Simrat Sooch of Stoney Creek, Ont., was a true believer in electric vehicles.“The first one I had was very reliable,” said Sooch, so he didn’t hesitate to trade up.He bought a 2017 Ioniq made by Hyundai. Sooch was its second owner.
The vehicle had already been driven 69,000 kilometres but the warranty covering the electric charging system and battery was good for 160,000 kilometres.Sooch told Global News he was confident in the purchase.“I figured I wouldn’t have any issues with it,” he said.But in October, a warning light appeared on his instrument panel. He took the car to the dealer, but technicians couldn’t find a problem.
The light went out.Two weeks later, Sooch said the vehicle stopped charging and the Ioniq was back at the dealership.After diagnostic checks, he said technicians determined the battery needed to be replaced.The quoted cost, including the battery, installation and taxes came to more than $50,000.“I was just floored.”The battery failure happened at 172,345 kilometres. The 160,000-kilometre warranty had recently run out.“I felt like I got kicked in the privates,” Sooch said in an interview.
He said he had two choices: pay to repair the vehicle or scrap it.Sooch chose the latter because the cost of repairs exceeded the value of the vehicle.He had approached Hyundai Canada, hoping it would pay for all or part of the repairs, even though the warranty had run out. He said he was directed back to the dealership and he had given up.Global News contacted Hyundai and gave the Korea-based automaker several days to investigate Sooch’s case.Jennifer McCarthy, Hyundai Canada’s national manager of public relations, said that “comprehensive diagnostic tests were not completed on the vehicle … (and the vehicle) …. Read more on globalnews.ca