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Hyundai Santa Fe, SUV
#767 of 2973 Re: 2007 Santa Fe Limited - Florida [nthe]
Apr 18, 2007 (8:03 am)
"why not buy from who has the best price and take it in for service at the best service dept?"
Run, don't walk, from a dealer who sells only on price and does not offer good service facilities. Just something as simple as an oil change will cascade into a nightmare. Our car was damaged during a simple service visit for an adjustment. As I indicated, a sizable door ding was 'repaired' by a contractor who operated out of the back of his truck.
The interior was damaged by an untrained tech who attempted to remove a jammed CD from the player.
All in all, our 2004 spent more than 50 days in the shop for repairs to the damage done by a dealer staff who sold on price only. And yet, we bought a 2007. So we like the car, but are very wary of the dealer.
Hyundai has improved a bunch since then, but there are still incompetetent dealers out there, so don't buy on price only.
#768 of 2973 Re: 2007 Santa Fe Limited - Florida [skagwaypilot]
Apr 18, 2007 (10:34 am)
Thanks Skagswaypilot. Good advice but I don't know any real
good way to check out the service depts until you try them.
I live in a heavily populated area and there are several
Hyundai dealers. All are big and have full service depts.
The good thing about this is that if you have bad luck at
one the warranty allows you to go to another. You are
not tied to where the car was bought.
#769 of 2973 Re: 2007 Santa Fe Limited - Florida [flwonder]
Apr 19, 2007 (4:36 am)
It has been my experience that most if not all dealers give you invoice less some amount if you contact them over the internet (as opposed to walking into the showroom). Salesman hate internet sales as they make no money on you, but you save that commission for yourself . Best way to do this, is get on edmunds.com. Research the SF you want and ask (online) for quotes from the local dealers. You can chose to be contacted via phone or email if you prefer. Good luck.
#770 of 2973 Re: 2007 Santa Fe Limited - Florida [rick2456]
Apr 19, 2007 (10:35 am)
Thanks for the advice, rick2456.
I will try this approach.
I'll get back with what kind of results I get.
#771 of 2973 Re: 2007 Santa Fe Limited - Florida [flwonder]
Apr 20, 2007 (8:19 pm)
Thats the dealer I was using. email me with your phone number and I'll call you about the info. my email is Oceang2Lycos.com. I was out of town for a few days and saw this tonight.
#772 of 2973 Santa Fe or Tucson?
Apr 21, 2007 (9:24 pm)
I am trying to make a decision on which SUV to purchase. I have test driven the Santa Fe and the Tucson among lots of others. I thought that it was narrowed down to the Escape/Mariner or the Santa Fe. Today while I when for another test drive in the Santa Fe I also drove the Tucson. My wife and I both like the Tucson and the Santa Fe. We have an elder parent living with us now and I think the Tucson would be a little easier to get in and out of.
When I came home I checked the Tucson and Santa Fe discussions. While there are lots of discussions on the Santa Fe there is almost nothing on the Tucson. Is the Tucson a popular small SUV? It's reviews are pretty good and KBB expects it to hold it value. Any comments?
#773 of 2973 Re: Santa Fe or Tucson? [klamath]
Apr 22, 2007 (6:06 am)
The Santa Fe has quite a bit more cargo volume than the Tucson. Is the Tucson big enough for your need? Is it comfortable enough for you? Does the 2.7L (or the 2.0L) give you enough power for your driving style?
If you say yes to all these questions you can go with the Tucson. The reason the discussion is quiet on the Tucson side is that it was introduced almost 3 years ago while the new Santa Fe is still quite new. While popular in Canada, the Tucson did not catch so much in the States. We are used up here to smaller cars due to: Higher prices, more taxes and gas price.
#774 of 2973 Received Quote on New Santa Fe SE
Apr 23, 2007 (9:25 am)
Taking the internet route (what can I say, I'm an "internet guy" and much prefer it as a communication medium) I sent out quote requests on a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe
SE 4dr SUV AWD w/XM (3.3L 6cyl 5A) to two separate dealers today (both in Nassau County - Long Island, NY relatively near my house).
Dealer one came back with a simple quote: $24,114. This is an "special internet pricing quote" - which expires in 7 days and not valid after months end. I understand this is standard procedure.
Strictly based on the quoted number, that looks pretty good to me.
This site right here shows MSRP $25,845 Invoice $24,544 and "what others are paying" $25,319.
I am requesting no "optional" equipment, as all the standard features at this trim level seems to be all that I need. FYI - I'm moving away from 10 years and three different minivans (two Dodge Caravans and the current Mazda MPV ES) - to the "family friendly" SUV.
What does anyone make of the quote I just received?
#775 of 2973 Re: Received Quote on New Santa Fe SE [dave_h2]
Apr 23, 2007 (12:43 pm)
Not enough information to decide if this is a good
quote or not. The reason it is good only for 7 days
is that the current $1000 rebate expires at the end of April
(7 days from now). Is the price OTD including tax, tag,etc.
If so it's good. You need a detailed quote to properly
My experience with internet quotes isn't particularly
good. Recently sent out to several and only foundone
dealer willing to cooperate. The rest played all the
normal games and won't get serious unless you come into
The Hyundai inventories are stacking up. Everywhere I
went had tons of Santa Fe's in stock. I'm waiting till
May to see if the rebate gets increased.
#776 of 2973 Re: 2007 Santa Fe Limited - Florida [skagwaypilot]
Apr 23, 2007 (1:17 pm)
"Our car was damaged during a simple service visit for an adjustment. As I indicated, a sizable door ding was 'repaired' by a contractor who operated out of the back of his truck"
my dealership uses these same kind of services. our touch-up people, dent repair guy, headlight repair, and other things like that are done by contractors on our premises (we don't have an on-site body shop). Now if its something bigger than they can do here, they will take the car to their shop.