Last post on Jun 14, 2010 at 6:21 PM
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Hyundai Sonata, Car Buying, Sedan
#5 of 9 thats a good suggestion
Jun 07, 2010 (9:13 am)
we are in CA. the car has been in CA as well
#6 of 9 Re: thats a good suggestion [goldyfish]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Jun 07, 2010 (9:22 am)
targettuning is right on - getting an inspection at a dealership and paying for it is the best thing you can do when buying a car of this vintage. The "freebie" or low-cost inspections offer more opportunities for them to find issues (that may or may not be critical) in an effort to get you to spend money.
Personally, I'd be wary of a 2002 Hyundai, but that's just me. I wasn't impressed with the quality of them until the 2006 model year. I'd happily buy one 2006+, but it'd have to be really cheap for me to consider an earlier year.
#7 of 9 Re: thats a good suggestion [kirstie_h]
Jun 07, 2010 (9:44 am)
fyi the 2002 Sonata was a fairly old design, first debuting in late 1998. It was designed prior to Hyundai's big push on quality, which began in 1999. IMO models designed after that, specifically the 2001+ Elantra (an Edmunds' Top Used Car choice) and the 2001+ Santa Fe were solid cars, quality-wise, although quality improved even more with the latest generation of vehicles.
#8 of 9 Purchasing 2000 Sonata
Jun 14, 2010 (2:22 pm)
I am purchasing a 2000 Sonata for around $400. Car looks to be in good condition. Slight hesitation in the take-off once or twice while test driving. Do you think this is a good deal. The car has about 140000 miles
#9 of 9 Re: Purchasing 2000 Sonata [needcar5]
Jun 14, 2010 (6:21 pm)
For $400 you couldn't complain if the car lasted only six months without the need for expensive repairs.
Minimal sales tax, no need for collision insurance (although you might want comprehensive to cover a broken windshield), minimal property tax if your state taxes the value of a car each year (like CT does) , vitually no depreciation.
Just have the car checked out by a mechanic of your choice. He should be able to tell you if the car is OK or needs work to make it OK for everyday use.