought. Total time from her 2am statement....16 hours.

    My wife loves her Accent more every day.

    The car had no radio(had speakers), but even that turned out to be a good deal. Later researching car radios, I found a high quality Dual HD radio w/I-pod input for $100. HD radio, you say? What's that? It is digital radio...extraordinary sound! Orchestras are crystal clear with huge amounts of detail. Instruments (& voice) are as you have never heard them. Previously, HD radio was expensive. But prices are plummeting downward, with my Dual head unit, JVC & others now coming out with radio integrated with HD tuners.To buy radio without HD radio is a big mistake if you have HD radio stations in your area. Reception in my fringe area(20+ to 50 miles way) is excellent. Get HD radio.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    My folks are shopping for an Accent SE, and I'd like some updates and info please! They got an OTD offer of $14k
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    OTD isn't very descriptive, as taxes on this vehicle would be from $100 to 1100 depending on state.

    The 07 accent SE auto msrp 16000 wholesales used for about 11000 via kbb.com or others. A useful target on an 08 would be 20% over the wholesale price of a used one so the High 12's low 13's would be where you're at. If there is a fair amount of tax and reg you are in the ball park. If not or the cheaper 15400 manual tranny you have a bit to go.

    --jjf

    My folks are shopping for an Accent SE, and I'd like some updates and info please! They got an OTD offer of $14k
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    The offer ($14k) is without taxes, but with all fees. I guess it doesn't matter now - we didn't realize that the crash test results were not on par with the best in the class; this being my mom's car, my dad won't even consider it.
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