Buy a "New" older car?

Asked by Feb 05, 2016 at 11:03 PM about the 2013 Hyundai Sonata

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

Hello, I'm car shopping and my Fiancee has her heart set on a particular make
and model of car and I'm trying to find the best way to go about buying. I'm
searching for 2013 Hyundai Sonatas and there's a dealer near me with
several that never even left the lot from 2013. I contacted the dealership and
apparently they are eager to unload these models, and are willing to heavily
negotiate the price. I've contacted Hyundai USA about the warranty and they
claim the warranty starts from the date of receiving the car, so despite these
being 2013's I'd get the full 10 years. My only concern is how do I gauge the
value of such a car? Is there anything I should look out for in a car that has sat
on the lot for literally years?

6 Answers


I would be concerned about the reason why no one would buy those cars for three years.

I have been in contact with the dealer for some time, about a month overall. When I first inquired they said the prices were firm and understood they were over valued. Recently a different sales associate(head of online sales, as I am doing all of my negotiating strictly online) reached out to me and claimed that they had just made the decision to go in a different direction with these models and are looking to unload them ASAP. I have the feeling someone had been sweeping it under the rug for too long.


There's lots of reasons why new cars are not sold and still at the dealership. I purchased my 1995 Honda Accord wagon in June 1996 after the car fell through a fleet sale and was returned to inventory. You can really get a good price on a left over inventory car like this. Ask them to sell you the car at the wholesale bluebook price, that's fair and reasonable. I did that. Don't worry, they are still making money on the car. There's something called dealer holdback and they will rarely tell you, but, they got the car for less than you think they did from the factory. The real question you should ask yourself is , do you really want this particular car. Oh, by the way, make sure you purchase this car from a New Car Dealership. And, get the warranty and full details in writing.


Nameback- did you know that Subaru sells out every car they build and cannot keep up with demand each year. You can find lease return cars at a new car dealership, but, its hard to find good used Subaru vehicles, they're just harder to find. Make of this what you will, but, its worth thinking about it. Subaru just settled a recent problem with a segment of their cars and extended the warranty to 8 years and 100,000 miles. Plus, you might consider purchasing a recent certified used car if you can't get this dealer to negotiate with you. You'll save money over buying a new car. Good luck.


See this, and don't purchase a 2011 Sonata.


2013 Hyundai Sonatas nice car has problems radio stops working, some time will not start, noise with braking system but you could find a good one.. i threw a part to get rid of my 2013 Hyundai Sonatas the guy who got it from me junked it 3 months later

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