Boston natives purchase Hyundai on New Year’s Eve

Boston natives Karen and Alan Amerault started 2014 on the right foot after buying a 2013 Hyundai Elantra on New Year’s Eve from Planet Hyundai, 7150 W. Sahara Ave.

Having a Hyundai is nothing new to the Ameraults, though. They bought their first Hyundai 10 years ago.

“We bought our first Hyundai from Mirak Hyundai in Arlington, Mass.,” said Alan Amerault, who retired from Polaroid in 1999. “In both cases, I read up on the Hyundai in Consumer Reports.’’

The Ameraults traded in a 2004 XG 350 L four-door sedan.

“Overall, it’s been a good car,” Alan Amerault said. “Considering that this car is 10 years old and has 108,000 miles on it, it was just time.”

The Ameraults capitalized on Planet Hyundai’s sale and were lucky to find a 2013 still on the lot.

“I had received Ron Youn’s Planet Hyundai business card close to two months ago,” Alan Amerault said of the dealership sales consultant. “I brought our old car in for service and started looking at other cars.”

Karen Amerault picked the new car’s color. She originally chose a Boston red model, but then chose desert bronze.

“The Boston red was a little too bright for us,” she said. “The desert bronze was the ideal alternative.”

The couple said they love the 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty that comes with the purchase of a new Hyundai.

“To me, it’s the same warranty we had 10 years ago,” Alan Amerault said. “I’m really happy they still have it. If we ever move back to Boston, I know that our Hyundai dealer there will honor it, too.”

The couple also praised Youn.

“He was very knowledgeable about the car business and he also knew how to approach the customer,” Alan Amerault said. “He never pressured us and we had very good conversations that were lengthy and informative. We told him what we were looking for and he was very accommodating.”

Planet Hyundai Sahara is part of a locally owned and operated group of dealerships that also includes Planet Hyundai Centennial at 6200 Centennial Center Blvd. in the northwestern valley and the Planet Hyundai Used Car Superstore at 7100 W. Sahara Ave. The Superstore features a 5-acre lot of preowned vehicles of nearly every make and model, including some high-end luxury cars with low mileage and only one previous owner.

For more information on the dealerships, call Planet Hyundai Sahara at 702-938-1400 or Planet Hyundai Centennial at 702-483-2200; or visit