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Possibly an Elantra Value edition?

I recently graduated from Auburn University and will be starting an outside sales job here in a couple weeks.

My new job will have me driving roughly 50,000 miles a year so picking the correct car will matter.
I will be getting a monthly allowance in the neighborhood of $400-450 per month for the vehicle and insurance, on top of that I will be receiving mileage.

I will be coming from and keeping my 1993 BMW 325i as a weekend car I don't need this new vehicle to be fun persay but I also don't want totally boring.

A couple weeks ago I drove a 2017 Elantra Value edition and was very impressed with it for the price point.
Part of me wants to go with a Toyota Camry as my work car as in my eyes they're seen as a benchmark in terms of long term reliability but they are so depressingly sparse for the dollar.

Now some Elantra related questions.

How do they hold up in terms of longterm reliability?
How is resale value?
Is there a quality difference in a Korean VS an Alabama produced Elantra?
Why an Elantra over a Camry?
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This is the first year of a new redesign. So not many miles on cars yet, especially 50k/yr!!!

Resale would not be great, but if you're driving 50k/yr, then resale would be hurt by a new car and lots of miles. Best work on getting a great deal out the door first.

Alabama seats are supposed to be slightly more comfortable and made for the bigger American butt.

Elantra would more compete with Corolla size and price-wise.

Looking for an Elantra Sport
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1. Elantra over Camry? "Bang for the buck!" Think, "warranty."
2. Ulsan vs. 'Bama? All 3 of mine were made in ''Bama. Like to think I supported the American worker.
3.Reliability? Never had so much as a "no start." Put 22k+ on my 2011, 72k+ on my 2013, & currently 22k+ on the 2017. Been a couple simple recalls. That's no big deal, to me. It's warranted. One was assembled on a Monday. No biggie. That new plant in Montgonery is one of, if not THE, most quality conscious and recognized assembly plants in the world. Drive there. Take a tour of the facility.

Resale? Opinions out there on both sides. Personally speaking, it's not the best, but certainly not the worst...by a long shot!

The V Edition is nice. I've always owned the Limited's. But, that's me: I like bells and whistles. And the 2017 Limited "drives itself!" Incredible offering and value received for dollars spent.

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EDIT: 50k a year on the clock is going to wreak havoc on the resale of anything. Even the vaulted Rolls Royce.
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1. Elantra over Camry? "Bang for the buck!" Think, "warranty."
2. Ulsan vs. 'Bama? All 3 of mine were made in ''Bama. Like to think I supported the American worker.
3.Reliability? Never had so much as a "no start." Put 22k+ on my 2011, 72k+ on my 2013, & currently 22k+ on the 2017. Been a couple simple recalls. That's no big deal, to me. It's warranted. One was assembled on a Monday. No biggie. That new plant in Montgonery is one of, if not THE, most quality conscious and recognized assembly plants in the world. Drive there. Take a tour of the facility.

Resale? Opinions out there on both sides. Personally speaking, it's not the best, but certainly not the worst...by a long shot!

The V Edition is nice. I've always owned the Limited's. But, that's me: I like bells and whistles. And the 2017 Limited "drives itself!" Incredible offering and value received for dollars spent.

Take advantage of that College Grad $400 program that Hyundai offers.

And last, but not least: Welcome to the forums. "War, Eagle!" (...and Boomer Sooner!)

EDIT: 50k a year on the clock is going to wreak havoc on the resale of anything. Even the vaulted Rolls Royce.
The Value Edition has a lot of nice options but hmm you've got me maybe considering the Limited for the Active Cruise Control.
That Active Cruise Control would be REALLY nice on those longer days.

Two of my accounts will be Kia in Westpoint,GA and Hyundai below Montgomery,AL.
I am really excited and grateful for this opportunity.
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The Value Edition has a lot of nice options but hmm you've got me maybe considering the Limited for the Active Cruise Control.
That Active Cruise Control would be REALLY nice on those longer days.
Don't forget about lane keeping assistance and Blind Spot Monitoring and Automatic Emergency Braking either.

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Two of my accounts will be Kia in Westpoint,GA and Hyundai below Montgomery,AL.
I am really excited and grateful for this opportunity.
Might go over better pulling up to either location in an Elantra than a Toyota.


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The Value Edition has a lot of nice options but hmm you've got me maybe considering the Limited for the Active Cruise Control.
That Active Cruise Control would be REALLY nice on those longer days.

Two of my accounts will be Kia in Westpoint,GA and Hyundai below Montgomery,AL.
I am really excited and grateful for this opportunity.
WELL!!!!! Since you put it like that, I'm ENVIOUS! Kia AND Hyundai accounts??? Holy cow, I would be living the dream in your position! Imagine, calling upon a Hyundai account (dealership?) and "accidentally" mentioning you also had your car in service for its oil/filer change. Wouldn't the dealer be obligated to listen to your spiel under the circumstances?

Oh, and that ACC? "Effortless steering." Think of it as "Tesla Light!" LOL

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The Value Edition has a lot of nice options but hmm you've got me maybe considering the Limited for the Active Cruise Control.
That Active Cruise Control would be REALLY nice on those longer days.

Two of my accounts will be Kia in Westpoint,GA and Hyundai below Montgomery,AL.
I am really excited and grateful for this opportunity.
I have Active CC on all my cars.

When I see I can go faster I press the ACCEL button, when I see traffic slowing I pres the RES button.

I only do 30,000 a year. Or, did...

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WELL!!!!! Since you put it like that, I'm ENVIOUS! Kia AND Hyundai accounts??? Holy cow, I would be living the dream in your position! Imagine, calling upon a Hyundai account (dealership?) and "accidentally" mentioning you also had your car in service for its oil/filer change. Wouldn't the dealer be obligated to listen to your spiel under the circumstances?

Oh, and that ACC? "Effortless steering." Think of it as "Tesla Light!" LOL
I will be selling to the manufacturing plants themselves.
I don't forsee having any job-related activity with dealers.
My thinking for wanting to go with a Hyundai is one the bang for buck is very high and additionally like mentioned above, showing up in a Hyundai certainly couldn't hurt.

I just called Tuscaloosa Hyundai and it appears that they have significantly better prices than the local dealers do.
Tuscaloosa Hyundai also offers a 1 million mile powertrain warranty, not entirely sure if it is legit or not but if it is that could be a really nice incentive.

Being a new member I can't post links but it is a 2017 Value Addition priced at $17,109
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Tuscaloosa Hyundai also offers a 1 million mile powertrain warranty, not entirely sure if it is legit or not but if it is that could be a really nice incentive.
Generally, that is not legit, but I've seen dealers where it seemed to be - things to watch out for:

- Almost always that is through the selling dealer themselves and not corporate or even a third party. So if "Don's Hyundai d/b/a Tuscaloosa Hyudai" changes hands to "Joe's Hyundai d/b/a Tuscaloosa Hyudai" - goodbye warranty.

- A local dealer had a 20-year/200K PT warranty IF all service was done at the selling dealer including maintenance and their maintenance schedule, not the OM schedule. So you spend $10K maintaining the car and they can afford to spend $4K on a new engine for it.

- Often there is a value exceeded clause. For example, Mopar had a lifetime warranty on everything, but if the engine blew up and the car was worth $1500 with a working engine, you got $1500, not a $5K engine replacement.

- Typically on most of the cars I've owned, the powertrain rarely fails, or if it will, it will do it in the first 60K miles.

- You might be an exception with the high-mileage, but many owners are tired of the car after 2-3 years and 60-80K miles. If you trade at that point, the extended warranty doesn't help you, but if you don't pay extra for it, it doesn't hurt you either.

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Being a new member I can't post links but it is a 2017 Value Addition priced at $17,109
Check the fine print - it seems like I remember them or a similar dealer not including freight, so their OTD price was around $900 higher - might still be a good deal.

New 2017 Hyundai Elantra For Sale | Tuscaloosa AL - doesn't look like they are doing that though, sticker is $21,210 with freight and they are discounting from that - watch for documentation fees, etc, but ...


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