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later this week I will be driving 4 hours to pick up my new sonata. since the drive is so far, i am wondering if there are any items i should be on the look out for in the initial check of the car? i can't just drive back over there if there are any issues.

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Hey mosesmal3165 -

:00000732: to the, uh, Sonata Owner's bunch of folks!

Anyway, they should have filled out one of these attached Pre-Delivery Inspection Forms.

At least, I tried to attach it as a PDF.

Some of it you can check for yourself before driving off, I'd say.
 

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THanks for the replies - I will say welcome after the paperwork is signed :) I am always a bit hesitant to get excited until then.

I printed out your pdf and will take it with me - looks like a great list!
 

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Well, it is a Hyundai form.

Note that on the bottom of the second page it says "Delivery must include full review of the Quick Reference Guide". This will be where you get a chance to get some "learnin'" from your salesman.

Just for grins, here is the QRG too:
 

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Check under the front bumper in front of the tires for curb/skid marks also. Most other issues, besides paint, will be covered under warranty.

Some people have a problem with the car pulling to the left at highway speeds, but most dont, so you might want to check that out. Could be defective tires or just low air pressure.

Few rattles in the dash, and some really really small paint defects are all that i've noticed on mine since I leased it. That said, I'd still pick it again over the similarly priced competitors :thumbsup:
 

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QUOTE (JohnWho @ Aug 9 2010, 09:19 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=348289
Well, it is a Hyundai form.

Note that on the bottom of the second page it says "Delivery must include full review of the Quick Reference Guide". This will be where you get a chance to get some "learnin'" from your salesman.

Just for grins, here is the QRG too:
I mentioned to my salesman that this was a really good idea. Cliff notes for your new car. Excellent.
 

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its a new car so what's there to check off ? I didn't even bother test driving mine once I found the color I wanted.

what for ? we have warranty to the tilt !
 

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QUOTE (mayasonata @ Aug 9 2010, 10:30 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=348325
its a new car so what's there to check off ? I didn't even bother test driving mine once I found the color I wanted.

what for ? we have warranty to the tilt !

Warranty doesn't cover everything. Be prepared for them to throw you an extended warranty which covers more parts for a premium.

My dealer pushed extremely hard for it. Apparently, they never sold a single car without it. I only gave in after they threw in 2 years of free oil changes and service discount + additional 2 oil changes.

Even then... I'm still not sure if I needed it.
 

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Before doing the final signing have the car washed and dried off for your inspection out in the full sun in an open area where you can give the car a good overall inspection. Looking down the sides, plus at all different angles. Step back and take a good look. Take a good look at the glass for razor cuts, especially where the Monroni sticker was and other dealer stickers. My Limited had a side window glass damage from someone that did not know how to use a razor blade correctly.
......And if you find anything no matter how minor, Have them give you a "WE OWE" ticket in writing, whether you plan on having it repaired or not. This is another area that YOU and another set of eyes must not rush and take some time to do a thuro inspection. It will pay off for you. Do NOT let them get you all excited to rush off to drive away in you new car. Salesmen no matter how friendly will lie though their teeth if you have to call or come back with any problem not noted and put in writing before you drive off the lot. Your inspection may take only 10 minutes or an hour, Take the time you feel comfortable with . I told my salesman to go get a cup of coffee as not to be side tracked or distracted.
Good luck and welcome to the fun of being a Sonata owner.
 

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I ran my fingers along every edge looking for poor paint application. My salesman thought I was nuts until I looked over another Sonata and found "light" paint application in the passenger door lower corner. I pointed it out to him and said my car is fine, but had this one been mine I would have rejected the car.

Shut all the doors and be aware of the "tinny" feel symptom that some on here have.

Sunglasses holder, make sure it stays up. This seems to be a "wear and tear" type item so it should be good to go during delivery.

Also, if you are getting the cargo NET, be aware they actually drill holes in the car to install it. I was unhappy about that as I didnt want any non-factory holes in the car.

Also be aware that the Nav/Radio warranty is only 3/36K. There is a gentlemen on here that actually sells them for Hyundai and its a Hyundai warranty if I recall correctly. I saw a couple people very pleased with the pricing.

I also agree with Snapper, take delivery on a sunny day where you can really go over the panels with a fine tooth comb. Make sure you (IE: You, Read: YOU) are happy with every panel and are not tallked into accepting anything less that perfect.

And I also agree with Snapper, anything that is promised to you to get you to sign and off the lot should be in writting on the contract or formal documentation (company letterhead).

Good Luck!
 

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QUOTE (ijoe @ Aug 10 2010, 12:56 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=348341
Warranty doesn't cover everything. Be prepared for them to throw you an extended warranty which covers more parts for a premium.

My dealer pushed extremely hard for it. Apparently, they never sold a single car without it. I only gave in after they threw in 2 years of free oil changes and service discount + additional 2 oil changes.

Even then... I'm still not sure if I needed it.
I was also forced/tricked into getting it. I went back and demanded a refund. You can get a full refund upto 60 days, prorated refund from there after.
 

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During my test drive the salesman and I stopped for gas. The gas cap release button from the driver side wouldn't open the gas cap. He had to open it from the trunk. I made sure when I bought mine that all the buttons worked after seeing that. If you have a cell phone try pairing it. Check the rear dome light for the passengers that it doesn't stick when pressed. Mostly take your time and bring a second set of eyes if you can.

I hope everything goes smoothly for you. Good Luck with your new purchase!
 

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Wish I had made one of these threads before I brought my car! I was in a hurry though as these Sonatas were selling like crazy.

The dealers seem to know that they're high demand and don't give you the same amount of service. I love the car, but hate how popular its getting.
 

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I would check for dents/chips in the paint.
Make sure the car is clean.
Make sure you get a full tank of gas.

Now the worst part is gonna be when you sit down with the finance guy. Like others have said, I got hosed on the extended warranty. Not that I'm against them just wish I didn't pay so much. If you don't want it (the extended warranty) just say no and stick to your guns. If you want it, get the platinum and offer only half what he wants for it. I assume you will not be going to them for service being 4 hours away and all. So getting oil changes and service agreements won't mean much to you. And just make sure if they charge you for something that it is not included on your window sticker already because they are now double charging you. Destination/Freight charges are already built into the sticker price so do not let them add this on, you already negotiated this price. Sometimes there is an administrative fee, some say this is bullcrap but the dealer will tell you everybody pays it. Its up to you how you argue this one.
Good luck and let us know how they treat you. :57:

EDIT: make sure everything works....lights, horn, wipers, radio, etc.
 
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