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.

Get the Best Possible Car Financing Today

No matter what your credit score is, you can get a same-day car loan that is competitive and easy to afford. We proudly offer car loans to all of our customers – even those customers with bad credit or no credit. Getting a car loan through us can not only help you get the right car for your needs, but it can also help you improve your credit score for years to come.

Here are a few things you need to know about getting a same-day car loan today:

Complete the credit application

Anytime anyone applies for a loan, it is important that they complete the credit application as the first step in the process of getting the car loan. The credit application will help us to learn more about your credit situation and financial history, which will make it easier for us to design a car loan program that meets your budget and lifestyle needs. Our car loan application is available online so that you can get started easily from the comfort of your home or office. However, you can also come on down to our dealership to get started in person, if you’d like.

Speak with a lender

Once we review your credit application, our lenders will develop several different loan options that will suit your specific financial needs. These loan options are customized for your credit history and budget and should be easy for you to afford. However, it is important to remember that you are responsible for repaying the car loan, so it is important that you are comfortable with the car loan in Milton that you select. We are happy to discuss the various options that may be available to you in our loan program and can determine several different financial arrangements that may be just right for you.

Select your options

Once you know what your monthly loan repayments and spending allotment will be, you can select the loan program that is just right for your needs. Again, we will provide you with several options, but it’s up to you to feel comfortable with the final choice. Once you make this choice, it’s time to select the right car for your lifestyle and long term needs that also matches your budget.

Contact Milburn Auto Sales, your used car dealer in Guelph today to learn more about our car loan in Guelph or to get started applying for a loan. We’re happy to help you get the best possible loan for you and your family.

Top 4 Reasons to Get Your Used Car from Us

 

We are extremely proud of the level of customer satisfaction that our customers have when they work with us to buy their used cars in Milton. Not only are we dedicated to ensuring that each of our customers gets the right cars for their needs and lifestyles, but we are also interested in ensuring that our customers get the best financial arrangements when they buy their used cars from us. If you’re in the market for a used car, we’d like to give you a few reasons why buying your used car in Kitchener from us can be a wise move:

Great financing

One of the top concerns amongst all of our customers is financing. Our customers are not only interested in getting the lowest possible price for their cars, but they are also interested in getting great car loans that they can easily afford to repay for years to come. We offer great financing opportunities, including special programs, trade-in programs, and even car loans that suit all budgets. Contact us for details or to learn more about the financing opportunities that may be right for you.

Huge selection

Finding the right used car often requires that customers look through dozens of different types of cars. We have a huge selection of used cars that our customers can look through in order to find the best options, features, and vehicles for their needs. Our customers can also test drive these cars to see how they handle before they buy!

Inspection

It is essential that every used car is inspected thoroughly to ensure that the used car is not only expected to run when the customer takes it off the lot, but we also want to make sure that the used cars we sell will run for years to come so that our customers can save money and know they have a reliable car. Ask us about what is covered by our inspection; you may be surprised by how exhaustive it is!

Warranty

Even though we are confident that every used car in Milton we sell will hold up for years to come, we still make sure that our customers have a warranty for the cars. This warranty helps to give our customers peace of mind that we will be available to service their cars if they need any assistance. Many items are covered by our warranty; ask us for details!

Contact Milburn Auto Sales, your used car dealer in Guelph today to get started finding the right used car for your needs on our lot. We look forward to working with you!

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.

What You Need to Know About Inspecting a Used Car

Whether you are buying a used car in Waterloo from our dealership or are buying a used car from a private party, it’s important that you inspect the vehicle yourself before you buy it in order to make sure that it is safe and up to par with what you’re expecting. Here are some tips that our mechanics put together to help you safely inspect a used car in Kitchener before you buy it:

Check the Paint

One of the best ways to tell if a car has been in an accident is to check the paint. If the paint is new, then chances are good that the vehicle has undergone some repair. It’s okay to ask the owner or dealer what kind of damage occurred on the vehicle. You may also want to get your hands on a report of the vehicle by reviewing the VIN number, which is located on the inside of the car door and on the dashboard of the car.

Look for Rust

Some paint jobs may suitably cover up rusty spots. However, it is still important for you to do your best to look for rust. If a vehicle has signs of rust, then you need to look closer. Sometimes, even a small rusty spot can be a sign of weak metal or of a larger hidden problem. Look on the exterior of the car itself as well as in the wheel wells.

Step Inside

Look inside of the car for signs of damage to the upholstery, including the ceiling. It can be expensive to repair fabrics on the interior of cars, especially if they need to be completely replaced because of wear and tear.

Touch the Oil

When you own a car, you may never have to actually touch the oil while you’re changing or inspecting it. However, if you are about to make a major car purchase, it’s time to get dirty. Remove the dipstick and rub a small amount of the oil between your fingers. The oil should feel smooth. If there are particles of any type in the oil, this could be an indication of engine trouble.

Go for a Test Drive

Make sure that the engine starts at once. Slam on the brakes (they should stop immediately). Check the emergency brake to make sure it works. Shift through all of the gears, even if the car is automatic. Listen for unusual sounds, such as clinking or grinding.

For more information about how to inspect a used car in Guelph, visit us at www.milburnautosales.com or stop by to speak with one of our mechanics. We’re always happy to make sure that your vehicle is safe and that you have peace of mind when you buy with us.

10 Car Cleaning Tips

Auto Spa Guelph

Keeping one’s car clean is often viewed as a chore or something that is time-consuming and laborious. For people out there who do not enjoy washing and taking care of the vehicle, there are ten car cleaning tips that will help to make this process go easier, make the car look fantastic, and will help to keep it cleaner between regular cleanings.

1. The first step in keeping the car clean would be to unsure that trash and items get taken out of the car regularly. Trash should not be left in the back seat for days at a time. If there is a bag from a fast food restaurant, it should be thrown out that day. This will cut down on the cleaning time where a thorough job is done.

2. Car mats in the car will help to collect water, mud and debris. In between regular cleanings, these mats can be quickly and easily shaken out to keep the dirt out of the car.

3. The trunk and back seat of the car is often a collection place for books, jackets and more. Keeping a small box or bag in the back where a few items can be stores can keep things organized and in one place.

4. When doing a full cleaning of the car, the use of a protecting spray that cleans and treats the dash is recommended. One recommendation would be to not use this on the steering wheel as it can make it slippery and potentially dangerous.

5. A crevice tool for the vacuum is necessary when it comes to getting into the areas between the seats and the console. Otherwise, dirt will be left behind.

6. If the car has leather seats, it is a good idea to use a liquid leather product that is designed to treat and maintain. This will aid in preventing cracked seats.

7. On the outside of the car, using a combination wash and wax product will save considerable time.

8. To avoid getting any water spots on the car, towel drying should be done with a soft and lint free towel.

9. Tires should receive an application of tire spray. These sprays usually should sit on the tire for a few minutes before being wiped off. This will give the tires a nice shine to them.

10. Finally, an air freshener should be placed in the car or one should be sprayed in the interior.

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Sound Like A lot? Well you can also bring your vehicle to our Auto Spa in Guelph. At Milburn Auto Sales, we have all your automotive needs covered, we offer financing, service, car detailing and quality used cars in Guelph. Visit us today at www.milburnautosales.com or call us at 877-822-9949.

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!