Author: Coleman Molnar - www.driving.ca
A delivery driver from Quebec who drove his 2008 Hyundai Elantra nearly 1 million kilometres over the last decade is being recognized as an outstanding owner by the brand.
For his exceptional stewardship of his ultra-high-mileage Elantra, a Hyundai dealer in Granby, Quebec gave him an exceptionally good deal when he traded it in for a brand-new 2020 Hyundai Kona.
Meet Jocelyn Roy, a Saint-Hyacinthe resident who bought the vehicle used with 30,000 clicks on the odometer back in 2011. Since then, he's driven it an average of 107,000 km per year, year after year, for nine years.
"I have always taken great care of my vehicles. When you drive as much as I do, you don't really have a choice. You want to protect your investment," says Roy. "Even with proper maintenance, I expected the vehicle to need some major work or rebuild at some point — but it's never needed it."
It wasn't even that the Elantra stopped working after 900,000-plus km — Roy simply wanted an upgrade, something with an automatic transmission and some more modern features. When he brought it in to Hyundai Granby, the same dealer he'd purchased it from in 2011, they offered him a sweet deal on the trade-in for a 2020 Kona.
"When Mr. Roy came in looking for a new Kona, he mentioned that he wanted to trade in his Elantra," said Olivier Fournier, Sales Manager at Hyundai Granby. "We knew that it had high mileage and was exceptionally clean for the distance it had driven. Once I learned that it had nearly a million kilometres on it, I was amazed!"
The Elantra's odometer is currently sitting at 999,311, with the dealership staff carefully coaxing it up to the 1-million mark. Check the gallery above to see what a 1-million-km 2011 Elantra looks like.
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