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Hyundai Elantra, Hatchback, Sedan
#2542 of 4451 buying experience
May 20, 2008 (11:52 am)
I just picked up my Hyundai Elantra SE Automatic from Towne Hyundai this past Saturday. I feel okay with my deal. The price of the unit was $16,517, add in the window etch ($185), which made it $16702. There was NY tax of about $1398, documentation/registration, etc fees of $250 + $189. The $2000 rebate was applied to this. My quoted price (including rebate) had been $14,798, but when I got down to the dealership, it turns out that this was for a charcol grey SE with a spoiler that I did not want. This wasn't due to any fibbing or anything on Towne's part, we had just decided to drive over there because I really liked how I got numbers from these guys right away with no BS and wanted to see what else they had. Hadn't planned to actually buy that day, but was open if it actually did happen. In any case, I got my car in Regatta Blue, and I have to say I love it. Did I do badly? This is my first car/buying experience, and while I have no regrets, I would love to hear that I did okay.
Towne Hyundai was pretty darn good. Me and my boyfriend had gone to Hudson Hyundai in Jersey City and we never got numbers (sales guy tried to tell me about PZEV and how it was additional!), and they weren't as knowledgable as I would've liked. At Towne, the seller knew his stuff, didn't try to put anything over on us, gave us time to talk it over - no complaints at all. I do love my car!
#2543 of 4451 Re: Humble Hyundai = Snake Oil Selling Switch-and-Bait Tactic [stilgar]
May 20, 2008 (12:10 pm)
When I buy from a dealer, which I just did recently, I always call up their internet/fleet guy for a price. If they're not willing to give any type of firm price over the phone, there's already an element of sleezyness. Especially all the guys who are like "WE WILL MATCH COMPETITORS!". The moment it turns into a sleezefest, it's time to leave for sure.
#2545 of 4451 Re: Is this true? [bhmr59]
May 21, 2008 (9:20 am)
I was hoping you were going to say something like that. Now the only problem is that Towne won't respond to my inquiries. They said they'd get back to me in 24 hours but it's been 2 days now.
#2546 of 4451 Re: Is this true? [dvc3]
May 21, 2008 (9:36 am)
I had the exact same problem, dvc3 - I called and they said they couldn't find my email, despite my getting the autoresponse I assume you also received. Just call and ask for Internet Sales, they still want your business.
May 21, 2008 (1:19 pm)
I am in East Tn looking for an 08 elantra SE premium + leather, and I was doing some digging and price checking, and I came across something weird.
What is an elantra EL? I found it online.
Also, here is the best price I have so far: 08 elantra SE premium + leather + blue tooth
orginally 17, 000 not including deal prep, tax, tag, and title
I commented that their dealer prep was high, and that I could get a better deal at Fitzmall, he came down to 16,600 plus 499 doc fees and ttl
Thanks for your help!
#2548 of 4451 Re: elantra EL [lauradavid]
May 21, 2008 (3:33 pm)
There's no such thing as an Elantra EL, at least not in the U.S.
Does the car you're pricing have an automatic?
Note that "dealer prep" should be included with the car, as noted on the window sticker. There should not be a separate charge for it.
$499 is really high for documentation fees. It's that dealer's way of jacking up the price without seeming to do so. Figure the actual price is closer to $17,000 before fees, TT&L. In effect, he really didn't come down at all--unless he was going to charge $17,000 plus $499 doc fee plus TT&L.
#2549 of 4451 Re: elantra EL [backy]
May 21, 2008 (5:41 pm)
Backy ( Love your name)
it is an automatic;his original offer was 17,000 + 499 doc fee, and he only came down when I told him that dealer fees around here are less than half of their fees. I think Fitzmall has it priced at 17,135. I don't know what their doc fee is, but my husband and I have summers off, so we could essentially drive anywhere to buy.
We test drove an 09 Sonata 4cyl GLS tonight, and we like how it rides, but the mpg is a big issue for us.
Anyway thanks for your help! I really appreciate it.
#2550 of 4451 Re: elantra EL [lauradavid]
May 21, 2008 (6:41 pm)
Have you compared the mpg of the Elantra and Sonata? They are pretty close, especially on the highway.
So considering the $499 fee it looks like the dealer is very close to if not better than Fitzmall, depending on Fitzmall's fees. You might also check out Towne Hyundai, which has very good Internet prices, to see if they are significantly lower than your dealer or Fitzmall. They are in New Jersey. I know Towne has all 2009 Sonatas at about $2000 below invoice, plus rebates. So the Sonata GLS could actually cost about the same as the Elantra SE, but w/o leather of course.
#2551 of 4451 Just bought 2008 SE
May 21, 2008 (7:52 pm)
Just got back from buying the SE. Car is black, automatic, SE with floor mats and spoiler. No option packages. Cost was $14,845 + title/license/doc ($234) (no tax in my state). No other dealers in my state came close to this deal, and a few told me that when I went there, the price would not be what was quoted to me or that the car would be a GLS. However, it was exactly what was quoted to me and I think I got a real bargain (I think it beats Towne). I also only got a $1500 discount in my state, not the $2000 some are getting.
Car is fantastic, and I really enjoyed driving it home!