The 2012 Hyundai Genesis Ownership Experience Blog – New Car Prep & Mods

by Future Auto Design

As mentioned in my previous post, I drove my brand new 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R Spec from the dealership straight to my detailer, Kevin.

I purchased the car on a Friday morning.  I had made a 2pm appointment with the detailer a week prior, so I had to keep the dealer focused on delivering the car before lunch.  I arrived at the detailer a few minutes prior to my appointment, and after 15 minutes of chatting with Kevin, the manager, I was on my way home in my cousin’s Jeep.  Kevin kept my new car overnight on Friday.  You have no idea how painful it was to not be able to play with my new toy the first night, nor knowing if the car was safe!

The following is the list of what was included in my new car prep package and tint package:

  • Hand Wash and Dry
  • Clay bar treatment of all exterior paint and metal surfaces
  • Machine polish, glaze and wax of all exterior paint
  • Rims, tires and wheel wells cleaned and dressed/protected
  • Headlight and tail light plastic polished
  • Clean and shine door and trunk jams
  • Exterior glass cleaned to a streak free shine
  • Paint Sealant applied to all paint and allowed to cure over night before wax is applied
  • Aquapel Hydrophobic window treatment applied to all exterior windows to make water afraid to even come near the glass
  • Full window tint (35%) – sputtered metal film for better heat and UV rejection, reduced fragmentation of glass in case of accidents – lifetime warranty on film and labor

In addition, I asked him to rebadge my car, so he also did the following:

  • Full KDM rebadging – hood, trunk lid and wheel center caps

For those of you unfamiliar with the origin of the Hyundai Genesis, here is a quick explanation of the “rebadging”:

In Korea, the Genesis and Equus have distinct badging, and there are no external indications that these vehicles are in fact Hyundais.  Think of the Genesis and Equus as the Lexus/Infinity/Acura of Hyundai in Korea.  That is probably the best way to describe it.  The Genesis badge is a set of wings, with the words “Genesis” in the center of the badge itself.

I was able to order a set of front (hood), rear (trunk lid), and wheel center cap badges from a Korean dealer on Ebay, for approximately US$40.  It took less than a week to receive the shipment from Korea, and I was happy to see authentic Hyundai OEM packaging on all parts.

The hood and trunk lid badges came with guide posts and 3M tape backing.  I removed the front badge posts with a dremmel kit, since the US-spec Genesis does not have a badge on the hood.  The rear posts fit the US-spec trunk lid holes perfectly.

The wheel center caps have several clips in the back, and clip right onto the 19″ R Spec wheels – they are a direct replacement of the lazy H center caps that came with the car originally.

At 1:00pm on Saturday, my fears subsided as I drove up to the garage and saw the car. There’s only one word to describe it:  STRIKING:

Paint after the detailing described above

Do yourself a favor:  find a reputable detailer in your area, and have him/her do your new car prep for you, instead of the dealer!  It is so much easier to protect and maintain your new car paint than it is to correct it at a later date.  Trust me on this.

Couldn’t be happier with my purchase!


Obi March 28, 2012 at 2:01 am

Nice ride. Took it for a test drive over the weekend at the auto show, and it’s pretty amazing.
Just that the stiff suspension means you feel every bump on the road.
You could leave out the hood badge. It’d look more slick that way!

admin March 31, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Thanks. I like the ride… and yes, it is stiff, but I’m used to that type of feel anyway. I like the hood badge too, I wanted to go for the Korean OEM look :)

But I hear what you’re saying about “slick” – it looks incomplete to me without it.

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