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Steps to Buying a Truck: What Do You Need to Know First?

2017 GMC Sierra - El Paso, TX

Are you curious about buying a truck? We’ve put together a list of the various steps to the process, from finding the pickup that’s right for you to purchasing. Naturally, the car-buying process various from person to person; however, there are some important steps to buying a truck to keep in mind when shopping around.

First, according to Edmunds, it’s important to budget accordingly. The average car sells for roughly $25,000. However, the average truck sells for about $45,000. Trucks are larger, with added capabilities, components, and technologies—one reason they can be more expensive. Budgeting will help you find a truck that’s within your price range as well as practical.

Next, you’ll have to choose between light-duty, medium-duty, or heavy-duty. These are the three basic criteria of production trucks on the market, and most are divided into categories like 1500, 2500, and 3500. There’s a trade-off between fuel economy and towing capacity, so it’s important to know what you plan on using your truck for. If you need it for hauling heavy loads for work, consider a heavy-duty truck. If you simply want a truck to have the option to tow and haul every once in a while, a light-duty truck might be right for you.

Finally, find the right bed and cab size. This also gets back to use—do you need a truck for carrying people, payloads, or both? Extended cabs are great for fitting people, but they can be more expensive. Meanwhile, short beds often improve fuel economy and handling, though they limit what you can carry.

For more information about choosing the right truck, stop by Crawford Buick GMC today. We have a huge selection of trucks to select from, including a range of options and trims.

Introducing the GMC Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X

The GMC Sierra 2500HD is already regarded as one of the toughest pickup trucks on the road. But now thanks to an all-new edition, the Sierra is even tougher than ever. It’s called the GMC Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X – and it’s ready to take on the road less traveled.

The All Terrain X package has previously only been offered on the Sierra 1500 and the Canyon. But this year, the 2500HD gets the special treatment. The All Terrain X comes with incredible updates that are sure to handle any road like a champ. A Z71 off-road suspension package and skid plates ensure that the underside of your truck will be protected.

It’s not just about performance, though. All Terrain X trucks get aggressive details like 18-inch aluminum wheels, black mirrors, black sport bar, black side steps, and a black grille. Don’t worry, though, if Onyx Black isn’t for you, you can get the same features in Summit White.

On the inside, you’ll get sleek and comfortable style to match your aggressive interior. Features like remote-start and a wireless phone charger will make your drives easier. Plus, adjustable pedals, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel give you luxurious comfort.

Keep your eyes peeled for All Terrain X!

GMC Announces 2016 Sierra Trailering Enhancements

Forget the trailering of the 2016 Sierra’s predecessors. The 2016 GMC Sierra is here with trailering enhancements that will have you at your top towing game.

Newly available features on the Sierra’s trailering system include a gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailering prep package and a trailering camera system with built-in technologies.

You’ll have the gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailering prep package on the Sierra Heavy Duty models. This fifth-wheel package strengthens towing capabilities and allows you to tow even larger trailers than before.

2016 GMC Sierra 1500
2016 GMC Sierra 1500

You can get the trailering camera system for the Sierra 1500 and all HD models. This system was developed by Echomaster and reduces blind spots when you’re driving on the highway or reversing with a trailer.

“GMC’s reputation was forged on the ability to perform heavy work with a premium touch, and these new options do more to make that work comfortable and confident,” said Stuart Pierce, Sierra Marketing  Manager.

Having these technologies not only makes the 2016 Sierra stronger than ever, but more capable, too. With these updates, you’ll be able to tow anything easier and with more peace of mind. Ask Crawford Buick GMC about these features when you pay us a visit!

Sumo Wrestler Byamba Is a GMC Precision Expert

These days, many auto makers are being extra creative in their advertising. GMC is no exception, as it has a new series of commercials called “Precisions Experts.”

In the new “GMC Precision Experts” commercial, a sumo wrestler explains his definition of precision. The sumo wrestler’s name is Ulambayar “Byamba” Byambajav, and he defines precision as the joining of form and function.

The combination of form and function makes an astonishing package, one which Byamba exemplifies. He also points out that the new 2016 Sierra 1500 Denali is a prime example of precision.

2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali
Meet the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali at Crawford Buick GMC

Both the GMC pickup and the sumo wrestler have an intense game face, which hints at the power each one has to offer. In addition, Byamba believes that precision is something that needs to happen within. He shows us that the interior of the Sierra 1500 is spacious, with room to relax as it blocks outside noise.

We at Crawford Buick GMC would not have thought of the similarities between a sumo wrestler and the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali, but precision expert Byamba makes some great points! Check out the video here and then come into Crawford Buick GMC to see real-life precision in the Sierra 1500 Denali.

GMC Sierra 1500 Named the Texas Truck Showdown Towing Champion

We at Crawford Buick GMC know that it takes a tough truck to earn the title of Texas Truck Showdown Towing Champion. The truck that took home the award this year is the GMC Sierra 1500 SLT with the available 6.2-ltier V8 engine.

2016 GMC Sierra 1500
2016 GMC Sierra 1500

The Sierra 1500 SLT performed the best in head-to-head capability tests with a variety of objectives. These took place in Texas and were conducted by editors for PickupTrucks.com, Cars.com, and MrTruck.com.

The other trucks in the competition included the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, and Toyota Tundra—all of which the 1500 SLT beat.

The Sierra offers a max trailer rating of 12,000 pounds, with an engine of 420 horsepower and 460lb-ft. Even with the powerful engine and towing ability, it still ranked first in fuel economy with a trailer.

Judges praised the Sierra for effortless performance with the most powerful gas engine. “This is a mild-mannered pickup that is ready to don its cape and do some heavy lifting, saving the day from a long list of work chores,” said Mark Williams, PickupTrucks.com editor.

GMC trucks are powerful vehicles, capable, and refined. Sierra Marketing Manager Stuart Pierce stated that the craftsmanship is bold styling so that the “the Sierra handles the toughest tasks in the utmost comfort.”

Come to Crawford Buick GMC to see for yourself why the Sierra was named the Texas Truck Showdown Towing Champion.

GMC Canyon & Sierra Earn KBB.com’s Best Resale Value Awards

Two GMC models have been recognized in KBB.com’s Best Resale Value Awards, including the GMC Canyon and Sierra. This is the second consecutive time the two models are ranked in the top 10.

“A vehicle’s resale value is of critical importance, because a vehicle with high resale value will typically be less expensive to own over time than a similar vehicle with poorer resale value,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director of Kelley Blue Book.

The 2016 GMC Canyon was ranked 3rd in the Best Resale Value Awards, with a projected resale value of 70.7% after three years and of 59.5% after five years. The 2016 GMC Sierra was projected to retain 57% of its value after three years and 48% after five. KBB.com’s projections are derived from current vehicle and sales data, market conditions, competition within segments, and expectations of the future economy.

2016 GMC Canyon
2016 GMC Canyon

Unless you intend to drive your vehicle until it literally falls apart beyond repair, these projections give you a good idea of the kind of value you can get back from your GMC Canyon or Sierra several years down the line. And, they’re already a great deal at Crawford Buick GMC before taking resale value into account!

GMC’s Precision Ad Campaign partners with Pro Athletes

GMC LogoIt appears GMC has been hitting the gym to not only bulk up the look of its newest lineup, but also to partner with pro athletes in its newest ad campaign entitled “Precision.”

Highlighting the car company’s dedication to accuracy and detail found in its design and engineering accomplishments, one TV ad entitled “Fastball” features a San Francisco Giants left-handed relief pitcher throwing the ball over the corner of the plate, striking out his opponent with great skill and—obviously—precision. GMC’s precision ad campaign also features Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors and menswear craftsmen.

“For discerning GMC customers, Professional Grade has evolved to mean exacting attention to detail and fine craftsmanship in everything they do and purchase,” Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC sales and marketing, said in a statement. “Precision is a core attribute of the brand and is reflected in GMC’s continued momentum.”

The GMC “Precision” lineup includes the Acadia SUV, Canyon midsize pickup, Savana van, Sierra full-size pickup, Terrain crossover, Yukon, and Yukon XL SUVs, so be sure to visit Crawford Buick GMC.

GMC and Buick Shine in 2015 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study

Three GMC vehicles and one Buick vehicle have been ranked among the most dependable vehicles in the 2015 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study: the GMC Sierra 1500 in the full-size light-duty pickup segment, the Yukon in the large SUV segment, the Terrain in the compact SUV segment, and the Buick LaCrosse in the large car segment.

2015 GMC Yukon
2015 GMC Yukon – Recognized in the 2015 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study

Every year, J.D. Power tracks vehicles in their third year of ownership to determine those with the highest level of dependability and reliability, ranking the top three in each automotive segment. This is determined based on the amount of problems reported per 100 vehicles (PP100).

The Buick and GMC brands themselves were ranked highly: the former was 2nd, the highest of any non-luxury brand, and GMC was 10th, both performing far better than the industry average PP100 of 147.

Though it analyzes 2012 model year vehicles, the 2015 Vehicle Dependability Study is still a great tool for picking out the best models and brands when it comes to reliability. You can find all of the models mentioned above at Crawford Buick GMC!

Big Changes Coming to the GMC Brand

changes coming to the GMC brandIn a recent interview with Edmunds.com, Buick-GMC Vice President Duncan Aldred laid out some possible changes coming to the GMC brand. Among these changes was the introduction of a new flagship SUV, as well as the possibility of a vehicle that could challenge the Jeep Wrangler.

Aldred took on his position earlier this year, and already has big plans for the brand, “I have come here to do a job and change the face of the brand,” he declared.

While Aldred said GMC currently doesn’t have any plans to add new models to the lineup, the automaker is still in the brainstorming stage. He said, “There is plenty of room everywhere in the hierarchy.”

If GMC goes through with these additional models, it could really help redefine the brand and give it a more specific mission. Perhaps GMC could focus more on offering off-road type vehicles, as well as vehicles that can haul and tow your boat and camper.

The current GMC lineup includes the GMC Canyon, Sierra, Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, and upscale Yukon Denali. What type of vehicles would you love to see GMC add to its lineup?

Ultimate Tailgate: 4 Steps to Success

With football season upon us, not only is it time to hit the stands for some exciting games—it’s also time to hit the parking lots for one of the best parts of the experience: tailgating! Pinic-basket.com has compiled a list of essential steps toward becoming a professional tailgater this season, and we’ve highlighted some of our favorite steps below:

  1. Provide Assorted Spirits

“There’s nothing quite like a cold brew to warm up your insides and make you feel all warm ‘n fuzzy on an icy cold day; or an frosty beer to really make you appreciate a nice warm spring day” says pinic-basket.com.

ultimate tailgate

  1. Up Your Food Game

A successful tailgate requires awesome food. Grill up some burgers and hot dogs, along with vegetarian options. Have a wide range of tailgating foods available so everyone has a variety they enjoy.

  1. Dress Like A Pro Tailgater

Don’t forget to look the part while playing corn hole! Wear your team colors or your favorite player’s jersey. No matter what, make sure you are enjoying yourself and you are dressed for the weather, warm or cold.

  1. Have a Portable TV and Radio

A portable TV allows you to enjoy both the pre-game and the game. Want to have some music but don’t have a cordless radio? You can use your car radio while having your open trunk double as additional seating or a food/drink station.

Enjoy watching your favorite team and enjoy the ultimate tailgate in a new GMC Sierra from Crawford Buick GMC.