Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Toledo, Ohio USA
I started looking for a phev Ioniq at the two local Hyundai dealerships here in Toledo, OH. The first dealership had a couple hev Ioniqs on the lot so I test drove one of those. They didn't know how or if they could get a phev Ioniq. After some investigation, they thought maybe they could get one but it wasn't clear how, or when, or how much it would cost. Apparently they do not get to choose what vehicles get delivered to them from the factory. And they were not sure how/if we could order one specifically. It was confusing, probably because they didn't know how the process might work, they were more interested in selling me a hev off of the lot, and they were continually vague about the costs. Eventually they suggested that it would probably cost $30,000 if they were able to get a phev for me. I think this would be before taxes and fees which was about $5000 more than MSRP. But they were always so evasive with pricing that it is hard to tell.
I went to the second local Hyundai dealership but it is owned by the same family so I didn't expect much. The salesman there tried to convince me that the car I really wanted was an Elantra. I already knew what I wanted so I didn't waste any more time there.
I started searching for the phev Ioniq on Cars.com. This was just as the phev version was being released in the US and there were not a lot to choose from. I wanted a base model white phev Ioniq and found a few in NY, NJ, and MA. One dealership in NJ would not deliver the car to me so I would have to find a way to come get it. I didn't like the idea of driving a car with a brand new engine across the country at highway speeds, paying for a plane ticket, or arranging to have it towed, etc. The car in NY sold before I could make an offer.
I negotiated with the dealership in MA over the phone for the total cost (car, fees, registration, taxes, and delivery to OH). We agreed on $28,300 total out the door. I think the delivery probably cost about $500 but it wasn't broken out so I don't know. (I had called a couple trucking companies when I was investigating my options and their costs ranged from $500 - $1000). This salesman then tried to charge me $300 more than our agreed price. Thankfully I had an email with our agreed price and terms. After that it took about a month and a half to actually get the car. It was a long wait for me. Partly because I was buying the car from 12 hours away sight unseen and after they tried to cheat me out of more money I could not trust them anymore to deliver the car as promised. And this was compounded by the dealership's terrible customer service. Trying to get them to respond to emails or phone calls was terrible. But the wait was short compared to what some on this forum have experienced.
I wish the phev Ioniq was more widely available. But in the end the car arrived, it drives great, there were no problems, it's the perfect car for me, and I would do it again. Good luck finding one for yourself.
p.s. - After the whole thing was done I wondered if it would have been easier/closer to find a phev Ioniq in Ontario Canada and then just drive an hour or two home. But apparently this is not allowed? I didn't really look into it in much detail.
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