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#48 of 80 Warranty Question
Sep 28, 2008 (10:32 am)
I just bought a Hyundai Elantra 2004, with 54000 miles.
I was told that there might still be a warranty on the car and I'm here to find out. (Didn't know how to contact Hyundai)
So, when I saw the CarFax, there is a first owner, who drove the car for about a year and a half. Then there's a second owner who drove the car for almost two years. Then, when the dealer bought it, there's me driving it.
My question is, is the warranty still valid? I guess it's not a big deal, since there's only around 6,000 miles left of the warranty but since I've read that the timing belt might fail around that time as well, having a warranty of the timing belt would really give me a peace of mind.
Anyone knows if the warranty would still be valid?
I'm thinking of bringing it into a dealer to change its headlight bulb. Then again, if the warranty doesn't cover it, I might as well change it myself since it's really too simple to do.
#49 of 80 Re: Warranty Question [kidroach]
Sep 28, 2008 (10:48 am)
The easiest way to find out if your car still has factory warranty on it is to call Hyundai Customer Service (number is on the hyundaiusa.com web site or in the owners manual), give them the VIN, and they can tell you whether it has warranty left. You probably already know the car's original in-service date, from Carfax, but they could tell you that also. That is important of course because the bumper-to-bumper warranty is five years OR 60k miles, whichever comes first. From the info you gave, it appears the car was originally put into use in very late 2004 or even early 2005, so that bodes well for having some warranty left--if it transfers beyond the 2nd owner.
Another thing: I don't know where you heard the timing belt might fail at 60k miles, but that is inaccurate. In most states, the timing belt is a maintenance item at 60k miles. That doesn't mean the belt is in imminent danger of breaking at 60k, but that it's a real good idea to change it then since if it did break, that would severely damage the engine. Also, replacing the timing belt is NOT covered under warranty--unless of course it breaks before 60k miles. But replacing it under other circumstances is your responsibility.
While at the dealer for the bulb, ask them to run a check on outstanding recalls (there were some on the 2004 Elantra including one involving the airbag programming and one on the fuel line to the gas tank) and see what service history they have in their computers--Carfax reports don't typically have all service records.
Nov 22, 2008 (5:25 pm)
I recently purchased a 06 elantra with the hvt engine at 10/15 thousand revs there
is a rattle like a tappet noise I have taken it back to main agent they say the car has a harsh sounding
engine as normal and no out of place noises, I have checked with 4 other cars
and they have the same rattle is this normal and is that why they changed to
the cvvt engine,Being an ex mechanic I believe this is an oil pressure problem at
those revs and that is why they changed engines.
#51 of 80 Re: Transferrable warranty - when ex rental [backy]
Mar 28, 2009 (9:13 am)
I am looking to purchase an 06 elantra w/26,360 miles, and about 2 yrs left on the 5/60 warranty. It was originally titled to a rental/fleet, then auctioned after 18,281 miles according to carfax and purchased as a private vehicle from a dealer. The dealer I'm looking to buy from just acquired it in trade.
I know that the powertrain drops to 5/60 for subsequent owners but am unclear as per vehicles that began life in a fleet. From HyundaiUSA's website:
"Second and/or subsequent owners have powertrain components coverage under the 5 year / 60,000 mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Excludes coverage for vehicles in commercial use (i.e. taxi, route delivery, delivery service, rental, etc.)."
I want to understand that "in commercial use" means when they are used as such because otherwise, if it starts out in as a rental then transfers to private owner(s) there never is a powertrain warranty.
Should probably check with Hyundai, I'd hate to learn that 'in' really means never ever!
#52 of 80 Re: Transferrable warranty - when ex rental [jayess]
Mar 28, 2009 (9:38 am)
Yes, I think the best thing to do is call Hyundai customer service, give them the VIN and they can tell you if it's still covered under the 5/60k bumper-to-bumper warranty--which it should be. It won't have the extra 4 years/40k of powertrain warranty however--the car has already had an owner. That is true whether the original owner was a fleet or private party.
I got a lot of experience on this question while I was looking at used Elantras and Sonatas last year. I didn't end up buying one, but I did confirm that a car that was originally in use as a fleet vehicle (e.g. rental car) does still qualify for the remainder of the 5/60k bumper-to-bumper warranty.
P.S. If you are buying from a Hyundai dealer, they might be able to extend the 5/60k warranty to 10/100k bumper-to-bumper, or add on the 10/100k powertrain warranty, as a "Hyundai Certified" car. For a price, of course.
#53 of 80 Re: Transferrable warranty - when ex rental [backy]
Mar 28, 2009 (10:36 am)
Thanks backy, I know it would only be 5/60 but that's ok as long as I get the balance of that. It's for my daughter for school and it's one of those with the TCS/ABS/sun roof packages so she'd get the extra safety features which we like. It's not a Hyundai dealer but maybe I should look into an extended warranty.
#54 of 80 Re: Transferrable warranty - when ex rental [jayess]
Mar 28, 2009 (10:54 am)
Just be careful on an extended warranty that is not from the car manufacturer... they have been known to go belly-up (cf. "Ultimate Warranty").
#55 of 80 Re: Hyundai Elantra: Warranty Questions & Issues [backy]
Jun 03, 2009 (3:25 pm)
I have a 2002 Elantra GT that I have loved. Driving to work the engine overheated. When I pulled over and looked under the hood I saw that the radiator had split. I had it towed to my mechanic (not a dealer) and was told the the engine was damaged. I had it towed to a Hyundai dealer to have them check it out. The car had 80K miles on it. I just got a call back today and they are saying that the thermostat was the cause; and since the thermostat is only covered up to 60K that Hyundai would not pay to repair/replace the engine. What is my recourse? What should I do next?
#56 of 80 Re: Hyundai Elantra: Warranty Questions & Issues [mikethetrout]
Jun 03, 2009 (3:48 pm)
So the cooling system isn't part of the 100k "powertrain" warranty? Hmmm. I smell a rat.
#57 of 80 Re: Hyundai Elantra: Warranty Questions & Issues [mikethetrout]
Jun 03, 2009 (4:14 pm)
The thermostat is not a covered part under the powertrain warranty. That is clear from the warranty book that came with your car. It's also pretty typical for powertrain warranties.
However... if you have had all factory-required service performed on the car, meaning the last major service would have been at about 75k miles (and you have the records for all maintenance), and assuming a Hyundai dealer has never before told you to replace the thermostat and you declined to do so, you might try appealing to the dealer's service manager and if necessary the owner to give you a break on the repair, as a loyal Hyundai customer yada yada. You might get a more favorable response if you've had past maintenance performed at Hyundai dealers, particularly the dealer you took your car to re the radiator. You could also try taking up your case with Hyundai Customer Service. They are under no obligation under the warranty to help with the repair, but they might do it as a customer service gesture. Doesn't hurt to ask.