I recently learned that my local Hyundai dealership is going out of
business. Rumor is that the franchise has been bought by a mega-dealer
and will be relocated 20 or so miles distant. This makes the dealer
close to 40 miles away rather than 20 miles away and on my way to work.
What a bummer! So much for buying another Hyundai.
It also appears that much of the staff at the current dealership will be
laid off. I hope hyundaitech tech didn't work there! That might be why
he has gone silent.
Amazing that the mega-dealers are still growing even with this economy.
What is so bad about a 40 mile drive? In 3 1/2 years of Hyundai ownership
I've been to the dealer three times, including twice to pick up the new cars
I bought. Sixty miles driving over the life of a car to have the one I
really want is not a big deal. Never bought a Lamborghini since the
dealer was 200 miles away, but now that there is a new one about 75 miles, I
may consider one next time around.
It is the time not the miles per se. The current dealer is on my way to
work and about two miles from where I work. I can drop the car off in
the morning for service and they take me to work. When the car is done,
they come and get me. It takes about 10 - 15 minutes out of my day. I
have had the car back to the dealer at least 6-7 times in the 4 years I
have owned it, probably more. Every issue takes at least two visits:
one for diagnosis and one when the parts come in as the dealer appeared
to stock virtually nothing. Even the cabin air filter had to be ordered!
The new dealer is not on my way to work and I don't think offers a
shuttle as far away as my office is from their location, but I need to
check on the latter. Even if they did, it would add an hour to my
commute on each direction at a minimum. It just isn't convenient and
the Sonata just hasn't been a dramatically better car than other cars I
have owned. There is a Chevy garage right across the street from the
current Hyundai garage and they offer the shuttle service also. And I
have had good luck with my past Chevies including my current truck which
is 16 years old with 120,000 miles and still going strong, albeit with
some rust starting to come through in a couple of spots.
The new Chevy vehicles are quite nice and when I recently test drove the
Equinox back-to-back with the Santa Fe, both me and my wife much
preferred the Chevy. And the new Malibu appears to be the equal of the
Sonata, although I have driven the new model Sonata.
So, most likely back to GM for my next car which may well be a
cross-over such as the Equinox.
My original dealer (Howard Hyundai) sold off their Hyundai biz to an
Acura shop down the road from them. From me it's about a 5 mile trip
one way so not too bad but I am here in Chicago and there are tons of
Hyundai shops. I've been to the dealer *maybe* 3 times since I've
owned my 02 Sonata. Sorry to hear it's now 40 miles for you. That is a
- Thee Chicago Wolf [MVP]
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