Hyundai has made one of the most remarkable changes in the automotive industry, in a few short decades going from an obscure Korean carmaker to an automotive powerhouse. There was a time when Hyundai sold the cheapest brand new car in the United States, the Excel. And at first, there was a great deal of automotive press behind it, because the car was affordable and packed with features that you’d never expect in the price range. But then the Excel started to fall apart, and the reliability was iffy at best. This tarnished Hyundai's reputation for a lot of years, but since then Hyundai has been able to repair its tarnished reputation.
Hyundai cars are routinely awarded by top automotive publications for quality and features. Hyundai also bought out another Korean automaker, Kia, which helped to bolster its footprint and introduced new and innovative designs. There have still been a lot of issues that Hyundai has to work on, and we are going to delve into the fifteen reasons why you might want to avoid buying a used Hyundai.
15. Iffy Reliability
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Hyundai offers one of the best warranties in the automotive world. But, once that warranty runs out you are all on your own. Hyundai vehicles are still unproven when it comes to reliability because most consumers simply trade them in and move up. Whereas a used Honda has a known track record for being a reliable vehicle.
14. Smaller Dealership Service Network
Everywhere you look there is sure to be a GM or Ford dealership. But, Hyundai dealers are still kinda scarce when you look at the bigger picture. This means that if you live in a rural area you might have to drive potentially an hour away just to get an oil change. This is still problematic for the majority of America that lives in rural communities.
13. Parts Can Be Scarce
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Need to change a water pump on your 1996 Hyundai Scoupe? Well, good luck. Finding parts for used Hyundais can be a challenge, and depending on where you live finding a parts car can be even more of a problem. This is one reason why Hyundai charges a premium to service the older model vehicles in the lineup.
12. No Well-Established Safety Record
Hyundai vehicles are among the most popular cheap cars that you can buy. But, safety is not a well-established thing for the brand. Staples of the industry like Honda and Toyota dominate in terms of automotive safety. Hyundai is still playing catch up with many of their models. This is another thing to consider.
11. Servicing is More Difficult
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Servicing a vehicle is a hard thing to do, and when the dealership network is small it can be even more difficult. The Hyundai dealership network is growing but servicing is still a limited thing to do. If you get a Hyundai vehicle it will be hard to get service once you own the car long-term, this is something that might change in the future.
10. Hyundai Doesn't Encourage Long-Term Ownership
If you look at a vehicle from the outside you’ll notice that the Hyundai brand encourages people to keep buying new cars. The Hyundai vehicles are affordable but if you own a vehicle long term you’ll be stuck the car because the resale is so low. If you are not worried about reselling a vehicle then a Hyundai might be a good choice but otherwise, you’ll be stuck.
9. Cheap Interior Design
The interior is the one part of a vehicle that you’ll spend a good deal of time in. Hyundai has come to a long way in terms of quality but the interiors are still a lot cheaper then what you’d find in a Honda or Toyota. The interior design is something that the company will continue to work on, but if you want a high-quality interior you’d be best served looking somewhere else.
8 Lack Of Refinement In Older Models
The first-generation Hyundai models weren’t known for having a lot of refinement, and that’s okay because they were an affordable car. But, if you are looking for a car that still drives refined you’ll probably want to look somewhere else. A Hyundai has a lot of advantages, but for the most part, the older models require a lot of maintenance and odds and ins.
7. The Extended Warranty Running Out
If you happen to purchase a newer Hyundai you are still going to run into issues. The warranty oftentimes won’t follow the car, and if you are lucky enough to get a warranty it could run out far before you finish with the vehicle. The warranty is an important part of purchasing a Hyundai vehicle and one of the major selling points.
6. No Resale Value
Hyundais have historically low resale value, which is great for people in the used car market. But, if you are the owner of a Hyundai and you want to recoup some of your investment you’ll be out of luck. That’s not to say that a Hyundai is a bad car, but in this world of financing expensive payments, you might be stuck.
5. Awkward Driving Characteristics
Driving a Hyundai is also a challenging prospect with certain models. Older versions of the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Elantra were known for having a rough ride. The Accent is also a very poor riding car, settling for basic economy. If you want a car that drives smooth you’ll probably want to avoid some of the older high mileage Hyundai models.
4. Unknown Models Like The Entourage
Hyundai has come out with quite a few models that just didn’t catch on with consumers. Remember the Scoupe? Probably not. What about the Entourage? Most people don’t remember the minivan. If you find one of these models and you happen to like it be prepared to own it for a long time because Hyundai’s are not known for having the best resale value.
3. People Generally Abuse Hyundais
Look, the common reputation for a cheaper Hyundai is that it’s a “beater”. So keep that in mind when you go to purchase a used Hyundai. There is a good chance that it has been beaten up or driven by a teenager. You’ll want to definitely check the CarFax report before you settle on a certain Hyundai model because you don’t want to be stuck with the headache.
2. The Excel
Another well-known example of Hyundai's cheapness is Excel. The little known compact car that was the best selling cheap car in America for a long time. The Excel had a bad reputation on it and it drove a lot of the automotive community to turn their backs on Hyundai for a number of reasons. Excel will go down in history as one of the worst cars ever.
1. The Brand Reputation
With that being said, Hyundai still hasn’t recovered from the bad brand reputation that the Excel managed to give it. The common misconception with Hyundai products is that they are not reliable vehicles. The company still has a lot to overcome with this type of reputation so take the time to explore your options before you settle on a certain Hyundai.
Sources: US News, Forbes