Advantage Hyundai Hicksville, NY Complaint - Advantage Hyundai Putting Profits Before Customer Safety Or Honoring Their Warranty
HICKSVILLE, NEW YORK -- Hicksville, New York - March 22, 2011 - Looking to buy a new car? Does you son or daughter need a good quality new or used automobile? Then you'll probably want to AVOID! Advantage Hyundai at all costs.
Having written an extensive article on the experience of Susan Mezzapesa of Levittown, N. Y. Advantage Hyundai dealership located at 430 Plainview Rd in Hicksville, NY. truly lived up to their name and immediately took full advantage when they realized this customer lacked any real automobile knowledge. Advantage Hyundai sold her a 2007 Hyundai Sonata, but they failed to informed her that the car's previous owner was Hertz Rent-A-Car. Hertz rented this car out to an unkown number of customers who then proceeded to drive almost 27,000 miles all in less than one year. Carfax shows that no maintenance was ever recorded on this car.
When sold to Advantage Hyundai on 8/2007 in an auction. CarFax comments that Advantage Hyundai preformed an Oil and filter change, rotated 2 tires and preforming a so called "Maintanence Inspection" and it is noted on CarFax that they did indeed washed and detailed the automobile. Hyundai claims to do a 150 point inspection, when contacted for details and if this was done on this car, we were informed by them that "As per New York State laws we are only required to have the car pass a NYS Car Inspection"
Hyundai claims when the car was brought in for service on 11/11/2010 the car was "Gunked" up so bad that they could not work on it and proceeded to do only a regular oil change. They informed Mrs. Mezzapesa she was at fault and Advantage Hyundai will gladly replace the engine for a fee of between $5,000 to $7,000. She refused the new engine offer and Advantage Hyundai failed to take any of a dozen steps to address this "Gunk" problem. Simply googeling "How to remove Car Engine Gunk" will show multiple ways that this problem could have been easily rectified.
At no time did Advantage Hyundai inform this customer of the dangerous and possibly life threatening situation she was in. A car with an engine that was 100% guaranteed to seize at any moment could easily cause a loss of control if the vehicle was traveling at highway speeds or it could have left her standard during any number of snow storms that NY were hit with during this past winter. A seized engine will no longer produce heat and with temperatures well below zero, If rescuers were unable to reach her car due to snow filled streets this could have easily turned into a matter of life and death.
This car's engine seized in January of 2011. This is type of engine failure is covered under the Hyundai warranty, but Advantage Hyundai and Hyundai's corp 1-800-663-5151 customer service line claimed because of missing or undocumented oil changes they were voiding the warranty. According to multiple source both outside and inside Advantage Hyundai the amount of Gunk inside the engine could never have been caused by a missed oil change. It is much more logical that this problem was caused by the wear and tear placed on the new car when it was driven almost 27,000 in less than one year by Hertz customers.
Advantage Hyundai failed to address this engine issue and placed Mrs. Mezzapesa and her family at grave risk, because the warranty was only valid for 60,000 miles, and according to the CarFax records on 1/6/2011 the date of this cars last visit to Advantage Hyundai's service department the mileage was 59,214.