Save Money With Your Trade In

If you are in the market to buy a new or slightly used car in Guelph, one of the best ways help pay for that investment is by using your existing car as a trade in.  It is really quite simple: trade in your car, get a new one, save money.

 

You do not have to trade in your old, used vehicle to Milburn Auto Sales.  You could spend hours and precious money having it detailed and then taking all manner of pictures of it and then posting it online for sale.  You could deal either with no activity for weeks on end or deal with buyers who persistently try to lowball you with offers that are simply unrealistic.  There is an old saying that is very true.  “Time is money.”  If you are spending all of your time trying to market and sell your used car in Waterloo, how much money are you wasting when you could actually be using that time for work?

 

There is a misconception that auto dealerships pay far below market value for buying used vehicles.  It may be true that a dealership is not in a position to pay full market value for your car or truck, nor should they be expected to.  Keep in mind, once they accept your trade in, they must then incur the cost of cleaning it and servicing it and marketing it.  There are carrying costs for the dealership to have them hold on to your vehicle while they try to find a buyer for it.

 

If you deal with a used car dealership that has integrity and professionalism, you can feel confident that you will be offered a fair price for your trade in so that you can get a new one.  This way, it is a win-win for all parties.  You have unloaded your used vehicle at a fair price and applied its’ value towards the purchase for a new car, and the dealership has just earned a new customer, hopefully for life!

Looking At Your Vehicle Needs

Are you in the market for a new or used vehicle, but aren’t quite sure which one to choose?  With thousands of different vehicles available, deciding which type of  used car in Guelph would be best for you may become frustrating.  You want to make a wise investment, and purchase the best car possible.  Here are a few areas that may help you decide whether a car or an SUV would be more beneficial to your lifestyle.

You first want to determine the primary function of the vehicle.  Will it be transporting the entire boys’ soccer team to practice?  Will it be taking you to work and around town on errands?  If you have a large family that you drive around on a regular basis, you may want to consider a SUV.  A SUV allows everyone to have their own space, making for a comfortable drive.  You won’t have to worry about fitting everyone in the car, and you have plenty of storage space for groceries, strollers, and other supplies.  You can even have a media center installed for added kid entertainment.

If you are single or have a small family, a car might be a better option for you.  You may not need the extra space that the  used SUV  in Guelphprovides, and you will enjoy getting better gas mileage in your car.  Cars are also great for road trips consisting of 4 people or less.  The adding savings in gas money can go a long way.

Safety issues are another consideration when purchasing a vehicle.  If you live in a snowy climate or enjoy going up in the mountains for recreational purposes, a SUV may be a safer choice.  While some cars are good in the snow, they may not be as reliable as a SUV with 4-wheel drive options.

Choosing between a car or an SUV is simply a matter of functionality and personal style for your family.  After factoring in the cost of gas, the amount of miles you drive regularly, who will be riding in the car, and the amount of space that is available, you can make an educated decision on which vehicle to choose.

At Milburn Auto Sales, we offer a large selection of all makes and models of used cars and used trucks. Visit us today at www.milburnautosales.com

Get All Of Your Quality Service Needs Met Here

You want nothing less than fantastic service when you need maintenance or repairs for your car.  That is why you should get your car service in Guelph here!  We offer a staff of qualified mechanics to keep your car in its best running condition, as well as caring and friendly customer service representatives.  Since you have probably been coming to us for quite awhile, you will see familiar faces among the reputable staff, who will carry on professionally while giving you service as if you were family.  You will be getting the type of service that you might have thought no longer exists.

 

You may have used an auto service place that touts fast and inexpensive service, but if that means that the job is done in a hurried fashion, it is not meeting your needs.  Places advertising that no appointment is necessary could be under time constraints that interfere with the quality of the service.

 

Turn to the ones you know you can trust by getting your used car in Guelph serviced  here!  We offer service that you know we will stand behind.  You will be able to go online to make an appointment, or call to reach one of our staff if you prefer speaking to someone.  You will get an appointment that will ensure that an appropriate amount of time has been set aside to address any issues.  When you choose service with us you are welcome to use our shuttle service so that you can still get other things done while your car receives its needed attention.

 

There are even more reasons to get your car service in Milton. We offer a broad range of assistance in getting all repairs easily resolved, whether they are issues under a warranty or not.  Our commitment is to stay current with the latest training and tools to provide premium service.  We have a total of sixteen bays to insure you service when you need it and we stock the best brand name parts and supplies for you.  It is not all about functional needs either; we also offer auto-body services and detailing to keep your car beautiful!

The Importance of a Safety Kit in Winter

Winters in Canada can be a fun-filled time of adventure and exploration.  Whether you love to ski or snow shoe or ice skate, the snow here offers so many wonderful experiences for us Canadians.  Getting stuck in the snow, however, is not one of them.  This is why it is important to keep a safety kit, in case of breakdown in winter.

 

Part of keeping you safe in the winter is keeping your  used car in Kitchener in good working order.  Have the fluids checked regularly, make sure your tires have plenty of tread and keep up on their rotation.  Make certain you have quality wiper blades and that the solution lines are not clogged.

 

Keeping your used car in Guelph in good working condition will reduce the likelihood of a breakdown, but even taking all of the necessary precautions, you cannot guarantee you won’t have problems.

 

Be prepared with a well-stocked safety kit, in case of breakdown in winter.  Items you should keep include jumper cables, basic tools like pliers and a screwdriver, road flares, extra containers of fluid such as motor oil, antifreeze, transmission and brake fluid, a good flashlight, a first aid kit, lots of clean rags, an aerosol tire inflator, road flares and a roll of duct tape.  You can never have enough duct tape.

 

You may think this is a long list, but if you pack them right, they should take up only a minimal amount of space in your trunk.  These items you should keep at all times, but this is does not complete the list of what you need in your safety kit, in case of breakdown in winter.  Some necessary additional items stay safe during winter driving conditions include blankets or sleeping bags, extra clothing, good winter gloves, candles with matches.  Tire chains are a must as well as a towing strap.  You never know how long you may be stranded before help arrives, so pack water and food, some reading material and a survival guidebook.

Looking for car service in Guelph? Let Milburn Auto Sales get your vehicle ready for winter. Book online today!

2011 Mercedes Benz GLK in Guelph

 

Still young by new-model standards, Mercedes Benz’s 2011 GLK350 is carving a place for itself among luxury SUVs. Still in its first generation (the vehicle made its debut in 2009, as a 2010 model), its robust package of toughness and luxury combines with a competitive sticker price that appeals to status-conscious buyers on an entry-lux budget.

View available trims for the 2011 Mercedes Benz GLK350.

The test model this week in our Autonet labs (by which I mean ‘the streets’, as we don’t have actual labs) is showing off its capable four-wheel drive system along with its premium interior during some low-temperature urban driving.

The overall size is very manageable in city use (the C-class based GLK is the smallest of the Benz sport-ute family), with agile handling and tight, connected steering feel that inspires confidence on the slippery motorways.

One nice thing about the full-time four-wheel system (which MB brands “4Matic” and I always confuse with Volkswagen’s “4Motion” system) is that it allows me to be the gallant one when encountering oncoming cars on streets narrowed by snow banks. When I encounter some terrified citizen coming toward me in a 2WD subcompact on streets with no room to pass, it’s easy to just crawl up onto the banks and let him/her by.

Riding on a suspension tuned to straddle the line between on-road and off (they’ve named the system Agility Control Suspension), the GLK is at its smoothest when traveling at higher speeds; the slower I go the more I feel the bumps and crags of the streets.

The feel of the pedals, either brake or accelerator, is the stiff, performance-oriented feel that I find in virtually all Mercedes products; supremely responsive and not difficult to get used to.

Power comes from a 3.5 litre gasoline engine capable of 268 horsepower (and potential 258 lb.-ft. of torque). My GLK tester has no problems getting up to speed, and the climb to highway velocity is quick, smooth and near-seamless with the vehicle’s standard-issue seven-speed automatic transmission.

The outward appearance of the ute is one of the best interpretations of utility vehicles Mercedes makes. The company has kept the proportions under control, without trying to overwhelm the eye with faux-tough guy oversized fenders or front end; but the GLK still exudes toughness from the faceted and cleanly sculpted sheetmetal.

The cabin, especially the front seats, reminds a driver what Benz is all about: executive comfort and tinges of understated luxury. High quality materials abound, with metal-flecked accents glinting on the dash and console letting occupants know they’re experiencing an upscale machine.

A panoramic, power moonroof yawns over both rows, providing light throughout and without compromising headroom in the vehicle. The second row seats, while getting decent overhead space, are a bit short-changed in the legroom department; though I suppose that’s dependent on the size of the passengers.

Of course, all the techno-trappings of a luxury vehicle are on display in the GLK cabin; Bluetooth connectivity, backup camera, large screen display for the human-machine interface (which can get somewhat fiddly to navigate around in, using primarily a console-mounted knob-and-switch affair that will be familiar to most people who have driven German vehicles from a number of makers) and a hard drive based navigation module.

The GLK is proving itself to be a nice combination all around of readiness and roadworthiness, in a manoeuvrable, right-sized package that doesn’t come at a painful price for people shopping premium utility vehicles.

Available in basically one trim, the GLK350 4Matic can be optioned higher with add-ons and packages (like a 600 watt LOGIC7 sound system, if you simply must have one), but starts at a competitive price point for this segment. Our test model, without additional toys, sports a sticker of $43,500, which competes well against similarly appointed luxury midsize utes whether from Japan, Germany or North America.

Source: Autonet.ca

Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Buy That Car

It may be time for you to purchase a new car for yourself. However, it can be tough to know whether or not you should get a new car or a used car. Here are 6 questions that all car buyers need to ask themselves before making their next purchase in order to determine whether or not they should buy a used car:

What’s my budget?
If you have a limited budget, you may definitely get more out of a well maintained used car – as long as it is in good condition and has low miles.

Does the car come with a warranty?
Many used cars have warranties from the dealership or from the manufacturer. Always ask about a warranty before you make a purchase.

Is the used car in good condition?

Many used cars are in like-new condition, with perfect engines and low miles. However, if a used car is in poor condition, it may be more of a hassle to maintain than it’s worth.

Does the used car meet my needs?
While you may be in a situation where you need a new car fast, it doesn’t mean that you need to compromise your car-buying goals. Determine what you need from your new vehicle before you even begin to shop for a  used car in Milton. For example, do you need a mini-van to haul around kids? How about a truck for contracting work? It’s important to buy a car that suits your needs, even if it means waiting.

Can I make car payments?
Whether you buy a new car or a used car in Guelph, you will still probably have car payments that you will need to make. Always analyze your budget to determine if you can truly afford to make those car payments on a regular basis for years to come.

Do I plan to resell the car?
If you plan to resell your car in the future, it may be a good idea to start with a new car, rather than a used car in Kichener. A new car may have a higher resell value, since you will be the primary owner. However, a late model used car could also be as valuable when it’s time to resell it. Buying a used car can be tough and daunting. Just remember: always do your research in advance in order to determine what cars are available on the market for your price range. It’s important to find a used car that meets your needs and falls within your budget – even if it requires some patience to find just the right car.

3 Ways to Pick Your Next Car

Just about everyone that has ever tried to shop for a new used car in Kitchener knows that it can be tough to pick exactly the right used car from the lot. After all, car dealerships often seem to have many different models of used cars to choose from; it’s not like shopping for a new car where you know what model you want and just get to select the features.

Here are some tips to help you pick your next used car out of the lot of hundreds of used cars:

Make a List

Make a list of all of the features that you want from your next used car in Milton. Do you want a gas-saving coupe? How about a travel-ready SUV? Does the car need to have special features, such as a sunroof, XM Satellite Radio, third row seating, or ample trunk space? How do you plan to use the car? If you plan on going off road or driving in the snow, should you look for a car with all-wheel drive?

By assessing your basic needs, you will be able to quickly narrow down which choices do not meet those basic needs almost as soon as you step on the used car lot. From there, you will be able to make more detailed decisions, such as which special features you need to have in the car.

Talk to a Mechanic

Every car owner should have at least some working knowledge of cars that can help him or her operate the car effectively, such as how to check the oil. However, when it comes to purchasing a used car, it is always a good idea to either have the used car in Guelph looked at by a qualified mechanic, or to have a mechanic give you a few pointers for what to look for.

For example, you probably know that if anything is hanging off of the undercarriage of the car, the car might need some maintenance. However, would you know how to look for a cracking timing belt, which might break soon down the road? How about signs that the oil has not been changed regularly, as is healthy for a car? Take some time to ask your mechanic for a few tips that can help to make or break a successful car purchase. When possible, always have the car looked at by a mechanic before purchase.

Be Patient

A new car, even if it is used, is a substantial purchase. Therefore, be sure to be patient. Look around at several dealerships for the right car before settling on one. Read classified ads. Check for cars online. By being patient and looking around for what’s available, you’ll understand what types of cars are within your price range, how much mileage you should expect to get for your price range, and you will be a more savvy shopper when it comes to making that big purchase.

Again, buying a new car is a big undertaking, but it’s one that you shouldn’t have to do on a regular basis if you take your time and make wise decisions up front. Be patient, do your research, and evaluate your needs prior to stepping onto the used car lot. Making a plan will help you get the most out of your budget and your needs.

How to Use Our Web Site to Learn More About Used Cars

If you are in the market for a used car  in Kitchener and are looking for more information about used cars, buying policies, or dealerships, then we invite you to take a closer look at our Web site. Our Web site is loaded with information that can help you find the right used car for your needs, find the best prices for used cars, and start the process of getting a used car loan.

Here are just a few ways that you can use our Web site to learn more about getting a used car in Guelph:

Inventory

Whenever you buy a large item, such as a used car, it is important to be sure that you know as much as possible about that purchase before you buy. In order to help you get as much information as possible about our huge inventory of used cars, we have a Web site that is loaded with photographs and information for each of the used cars in the lot. This online inventory includes specific information about our used cars, including information about mileage, accessories, year of the car, and more.

Trade-in

Many of our customers trade in their existing cars for a percentage off of the cost of the new used cars in Guelph that they buy from us. If you think that you will be trading in the car that you currently own when you buy your new used car, then take a look at our online trade-in evaluator in order to get a general idea of how much money you could save by trading your used car in. We have a link to the Canadian Black Book, which provides approximate values for used cars. Of course, we’ll be able to tell you more information after as inspect your used car!

Credit application

Many of our customers also take out loans in order to buy their used cars. If you think that you will be taking out a used car loan, then start the process from the comfort of your home or office by completing our online credit application. The online credit application will help us to learn more about your financial history and specific financial situation. We can then use this information to develop the right loan for your needs.

At Milburn Auto Sales, your used car dealer in Guelph, we look forward to helping you get the best used car for your budget and lifestyle. Contact us today for more information or to get started!

What to Do When Buying a Used Car

Whether you have bought many used cars or are thinking about buying a used car for the first time, the process of buying a used car in Guelph can be intimidating. Not only do you need to be sure that you are making the right long-term decision when you buy a used car, but you also need to be sure that the used car you select is one that you can really afford. Therefore, we always recommend that our customers speak with one of our dealership before buying their used cars so that they can be sure that they are making the best long-term decision for their budget and lifestyle.

Here are a few things that we recommend that you do before buying your used car in Kitchener:

Go over your budget and financing options

One of the most important things for many of our used car customers is budget. The budget for your used car may include the amount of money that you are able to spend for the used car in Guelph today or it may include the amount of money that you’ll be able to repay on your car loan for several years to come. Therefore, there are many options for financing and budgeting – depending on your comfort level and needs. We are proud to offer several different types of financing options that can help you to more easily afford to buy your used car and to ensure that you have low monthly loan repayments. Contact Milburn Auto Sales, your used car dealer in Guelph for more information or to discuss your options.

Look around

Many of our customers spend months researching used cars. They not only want to know what types of used cars are on the market, but they need to know what features and options they can afford to get on their used cars. Because there are so many options and variables out there, it’s important to be sure that our customers take as much time as they need to find the right car for their lifestyle and budgets. Our dealers can also help our customers to determine which cars are best for them by listening to their needs and making suggestions.

Inspection

Of course, it should go without saying that all used cars should be thoroughly inspected before you drive them off the lot. We inspect every used car inside and out to be sure that they are safe and reliable. We also attach a warranty to used cars that we sell so that our customers can have peace of mind for years to come knowing that their cars are protected.

Contact us today to get started buying your used car or for more information that can help you select the right used car for your needs.

How to Get a Same-Day Auto Loan

If you are thinking about buying a new or used car in Guelph with an auto loan, it’s important to us that you have all of the information necessary to make a wise auto loan decision for your needs. Here’s some basic information that you can use to secure a same-day auto loan through our dealership so that you can drive away on the same day that you apply for the loan:

Understand the auto loan process

When you apply for an auto loan in Guelph, it is important that you are aware of what getting an auto loan entails. You will need to repay the auto loan over a period of several months or years, so it’s important that you understand how an auto loan works and what your responsibilities are. One of the best ways to learn more about how an auto loan works is to speak with one of our experienced lenders either in person at our dealership or over the phone.

Apply for a loan

Once you have a clear understanding of what an auto loan is and what your responsibilities will be, you’ll need to complete the credit application. The credit application is a basic form that you’ll use to supply us with information about your credit history and current financial situation. Based on our analysis of your credit application, we’ll develop several different loan options that you can choose from when it’s time for you to get a loan.

Speak with a lender

When you speak with a lender, we’ll review your credit options with you. Again, these credit options will be based on your loan application and each option will be uniquely designed to suit your financial situation and needs. The lender can provide you with more information about how these different options impact your credit situation and your buying power.

Select the right option

Once you understand the difference between all of the loan options, it’s time for you to take out the loan that best suits your lifestyle and needs. After you have selected the right loan, you’ll be able to find the right car for you that meets your financial restrictions and allowances.

We look forward to helping each of our customers get the best auto loans for their needs. Contact Milburn Auto Sales today to get started securing the right auto loan in Guelph for you…and getting it on the same day that you apply!