Monday, December 30, 2013

Hyundai MPG Program

In November of 2012 Hyundai announced that procedural errors at their testing operations in Korea resulted in overstated fuel economy ratings for approximately 600,000 Hyundai vehicles sold between 2010 and 2012. Hyundai sincerely apologized and wanted to make things right, introducing the Hyundai MPG program. This wonderful program is very simple to use and receive your reimbursement. 

First determine if your vehicle was affected by clicking here. If your vehicle model is on the list then your next step is to enter your VIN (vehicle identification number, to find your VIN look in your door jam or on your insurance card) into the reimbursement estimator. The reimbursement estimator will estimate your initial reimbursement and then you will fill in all your information to enroll in the program. Your next step will be to go into your local Hyundai service center to have them verify your mileage. If you come to Eckert Hyundai you don't even need an appointment, it will only take about 10-15 minutes then you will be on your way! You will receive a card in the mail from Hyundai with your reimbursement. Hyundai's faq page says you will receive reimbursement within 120 days of the claim submission, most Eckert Hyundai customers receive their reimbursement in about a month. The original policy was to reload the same card for each claim submission, however their policy has changed to sending a new card every time. The next time you want to submit a claim just stop by your local Hyundai Service center and they will submit your  mileage for you and you will get a new card in the mail.

Just released on December 23, 2013 was a new option to receive a one-time lump sum payment or you can decide to remain in the lifetime reimbursement program. The details on the one-time lump sum payment have not been announced yet. This option will be great for owners who it is not convenient to drive to a Hyundai Service center. Initial estimates show that if you own your vehicle for several years you will receive more through the lifetime program.

Have a question or want to make an appointment to have your mileage checked? Call our service department 940-243-6233. We are here for you!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Monthly Raffle Reminder

Don't forget to sign up for this months raffle! This month's prize is a FREE Oil Change. All you have to do is click here to enter.

Monday, December 9, 2013

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Review

The 2013 Santa Fe Sport won Crossover/Wagon of the year by Autobytel. It was also a 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick and received a 5-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. 2013 was a good year for the Santa Fe Sport and we are expecting great things for the 2014 as well.

The 2014 Santa Fe Sport is packed full of safety features that will make the parent in you happy. This Hyundai comes with 7 airbags to make sure you are covered from every angle. Two safety features that are must for SUV's are the Hillstart Assist Control and the Downhill Brake Control. The DBC gives you control when going down a steep hill and the HAC stops the car from rolling backward when starting on an incline. The Blindspot Detection System alerts you when an object is approaching your blind spot and the Rear Parking Assistance System helps you fit in those tights spots. You will be ready to take on the adventures that life throws at you with the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.

2014 Santa Fe Sport comes standard with a GDI 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that delivers 190 hp and 181 lb.-ft. of torque and gets an EPA estimated 27 MPG Highway. With the Driver Selectable Steering Mode, the Active ECO System, and the smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission you can get more miles out of every gallon of gas.

The technology options are endless depending on the package you choose. Want a 8" color touchscreen with navigation and rearview camera with rear parking assistance? Go for it. Want Bluetooth, audio controls, Homelink and Bluelink? You can have them too. Have multiple drivers in your family? The Integrated Memory System will remember how you like it.

The beautiful panoramic sunroof stretches from front to back. The ventilated front seats cool you off in the hot summer time and the heated steering wheel and front/rear heated seats will keep you warm all winter long. The incredible 550- watt Infinity Logic 7 surround-sound premium audio with 12 speakers will blow you away. The 2014 Santa Fe Sport has so many features you will just have to come in to see them all for yourself.

Come in today to view our 2014 Santa Fe Sport inventory and to see the model with the features you love most. Have questions? Call 940-243-6200 to speak with a salesman.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Problem Solving

Have you ever heard an abnormal sound in your car but couldn't find a way to describe it to your mechanic so he could understand? This can be extremely frustrating when you are fearful your car is in trouble but can't communicate the issue. Go Drive Magazine recently did a article called, "Detect Vehicle Issues With One of Your Five Senses." This article was too helpful not to share.

Step 1- Ask yourself these questions:
  • Where is the source of the sound?
  • What is happening when you hear the noise? Ex: sitting still, moving, turning, braking, accelerating.
  • When did the noise occur?
  • What were the weather conditions when the sound happened?
Step 2- Describe the sound:

Underhood Noises
Squeal — A rubbery squeal, especially one that is intermittent but growing worse over time, usually means a loose or worn serpentine belt, but it could also indicate a problem with a more expensive accessory component like the car’s air conditioning compressor, power steering pump or water pump.
Growl — Also could be a whine that is audible at all times, even at idle. This could mean one of the car’s accessories is failing. A groaning when you turn the car could also mean the power steering pump needs to be checked for proper fluid level or fluid condition.
Clatter — A metallic clatter coming from inside the engine could mean the engine’s valves are loose, or it could indicate a low oil level or the need for an oil change.
Hiss — Can also be a whistle. Hearing this under the car’s hood usually means a leak in a vacuum hose. Alternatively, a high-pitched whistle coming from the area near the serpentine belt could indicate an alternator that is being stressed.
Bubbling — A bubbling or gurgling sound means air is trapped inside one of the vehicle’s fluids, most commonly the antifreeze/coolant. You may also hear this sound from inside the vehicle, as the same liquid circulates through the car’s heater core to provide heat.
 Flapping — This could mean the serpentine belt is coming apart. Have it checked immediately.
Clicking — A clicking sound in the engine could indicate valves that are slightly loose from wear, an issue that, while noisy, is not particularly worrisome or indicative of broader mechanical problems. Many older engines exhibit this noise, which can sometimes be “cured” by installing specially formulated high-mileage motor oil or even synthetic motor oil.

Undercar Noises
Clunk — If you hear this when the car shifts gears, it could indicate transmission problems. Alternatively, if you hear a clunk when you put the transmission in gear, it could indicate worn U-joints.
Rattle — A rattling sound coming from beneath the car usually indicates loose exhaust components. It can also indicate a failed catalytic converter.
Whine — A constant whine when the car is in motion could indicate worn gears in the driveline, usually in the differential. It could also mean the differential fluid needs to be replaced.
Ticking — That ticking noise you hear whenever you turn the car off? It’s just the exhaust system cooling off. For once, nothing to worry about!

Tire/Suspension Noises
Knocking — This can also be a clicking or groaning. If you hear it from the tires or suspension when you’re at speed (say, above 40 miles per hour or 65 kilometers per hour), it could mean a worn constant velocity (CV) joint. If you hear it at low speeds, especially when you’re turning, it could mean a wheel bearing about to fail.
Squeak — A squeak coming from the suspension whenever you go over a bump usually means the rubber bushings that dampen vibration in the suspension system are worn. Can also mean the shocks or struts are in need of a closer inspection.
Clicking — If you hear a clicking sound that changes frequencies as you change speeds, chances are you have some foreign object either stuck in a tire or lodged between a wheel and brake or suspension component.
Howling — A tire that “howls” at high speed likely indicates an alignment problem. Alternatively, it could mean a worn shock or strut is allowing the tire to move slightly. Can also be accompanied by a vibration in the steering wheel.

Brake Noises
Squeal/Squeak — The most common brake noise (by which we mean noises you only hear when you apply the brakes). Usually this means that a metal wear indicator in the brake pad has been exposed, indicating it is time to have the brakes replaced. Can also mean a brake is hanging, which can be caused by old or worn brake fluid.
Clunk — Usually means that one or more of the brake components is loose. Requires immediate attention.
Grinding — A rough grinding noise indicates metal-to-metal contact, which usually means the brake pad has been worn through. Have your brakes checked immediately.

Now hopefully you will feel more prepared when describing your vehicles sounds to your mechanic.
Have one of these sounds you need to have checked out? Call our service department. They are here for you. 940-243-6233.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Holiday Toy Drive

Happy Holidays! This truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Time with family and friends, delicious food, and gifts you have been waiting for all year.

For some families this is the hardest time of the year. Parents who can barely put food on the table shouldn't have to worry about coming up with gifts for their children. That is where you can come in. From December 2nd through December 21st we will be collecting toys in our service department. To say thank you we will give you 5% off your service bill for each toy up to 10% off*.  Please help us bring some holiday cheer to children everywhere.

To schedule your service appointment click here or call 940-243-6233.

*Maximum discount of $250. Can not be combined with other offers.

Monday, November 18, 2013

How To: Jump Start a Dead Battery

Happy Monday! Hopefully you didn't wake up to a dead battery this morning. If you did would you know what to do? It happens, and we should all be prepared. Watch our fabulous "How To" video for a simple step-by-step explanation so you will know what to do if this happens to you.

Check out our How To Guides page for more service help. As always, if you ever have questions give us a call or reach out to us on Facebook. Sales: 940-243-6200 Service: 940-243-6233

Monday, November 11, 2013

3rd Annual Black Friday Breakfast

Black Friday is on its way and we know that it can be exhausting. Shopping from midnight through the rest of the day is hard work. We would love to offer you a time of rest to refuel. Come visit us on Black Friday, November 29th. We will be serving free pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice, and coffee from 9am to 11 am. You don't have to test drive a car, be a Hyundai owner or anything, just come on by and let the food feasting continue!

Of course we have our own awesome Black Friday deals. On the day of the event you can buy a $150 service gift card for $100. We are also offering a Free 2 year service contract with the purchase of any new vehicle! Click here for more details. RSVP on Facebook!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Monthly Raffle

The winner for the October Giveaway was Jan Brimmer-Nelson! She won a $50 gift card to Buffalo Wild Wings. Congratulations Jan!

Don't forget to sign up for this months raffle! This month's prize is a FREE Oil Change. All you have to do is click here to enter.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

2014 Hyundai Sonata Review and Walk-Around

The Sonata was ranked "Most Dependable Midsize Car" in the J.D. Power 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study. Since the 2013 Sonata was already amazing the 2014 Sonata didn't reinvent the wheel but it did make some pretty notable improvements.

Safety is a huge factor when picking a car and with the addition of the blind spot detection system your mind is put at ease. The Sonata is packed with six airbags to help keep you protected from multiple angles. The Vehicle Stability Management system is there to give you more control in those time when you need it. The Brake Assist helps you stop faster in times of trouble, even if you didn't hit the brake hard enough your car knows what you meant and breaks hard for you. Sounds like a car that is jam-packed full of safety goodness.

The 2014 Sonata 2.0T gets 274 horsepower and an EPA-estimated 32 MPG Highway. What kind of steering wheel control do you want? The Driver Selectable Steering Mode comes standard on ever Sonata. You can select from three modes: Normal, Comfort or Sport by simply touching a button on the steering wheel.

The Sonata’s available navigation system makes it a breeze to get where you need to go. You can use voice recognition to use your navigation without being distracted from driving. An available 8-inch color touchscreen audio system with rear view camera offers enhanced audio quality and rear visibility. Since we can't live with out our music, the built-in iPod/USB and auxiliary input jacks let you access your iPod through the audio controls, display track and artist information, even charge it as it plays. Homelink lets you turn on your lights at home and open your garage door. Bluetooth allows you to keep your hands on the wheel while making phone calls. Bluelink can help you find the best route home, tell you when you are going over a certain speed, and alerts you if your car has left a certain radius. The technology available on this car will blow you away.

There are a few additional features that must be mentioned. The Sonata Limited has an amazing power panoramic sunroof that must be seen, tube LED taillights, every seat in the car can be heated, and the drivers seat is also ventilated for those hot summer days.

Click to watch our 2014 Sonata Walk-Around.

View our current Sonata inventory. Call 940-253-6200 for questions or to speak with a salesman.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Winter Vehicle Check-Up

Winter is fast approaching. Before is gets here take a look at 5 things that need attention in your car. Once your car is in order you will be able to take on this winter season.

Cold weather is tough on batteries. It is good to get your battery condition checked before it starts to get too cold. Have your battery tested and charged if necessary to make sure you don't find yourself in a cold situation with a dead battery.  
Check your antifreeze, its what keeps your engine from freezing. You want to use a 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze, which can be tricky to do. We can check this for you or you can buy a tester at an auto shop.

Having your brake system checked is critical before driving on snowy or icy roads. Good working brakes will be the difference between your car making it in once piece or ending in a tree.

Tire pressure drops as the temperature drops. That means in the winter you should be checking  your tire pressure weekly. Tire tread is even more critical as the roads become icy. You don't want to find yourself sliding into something or someone.

Windshield Wipers & Fluid:
Wiper blades are only meant to last a year.  Can you remember the last time you had yours changed? Make sure they are in good condition as your windshield starts to freeze and snow starts to fall. Salt and dirt on the road love to stick to your windshield and when driving on snow or ice its even more crucial that you can see clearly. Top off your windshield wiper fluid because if you run out in bad weather you're stuck blind in your car.

Don't have time? Our service department will check all these things for free if you bring in this months coupon. If you have any questions call our service department at  940-243-6233 or ask us on Facebook.

Monday, October 21, 2013


Today is the start of something new. Something the world has never seen before. The Hyundai Fuel Cell Farm. What is it exactly? First we need to take a step back.

Running cars off of fuel cell technology has been an ongoing idea for many years. Recently we have seen this idea become a reality. What is a fuel cell? A fuel cell is a device that converts the chemical energy from a fuel into electricity through a chemical reaction with oxygen. Hyundai has developed a car, the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell, that uses a fuel cell to convert hydrogen into energy. This is huge since hydrogen is the most common fuel constituting 75% of the universe's mass. This means that there would never be a shortage of fuel. After creating this energy to run the car it then emits water vapor rather than the carbon monoxide produced by gas powered engines.

The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell gets 133 HP, has a top speed of 99 mph and 0 to 62 mph in 12.5 seconds, and has an operating range of 369 miles. Hyundai has plans to manufacture 1,000 vehicles by 2015 then 10,000 following soon after. This is a huge step towards an affordable solution to gas powered engines.

Back to the Hyundai Fuel Cell Farm. The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell is taking the water vapor it emits and is condensing it into water to filter into a fish tank. Then the aquaponics technology will harness minerals from the fish waste to grow vegetables on the farm. This project will be unveiled in London today, Monday October 21st. We drive using plant fuel but cars making fuel for people, that's a first.

Click to read more information about the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell and Hyundai Fuel Cell Farm.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Monthly Raffle

Don't forget to sign up for our monthly raffle! This month's prize is a gift card to a sports bar of your choice to cheer on your favorite team. All you have to do is click here to enter and if you win grab your friends and game night is on us! Go Cowboys!

Monday, October 7, 2013

October Food Drive

All of October we will be collecting non-perishable food items. Take 1% off your repair order for each item, up to 10% off!! Help us fill our box to give to those who need it.

Thursday, October 3, 2013


Congratulations Laurie! We hope you had fun at the Rangers game with your tickets!

Don't forget to enter again for a chance at this months prize!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Why a Fuel/Air Induction Service is Important

 (Dirty v Clean)

Fuel/Air Induction Service:

As you drive your car deposits begin to build up on your intake valves, injectors, ports, fuel injectors and combustion chambers. This happens when heat causes build up of carbon in your vehicle's engine. The deposits soak up fuel and restricts air flow. When this build up happens it can cause the vehicle to not perform properly by hesitating, having emissions problems, loss of power, rough idle, misfiring, hard starting, and in some cases not starting due to the throttle plate sticking shut. 

The Solution:

• Clean fuel injectors
• Clean throttle body
• Clean plenum and air-intake
• Clean intake valves and ports
• Remove combustion chamber deposits
• Correct balance of fuel and air in system

The Result:

A car that runs like new! Seriously. This will reduced emissions, restore horsepower, increase fuel economy, start and idle smoother and run quieter. Harmful pollutants are also reduced and the overall life of your car's engine can be prolonged.

Give us a call and we can help you schedule your service appointment 940-220-6758. This service is $89.00 but you can save when you bring your service coupon for $10.00 off, expires November 30, 2013!

Monday, September 23, 2013

The 2013 Hyundai Azera - More Than Extra Space

The 2013 Hyundai Azera is Hyundai's largest sedan to be compared with vehicles like the Chevrolet Impala, Buick LaCrosse, and Toyota Avalon.The 2013 Azera has all new features inside and out. The says, "It’s amazing other luxury automakers haven’t figured out the secret to designing these driver interaction systems so well. This is still feature packed like the rest, with full touch screen capability. The difference is it doesn’t make you mad and frustrated behind the wheel. It just works." The Azera comes standard with navigation, rear-view camera, leather seating, 10 way power driver seat, and front and rear heated seats. Not enough? We offer a technology package with a few fun extras.

The technology package includes:
  • HID Xenon headlights
  • 19-inch Hyper Silver alloy wheels
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Rear parking assistance sensors
  • Power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel
  • Integrated Memory System (IMS) for power driver seat, steering column and exterior side mirrors
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Power rear sunshade, Manual rear side-window sunshades
  •  Infinity® Logic 7 surround sound audio system with subwoofer and external amplifier (550-watt)
  • Interior ambient lighting
 Plus the 2013 Hyundai Azera comes standard with 293 horsepower, award-winning safety features, 123.3 cu. ft. of space, and so much more. Click the videos below to learn more about Azera's safety features, noise control, and engine.

View our Azera inventory. Questions? Call our sales team at 940-243-6200.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Monthly Raffle

Don't forget to sign up for our monthly raffle! If you are a Texas Rangers fan then this months giveaway will be your favorite yet. We are giving away two tickets to the last Rangers game of regular season Sunday, September 29 . The form to enter is on our Facebook page. Click here to enter. Good luck and GO RANGERS!!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The 2013 Hyundai Accent - Anything but Ordinary

The 2013 Accent may be budget friendly but its design and features are anything but cheap. Kelly Blue Book says, "Fresh from its complete makeover last year, the 2013 Hyundai Accent clearly displays the Korean car manufacturer's ability to inject seductive styling and innovative technology into an affordable, fuel efficient and fun-to-drive package." Edmunds says, "With handsome styling, relatively strong performance and solid build quality, the 2013 Hyundai Accent stands tire-to-tire with the best in a competitive class." 

The Accent is one of Ward's 10 Best Engines of 2012. Motor Trend named the Accent, "King of Subcompacts" because of their innovative and award-winning Gasoline Direct Injection engine.

What else do people have to say about The 2013 Hyundai Accent?

"The Accent is an entry-level car that doesn't feel like one, look like one or drive like one. And that's true whether  it's your first new car or your last", "the Accent was a joy", "the Accent is one of the most confident-handling and best riding subcompacts ever built" -

Sound appealing? We think so. Come in and test drive one today. See our inventory.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

How To: Unlock your Steering Wheel

You would be surprised by how many phone calls we get from customers with locked steering wheels. A lot of people go years with out this ever happening so when it does they don't know what to do. It can be extremely frustrating. So here are a few things to know.

Why it happens: There are a few spots on your car that are anti theft spots. If you park your car in one of these spots it will lock up and it won't allow you to turn the car on. Usually it happens when you have turned into a parking spot and your steering wheel is still in a turned position like the picture shown.

What to do: Whatever direction your wheel is turned when locked you just need to turn it a little more in that same direction to relieve the pressure and then start the car. In the picture shown you would keep turning it counter clockwise to relieve the pressure.

Something to keep in mind: This doesn't apply to vehicles equipped with a factory push button start  because they don't have steering locking mechanisms.

Hopefully this helps you! If your steering wheel does lock up and you need more assistance just give our service department a call and they will walk you through it. 940-243-6233.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Much to like in the 2013 Sonata

We've found that we just can't pin down the Sonata's demographic. It doesn't seem to have one place where it belongs. Its upscale look and economic price makes it perfect for a single on a budget. It's roomy and luxury sedan features make it perfect for a family. Don't just take our word on it! All these quotes below are from reviews in July alone!

"Better yet, the Sonata offers luxury features at regular family sedan prices. For example, the 2013 Sonata Limited comes standard with leather-trimmed seats, sunroof, fog lamps, alloy wheels, premium audio, push-button start, dual climate control and heated front and rear seats for less than $26,700." - Newsday

"The Sonata's sleek design, which has garnered a trophy case of awards, was so striking to friends and family that a few initially mistook this Hyundai for a Mercedes. Their impressions of upscale travel deepened upon entering the test Sonata Limited and seeing the stylish dashboard design."
- Newsday

"It's as big as an Accord, more fuel efficient than a Camry, and is as fun to drive as both best sellers. Though the Honda and Toyota sedans tend to be generally stylistic timid, the 2013 Sonata is anything but. With wedgy sheet metal, a bold grille, fashionably over sized headlights, and a distinctive chrome spear that starts at the headlight and runs back along the base of the greenhouse to the steeply raked C-pillars, the Sonata is a standout among its peers." - The Washington Informer

"Earlier this year, the car received the most dependable mid-size car award by J.D. Power and Associates in their 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). It was also awarded Kelley Blue Book’s’s coveted “5-Year Cost to Own Award” and named one of the “BEST BETS” by The Car Book, America’s first consumer car buying guide." The Washington Informer

When speaking of the Sonata Hybrid:

"Softer on the road than Ford's Fusion hybrid, crisper and tauter than Toyota Camry hybrid — probably the sweet spot preferable to a wide swath of drivers." - USA Today

"Well-furnished, as is typical of Hyundais. Examples of standard features optional on many midsize cars: dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, tilt/telescope steering column."
- USA Today

"Earlier this year, the car received the most dependable mid-size car award by J.D. Power and Associates in their 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). It was also awarded Kelley Blue Book’s’s coveted “5-Year Cost to Own Award” and named one of the “BEST BETS” by The Car Book, America’s first consumer car buying guide." -

Clearly the 2013 Sonata and 2013 Sonata Hybrid have a large following. To keep in theme with this month, think Sonata for your recent high school grad's new adventure...or start and adventure of your own.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Vehicle Basics 101

It's back-to-school time again. While making your to-do list be sure to make your car and your child's car a priority. The biggest thing is making sure they know what to do and what to look for because you can't always do it for them.
  • Teach them the basics! It's important for your car to have its oil changed, tires rotated, and fluids filed regularly.
  • Help them get a feel for their car. Open up the hood and show them the different parts. Most importantly show them all the fluids that they need to maintain. If they can learn to do this on their own and they can see how easy it is you will save money down the line.
  • Teach them to pay attention to sounds and smells. Make sure they know what a healthy car sounds and smells like so when something is going wrong they are able to catch it right away.
  • Don't let them ignore dash board lights. Its easy to think things aren't a big deal and can wait. Sometimes waiting will cost you so much more.
  • Lastly if they don't feel comfortable doing any of these things themselves or even feel like something is a little off make sure they know its okay to have it looked at. Better safe than sorry!

Don't have time to get your child's car back-to-school ready on your own? Make an appointment so we can do it for you and help you check something off your list of to-dos. 940-243-6233

Monday, July 15, 2013

Employee of the Month

June Employee of the Month

Most Initiative

In the car industry, having a good service department is a must, and the way to do that is to have great technicians. You will probably never see Russell Harbert if you come in to Eckert Hyundai because he will be hard at work in the shop but you can sleep well knowing your car is in his hands. Russell has an "uncompromisable dedication to duty and he takes the initiative to do his job and the job of others before he is asked to do it", says his fellow co worker. Russell is always on time and always here. He is someone you can rely on. He even helps in training the new technicians so we can be sure they are ready for the job.

His coworkers said, "Russell is very efficient. He is definitely energetic and upbeat. Extremely creative!!!!!!! He constantly takes initiative to try and get vehicles through shop quickly," and "Russell Harbert is always willing to help when needed and always keeps us moving to provide better service for our customers."

Thank you Russell for taking initiative and making Eckert Hyundai a better company. We appreciate you!

Family Crossover Comparison Recap

Automobile Magazine did a five day comparison on eight crossovers. The line up included the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse, 2013 Dodge Durango, 2013 Ford Explorer, 2013 Honda Pilot, 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2013 Mazda CX-9, 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, and 2013 Toyota Highlander. Automobile decided the best way to really get to know a vehicle was to do a road trip. Their destination, the Tulip Festival in Holland, Michigan.

Day one: They selected the above vehicles for comparison.

Day two: They did a few head to head comparisons. First the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2013 Dodge Durango and the winner was the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. Second was the 2013 Ford Explorer Limited AWD vs. 2013 Honda Pilot Touring 4WD and the winner was the 2013 Honda Pilot Touring 4WD.

Day three: They did a few more head to head comparisons. First the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse vs. 2013 Mazda CX-9 and the winner was the 2013 Mazda CX-9. Second was the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2013 Toyota Highlander and the winner was the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder.

Day four: Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Mazda CX-9. "The Mazda is the best driver's crossover, but it's too one-dimensional to be a family-friendly beach cruiser. We're as shocked as you are, but it seems like the new Hyundai Santa Fe is going to upset an Automobile Magazine favorite." says Christopher Nelson. The winner of this round? The Hyundai Santa Fe!

And next 2013 Honda Pilot vs. 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. "The 2013 Honda Pilot is functional, straightforward, and as boring to drive as it is to look at. The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is functional, too, but it leans toward passenger comfort rather than all-around utility. Because this reflects our own choices in the way we drive crossovers, the Pathfinder is awarded the win." says Christopher Nelson. The Nissan Pathfinder is the winner of this round.

Day five: The final day is here! Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Nissan Pathfinder. The winner was the Hyundai Santa Fe! We are so proud. Automobile has plenty of nice things to read about. They said, "The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe points the way forward. It is a vehicle that has its utility act together, yet doesn't sacrifice too much in terms of weight, power, and fuel economy to do so. It can easily be reconfigured into one of many forms depending on whether your destination is the school, the store, or the tulip farm in Holland, Michigan. It has the technology that you should have to ensure safe transportation for your family, yet not so much that the price will steal your breath away."

It sure steals our breath away!

Click here to view our current Santa Fe inventory.

Road Trip Ready

Schools out for summer which means... ROAD TRIP! Right? A lot of us will be packing our bags and packing our cars and heading out to the great beyond. Before you get going make sure your car can get you there! Here are a few things to check before putting your car in drive.

1. Make sure the coolant in your radiator is up to the full line. To be safe, be sure your car is cool before doing this.
2. Have your oil changed before any long distance trip.
3. Top off your windshield wiper fluid.
4. Check the levels of your break fluid and power steering. I think we can all agree that these are very important.
5. Tire pressure. Get out that handy dandy tire gauge and check your PSI. We are aiming for 35. You also might try getting your tires rotated. I know you can't really do this one at home, but if its been a while it would be a great idea before putting a lot of miles on your tires.
6. Check the pressure on your spare, and if you don't have one its time to get one. Make sure your jack and tools are in good working condition.
7. Keep a bottle of water and a roadside assistance kit in the trunk just in case.

That's it! Pretty simple but incredibly important. If you feel like you don't have time to do all these things yourself give service a call and set up an appointment. You can even schedule to have your car cleaned while its here. Road trips in clean cars are much more enjoyable. Service: (940) 243-6233.

Also don't forget to enter to win our giveaway this month! Its a road trip care package. Fitting huh?

Monday, June 17, 2013

Why drive a Sonata Hybrid?

I honestly didn't know very much about Hybrids other than they were supposedly good for the environment. So I thought I would do my research! It seems like the number one reason most people go for the Hybrid is to save money at the pump. With 35 city & 40 mpg hwy that would be my number one reason too!

The term Hybrid comes from the combination of a conventional gas-powered engine with an electric propulsion system.  The electric battery is powered by a concept called regenerative braking, which converts kinetic energy from braking into electric energy and stores it in your Hybrid battery.  In many cases, energy from the electric motor is all you need for low-speed driving. When you need a little extra power while accelerating or passing, your conventional engine kicks in.  Hybrids have a smaller, more efficient engine and use less gas than a normal engine but don't have the limited range that a typical electric car would have.

Hybrids also turn off the engine when your vehicle comes to a stop and automatically restart after the accelerator is pressed so that no energy is wasted while idling.  No wonder you use so little gas!

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid was the first non-plug-in hybrid with next-generation lithium polymer battery technology and the first ever Lifetime Hybrid Battery Warranty!

To "sum" up what I've learned about Hybrids...

Lifetime Battery Warranty + Great Gas Savings + Environmentally Friendly = 1 Great Investment

Eckert Hyundai has 3 2012 Sonata Hybrids left in stock and we have to sell them before July 1st!  There are HUGE discounts, so check out our final inventory here and call (940) 243-6222 for our discounted pricing!


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Employee of the Month

May Employee of the Month

Best Support Staff

With a constantly growing business and staff here at Eckert Hyundai, a good HR department is a must.  Most of her work is behind the scenes, but Carrie Burkey is certainly deserving of the Best Support Staff title this month.  Carrie started a new position at Eckert in August 2012.  Since that day, she has been processing payroll, managing benefits, and ordering supplies like a pro.  Without many procedures in place, she has kept us organized, compliant, and having fun in the office at the same time!

Her coworkers noted that she is "always a pleasure to work with," "ready to assist whoever needs the help," and "does a great job with a great attitude."  It is no secret that Carrie has a great smile and a kind heart.  We are grateful for her patience and wise choices-- especially when it comes to the Saturday lunch order!

Thank you Carrie for being so reliable and working so hard for our company!

AC not doing the trick?

Am I the only one who hates driving to meet up with my friends somewhere only to arrive covered in sweat because my AC just isn't cutting it?  It's Texas y'all and it's HOT.

Common air conditioning problems range from low freon to a broken belt to a faulty electrical component.  Use our current AC Service coupon to get a proper diagnosis and visual inspection of all your AC components, including the freon level, AC compressor, AC condenser, expansion valve and receiver-drier for cracks, damage, and leaks.

The most common problem, however, is a simple freon leak.  If our Hyundai-certified technicians determine that your vehicle is leaking freon, they will perform an AC evacuation and recharge.  This service entails draining the freon, vacuum testing for leaks, replacing the leaky hose or faulty part, and refilling the refrigerant to manufacturer specified levels.

Completing this service periodically will increase the cooling efficiency of your vehicle and keep you cool during the long Texas summer!

Make an appointment online or call (940) 243-6233 to speak with a service advisor.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Stranded at the Gas Station

What to do when your Gas Tank Door Won't Open

Does anyone else push the limits of their gas tank capacity like I do? My Veracruz tells me when I have approximately 20 miles or more left in my tank. Less than 20 miles and all I get is blinking dashes. I usually drive on that for a day or two before filling up.

Last Friday, I finally turned in to Quick Trip to rehydrate my SUV.

But my gas tank wouldn't open!

After my panic subsided, I called the Eckert Hyundai Service Department and they walked me through how to open my tank manually. In case you don't have them on speed dial, or this happens on the weekend, here is what you do...

1) Don't... Freak Out (imagine Chic's chorus here)

2) Open your trunk

3) Locate the manual fuel refill door release and pull. This might be inside a plastic panel or fastened to the carpeted side of your trunk. Your gas tank will open and you can refuel as needed.

4) If you link to tinker, you can try to adjust the door spring and latch device.  Inspect the pin and latch for any debris.  If the outward force on your door is not allowing the door to release, you might adjust the hinge spring.  Test the interior door release button.  If it works, tell your friends you are a Hyundai certified A technician.  If not, proceed to step 5.

5) Schedule an appointment with Eckert Hyundai online or call (940) 243-6233.  It is possible that a fuse has gone bad and needs replaced.  Our hours are 7:30am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday and 8am to 1pm Saturday.

Happy Hyundai Driving.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

April Employee of the Month

Most Efficient

Our Eckert Hyundai Employee of the Month for April is Bob Lentner our superstar Parts Manager. One of our many employees who work with family (his son Robert is our other parts department personnel) and who have been here for over a decade (11 years this September)! Bob was recognized this month by his co-workers for his efficiency. Bob has been in the automotive parts industry for 40 years and his experience and leadership show through in his meticulously organized department.

One of his co-workers wrote: “Bob has amazing organizational skills, this leads to his excellent efficiency at work. Bob doesn't mince words and is laser focused so superfluous actions do not impede his process. He is amazingly knowledgeable so he doesn't have to waste time getting information that does not lead to his providing the solution to your problem. His experience leads to the amazingly efficient parts department that is lean and mean, he is able to keep on hand just what is needed to allow repairs to be done in a faster manner. Bob is super!”

Bob is super indeed! We are proud to acknowledge this Dallas Stars loving Grandfather of 9. His hard work (he can often be found up here on weekends and has the largest collection of unused vacation days at Eckert Hyundai) and dedication to his craft have helped Eckert become the dealership it is today!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Employees of the Month

Leadership Award

Eckert Hyundai is excited to announce Dave Hornbuckle as February employee of the month!   Dave's leadership skills, positive attitude, and work ethic are just a few of the outstanding traits that Dave is recognized for. One of his co-workers mentions that “Dave takes initiative and he is good at motivating people”. 

As a leader in our service department, Dave consistently upholds the highest levels of compliance in the service industry and is always willing to share his knowledge and expertise with his fellow co-workers. Dave is also known for having a great sense of humor which makes him a pleasure to work with. 

Dave has been providing Eckert customers with exceptional customer service since May of 2007 and and we are proud to acknowledge him for his hard work and dedication. Thanks Dave, and congratulations!

Most Innovative Award

Eckert's March Employee of the Month is James Colman. James is the finance manager here at Eckert and has built himself a strong reputation of getting deals financed, no matter what the circumstances.  James is being recognized for his innovative ideas and strong work ethic in following company standards while delivering the highest level of customer service to his customers.

James joined Eckert Hyundai in February 2010, bringing with him 14 years of finance experience. He is known to to think outside of the box, often trying new lenders or new products in order to offer better solutions to our customers. James shows no signs of slowing down in his approach to consistently meeting the demands of his position. All of us here would like to give James a pat on the back and say “Way to go, James”!

* Due to timing issues, we are highlighting 2 outstanding employees this month!

Monday, March 18, 2013

2013 Santa Fe with 3rd Row

The newest Santa Fe revision is an exciting release for the Hyundai line.  As a mom of 3 little ones, I'm most excited about 2nd row captains chairs for minivan functionality without the minivan stigma.  I'm still holding out for sliding doors on a "cool" car or SUV, but here are some of the appealing features the new Santa Fe does offer: 
-NEW- Stain and odor resistant cloth seat
-NEW- 5,000 lbs towing capacity, increased from 3,500
-NEW- Blue Link Telematics System
-Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System
-NEW- Driver Selectable Steering lets you choose comfort, normal, or sport steering and suspension mode
-NEW- 7 total airbags including driver's knee airbag and side curtain rollover sensors 
-NEW- Heated steering wheel
-NEW- Heated 2nd row seats
-Navigation with 4.3" or 8" touchscreen
-Rearview Camera
-115-volt power outlet
-Panoramic Sunroof
-NEW-Manual rear side sunshades
-Remote keyless entry with alarm, 18" or 19" alloy wheels, steering wheel mounted audio and cruise control, power driver and passenger seats, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, dual temperature control, auto-dimming interior mirror with HomeLink and compass, power rear liftgate and more.

To tell you the truth, you are going to have to experience the smell, touch and feel of this SUV in person.  Like my drivers license picture, a photo just doesn't do a girl (or a vehicle) justice.  Call (940) 243-6200 or to schedule a test drive.

See our Inventory and Get a Quote Here

Monday, January 28, 2013

Employee of the Month

Best Salesman Award

Stan Becker was voted Eckert Hyundai's January Employee of the Month by his peers for his customer service, professionalism, and his outstanding sales achievements. Stan has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry and has been an integral member of our sales team since December 2000.

Stan's coworkers describe him as self-motivated, organized, helpful and likeable. His smile is contagious and he is known to consistently meet or exceed his customer's expectations.

Recognition and congratulations for all of your extra hours and hard work Stan, thanks from those of us who work with you at Eckert Hyundai. Way to go!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Hyundai gets 2nd Place in Car MD Ranking

2 AWARDS: Fewest Percentage of Check Engine Related Problems & Lowest Average Repair Cost

There are many costs associated with owning a vehicle:
1) Initial Purchase Cost
2) Maintenance Cost
3) Fuel Cost
4) Insurance Cost
5) Depreciation or Trade-In Cost

Hyundai does pretty well for themselves in all of these categories but a recent report from carMD supplies evidence of Hyundai's outstanding value in the maintenance department.

Since Hyundai offers a 10 year Warranty, they are more and more committed to quality vehicles that cost less and less to own and maintain.  For instance, remember timing belts?  Well, they are a thing of the past.  All new Hyundai vehicles are equipped with a timing chain, which saves you a trip to our service department and about $350 every 60,000 miles!

Want another nifty fact from this report?  The most common "check engine" type repair for newer vehicles is... drumroll please... a loose fuel cap!

Can you believe that 27% of check engine problems are caused by such a simple fix?  So next time your check engine light is on, check that your gas cap is on and tightened and you will, again, save yourself a trip to our lovely service department.

We do miss you, by the way.

Check out for the complete report.

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