Hyundai Accent- 5 Things To Consider When Buying A Used One

Feb 01, 2021
Hyundai Accent: 5 Things To Consider When Buying A Used One

Flexible and affordable, the Hyundai Accent is one of the go-to cars for budget-minded shoppers. It’s a thrifty car that is feature-packed, including a very decent fuel mileage and low maintenance for spare.

In Riyadh, you can get a 2012-2016 model easily. The four-door sedan model with available features like16-inch alloy wheels, projector headlamps, leather-wrapped accents, automatic climate control, etc. The sunroof option is also there in some models.

Accent is known for its lightweight structure. It has a direct-injected four-cylinder engine that delivers a great power-to-weight ratio in the segment. It means you will get above-average performance within its class. The accent also has ample headroom and legroom.

Hyundai Accent offers a generous warranty, which means that even a used car might benefit from coverage. Look for models that are around 2-3 years old to get an almost new-feel at a decent price.

Most car-owners give the option of a test drive. At, we give you the verification service option to check all the essential features of a used car before giving the go-ahead. You should check the Accent’s headlights for any signs of cloudiness in the lenses, condensation, discoloration, or other issues that may degrade light transmission. 

Tip: Some previous Accent owners have said that Accent’s after-dark headlight performance is not that great. But you can overcome the problem by simply replacing the bulb.

Premature brake system component wear has been reported as a problem by many. Considering the safety aspect, it is recommended that you get a mechanic to investigate further if any concerns are noted. If you are doing the test yourself, apply light, moderate and full braking at several points during your test drive and at various speeds. 

Here’s what you should look for:
  • A feeling of vibration through the vehicle’s front-end or brake pedal
  • Keep an ear out for any scraping or squealing sounds in the process
  • Check if it is a soft or weak brake pedal.
Tip: If the car seems to need new tires, bodywork, worn pads and rotors, do factor it into your pricing negotiations.

Accent models have had issues with shock absorbers. Many previous owners have complained of replacing factory shock absorbers at relatively low miles. Over time, the suspension system wear is normal. But excessive bouncing and rebounding, in addition to unwelcomed clunks, pops or snapping, are signs that the suspension needs some attention. 

Tip: You can check the noises by slowly and sharply turning over a bump, for instance, while pulling into a driveway over a thin curb.

GDI Valve Gunk
Hyundai Accent operates on a Gasoline Direct Injected (GDI) engine. It is prone to excessive and harmful deposits of valve gunk if certain precautions aren’t taken, especially with Riyadh experiencing many dust storms. Many owners don’t go for the advised yearly DGI cleaning services. 

Tip: Based on a diagnostic OBD scan, a stored ‘MISFIRE’ trouble code may be a sign of excessive valve gunk buildup. In that case, say NO to the used car.
If you are looking for a used Hyundai Accent, we have quite a few available at:
You can also try our ‘Verify Before Purchase’ service. For a fee of SAR 150, we will verify the condition of the car for you.
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