Hyundai Offers Lump-Sum Settlements to Buyers Disgruntled with MPG Misstatements
Following a flurry of lawsuits by Hyundai and Kia buyers who were upset by what they believe are deceptive mileage claims by these auto makers, Hyundai is now offering to settle individually with buyers who believe there is a discrepancy between the advertised fuel economy and what they actually get with their cars. If this affects you, read more about the program on this AutoBlog post. There is also a separate program involving a lump-sum settlement for those owners who have already filed suit. There have been a number of news reports in the past year relative to auto makers’ mileage claims, and it’s a somewhat complicated issue. Actual mileage can vary from vehicle to vehicle, and driving habits have a big impact on the numbers. According to the EPA, there may be changes in how vehicle mileage is reported on car labels. The EPA currently tests only 10-15% of new cars each year (that’s less than 200 overall) and relies primarily on the auto makers for fuel economy data. One engineer stated that in the real world, a driver should expect average mileage of about 20% less than the maker states. Buyer beware is always the lesson here – so if you’re relying on those MPG ratings on the new car sticker to make fuel economy comparisons, keep in mind that there may be some “fudging” of the numbers going on. Contact SkipChips today. Not in the Minneapolis metro area? Schedule SkipChips to come to you.