The time to buy a new one: Imho: If you can wait toward the end of the
At the un-bait & un-switch type of close-out sales (of the dust
catcher/shop-worn merchandise that costs the dealer interest-payments),
and sometimes its hard to tell what the deception in the ad is.
One or two Accents (etal models)
--at a dealer--with automatic & air might become available at maybe
$10,000 or less, as they have seemingly been in some past years--I've
seen 'em for $8000 with air5 & automatic a couple years ago.
The trick/problem/gimmick/reality is that the dealer certainly needs to
make it back, so the maintenance fees particularly at 30,000 & 60,000
miles aren't gonnabe such terrific ideal consumer bargains of course.
Think $500--$800 more or less for each 30,000 & 60,000 timing belt
Imho: to feel secure about the car's/your future, also buy their
extended bumper-to-bumper service contract, $700--$1200, more or less I
Finance thru Hyundai's 0 percent or whatever, or perhaps through a
credit union rather than the usual suspect banks in order to save a few
hundred bucks per year.
It's a jungle out here, so bring your micro elephant weapon--more
information and better resistance to intimidation & lies than should be
re: 60,000 miles is timing belt change (not 30,000 miles)
Yes, and at 30,000 miles, the required services would amount to
approximately $400--$800. at a dealer service dept.
I've heard (hear-say) it's more expensive for Ford F p/up maintenance
requirements, tough its something we customers don't like to think
about w/o heightening of blood pressure.
If anybody reading this has some kind of link that compares servicing
requirements/prices for the various makes & models of all or of many
vehicles/models, then it might be "fun" & velly interesting to see.
I did not find the Hyundai list on line soI wouldlike a link or
pointer if someone has one. I did find a brochure (several really)
for various dealers. The one in Ohio that I read was 200 - 300 for
the 30K service. Looks like the coolant change and Auto transmission
oil change stack up. A DIY like me will do it for under 100 and
probably under 50 as I don't buy automatics. That said I don't
begrudge the dealer this price, he has to eat and pay his mechanic. A
fair chunk is probably going for disposal of the coolant. 400 to
$800 says you live in NYC or are being gouged. (Same thing, really)
Is this a serious inquiry: Because it's so wide open for some really
Let's look at the cashier tape:
The customary wage is something like $50 (whatever it is at the dealer)
an hour for the labor itself:
Then anything touched by an experienced pro (or whomever they get at
the rescue mission that morning) is gonnabe more $ than would be not
paid by shade tree driveway fumblers who'll subsequently give-up
f'ing-up after doing their collateral unintended damage.
I've tried some of the routine things with mixed successes, such as the
simple changing of the anti-freeze.
It looks so easy, but why doesn't the new stuff not flow into the
entire system--turn on the heater, dip-shite--but is it actually
circulating or what?
Ooops: That thermostat needs to be replaced, and ...I couldn't make a
worse mess of the anti-freeze/water mixture than, say, a kitty cat
lapping up the sweet spilled green poison.
I did an oil change of my ''76 Ford Grenada, and ....the oil filter is
supposed to be screwed tight, which I had thought I did, but .... .
Spark-plugs & voltage regulator: I've played with a '68 VW van & the
Brake: Who can't scrape a brake? Me and I ain't risking it.
So, I pay what they say, and feel good that the expensive shite will be
The cost comments were serious. The dealer quote was from:
FWIW - the shop rate is per flat rate hour and the mechanic probably
gets about1/4 to1/3 of it. Depending on the work a good mechanic who
is used to the vehicle can do seriously more work than the flat rate
manual estimates. You are also paying at least 2x what the parts cost
at the local auto parts store. Dealers get serious fines and costs
for how they dispose of hazardous waste. Homeowners generally do not.
The level of mechanical skill rewuired to do a tuneup is not high but
vastly exceeds that of many folks I havve met. Some of them were
professors I worked for.
I had my wife's Sonata in for some warranty work (CD Player) and the dealer
suggested the coolant flush. The car was nearing 30,000 miles. The
dealer's normal price was something like $80 for a coolant flush but I
negotiated it to $50 simply based on the price that the quick lube places
charge for a coolant service. It was a simple and quick negotiation.
I've read a lot about dealers in this forum, but I have to say that Fucillio
Hyundai in Syracuse is very easy to deal with. I bought a blister pack of
oil filters from them for right around $4 per filter (10 filters in the
pack) and 10 crush rings for $1.79 each. Same thing - called up the parts
department and told them what I found on the internet for prices, said I'd
rather deal directly with a local business, and then asked them what the
best deal was that they could offer me. They matched what I found on the
Yesterday I saw an 2006 lite green/sorta goldish Accent in a parking
lot: Not a bad-looking car. Hyundai should concentrate on perfecting it
maximally w/o changing the design, and I think it'll become the largest
(in its category) seller in the U.S., as the Honda Civic became before
Honda seemingly (stupidly) sort of weakened their Civic after it became
a standard of low cost quality. My opinion only, and I don't pretend
expertise--my subjective observation.
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