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Monday, July 21, 2014

Time to Accessorize

When you think about accessorizing your ride you probably think about huge rims and a flashy paint job. Accessorizing your vehicle doesn't have to be that intense, let's think smaller and more functional.
Tint:
Have you ever stepped into a car after its been in the sun all day long in the Texas summer heat with no tint? It's not a great experience. The steering wheel burns your hands and you can barely breathe. Tint can help protect against the summer heat. It also helps with privacy and protecting your interior.

Wiper Blades:
Wiper blades are not the most exciting accessory but they are essential. The summer sun and winter ice can really take a toll on your wiper blades. You don't want to get caught in a storm and not be able to see so be sure to get your wiper blades checked regularly.

DVD/GPS:
Most people have a GPS app on their phone these days but it can be dangerous looking down on your phone while driving. Also, a lot of cities are passing laws against phone usage while driving which means no more phone apps. It may be time to consider having your dealership install a aftermarket system. DVD players are a great addition for backseat entertainment. Kids will lose track of time and your family will be at the destination before you know it.

Organization:
A lot of people look like they live out of their cars with the stuff they keep in there. It's understandable in this "on-the-go" world we live in. Car organization can keep your car neat and tidy even with all your essentials in it. Click here to see what accessories Hyundai has for your car.
Ideas:
-Cargo Organizer (here's a great one!)
-Backseat Organizers (here)
-Backseat Organizer with tray (here)
-Seat Organizer (here)

With summer car trips happening it's time to get prepared and get organized. If you get our coupons mailed to you its time to check your mail! This month there was a coupon for 10% off Hyundai Genuine Accessories.

Monday, July 14, 2014

2015 Hyundai Genesis Review

http://www.eckerthyundai.com/models/hyundai-genesis

The Genesis has been completely remodeled and is fully loaded. The 2015 Genesis is the luxury car of your dreams that is now a reality.

Performance:
You have three options: a 420-hp V8, a 311-hp V6 engine that drives the rear wheels or the HTRAC All Wheel Drive system paired with a robust V6. The Genesis comes standard with Intelligent Drive Mode(IDM). IDM gives you four modes to choose from: Eco for conserving fuel, Normal for comfort, Sport for dynamic driving and Snow for low-traction road conditions.

Safety:
This car is jam-packed with amazing safety technology. The Rear Cross Traffic Alert has radar sensors that trigger an audible and visual warning when an object is detected in the rear cross path. Blind Spot Detection lets you know when a vehicle is in the driver's blind spot and signals a warning. Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist will notify you with steering-wheel vibrations and a visual cue if you drift outside of your lane without using your turn signal. Lastly, Automatic Emergency Braking will deploy full brake-force stopping automatically if a crash is likely and the driver is not reacting. With all these features the 2015 Genesis earned the highest safety rating from the IIHS, making it the only IIHS Top Safety Pick+  in its class. Click below to watch videos featuring this amazing safety technology.

https://www.youtube.com/v/kiFt9RzXoJ0&hl=en-US&fs=1&rel=0&autoplay=1        https://www.youtube.com/v/kM9yGmnPgjg&hl=en-US&fs=1&rel=0&autoplay=1

https://www.youtube.com/v/7abCS6onS7s&hl=en-US&fs=1&rel=0&autoplay=1        https://www.youtube.com/v/qfR0FuzRekU&hl=en-US&fs=1&rel=0&autoplay=1


Technology:
The Smart Cruise Control will rock your world. It can automatically adjust its speed to the pre-selected distance of the car in from of you. As in slowing down, speeding up, and even coming to a complete stop and going again without any driver interaction. Another favorite feature is the Hands-Free Smart Trunk with Auto Open. Your trunk can automatically detect you and open when you need it, talk about convenient! A few more of the long list of options are an incredible navigation system, rain-sensing wipers, Blue Link, and an amazing Heads-Up Display unlike anything you have ever seen.

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis is worth a test drive. Call 940-243-6200 to set up an appointment today. View our Genesis inventory here.

Monday, June 23, 2014

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Review


The 2014 Santa Fe is capable of fitting all your needs. This amazing SUV comes with 7 seats in the GLS or 6 seats including two captains chairs on the second row for more spacious seating in the Limited. If you're a family in need of more seats the Santa Fe GLS is perfect for you, forget the minivan!

Performance:
The powerful 3.3L V6 engine will give you the response you are looking for. Even with this amazing power the Santa Fe still delivers in fuel efficiency with an EPA-estimated 25 MPG Highway. The Santa Fe offers you options. You can pick from three steering modes: Comfort, Normal, and Sport and you can change it whenever you like. 

Safety:
Even with years of driving experience we all have those moments when we don't notice that car in our blind spot or don't see the car coming up as you try getting out of your parking space or what about the driver who speeds up just as you are changing lanes?  The Santa Fe is here to help you in all these situations with Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Lane Change Assist. You will get alerts when someone is in your blind spot, when vehicles are approaching from the side when you are in reverse, and if a car is coming up too quickly and its not safe to change lanes. 

Technology:
Hate fumbling for keys? As long as the keys are on you when approaching the vehicle you will never need them again to get in or start your car. With Blue Link you can start your car from your phone, learn and improve your driving habits, find shortcuts, and more. The list goes on and on with features like the panoramic sunroof, power liftgate, and heated seats.

Have any other questions about the Santa Fe? Call us at 940-243-6200. View or Santa Fe inventory here.

Monday, May 19, 2014

2014 Hyundai Accent Review


The Hyundai Accent is Hyundai's subcompact car. The Accent was named winner of MotorWeek's Driver' Choice Award for Best Subcompact Car the past two years. This subcompact will surprise you, it has more features than you would expect.

Safety:
Safety comes standard in the Accent. Comes with 6 airbags, Vehicle Stability Management System, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, and the Brake Assist System. Hyundai gives you what you need to be as safe as possible in the event of an accident, we still hope these are features you will never have to use. 

Performance:
This amazing car offers an EPA estimated 38 MPG Highway fuel economy.  When your friends are filling up their tanks you can just watch because with gas mileage this good you will wont be making as many trips to the gas station.

Technology:
 The steering wheel comes with hand controls to keep you hands free when changing the station or the volume. It also allows you to make phone calls hands free with its bluetooth hands-free phone system. With built in USB/AUX port you can be in charge of the music. Just plug in your phone or you iPod and your in control.

Have any questions about the Accent? Call us at 940-243-6200 or view our inventory here.

Monday, May 5, 2014

What to know before walking into the finance office at a dealership!

Financing a new car or a "new to you" car can be an exciting but scary process. You want to get the best deal and who can blame you? You just need to do your homework first and be prepared when you go in, that way when you leave you are happy and not scratching your head asking yourself what happened.

1. Ask yourself how much you can afford to spend a month. Really do the numbers! When you are making a commitment this big you don't want to get in over you head. Lets say you can afford $300 a month and a $1500 down payment.

2. Ask yourself, how long you want to be making payments for. If the car is older you might not want to be paying for it for 4 years if its not going to last that long. If you are planning on having kids in a year or two and would need to switch cars maybe a 24 month term is right for you? Maybe its a brand new car and will fit your needs for years to come, then you could go longer. Figure out what is right for you. Lets say you want to be done in 48 months.

3. Search online and talk to a few people to figure out a estimated loan rate for you. Not to high, not too low. Something that you can base your numbers on and feel confident. Most people know about what their credit should be and usually have a good idea about what rate they can get. Lets say you average a 5% loan rate.

4. Lets do the math! Use an auto loan calculator and work backwards to calculate your purchase price to see what you can afford (click here for a calculator). Put in your numbers and it will spit out a price. In our example our purchase price would be $14,526.88. Now when you walk in you know not to even look at anything higher than a sticker price of $15,000 and hope to negotiate down some.

5. Now it's time to get financing. The finance department can usually get really competitive rates, they do this all day everyday and know the right people to talk to. You've already done your research so you know about what rate to expect. 

Lastly as a side note, when buying a new car you will typically hear something called a rebate. A rebate is just extra money you save if you buy a car the dealership has extra of. Sometime they will even offer 0% financing on cars they have a lot of stock on. Typically its one or the other. Do the math, you might assume 0% will save you more money but sometimes its best to take the rebate.

Think through all your options and go in confident. If you ever have questions give us a call and we would be glad to help you. 940-243-6200.

Monday, April 21, 2014

2014 Hyundai Elantra Review

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The Hyundai Elantra comes in three different models. The Elantra Sedan, the Elantra Coupe, and the Elantra GT. All three models are designed to fit your different needs and desires. The two door sporty coupe has the sporty stylish design while maintaining its spacious interior. The Elantra GT with its hatch back gives you the cargo space you want while giving you the option to drive how you please with Driver Selectable Steering. Lastly, the 2012 Car of The Year, the Elantra Sedan is the perfect car for everyone. Its spacious enough to load it up and be comfortable while not compromising on gas mileage.

Safety:
Safety is key when picking out a new car. The Elantra Sedan doesn't mess around when it comes to this subject. This sedan offers 6 airbags, a driver's blind spot mirror and technologies designed to enhance traction, cornering and braking. This Hyundai earned a 5-Star overall safety rating in 2013 from the U.S. government, and a Top Safety Pick+ honor from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Performance:
This Hyundai Sedan gets 145-hp while the Elantra Sport gets an amazing 173-hp. The Sport will meet your need for speed. Maybe great gas mileage is your number one? Try the Hyundai Sedan SE with its 38 mpg highway. You can change the Elantra GT to one of three steering modes: comfort, Normal, or Sport. You can have it the way you want it.

Technology:
Are you a tech savvy person? Fill your need for technology with optional features like the beautiful seven inch touch screen with navigation and rear view camera, the proximity key with push-button start and of course Bluelink. Bluelink can coach you on your driving habits, give you turn-by-turn navigation, you can set a perimeter and know if your car has left it, you can even know if your car is out past a certain time. The list goes on and on with what Bluelink can do for you.

Come stop by today to test drive the Hyundai Elantra. Have any questions? Give our salesman a call at 940-243-6200. View our Elantra inventory here.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tires: The Soul of Your Vehicle



Tires are the only thing standing in between your car and the road. Your car can be in perfect condition but if your tires are not it will hurt your fuel economy, handling, braking, and overall safety of your vehicle. Its important to know the details of your tires. When picking tires there are three simple things our service manager says to look for:

1. Temperature - You should always buy tires with a temperature grade of A. The temperature grade show a tires resistance to heat as well as its ability to dissipate heat. The letter grade C is just meeting the standard and when we're talking about an investment this significant to the life of your car its important to find tires with an A grade.

2. Traction - Traction is graded by AA, A, B, and C. Traction grades refer to the ability to stop on wet pavement. When buying tires look for a traction grade of AA or A. Grades B and C do meet the standards but you will notice a difference with your traction.

3. Treadwear - When looking at treadwear a 400 treadwear versus a 200 treadwear will last twice as long. When buying tires look for at least a 400 treadwear if you are looking for tires for everyday use. Lower tread is used for sport cars, they are quieter and can go faster but wear out fast. The higher the number the louder they will be but also the longer they will last. Treadwear numbers should only be compared within a specific brand. One brand may give Tire X a 400 but another might give Tire X a 350. This doesn't mean the tire is any different the two brands just rate differently.

Spring is a big time for buying new tires because winter road conditions wear them out. If you are in the market for new tires give our service department a call 940-243-6233. Right now there are rebates on Goodyear, Dunlop, Yokohama, and Kumho. Click the links for details to get a great deal on new tires!
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