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Hyundai maintenance: cost, plans and service schedule

Expect below-average maintenance and repair costs

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    Whether you’re considering buying a Hyundai or you already have one, it’s important to know how much they cost to keep on the road.

    We’ll cover how Hyundai’s upkeep costs stack up against other automakers’, what you can expect to spend on maintenance and repairs for your Hyundai and how you can potentially save on these expenses if you plan to keep your Hyundai long-term.

    Key insights

    • On average, it costs $468 per year to maintain and repair a Hyundai, according to RepairPal.
    • Hyundai offers three years or 36,000 miles of complimentary maintenance on new vehicles.
    • Hyundai vehicles also have arguably the best new-car warranty in the industry, but the powertrain warranty term is considerably shorter if you’re not the vehicle’s first owner.
    • An extended warranty can help you avoid paying for repairs after your factory warranty ends.

    Are Hyundais expensive to maintain?

    RepairPal claims that Hyundai vehicles cost $468 per year to maintain and repair on average. That’s well below the industry average of $652 per year and only slightly above brands with strong reputations for reliability, such as Honda and Toyota.

    MakeAverage maintenance and repair costs*
    Hyundai $468 per year
    Honda $428 per year
    Toyota $441 per year
    Ford $775 per year
    BMW $968 per year
    *According to RepairPal

    It’s important to note that the $468-per-year figure is the average of every vehicle in Hyundai’s lineup, even though estimates for individual models can vary considerably. As an example of these differences, let’s take a look at some different Hyundai models and their estimated yearly upkeep costs.

    ModelAverage maintenance and repair costs*
    2018 Hyundai Elantra $420
    2018 Hyundai Tucson $329
    2018 Hyundai Santa Fe $515
    *According to RepairPal

    These statistics also include both maintenance and repair costs despite the fact that these expenses require you to budget in very different ways. (Maintenance costs tend to be lower and more consistent, while repair costs tend to be higher and more occasional.)

    Let’s dig a little deeper into what these costs can look like for Hyundai owners, starting with Hyundai’s recommended maintenance schedules.

    Hyundai maintenance schedule

    While some automakers have uniform maintenance recommendations for every vehicle, Hyundai designs distinct maintenance schedules for its models. That means you’ll have to check your owners manual, Hyundai’s website or resources from your local dealership to find out exactly what maintenance services your vehicle needs and how often.

    Example: 2022 Hyundai Tucson maintenance schedule

    Just to show you what a Hyundai maintenance schedule looks like, we pulled the recommended maintenance plan for a 2022 Hyundai Tucson and included it in the table below.

    Oil and filter change Every 8,000 miles
    Tire rotation Every 8,000 miles
    Multipoint inspection, including your air cleaner filter, battery, brakes and suspension Every 8,000 miles
    Replace climate control air filter Every 16,000 miles
    Larger inspection, including your parking brake and fuel system very 16,000 miles
    Air cleaner filter replacement Every 24,000 miles
    Brake fluid replacement Every 48,00 miles
    Spark plug replacement Every 96,000 miles
    Coolant replacement Every 120,000 miles

    Scheduled maintenance for severe driving conditions

    Hyundai recommends more frequent maintenance for vehicles that are driven in severe conditions or routinely pushed to the extremes.

    For example, if you were to drive the same 2022 Tucson we mentioned above in severe conditions, Hyundai would recommend getting an oil change every 5,000 miles instead of every 8,000.

    Hyundai maintenance costs

    The cost of maintenance is fairly easy to calculate because you know when it will be needed. That means you can check what your mechanic charges for the services listed on your Hyundai maintenance schedule and map out those costs over time to create a budget for yourself.

    Hyundai also offers three years or 36,000 miles of free maintenance on new vehicles, so you may not have to pay anything for maintenance if you bought a new Elantra or Santa Fe. With Hyundai’s Complimentary Maintenance Plan, owners receive free:

    • Engine oil and filter changes
    • Tire rotations
    • Multipoint inspections
    • Hyundai genuine oil filters
    • Hyundai-recommended oil

    These plans won’t cover more frequent maintenance than what your owners manual recommends, though, so you might still have to pay for some maintenance if you routinely drive in severe conditions.

    Example: 2018 Hyundai Elantra maintenance costs

    To give you an idea of what maintenance for your Hyundai may cost you, we got estimates for a 2018 Hyundai Elantra in Austin, Texas. Just be aware that prices for your vehicle in your area may differ.

    Tire rotation $58-$74
    Oil change $156-$179
    Transmission fluid change $186-$206
    Front and rear brake pad replacement $619-$691
    Spark plug replacement $238-$278
    *According to RepairPal for a 2018 Hyundai Elantra in the 78705 ZIP code

    Hyundai repair costs

    Repair costs are tough to estimate because breakdowns can occur unexpectedly. Also, because repair services tend to be more expensive than maintenance services, they can skew averages if you look at too small of a sample period.

    The better you take care of your Hyundai, the less likely you are to deal with expensive repairs.

    For example, RepairPal claims that the average Hyundai costs its owner $468 per year in maintenance and repairs, but you likely won’t have many years where you actually spend that amount. It’s more likely that you’ll have some years where you only pay for maintenance and a few years where you pay significantly more because of a large repair bill. This should even out to about $468 per year, but your budget will need to deal with more volatility than that figure suggests.

    That’s why it’s important to know what repairs might cost — you need to budget for them differently than you budget for maintenance.

    Example: 2018 Hyundai Elantra repair costs

    Here are some estimated repair costs for the same 2018 Elantra we got maintenance estimates for above.

    Water pump replacement $577-$641
    Head gasket replacement $2,131-$2,475
    Catalytic converter replacement $2,162-$2,202
    *According to RepairPal for a 2018 Hyundai Elantra in the 78705 ZIP code

    The key to budgeting for repair bills is correctly estimating how likely you are to need an expensive repair. For example, a head gasket replacement is almost always going to be a very expensive fix, but you might not ever need that repair if you choose a reliable vehicle. So, how is Hyundai’s reliability?

    RepairPal gives Hyundai a reliability rating of 4.0 out of 5, ranking it fourth out of 32 car companies. RepairPal’s data also shows that Hyundai vehicles average 0.3 visits to the repair shop each year, which is slightly below average. There’s also only a 10% chance of the problem being severe, which is below the industry average of 12%.

    At the time of publishing, new Hyundais have a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. For context, that’s arguably the best new-car warranty on the market. However, it doesn’t last forever, and Hyundai actually shortens the length of its powertrain coverage to 5 years/60,000 miles from the original purchase date for anyone that’s not the vehicle’s first owner. And once your factory warranty is gone, you may be on the hook for expensive repairs.

    Author’s note: As a professional mechanic, there were many years when Hyundai cars were known for being unreliable. We had gotten to know every problem and issue that the brand had because many of the cars would suffer the same fates. However, in recent years, Hyundais have become far more reliable, inching their way up to nearly the top of the reliability charts.

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      How can an extended warranty or maintenance plan help?

      Prepaid maintenance plans and extended warranties can help you save money on maintenance and repairs, respectively, but it’s important to find the right ones if you want to come out ahead financially.

      Buying a prepaid maintenance plan lets you lock in a price for maintenance services that’s often lower than what you’d pay later on. That means you can save money if you shop smart, and you can potentially save even more if there’s inflation or a price hike between when you buy your plan and when you eventually get your maintenance done.

      If you’re more concerned with paying for repairs after your Hyundai factory warranty ends, you should consider an extended warranty. These plans pay to repair your vehicle after a breakdown. However, there’s no guarantee that your warranty will save you money in the long run, so it’s important to do your research and be aware of the pros and cons of these types of plans.

      Hyundai actually sells both prepaid maintenance plans and extended warranties, but it’s important to remember that it’s not your only option. To find the right plan, we recommend shopping around with different maintenance plan or extended warranty companies and getting multiple quotes for your vehicle. That way, you have the context to know if you’re getting a good deal.

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      ConsumerAffairs writers primarily rely on government data, industry experts and original research from other reputable publications to inform their work. To learn more about the content on our site, visit our FAQ page. Specific sources for this article include:
      1. Hyundai, “Recommended Maintenance Schedules.” Accessed March 13, 2023.
      2. Hyundai, “Hyundai Complimentary Maintenance.” Accessed March 13, 2023.
      3. RepairPal, “Hyundai Repair & Maintenance Costs.” Accessed March 13, 2023.
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