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#401 of 513 Re: Brand new Elantra [kbrien]
Aug 19, 2008 (8:13 am)
Your dealer's parts dept. should give you a 10% off on any accessories you want as soon as you call them and tell them you purchased your car there and it came without mats. Don't go by what the invoice price is, ask the parts Dept. what the price is. Hubby's invoice said his cargo mat was $180. I paid $63 plus tax with 10% off for buying the car there. So I don't know who told you the price of the mats, but I would call your parts Dept. I think the invoice is padded so you pay higher as after all, they get cut down on the price and they have to pad something.
My car is a GLS. It came with everything. But not the SE leather seats/moonroof. I only had to buy a cargo tray for the trunk.
As for the $369....what kind of deal did they offer you? All we got offered was the $1600 deal and turned it down.
Now, you can go to www.hyundai.com and register as a new owner with your email address and you put in your vin# and everything comes up and then you can look for dealer coupons if they are offering them.
Also, every month the prices change at the dealership. We got ours for $13995 and now they are selling at the same dealership for $14993. I got one for the price I mentioned and hubby was looking around and decided he wanted one too and because we were doing a 2 car purchase the car he looked at had the cargo mat in it and the dealer gave him the same price as me due to buying 2 cars. But still, the $63 was no big deal to me.
I wouldn't say you were ripped off, as you have to talk the dealer down too when pricing a vehicle. You paid a little over $2000 more for what I paid for a GLS version.
#402 of 513 Re: Brand new Elantra [schukanuoslady]
Aug 19, 2008 (2:06 pm)
Thank you for the reply. The advice is very helpful. I had no intention of buying a car at this time, but my old car died suddenly. I was taking the bus or getting rides to and from work. This was cumbersome given the nature of my work. Plus my kids are starting school again in a week, and so my back was up against a wall, so to speak. I found myself in the market for a car by necessity (not by choice) at a time when this dealer was experiencing a run on Elantras, esp. SEs. They have been selling 3 a week. I checked other dealers and they too were selling SEs very well. The car has been in short supply in my area. I So, I did get the dealer to move a little bit off the price, but I knew they could easily sell the car to another buyer willing to pay full price, and they could stand firm. I made the best decision I could under duress and in a short time frame. My other choice was the Sonata which I was told was more expensive, however,. I have now seen 2009 Sonata GLS models for the same price I paid for my Elantra. So, the combination of hearing people pay1G less for and Elantra SE and seeing Sonatas at 16g made me feel as though I was ripped off. I also understand that I purchased a popular car and prices change frequently.
#403 of 513 Re: Brand new Elantra [kbrien]
Aug 19, 2008 (3:11 pm)
I havenít had any problems with the staff at FitzMall, or with my car, except that, like many others, it hesitates when driving at low speed (around 25 mph). My local dealer test drove it, agreed that it felt unusual, but also drove several other new cars on the lot and they all drove the same way. They just documented it for possible use later. When at FitzMall, they didnít offer anything additional, neither extended warranty nor accessories. I was surprised about that, but figured I could get better prices on the internet. Iím sure you can do better on the internet as well.
I donít think that you were ripped off at all. I got my Elantra in March, and the dealership had just received a copy of the first Consumer Reports article the day I was there. Gas prices were a lot lower then too, and their inventory was a lot higher. By way of comparison, I was also considering a Prius. At that time (March), they had 68 Priusí in stock and were selling them around invoice. Now they have 3, and are selling them at MSRP. As others have said, it is supply and demand, and right now there is limited supply of small cars, so I think that you got a good deal.
For your info, the car does not come equipped standard from the factory with mats, as that is a $85.00 (MSRP) option. You can get your mats, etc on line using the links that others have posted. I used HyundaiPartsPeople for accessories (mud flaps, front mask, all weather mats) because their price plus shipping seemed the best to me. Since I plan to change my own oil, I ordered a case of OEM oil filters and gaskets on line, as well as the service manuals from TitusWill.com (thereís a link around here somewhere or use Google) and they were very helpful.
I hope you enjoy your Elantra.
#404 of 513 Re: Brand new Elantra [wv_irish]
Aug 19, 2008 (5:22 pm)
"I havenít had any problems with the staff at FitzMall, or with my car, except that, like many others,it hesitates when driving at low speed (around 25 mp). "
I have the same problem!!! And I took it to the dealer. They kinda thought I was crazy as it warms up after doing over 45 speed limit.
So I called Hyundai and made a complaint. They have me with a case number and told me to take it back tot he dealer again. I have to call them back on Monday. And I have to leave the car for a night as they need to cold start it to find this problem.
Hyundai is going to put me as an open case not to be closed until further notice as if they get more complaints they are going to investigate this problem. Please call Hyundai and tell them you are having the same problem. So far I am the only person to have reported it to them.
#405 of 513 Re: Please post date of manufacture if you have fuel pump problems [3kidsinback]
Aug 20, 2008 (6:12 pm)
Where can I find the manufacure date? A few people have responded to my post of my Silver Elantra failing after only 25 miles!
#406 of 513 Re: Please post date of manufacture if you have fuel pump problems [riguy]
Aug 21, 2008 (2:43 am)
what can I advise you is about the manufacturing year, the 8th digit form the left of the car serial no. (chassis no.) will refer to the manufacturing year. if you find it 8 that means it is 2008.
#407 of 513 Re: Please post date of manufacture if you have fuel pump problems [riguy]
Aug 21, 2008 (7:08 am)
Pls see my post #319 for the answer to your question.
#408 of 513 Re: Please post date of manufacture if you have fuel pump problems [gomst1]
Aug 21, 2008 (3:22 pm)
March 16, 2008
Fuel Pump Failed at 25 Miles
Thanks for the help. And BTW, I did file a complaint on the NHTSA site.
#410 of 513 Re: Brand new Elantra [kbrien]
Aug 23, 2008 (6:09 pm)
I may be a little late to this party, but I wanted to throw in my 2 cents anyway.
In early June I bought an '08 Elantra SE w/leather, sunroon, spoiler and floor mats. Price paid: $17,135.00 plus tax, tags, etc. Prices on the SE have gone up due to supply and demand. Demand outstripped supply and prices went up when two things happened;
1) Consumer Reports chose it as a Top Pick in both the April and July issues.
2) Gas prices started to rise quickly, making fuel economy a major deciding factor for car buyers.
I'm sure I paid more than others who bought before me, just as I'm sure there are others who paid more after me. I made my purchase in the middle of those events. I would buy another one in a heartbeat, even if I knew the price was higher than a few weeks or months ago. It's still the best and most car for the money.
I also purchase my car from Fitzmall in Maryland. I found out about Fitzmall right here on these forums, and it's very likely I would not be driving an Elantra today without it. I live in Central Florida. When I went looking for my Elantra there were no SEs w/leather ANYWHERE in Central Florida, or within hundreds of miles. I had 3 dealers looking for me. I found my car online at Fitzmall, made a phone call and when it came in (it was on order) I had it shipped to Fitzgerald's Clearwater, FL store, where I picked it up.
Working with Fitzmall was, for the most part, a breeze. They handled everything in Maryland. All I had to do was sign the papers when I got to the Clearwater store and drive it off the lot.
I paid the internet price because, obviously, I'm not near any Fitzgerald dealer that can service my car. They didn't try to strong-arm me into any additional "add-ons". (aka: pure dealer profit) Their prices were far better than any dealer within 200 miles of me.
I bought a carpeted cargo mat and cargo net online at one of the online sites previously posted. I can't remember which one, but choosing which one, for me, was purely a function of price. I also bought the aftermarket door mouldings from an eBay seller, which my dear husband has yet to install for me, but that's another story.
I have not had any problems with my car whatsoever. Mfg date April1, 2008. I currently have over 2500 miles on it. I love my Elantra!