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Hyundai Elantra, Hatchback, Sedan
#4014 of 4451 Hyundai prices paid 2012 (Did I get a good deal)
Oct 08, 2011 (8:12 pm)
Here is what we paid in Southern California on our 2012 Hyundai Elantra and then I will tell how long it took to arrive, and the Finance director attempt to upsell us as well. Please be firm and do not buy these HORRIBLE profit center items for the dealership.
2012 WHITE GLS Automatic transmission, beige interior, with Preferred package, IPod cable, carpeted floor mats, and auto dimming mirror with homelink.
Invoice 18,475 (includes dest fees of 760) (did not include adv fees) no invoice ever will
actual selling price 18,741 $(266 over invoice) (-$409 below MSRP)
Doc fees $55.00 (CA allowable amount)
License Fee (122)
Registration CA DMV titleing (100)
CA tire FEES (8.75)
OTD pricing 20,483.44
Trade in for a 1997 Cadillac Seville SLS in good shape with 111K was ($2200) making the cash price $18,483.44
ALL in ALL what we thought was a GREAT deal
Now here is some helpful information some of the things finance wants you to buy (this is where the dealership makes most of their money as well as the interest they charge on financed cars) when they sell you a new car
here is what they pitched to us and approximate cost as I am doing this from memory
An extra 5 yr 50K mile Vehicle Service plan (VSP) (4 diff options) (2795)
A Skylink system (anti theft device) (795)
A Cilajet exterior/interior protective sealant (830)
A tire and basic package (517)
They quoted us these prices and then after we mentioned we were costco member at the ? by the finance manage when we did not bite at the initial offering, the prices came way down
Costco pricing (why did we not get this optional ? first), because quite simply it is 100% profit for the dealer and commission for the finance person.
THE VSP (now went down to ($1,270)
Skylink (dropped to $315)
Cilajet (now done to 279)
The tire and basic package (now down to 300)
Since it was still all profit we told the dealership NO DEAL as Howie Mandel would have said and walked out the door with our new toy
Here is how long it took us to find one we researched for about 2 months test drove a sonata and an Elantra, a CRUZE, a camry, A Mazda 6, and a HONDA Civic (all 4 door sedans with comparable features) and decided we liked the price/value and ride best in the ELANTRA, Sonata and Civic EX-L ranked 1,2 and 3 respectively.
We started shopping at CARMAX then did internet quote request, visited the dealerships that we had set up appointments with at certain times.
Got internet quotes from reasonable to we dont sell the ELANTRA at less than MSRP, so we went with the most reasonable offer and then others were sent emails to see if they could match or beat the offer and they could not so we ended up driving about 45-50 minutes away to buy the car and on Friday Oct 7, 2011 we became owners of a 2012 ELANTRA
20,483.44 with all described items
#4015 of 4451 Re: 19,070 Elantra 2012 limited?? [veeren]
Oct 09, 2011 (4:06 am)
I purchased same w/ floor mats, ipod cable, cargo tray, cargo net and wheel locks ... paid $20,086 before TTL. What options did your price include? What did you pay (if anything) for doc fees?
#4016 of 4451 Do I care if my Elantra comes from Alabama or Korea
Oct 09, 2011 (8:48 am)
and is the a difference in the sticker price or transportation charge.
#4017 of 4451 Re: Do I care if my Elantra comes from Alabama or Korea [marko711]
Oct 09, 2011 (9:02 am)
Personally, unless there's a concern for "American made" I don't see any reason why a consumer needs to care if the car is from Korea or Alabama. The price, warranty, and all other aspects of the car should be identical. Transportation costs are averaged out so they're the same regardless of the distance between plant & dealer.
#4018 of 4451 Silver Elantra w/Preferred Package
Oct 12, 2011 (6:53 am)
I have been offered a concrete deal of $19,600 Out The Door price for 2012 Elantra GLS Silver with preferred package and only 2 extras: cargo tray and carpeted floor mats options. The dealer needs me to finance at least $5000 for at least 3 months although I am ready to pay the entire amount in cash.
This amount is basically an invoice price of $18,306 + 6.25% sales tax + $100 title transfer (required in MA) + $150 extra. I feel I can shave another $100 if I agree to finance, but I don't want the hassle since I can pay cash. I have couple more similar offers, but they all want me to finance...
Should I bite or will I be able to do better at the end of the mont?
#4019 of 4451 Re: Silver Elantra w/Preferred Package [sleepybubba]
Oct 12, 2011 (7:31 am)
there's always a catch somewhere regarding a great deal.
#4020 of 4451 Hyundai Elantra Choice
Oct 12, 2011 (9:49 am)
I was shopping for a new car, and for approx. $18,500 before ttl I could purchase (all 2012):
a Hyundai Elantra GLS
a medium equipeed Ford Focus SE
a fairly well equipped Mazda 3i touring
Just from looks I like the Hyundai. I drive about 13-15,000 miles a year, mostly expressway. I have been driving an older Acura TL. I am in Chicago so I have to deal with weather.
Thanks in advance.
#4021 of 4451 Re: Hyundai Elantra Choice [jabcola]
Oct 12, 2011 (10:37 am)
I don't see any of those as bad choices. All three are IIHS Top Safety picks.
The Focus & Elantra are newer designs and feature much improved fuel economy over the Mazda. Ford & Hyundai give you 6 speed ATs v. the Mazda's 5.
When my wife was car shopping last month, she was considering fairly loaded cars. When we compared, a loaded Focus was a decent bit more expensive than the Elantra Limited. Ultimately she bought a '12 Elantra Limited w/Tech.
We live in the western 'burbs so I know your pain WRT Chicago area roads & winters. In fact, I just took delivery on a snowthrower a couple of hours ago.
#4022 of 4451 Getting used to the Mannual - How do you drive your M/T?
Oct 13, 2011 (6:53 pm)
I've been driving a manual transmission for 15 yrs. I just got my Elantra - Automatic b/c a friend of mine got a manual and I found it hard to get used to driving. With my other m/t, I was taught that you gently remove your foot off the clutch while gently applying gas. With the elantra, it seems you just press the clutch, shift gears and just step on the gas. Have m/t's changed that much or is the elantra just a little different? How do you drive your manual elantra?
Oct 14, 2011 (8:32 am)
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