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#1 of 26 Hyundai Dealers Closing
Mar 06, 2007 (5:56 pm)
This last weekend I took my 2007 Elantra SE in for its first free oil change. The selling dealer, Fuccillo Hyundai in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, gave me a card for five free oil changes when I bought the car last year. Well, when I arrived for my oil change I found an empty lot where the dealership use to be. I called Hyundai customer service and they did not appear to know why Fuccillo Hyundai closed. I am starting to get a little concerned because this is the third large Hyundai dealership to close in my area in the last three years. I was told that Fuccillo is the largest Hyundai dealer, by volume, in the country with four dealerships in upstate New York and one dealership in Los Angeles. Is there something that Fuccillo knows that we donít? After all, isnít Los Angeles supposed to be the car capital?
Have any of you had dealerships close in your area for no reason?
#2 of 26 Re: Hyundai Dealers Closing [mike91326]
Mar 09, 2007 (7:43 pm)
Fuccillo has expanded across New York in the last year and has opened Hyundai dealerships across the state. No ideas about LA.
#3 of 26 General trend
Mar 13, 2007 (6:04 am)
I read a story in my local paper yesterday about the general trend for car dealers to consolidate. This is especially the case for domestic brands, but foreign brands like Hyundai are not immune. In my area, a new Hyundai dealership was recently opened by a group that already has one. That gives us six in the Twin Cities metro area, and three more within about 90 miles. Maybe there were just too many Hyundai dealerships in L.A.
#4 of 26 Re: General trend [backy]
Mar 13, 2007 (12:07 pm)
Well, I talked to the person who I bought from at Fuccillo (he's now at a different Hyundai dealer) and he told me there were a couple of reasons that Fuccillo closed. First, when he came to LA he had an agreement with Hyundai not to open any other dealerships in his sales area for three years. The three years are now up and Hyundai wants to open additional dealerships in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. Second, he wanted to expand the dealership location but the city of LA wanted a lot of improvements and consessions on his dime.
#5 of 26 Re: Hyundai Dealers Closing [mike91326]
Mar 26, 2007 (12:14 pm)
Just got a letter from Scott Hyundai in El Monte, a suburb of the Los Angeles, saying they are "voluntarily returning their franchise" but would continue to service my Elantra at their Chevrolet dealership. I would be interested if anyone knows the reason for what appears to be a consolidation in the Los Angeles market.
#6 of 26 Re: Hyundai Dealers Closing [arcadia91007]
Mar 26, 2007 (1:03 pm)
How long was Scott Hyundai is business? If I remember correctly, Hyundai has always done well in the east and central part of the country but has had a harder time on the west coast.
#7 of 26 Re: Hyundai Dealers Closing [mike91326]
Mar 26, 2007 (3:14 pm)
Haven't seen anything like this in Texas. One Hyundai dealer did go out of business in Arlington but reopened in pretty much the same site a couple months later under new management. They are a BIG Hyundai dealership.
#8 of 26 Re: General trend [mike91326]
Mar 30, 2007 (10:36 pm)
May I ask which Hyundai dealership the Canoga Park Fuccillo person is at now? I'm totally frustrated with Hyundai's non-availability of service, and worse, Corporate's "don't give a damn" attitude toward customers. They have no understanding whatsoever of traffic gridlock in LA, even though they're "next door" in Orange County. I'm not driving to LAX or Culver City. The Thousand Oaks dealer (Ladin) doesn't have Saturday service hours.(Neither did the Glendale dealer I bought the car from...big mistake on my part.) My best bet is the Oxnard dealer (Todey)but that's a 45 mile drive, though less hassle than LAX. Are there any reliable independent Hyundai-trained technicians in the San Fernando Valley, someone of the caliber of Exclusive Auto in Canoga Park (domestic cars only, unfortunately)?
#9 of 26 Re: General trend [larkspur]
Apr 01, 2007 (9:58 pm)
He went to LAX Hyundai. I understand that there is a dealer near Magic Mountain that has Saturday service hours.
#10 of 26 Re: General trend [mike91326]
Apr 02, 2007 (7:03 am)
Thanks for the tip!!