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Mercedes SLK: Getting Insured
The SLK is a luxury roadster in Mercedes’ lineup. It starts up at just over $42,000. However, you shouldn’t just look at the sticker price. All new car buyers should take into consideration what it will cost to own any given car. Usually these costs involve maintenance, gas mileage, and insurance rates. Since the MLK is a convertible, you’ll expect to pay higher premiums due to the safety risk. On average, those with a base SLK trim paid around $1950 annually. If you’d like to learn more about Mercedes SLK insurance, please read on.
The SLK is offered in 2 trims: The SLK250 and SLK 350. The former sports a 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine, while the SLK350 has a sportier 3.5 liter V6 for extra power. The SLK is a solid performer, and delivers excellent acceleration and handling, though steering could be better.
One of the key features is the standard retractable metal roof, though you can opt to upgrade it further with a glass roof. Keep in mind that trunk space will be slightly limited due to the amount of space that the hard top roof takes up when its retracted.
All in all, the SLK is a joy to drive, and an elegant convertible.
Insurance rates for luxury vehicles are pricey, though it behooves everyone to know exactly what goes into the calculation of an insurance premium. There are several risk factors you should be aware of that can potentially help or harm you.
First and foremost is driving history. Why is this important? If you’ve been in a couple of accidents or more than your fair share, then that means you will be filing claims. This makes you expensive to insure, so therefore your insurer will pass along the costs. Ideally (From the point of view of your insurer), someone with a crystal clean driving history will pay their premiums and never have to file a claim.
Credit scores can also help or hinder. They are a measure of financial responsibility. Car insurance companies find it helpful to see how responsible people are in other aspects of their lives. Particularly, having a high credit score means you are able to meet your financial obligations (Read: Paying your premiums on time).
Location could be another determining factor. If you live in an area with high levels of traffic congestion, you’re automatically at a higher risk of being in an accident, whether or not you would be at fault. This, in turn, translates to higher premiums.
Safety features can help you lower your premium. The more secure the car, the less your payment will be. The SLK currently comes standard with several features including: antilock brakes, stability control, traction control, side airbags, knee airbags, and Mercedes’ attention assist system
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