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#1 of 94 Hyundai Accent: Prices Paid & Buying Experience
Jul 24, 2006 (2:28 am)
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.
#3 of 94 Accent/Elantra shopping begins...
Sep 17, 2006 (8:55 am)
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).
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?
#4 of 94 Re: Accent/Elantra shopping begins... 
Sep 28, 2006 (3:18 pm)
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.
#5 of 94 Re: Hyundai Accent: Prices Paid & Buying Experience [Car_man]
Nov 05, 2006 (6:45 am)
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.
#6 of 94 Re: Hyundai Accent: Prices Paid & Buying Experience [bwctaccent]
Nov 06, 2006 (5:54 pm)
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
#7 of 94 Re: Hyundai Accent: Prices Paid & Buying Experience [spmrebel]
Nov 15, 2006 (4:34 pm)
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
#8 of 94 Re: Hyundai Accent: Prices Paid & Buying Experience [bwctaccent]
Nov 16, 2006 (6:44 pm)
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).
#9 of 94 Re: Hyundai Accent: Prices Paid & Buying Experience [bwctaccent]
Jan 11, 2007 (6:41 am)
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.
#10 of 94 Re: Hyundai Accent: Prices Paid & Buying Experience [beowulf58]
Jan 11, 2007 (2:39 pm)
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.