Woman discovers more than car at Planet

Jodi Lynn Spatz brought her 2011 Sonata to Planet Hyundai Sahara in May for service. She drove out of the dealership with a brand-new car and someone special in her life.

The New York native now owns a 2013 Elantra Limited and said she can’t imagine a better car deal. She has a new car and a boyfriend in Planet Hyundai Sahara delivery specialist Bob Higdon.

“I was very tired at the end of the day and Bob was the last person I saw in the buying process,” she said. “I sat down with him and told him I just wanted to go home after a long day. Bob wasn’t anything like your stereotypical car salesman and I just thought he was an overall character.”

While Spatz said she didn’t have any idea that she’d get a new car earlier in the day, the deal for the Elantra was too good to pass up.

“I got the car for the same lease payment I was paying before,” said Spatz, who has lived in Las Vegas for six years. “I now have power leather seats, power moon roof, upgraded sound system, front and rear heated seats and turn signals that are incorporated into the mirrors.

“And I found the man of my dreams, too.”

When Spatz was sick and needed serious surgery earlier this year, Higdon stayed by her side.

Spatz said she is enjoying driving her new car, which has a four-cylinder engine and surprisingly has more pep than her six-cylinder Sonata.

“I am absolutely amazed at the four-cylinder engine in this car,” Spatz said. “It’s so powerful and very responsive. It’s a very peppy car.”

The Elantra engine is rated at 148 horsepower and comes with a six-speed transmission. It also gets better gasoline mileage than her previous vehicle.

“She will get 30 miles per gallon around town and close to 40 on the highway,” Higdon said. “The new model was improved with the additional horsepower along with the six-speed transmission. All of that adds to the sportiness and performance of the car.”

Each Hyundai comes with a 10-year, 100,000-mile engine warranty and a five-year, 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.

“I feel so safe with my Hyundai,” Spatz said. “This car has everything including performance, handling, excellent fuel mileage and the entire package that comes with the Limited edition. You get so much including Bluetooth, Shiftronics and the supercomfortable interior.”

Planet Hyundai Sahara is at 7150 W. Sahara Ave. The locally owned umbrella list of dealerships also includes Planet Hyundai Used Car Superstore, at 7100 W. Sahara Ave., and Planet Hyundai Centennial, 6200 Centennial Center Blvd.

Call 702-938-1400 (Sahara); 702-483-2200 (Centennial) or visit www.planetlv.com for more information on the dealerships.