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Sonata Recall Provides Reasons to Wait

March 4, 2010

Hyundai SonataToyota has managed to make the headlines with its bevy of recall issues lately, but just under the radar is another Asian manufacturer which has also had a recall. Hyundai has had to recall it's 2011 Sonata because of concerns over a malfunctioning door lock.

The Sonata was only recently released, meaning that the problem only extends to the several thousand cars that have been sold or are in dealer showrooms, but it highlights an issue that new car buyers should be aware of.

Cars like the Sonata which have been newly designed often have kinks to work out no matter how much testing has gone on before they are brought to market. Besides saving money due to supply and demand issues, this is another reason you should wait before buying a newly introduced model.

In general, the Sonata may be a good value for buyers after a waiting period of several months.

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Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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