Shopping for a Used Hyundai in Milwaukee?

When it comes to purchasing a vehicle, you have basically 3 options – new, certified preowned, and non certified used.

What consumers don’t know is that Hyundai dealers are the only place with manufacturer trained technicians so they are experts on the that make.  They are more capable of finding or fixing known issues or recommending alternatives to costly repairs than a general mechanic at a local garage can.

To qualify as a certified preowned vehicle, a manufacturer-trained technician often times a master technician must ensure that the mileage, age and condition falls within Hyundai’s guidelines.

An extensive 150 point multi point mechanical and appearance inspection is performed.    An inspection check sheet is strictly followed to ensure consistency so no item is overlooked.  Any component  that does not meet the Hyundai CPO standards is repaired and replaced with Genuine Hyundai or Hyundai approved parts.  Vehicles not meeting or exceeding all of Hyundai CPO factory set standards are excluded

Selecting a Hyundai certified Pre-Owned vehicle is confidence choice.  Because Hyundai CPO vehicles come with a manufacturer backed warranty, are high quality and in like new condition.  That means less to worry about down the road


Check out our Certified Preowned Inventory at John Amato Hyundai Superstore Milwaukee

Hyundai Tucson IIHS Rating


We know that when searching for a vehicle, safety is a priority.  That is why when it is time to invest in your new vehicle, you should research the safety ratings from the NHTSA and the IIHS.

A 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA means a lot, but the IIHS is the only one that conducts the small overlap front crash test.  When you chose a vehicle that has earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick, you assume you are getting the best protection for you and your loved ones in any crash scenario.

The IIHS conducts its small overlap test on the driver’s side of the vehicle.  Protection was assumed to be symmetrical, but when the IIHS re tested eight small SUV that had earned a Top Safety pick it uncovered a shocking truth.

Seven out of eight vehicles rated “good” in driver’s side crash test only earned a rating of “acceptable”, “marginal” or “poor” in the passenger side test.  The only crossover SUV to earn the “good ” rating for passenger-side safety was the Hyundai Tucson 

We know when you choose a Top Safety Pick vehicle , you want your passenger’s safety to be included

Visit John Amato Hyundai Superstore Milwaukee to test drive the Tucson



2016 Mitsubishi Lancer Manintenance

We all know that maintaining  our vehicles  by performing regular auto repair and service is essential to getting the most out of your new or pre owned Mitsubishi Lancer.  Because we are dedicated to helping you do just that, our dealership has a state of the art auto repair and service center staffed with factory trained technicians ready to perform all needed maintenance and repairs.  Our auto repair service center in Milwaukee serves all the areas surrounding Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Waukesha counties.

As well as regular maintenance our experts can help diagnose any irregular that may occur.  Regardless of whether you car is a new or used Lancer our professionals will give it the TLC it needs.  When it comes to parts, including tires, Milwaukee Mitsubishi understands that the right components provide superb performance and handling from the highest quality standards.

For example, what if you Lancer’s check engine light comes on?  The following is a list of common causes for the check engine light coming on.  In order to identify your issue, please come into John Amato Mitsubishi to decode the problem:

Issue and Possible Solutions:

  • Gas Cap is loose- Tighten the gas cap
  • Oxygen Sensor (O2) may be bad
  • Spark Plugs may need replacing
  • Catalytic Converter may be faulty
  • Mass Airflow Sensor (MAF) is faulty


If the case is the Check Engine Light is indicating an issue with the oxygen sensor this could be very complicated if you try and do it by yourself

With each new model year, manufacturers are adding more oxygen sensors to better manage engine operation. Some high performance engines even have an oxygen sensor for each cylinder. There could be one on each catalytic convertor as well. The oxygen sensors are screwed to the exhaust pipe, either in front or back of the catalytic converter. The front sensors measure the amount of oxygen in the exhaust system to measure how rich or lean the gases are as they exit the combustion chamber.

Depending upon whether the exhaust gas is high in oxygen content, known as ‘lean’, or low in oxygen content, known as ‘rich’, the amount of fuel entering the engine is adjusted by the engine management computer to maintain an ideal mixture that produces the lowest emissions output from the catalytic convertor. The purpose of the rear oxygen sensor(s) is to monitor the oxygen content of the exhaust gases leaving the catalytic convertor. If one or more of the oxygen sensors are faulty, your car may not pass an emissions test. Driving your car with a faulty oxygen sensor may result in poor gas mileage as well as damage the catalytic converter.


  • Check Engine light is on
  • Poor gas mileage
  • Failed emission test

What your Mitsubishi professional mechanic can do if you suspect an oxygen sensor problem:

  • Scan the computer in the car for codes
  • Inspect for vacuum leaks and holes in the exhaust system
  • Remove and replace the oxygen sensor if it is bad
  • Check electrical connections
  • Check for proper operation of oxygen sensors
  • Clear diagnostic codes

Because cars depend on an ideal fuel-to-air ratio to function optimally, engine performance is heavily dependent on the oxygen sensors doing their job. When your oxygen sensors fail, your car will run less smoothly, get worse mileage, and have worse emissions

Contact John Amato Mitsubishi, Milwaukee Auto Service Department to schedule a consultation, auto service or repair appointment

Bad Credit Car Buyers : Understanding your Credit Report

If you’ve ever been faced with the hard reality of a bad credit score while trying to make a major purchase – especially something like taking out a loan or buying a car – you might know all too well the frustration that comes from denial after denial, thanks to your lousy credit history. To do that, you have to understand your credit history and why your score is so low – and without understanding your credit report, pretty much none of that is going to make too much sense.

That’s because your credit report is a vital tool for assessing your credit and determining what steps you need to take to improve your financial situation. Think of your credit report as a helpful tool that can indicate how you appear in the eyes of lenders, and what you need to do to bolster your reputation for future loans. By understanding and managing your credit report, you can turn your credit history around and secure the perfect loan for your next big purchase, whether it’s a quality used car or something even more substantial.

What is a Credit Report?

Briefly, a credit report is a collected listing of your loan history and your current credit accounts – information that is compiled, analyzed, and then used to determine what kind of borrower you tend to be. If you regularly pay bills on time and have no outstanding balances due, your credit score will be higher; if you have bills piling up and a bankruptcy on your record, your credit score is likely to be much lower. While no score perfectly encapsulates a borrower’s habits and lifestyle, your credit report gives lenders a good look at how you behave financially and what kind of risks they can expect to encounter when lending to you.

Your credit score is tracked by three credit reporting agencies – Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion – and consumers can check their credit score for free from each of these companies once a year at It’s important to check it often to make sure there’s no incorrect information or fraudulent activity – but not too often, as every single time you check your score it is reflected on the report itself, and too many inquiries can actually look suspicious to a lender.

Consumers can also purchase their credit report at any time from a number of credit agencies, and in many cases a borrower who is turned down from a loan or credit may qualify for a free report through the credit bureau used by the company that denied you service. This can be a good way to find any unexpected or fraudulent activity, which should be reported online and disputed as soon as possible to prevent further inconsistencies and inconveniences.

Certainly, the credit report as we know it is not a perfect document and fails to take into account a borrower’s personal situation and extraneous circumstances. The fact remains, however, that your credit score can and will be used to determine what kind of borrower you are, so understanding it and having a handle on why your credit score looks the way it does could be the difference between you driving off in that used vehicle and walking off the lot with yet another rejection in hand. With the knowledge of what your score is and how to check it, you can be secure in your financial standing for years to come.


Then schedule an appointment with a Credit Specialist at John Amato Hyundai Superstore.  We give more people more options.  Where we Finance your Future and not your past

What Exactly is Credit

Let’s talk about credit. It’s a word that gets thrown around a lot but most people don’t have a good understanding of what it means. And if you want to get a car loan, you’ll do better if you know something about the subject.

What Exactly is Credit?


When people use the term “credit,” they’re actually talking about one of two things.

In a simple sense, credit is what someone gives you when they allow you to pay for something later instead of now.

When the power company allows you to pay for your electricity after you use it, they’re extending you credit. When a bank gives you a credit card that allows you to actually pay for purchases when the bill comes, they’re extending you credit.

And when a lender gives you a car loan to buy a car now but pay for it over time, they’re extending you credit.

Then there’s the other way people use the term “credit.” In this way, they’re really talking about their credit history or credit score.


Your Credit History



How good are you at managing your money? That’s what all creditors, including people who make car loans, want to know about you.

You see, a creditor’s top priority is to get their money back, or get paid for the services they’ve already provided. What they try to do before extending credit is make some sort of judgment on how likely that is to happen.

That is, they want to assess the risk of lending money.

The best way to assess what kind of risk you are is to look at how you’ve managed your money in the past. Your credit history.

They look for things like whether or not you’ve consistently made payments on time, or if you have outstanding bills that you haven’t paid at all. They’ll also look at how much you owe to all your creditors combined compared to how much you make.


How do they find this information?


The Three Credit Bureaus


There are three consumer credit reporting bureaus that keep records of your credit history: Equifax®, TransUnion®, and Experian®.


All three try to get as much information as possible about your bill-paying habits, although it’s pretty common that they’ll each have at least some different information.

They also try to keep tabs on how much you make, where you work and have worked in the past, where you live, and how long you’ve been there. Even though these things aren’t a direct reflection of your money-management skills, they are often related.

The longer you’ve been at one job or one address, the more stable you tend to be. The more stable you are, the more likely you are to pay your bills when they’re due. And all that means lower risk.

Most creditors will look at this information to decide if you are a good credit risk. It can be a lot of information to sort through, so they came up with a shortcut.



CPO Program Review for Hyundai

If you purchase a used Hyundai from a private seller, the famous 10 year or 100,000 mile powertrain warranty does not carry over.  That is why you should purchase a Certified Preowned Hyundai from a Hyundai dealer.  In the certified program, the 10 year powertrain warranty is reinstated, giving drivers 5 years or 40,000 miles of coverage beyond what comes with a regular used Hyundai.  Hyundai CPO warranty is fully transferable and is also comes sometimes with special financing rates. John Amato Hyundai Superstore is Wisconsin #1 Certified PreOwned Hyundai dealer .  

Program Specifics


If you are interested in purchasing a used Hyundai, you might want to consider the brands’s certified pre owned program.  It offers an impressive warranty and a few other benefits that according to Hyundai add up to $2066 in added value over a standard used model

The main benefit of Hyundai’s certified pre-owned program is the powertrain warranty.  While most used Hyundai models lose the brand’s 10 year or 100,000 mile new vehicle powertrain warranty to a shorter 5 year or 60,000 mile plan, CPO vehicles have the entire powertrain warranty reinstated.  They also include the 5 year or 60,000 bumper to bumper warranty.  The result is great coverage.  For example, a 3 year old used Hyundai with 30,000 miles will have 2 years or 30,000 miles of bumper to bumper coverage and 7 years or 70,000 miles of powertrain protection.


Hyundai’s certified pre-owned program also offers a few other benefits, such as full warranty transfer-ability if you decide to sell your CPO Hyundai before the warranty expires.  The program also occasionally offers special financing rates.

Hyundai’s CPO program is with looking into.

Lease the Lancer

When it comes to leasing a new vehicle, our team recommends choosing one that offers the utmost of style, sophistication and modernity. Fortunately, when it comes to the 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer, it offers all of those things and more. With Mitsubishi’s renowned electronically controlled All-Wheel Control system, this year’s Lancer isn’t the kind of sedan that’s just about looks. Instead, it’s also about offering the ultimate in both traction and handling.

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Lease a new Mitsubishi Lancer that comes outfitted with this revolutionary All-Wheel Control system and you’ll never have to worry about what the road ahead may bring. Always monitoring the road below and intuitively transferring power and braking to its wheels, this system is one that will have you driving confidently.

If you would like to learn more about leasing a new Mitsubishi Lancer, or another vehicle from this year’s lineup, we encourage you to visit our showroom to speak with a member of our sales or finance team. With a variety of incentives and new vehicle specials available, you’ll be sure to get a great deal on a new Lancer in Milwaukee Wisconsin.     Milwaukee area newest Mitsubishi Dealer

2016 Hyundai Accent Safety Features

Peace of mind is well supported and enhanced by t the 2016 Hyundai Accent features.  It one of the top benefits for Milwaukee area drivers who love this subcompact, knowing that as much innovative technology and attention as possible has been implemented toward driver focus and occupant security.  The SE Sedan, SE Hatchback , and Sport Hatchback trims have top of the line details , which are reflected in their high rankings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Standard Brake and Steering Assistance that Makes a Difference

The 2016 Accent stands out because of key assistance features that are standard for its trims. Great emphasis is placed on the anti-lock brakes, which of course form the backbone of safe and secure driving. In addition to Brake Assist and Electronic Brake-Force distribution, Hyundai’s Vehicle Stability Management System utilizes a couple of components that further help drivers navigate a variety of terrains and situations. Electronic Stability provides individual braking in order to maintain the most effective control during road conditions. Traction Control also supports that balance, by applying power and braking accordingly to what wheels need them. Additionally, the hatchbacks have a driver’s blind spot mirror, which is optional for the sedan. Along with Motor-Driven Power Steering, this all comes together with the six airbag system that includes side-curtain and front-side impact points, to deliver comprehensive support within the vehicle.

4-Star NHTSA Ratings

Rollover, side, and front crash tests for the 2016 Accent resulted in 4-star ratings by the governmental agency designed to designate how vehicles react under trauma. Tripped and untripped rollovers in particular are quite serious, so one of the important considerations to make in purchasing a vehicle is how it ranks under these possibilities. The Accent also meets another critical test analysis of “out-of position” side air bag protection.

Experience the 2016 Accent’s Safety Features at John Amato Hyundai

Come stop at John Amato Hyundai, and check out how amazing the 2016 Accent’s safety features truly are! Set up a test drive and experience firsthand how great the Accent is


Hyundai Maintenance Tips to Get the most out of your vehicle

Today’s vehicles are lasting longer than ever before and as Hyundai is among the best build and most dependable vehicles on the market they still need TLC to ensure their longevity.  If you are looking to get the maximum miles from the vehicle that you purchased at John Amato Hyundai Milwaukee follow these tips for proper maintenance.

  • Regularly change the oil – This is pretty much maintenance task No. 1. Dirty or inadequate oil can cause damage to your engine, as it may result in overheating or lack of proper lubrication. Also, engine oil helps to collect and trap particles from the process of combustion. Be sure to check your oil level regularly and change your oil as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Check the timing belt – Every 50,000 to 70,000 miles have a qualified mechanic check your timing belt and replace it if necessary. A broken timing belt can demolish your engine, so a little preventative maintenance is a wise investment.
  • Maintain adequate tire pressure – When your tires are underinflated, your vehicle has to work harder to produce desired acceleration and speed. Over time, this extra exertion can put more wear and tear on the engine, causing it to age ahead of its time. It also costs you in decreased fuel efficiency. So, the next time you’re re-fueling, take the time to check your tire pressure and inflate your tires if needed.
  • Garage your vehicle – Keeping your vehicle in a garage will help protect it from extremes of temperature and the elements. This helps maintain the exterior appearance of your vehicle and can also reduce harm caused from exposure to the elements.
  • Change the air filter – Air filters play an important role in keeping harmful contaminants out of your engine. A clogged air filter will result in limited airflow to the engine and may allow contaminants in the engine. Change your air filter as recommended by Hyundai.
  • Check transmission fluid – Regularly checking your transmission fluid will also help improve the longevity of your vehicle. Transmission problems are expensive to fix and can often be the last straw for car owners wondering about whether to repair or trade off their vehicle. Making sure your transmission fluid is topped off and clean will help ensure proper operation of this important vehicle component.
  • Change the spark plugs – Old spark plugs can impair the efficiency of your vehicle. It’s wise to inspect your spark plugs every 30,000 miles or so to determine whether they are corroded and in need of changing.
  • Be proactive – When you notice something funny about your vehicle – unusual noise or vibration – don’t wait on a problem to develop before visiting your Hyundai dealership or mechanic. Catching problems early will help you avoid having them develop into more extensive issues.

Hyundai Elantra Wins International Design Excellence Bronze

In a press release from summer 2017  Hyundai Motor America reported that the 2017 Hyundai Elantra earned a prestigious accolade for its bold, outstanding and unique design. The recognition came n the form of the 2016 International Design Excellence (IDEA®) Bronze in the Automotive & Transportation 2016 Category.

One of the premier international design competitions in the world, IDEA aims to recognize and promote excellence in design across a range of industries. Conducted annually by the Industrial Designers Society of America, IDEA judging is based on the following criteria of Design Excellence: Design Innovation, Benefit to the User, Benefit to the Client, Benefit to Society and Appropriate Aesthetics.

“This top honor for the 2017 Elantra shows that Hyundai is committed to creating bold and extraordinary designs,” said Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group. “This award for the 2017 Elantra makes us proud and is a great recognition for our design leadership.”

If you’re in the market for a stylish new ride, come visit John Amato Hyundai Superstore Milwaukee  and take the award-winning 2017 Hyundai Elantra for a test drive. It will be our pleasure to assist you.

First Test Drive of Hyundai G90 Luxury Sedan

Genesis is the all-new luxury brand aimed at taking on the likes of Lexus, Infiniti, and established European rivals. Spun off by Hyundai, Genesis is the result of nearly a decade of deliberation within the Korean parent company, whose dedication has catapulted it from back-marker to industry leader, collecting accolades along the way for design, value, and safety.

The G90 is Genesis’s full-size flagship, but unlike some luxury cars based on non-luxury counterparts, the G90 isn’t a Hyundai with a fancy badge slapped on. It uses its own dedicated platform and is powered by one of two exclusive engines: either a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 or a 5.0-liter V-8, both available with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.

We drove the V-6-powered G90 in Milwaukee Wiscsonsin  and found the 365 hp engine hearty and smooth. A superb power band offers plenty of power at every speed, with peak torque of 376 ft lbs coming in as early as 1,300 rpm, aided by an eight-speed automatic transmission developed from the one found on the now-defunct Eqqus, Hyundai’s previous attempt at a high-end sedan.

Adjustable driving modes for the G90 include Adaptive, which can learn driving behavior and adjusts throttle response, shift points, and suspension accordingly. On long straight stretches of highway, we kept it in Adaptive mode and enjoyed a smooth quiet ride, aided in part by acoustic glass and a plethora of sound-dampening technology. Off the highway and up into the hills, we switched into Sport mode, which tightens up the steering and suspension, shifting at higher revs to maximize performance. The G90 is also equipped with an Eco mode for better fuel economy.

Genesis shines when it comes to design. Just as Hyundai (and sister company Kia) lured away former Audi designer Peter Schreyer to oversee the design direction of all of its brands, Genesis also poached former Bentley designers Luc Donckerwolke and Sang Yup Lee to work on future Genesis models.

“We made the decision on day one that design is what we are after,” says Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis and former head of the Western Region for Hyundai. The G90’s front grille is wide yet tasteful, with the Genesis winged emblem sitting atop. Stretched-back headlamps are accented with LED running lights in the air intakes below. A long hood and short overhangs hint at the car’s rear-wheel drive platform, while a distinct character line runs the length of the car into the wraparound taillights. The view from behind is just as elegant, with integrated dual exhaust pipes and an oh-so-subtle lip on the decklid.

The interior layout is as good as any in the luxury space, with an arrangement of knobs and hard buttons that look orderly, not overwhelming. A 12.3-inch high-definition widescreen display sits atop an analog clock and is flanked by handsome wood trim. A 17-speaker premium Lexicon sound system with 10-inch subwoofer comes standard, as do heated and ventilated leather seats with a wide range of adjustability. Even the front headrests can move back far enough to accommodate ponytails or man-buns, a trick we discovered with the help of one of the Genesis engineers. Other standard features include semi-autonomous functions such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and automatic braking with pedestrian detection.

Pricing details are expected to emerge in September, but Genesis executives say the Genesis G90 will cost more than the current Hyundai Genesis sedan, but less than any similarly equipped competitors, with deliveries slated to begin in September. Genesis covers maintenance for the first three years and offers a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. (


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