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#6608 of 8851 2007 Sonata GLS price paid: $0 + T&L
Nov 27, 2009 (1:27 pm)
OK, OK, so it's $0 after trade-in, before license and title fee. I couldn't resist saying $0.
I just traded my Blue Bunny (2007 Rabbit 2-door) even-up for a 2007 Sonata GLS I4 AT with the Preferred Package (power seat, trip computer, leather wheel with audio controls, auto headlamps, etc.). Has 37,000 one-owner miles (not a rental), new Kumho Solus tires, and looks and drives like new. It's steel grey, which is my favorite color from the 2007 MY.
I loved the Rabbit, had it only 8 months, but we just got rid of our Chrysler minivan and found my wife needs a little bigger car, and one that is easier to climb in and out of (she has a bad back and knees). Our other car at home is an Elantra. So I decided if I could trade the Rabbit even-up for a bigger car, I would do it. I found two Sonatas with exactly the same color and equipment, but one had the new tires and the other a bit fewer miles with original rubber. The dealer with the 37k Sonata finally agreed to the even-up trade after haggling; the other dealer stuck firm at $400 + T&L. Both dealers were pleasant to work with, professional and up-front, no tricks. I bought the car from Luther Hyundai Kia in Bloomington, MN.
I've always liked the Gen 4 Sonata and almost bought one a couple of times, including last spring when I bought the Rabbit. I think it has a great combination of room, quiet ride, and buttoned-down style for the money. And it will be a better car for my wife to haul the family around in, and even for the occasional long trip.
If anyone is wondering, yes, I did take the car for a long drive and checked for any unusual suspension noise. I drove on my favorite "test track", a back road with washboard surfaces, potholes, and curves. No strange noises from the suspension. I did notice a little tire whine on a textured freeway surface, but I've heard that kind of noise on the same road on other cars so I chalk it up to normal tire noise.
The "Internet special price" of the Sonata was $11k, down from $12k. Loan value is $12.3k per my bank. I bought the Rabbit last April for $11k + T&L, and put zero into the car except gas, so my cost of ownership for the Rabbit was pretty low. Book value is around $9500 for trade-in. Plus it's due for its 40k service, which would have probably cost a few hundred bucks, while the Sonata shouldn't need any major maintenance for 2-1/2 years based on how far we drive in a year. And it has about 2-1/2 years of factory warranty left.
#6609 of 8851 Re: 2007 Sonata GLS price paid: $0 + T&L [backy]
Nov 27, 2009 (2:06 pm)
Congrats on the car, man! Sounds like you got a fair deal on the trade in. I'm sure the steel grey paint job looks great with those tires (especially with a nice coat of Armor-All rubbed on).
#6610 of 8851 2010 base GLS Sonata price
Dec 03, 2009 (9:47 pm)
Hi - The delaer I am working with in Roseville CA offered 18K OTD for 2010 base GLS model. I am bargaining for 17.5k and will also ask for 0% PAR with tinted windows. Is it a fair price and what are the chnaces I will get it?
Any suggestions are appreciated
#6611 of 8851 Re: 2010 base GLS Sonata price [needacar123]
Dec 10, 2009 (11:47 pm)
Just got home with a silver GLS, manual transmission for 15300 and 0% over 5 years.
#6612 of 8851 Re: 2010 base GLS Sonata price [mobo137]
Dec 11, 2009 (7:22 am)
mobo: Wow--that's a great deal on an impressive car! Please give a report on how the manual shifts. Was it hard to get that deal, or did they pretty much just give it to you?
Many congratulations. Again, that's an amazing price on a very nice car.
Any other thoughts on the car so far? I assume you do not have the dreaded suspension thunk that has plagued a few Sonatas over the years?
#6613 of 8851 Re: 2010 base GLS Sonata price [benjaminh]
Dec 11, 2009 (6:55 pm)
Lithia Hyundai of Renton (near seattle) is advertising the car for 12999 after all rebates. I do not qualify for the military, college, nor the 1000 so the price was 15400 including only floor mats. My local dealer who I bought my 2008 Santa Fe Limited would not match the price. Everett Hyundai (near seattle) actually bettered it by 100. but only if I took one in stock. Which I did, took about 1 hour including financing.
Lithia ad is still up until tomorrow. Good Luck.
No suspension thunk and the shifter is smooth like butter, much nicer than a 09 I test drove 6 months ago.
#6614 of 8851 Re: 2010 base GLS Sonata price [mobo137]
Dec 11, 2009 (7:28 pm)
Congrats on the car!
I have the '09 GLS manual, I paid $14,500 back in April. You got a great deal!
You're right, the shifting on the '09 GLS is not as smooth as one would like. The clutch takes some getting used to as well. It feels like you have to let the clutch out 6 inches before it will catch. After a while I got used to it.
#6615 of 8851 2010 GLS Sonata
Dec 21, 2009 (11:38 am)
Started looking for a base 2010 Sonata GLS 4 dr. automatic. So far the best OTD price I have found is $18,250 with 0% financing for 5 years in lieu of the 1k rebate. I think I can do better. Not in a hurry. Any thoughts?
#6616 of 8851 Re: 2010 GLS Sonata [kewlguy1]
Dec 21, 2009 (1:13 pm)
The USAA website (Zag.com) is advertising it for $16,334 (which includes the $1,000 rebate). Fitzmall (fitzmall.com) is also offering the base GLS 4 cyl with auto at $16,386. IDK what your taxes are, but this should give you an idea.
#6617 of 8851 Re: 2010 GLS Sonata [wayne52]
Dec 21, 2009 (5:51 pm)
what is a good reduction off the invoice price? fitzmall has a 2010 Limited at the following prices:
Internet Price: $21,371 (includes $1,000 rebate, but not $500 loyalty as far as I can tell)
total deduction off invoice: $2,538. $1,000 from Hyundai rebate, the remaining $1,538 from fitzmall.
is this the benchmark to look for at local dealers, about $1,500 off invoice price?