Honest Advice for Car Buyers

Recent Transaction Prices

Purchased Vehicle City State Dealer MSRP Paid Savings Satisfaction
Sep 14, 2013 2013 Hyundai Sonata Urbana IL Obrien Auto Park $22,860 17.28%
Jun 17, 2013 2013 Hyundai Sonata Boulder CO Private party $24,100 21.16%
Dec 29, 2012 2013 Hyundai Sonata New Castle DE Hertrich $27,030 21.94%
Dec 17, 2012 2012 Hyundai Sonata Newark DE Hertrich $26,910 20.85%
May 17, 2012 2012 Hyundai Sonata Elgin IL Elgin Hyundai $24,120 12.11%
Feb 15, 2012 2012 Hyundai Sonata Greensboro NC Bob King $23,130 2.36%
Jan 21, 2012 2012 Hyundai Sonata Annapolis MD Annapolis Hyundai $29,620 5.13%
Dec 28, 2011 2012 Hyundai Sonata Towson MD Heritage Hyundai $21,955 14.83%
Dec 23, 2011 2012 Hyundai Sonata Fall River MA Empire Hyundai of Fall River $21,246 6.35%
Dec 16, 2011 2012 Hyundai Sonata Centennial CO Arapahoe Hyundai $22,595 15.91%
Dec 13, 2011 2012 Hyundai Sonata Flint MI Randy Wise Hyundai $21,700 6.45%
Nov 30, 2011 2012 Hyundai Sonata St Petersburg FL Crown Auto Dealership $31,335 9.89%

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Tips from Hyundai Sonata Buyers

Obrien Auto Park
Urbana, IL
This dealership was easy to deal with after a price was negotiated over the phone.

Pros: Best price and nice facility.

Cons: None

Purchased 2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) on Sep 14, 2013

Arapahoe Hyundai
Centennial, CO
Excellent service, great price quote. They were up front and honest.

Pros: Pricing and selection

Cons: They gave me the best price quote but told me I had do buy it that day. Fortunately, I knew exactly what I wanted. Make sure you already know exactly what you want before you call around for the best prices.

Purchased 2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6M) on Dec 16, 2011

Go Hyundai Mazda
Westminster, CO
Go Hyundai gave us a great price without any haggling. Once again a dealership in Denver has blown away the ones in Colorado Springs. It is ALWAYS worth the 60 mile drive!!!

Pros: Honest, friendly.

Cons: None

Purchased 2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6M) on Jul 18, 2011

Mic Island Hyundai
Centereach, NY
Everyone was really profession - no pressure - would purchase again

Pros: NO pressure

Cons: none

Purchased 2010 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sdn I4 Auto Limited PZEV on Mar 1, 2010

Hallmark Hyundai
Hendersonville, TN
Great experience - used internet pricing to get the best deal.

Pros: Quick negotiations, clarity.

Cons: Slow - I went in at noon on a Friday and it was still a four hour process.

Purchased 2010 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sdn I4 Auto GLS on Feb 5, 2010

Jim Burke
Birmingham, AL
internet purchase. Very good dealer

Pros: anxious to please

Cons: None

Purchased 2010 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sdn I4 Auto GLS on Jan 14, 2010

Superior Hyundai
Cincinnati, OH
Very quick--just had to wait on updated title. Low pressure.

Pros: Low pressure, respectful.

Cons: N/A

Purchased 2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS on Aug 6, 2009

Coughlin Hyundai
Heath, OH
Excellent. Stuck to advertised price. Rebate summary. 3000 Hyundai. 1730 Dealer. 3500 Cars rebate. GLS 5 speed manual.

Pros: Low pressure. Stuck to advertised price. They had several at this price.

Cons: None.

Purchased 2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS on Jul 27, 2009

Ourisman Hyundai Mazda
Laurel, MD
Went there after seeing an online ad for a pre-owned 2009 Sonata with 10K miles on it for $12,990. When we got there, they told us it had been sold already but that they could get us into a new one for that general price range. After checking it out and doing our shopping around at home for a couple days, they were able to make the best offer. set up an appointment 3 days after our 1st visit to test drive and hopefully close to deal if we liked the ride. The deal was closed quickly, and then we waited awhile for finance because they were short-staffed. we had pre-approved financing from out credit union which the dealer wasn't able to beat, so a hold contract was set up until we get the bank check to them & we drove away with our new car.

Pros: not a high pressure dealership, reasonable up front price quotes, & no trouble getting them to commit to a price & explain the breakdown of charges that went into an out-the-door price.

Cons: nothing

Purchased 2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS on Jun 18, 2009

Dave Mungenast Hyundai
St louis, MO
They advertised on the web and I bought at the price quoted

Pros: Low pressure and nice people to deal with

Cons: none in my experience

Purchased 2009 Hyundai Sonata Limited V6 on Apr 15, 2009

Bob Dance
Sanford, FL
Watch for the second "closer" and the financing techinques.

Pros: Young salesman who wanted to please!

Cons: hassel when doing the financing. They had me sign blank forms and" we'll fill it in later whe we getthe beat financing for you. I refused

Purchased 2009 Hyundai Sonata Limited on Dec 12, 2008

Bob King Automotive
Winston Salem, NC
The best experience I've ever had buying a car (purchase #6). I think due to the economy not a lot of car sales right now so they were able to take more time with me instead of feeling rushed through like a number.

Pros: Friendly, Honest, Willing to work with me.

Cons: Great all the way around.

Purchased 2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS on Oct 24, 2008

Huffhines Hyundai
Plano, TX
Pressured to buy now before the month ends and rebates may not be valid

Pros: Explanation of the features of the car, willingness to "deal"

Cons: Pressure to buy "now"

Purchased 2009 Hyundai Sonata Limited on Jul 30, 2008

Reliable Chevrolet
Richardson, TX
Dealer very close to home; drive by their inventory all the time.

Pros: Dealer very helpful; not a pushy salesman at all.

Cons: None.

Purchased 2008 Hyundai Sonata GLS on Jul 10, 2008

carmax
Plano, TX
a really pleasant, painless experience. no pressure from salesmen. the car was cleaned, oil changed and full of gas.

Pros: no haggle, hassle on price. 30 day unconditional gurantee.

Cons: really none.

Purchased 2007 Hyundai Sonata GLS on Mar 1, 2008

hertrich
New castle, DE
Excellent they were the easy to work with. Sales manager told us this was the lowest price for a sonata for the entire year.

Pros: easy to work with, everything promised was delivered.No surprises. Salesman Domonic was great to work with

Cons: Busy dealership so the processing of teh deal took a little longer due to wait.

Purchased 2013 Hyundai Sonata Limited PZEV 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A) on Dec 29, 2012

Crown Auto Dealership
St Petersburg, FL
Had a pleasant experience working with this dealer and their salespersons. The guy that helped us with everything wasn't even the one who gave us the quote(he's not receiving the commission). Everything was explained such as how to use the gps navigation, voice command, bluelink, link up our phones through bluetooth etc. I quoted 3 dealers, they gave us a quote no other could match. They didn't try to sell us extended warranty, although we bought it. Instead of the typical 4 year/80k extended warranty bumper to bumper, they gave us 10 year/110K for the same price and included tires/wheel coverage. They gave us extra option at no additional cost such has tinted windows, bumper protector, and wheels locks.

Pros: Customer service was the best I've ever experienced. They were patient and dealt with us even past closing hour. They didn't upsell us anything. They were even willing to deliver the car to our house since the car didn't arrive at the specified time.

Cons: If you finance through the dealer, to get the lower quote, if you qualified, you have to buy the extended warranty. It's packaged with the loan.

Purchased 2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) on Nov 30, 2011

Harbor Hyundai
Lakewood, CA
Straight forward honest transaction with Matt Hibbel the Fleet/Internet Manager.

Pros: Honesty and no games

Cons: None

Purchased 2010 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sdn I4 Auto GLS on May 5, 2010

fort collins hyundai
Fort collins, CO
typical car buying experience. a lot of haggling, but good price in the end

Pros: very nice sales guy

Cons: had to be aggressive to get a good deal

Purchased 2010 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sdn I4 Auto GLS on Feb 24, 2010

Freedom
Hamburg, PA
Hate buying a new car period! price haggling is not fun for me but I want the best price.

Pros: Not high pressure just being friendly.

Cons: Not giving proper trade in value on my car. Not as truthful as they should be.

Purchased 2010 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sdn I4 Auto GLS PZEV on Jan 28, 2010

Superior Hyundai
Cincinnati, OH
Very quick, low pressure

Pros: Low pressure

Cons: N/A

Purchased 2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS on Aug 6, 2009

xxx
Columbus, OH
10 out of 10,

Pros: Knwoledgeable, courteous sales person

Cons: slow paperwork, but they made up for my lost time by delivering the car and paperwork to my home.

Purchased 2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS on Jul 31, 2009

Coastal Hyundai
Melbourne, FL
Go in prepared with a price you want to pay. Use Edmund's TMV and locakl ads.

Pros: Location.

Cons: Pushy "closer".

Purchased 2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS on Jul 14, 2009

St. Charles Hyundai
Saint Peters, MO
Dealership is OK. Salespersons should learn to listen rather than coerce a price out of someone. I would go there again but with reservations.

Pros: Dealership agreed to sell $1,050 below invoice. Eventually got a price comparable / better than Fitz Auto Mall's "Internet Price" mentioned on this site or another car price site.

Cons: Salesperson wanted a commitment to a price before revealing the internet price (even though he was reminded that the dealership already agreed to selling car below invoice). Salesman was insistent on a price commitment. Salesman got frustrated in dealing with me at one point and said he was done dealing. He was a younger salesperson with a flair for the dramatics to convince you that you don't realize how good of a deal they're offering you. He will go over the usual about he's got mouths to feed at home. I know I could have gotten a better price on the trade-in but I was willing to let it go just to seal the deal. Finance person was very pushy about getting the extended warranty. One other thought, the sales person tries to get you to a target price when haggling. They're obviously trying to gauge what you're willing to part with when the amount you haggle for becomes smaller. When you reach a price they do not like, they will simply say they won't sell it to you. Psychological salesmanship if you will. More than likely it's part of the act. When I left to go look at other cars at other dealerships, I eventually received a call from the sales person who seemed to magically talk his manager in allowing for a small decrease in the price in order to make the sale. In Hindsight, I probably could have squeezed another $1,000 off (not counting the trade-in).

Purchased 2009 Hyundai Sonata Limited on May 16, 2009

Fitzgerald auto mall
Rockville, MD
Shopped online/phone for a few days at the end of the month, dealership came in with the lowest price and they had to transfer my car from another dealership

Pros: No hassle at all, friendly and easy to deal with.

Cons: none

Purchased 2009 Hyundai Sonata Limited V6 on Jan 3, 2009

Poway Hyudai
Poway, CA
Worked out the price on the Sonata through email before setting foot in the dealership. They didn't give me what I wanted on the trade in. I decided to walk and then through follow-up emails I was able to get a better deal on the trade in and we agreed on the deal.

Pros: Professional conduct by Mike, internet manager. Pretty low pressure car buying experience. Willing to work out a deal.

Cons: The standard car dealership sales tactics. Not to mention the add-ons like upgraded security system, scotch guard and such. Just decline all options when picking the right financing.

Purchased 2009 Hyundai Sonata Limited on Nov 19, 2008

Dennis Hyundai of Dublin
Dublin, OH
Good experience.. very knowledgable sales staff

Pros: Sales staff knew the car backwards and forwards

Cons: Took FOREVER to do paperwork. I had negotiated the deal via email. All I had to do was sign the paperwork and drive away and it still took 1.5hrs.

Purchased 2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS on Aug 20, 2008

Freeman
Irving, TX
Excellent experience. Danny Ward (972-815-2706) was great. No "shark" experience at all. Man who truly focuses on client satisfaction.

Pros: Danny

Cons: Area it is located in and access

Purchased 2009 Hyundai Sonata Limited V6 on Jul 30, 2008

Glendale Hyundai
Glendale, CA
I am not sure I got a good deal

Pros: they seem to be accomodating

Cons: they were not open about prices.

Purchased 2009 Hyundai Sonata GLS on May 31, 2008

Hardin Hyundai
Anaheim, CA
Purchased with CostCo discount, completely satisfied.

Pros: Class for all new Hyundai owners. Extremely informative.

Cons: Saleslady misquoted the factory discount amount. Apparently purposely.

Purchased 2008 Hyundai Sonata GLS V6 on Oct 30, 2007




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