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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.

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!

Thoughts from a 2015 GMC Canyon Test Drive

Motor Trend has done a full 2015 GMC Canyon test drive and the results are in. Driving it is a “resoundingly good experience” and it’s a “really good little truck.”

Motor Trend applauded GMC in its bravery to step into a harder-to-sell segment of automotive and lauded the product of said brave step. The test truck was equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission.

GMC's truck lineup
2015 GMC Canyon

According to their test drivers, the Canyon went from 0 to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds. They reported that it brakes much like a sedan, stopping from 60 mph in only 125 feet.

Motor Trend test drivers reported being very satisfied with the power under the hood, commenting that the Canyon “feels quick enough around town and on the highway.” The steering was praised as the best some of the drivers had ever experienced in a truck. It is responsive and easy to manage, making the truck agile and lithe.

Drivers also commented that the truck rides nicely and is quieter than you would expect inside, especially for a truck.

Here at Crawford Buick GMC we only want to offer you the best, and if that doesn’t sound like a glowing recommendation, we don’t know what does.

2014 Sierra 1500 Remains Capable

2014 Sierra 1500
2014 GMC Sierra 1500

Do you use your truck for work? Do you need to be able to haul some serious weight? If you answered “Yes” to either of these questions, we have just the truck for you! According to the new industry-wide SAE J2807 calculations, the Sierra has the ability to tow up to 12,000 lbs. This says a lot about the Sierra’s ability to tow. Before the new calculations were introduced, most trucks had a higher max tow rating. After the new calculations, most trucks lost some serious poundage. The Sierra 1500, however, was one of the only trucks that did not.

The 12,000 lb. rating is specifically for the double cab two-wheel drive, 6.2-liter V8 version of the Sierra 1500. It is also important to note that this engine is the most powerful available in the light-duty segment and offers an astounding 420-horsepower and 460-lb-ft of torque. It also features EcoTec3 technology making it more efficient while keeping up with performance needs.

If you would like to see how the Sierra 1500 can help you on your next big job, stop by our El Paso Buick and GMC dealership! Check out our Business Elite page to see other helpful options.

GMC Experiences Great May Sales

The GMC Sierra, Terrain, and Yukon lead the way to a great month for the GMC brand. GMC experienced its best May since 2007 with retail sales up 15% and a total year-over-year increase of 8%. GMC says that customers love their lineup because of its reliability and diversity.

GMC experiences great May sales
GMC Yukon Available at Crawford Buick GMC

The brand states that many of its customers are trading in their old heavy-duty trucks and opting for the Sierra HD featuring the Duramax Turbo Diesel engine. Customers love the towing capacity, quality, and dependability they get from the GMC Sierra HD.

The 2014 Terrain experienced its best month ever with retail sales up 13% from last year and total sales up 11%. Customers who have purchased the Terrain note its excellent safety features and top rating from IIHS. GMC hopes to continue positive sales growth with the introduction of 4G LTE on 2015 models debuting at dealerships this summer.

Along with the Sierra and Terrain, the 2015 GMC Yukon had an excellent month in May. 76% of retail sales came from the full-size SUV with a year-over-year retail sales increase of 138% and total sales up 10%.

As you can see, GMC vehicles are dependable, reliable, and comfortable so it’s easy to see why GMC had such a great month. If you are interested in a Sierra HD, Terrain, or Yukon, stop by and see us in El Paso!

GMC Sierra Hits the Off-Road for the 2015 Model Year

If you’re anything like us here at Crawford Buick GMC, you are always ready for a new exciting adventure! This week, GMC announced some very exciting news. For the 2015 model year, the GMC Sierra will be available in a more off-road friendly version. Say “Hello!” to the 2015 GMC Sierra All Terrain HD!

GMC Sierra Hits the Off-Road
Current GMC Sierra lineup available at Crawford Buick GMC!

Like the 2500HD and 3500HD, the Sierra All Terrain HD will come standard with a 6.0-liter V8. The Duramax turbo-diesel will also be available. All trims of the All Terrain HD will be ready for the trails with four-wheel-drive, Rancho twin-tube shocks, a skid plate, an electronically controlled transfer case, and hill decent control.

Along with off-road-ready gear, the All Terrain HD will feature the same technology and exterior features of its heavy-duty counterparts. The 2015s include:

  • 4G LTE connection, IntelliLink, OnStar, and Siri Eyes Free for iPhone
  • EZ lift and lower tailgate, CornerStep bumper, Duralife™ disc brake rotors, and diesel exhaust braking
  • Cruise control, enhanced cooling airflow for better engine performance, and StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway Control

Luckily the team here at Crawford won’t have to wait too long to see the All Terrain HD in action since it will be available for sale this summer! What do you think of GMC’s heavy-duty lineup? Let us know in the comment section below!

Sierra and Yukon Lead the Way!

Sierra and Yukon Lead the Way!
2015 GMC Yukon

Whether you are looking for an SUV loaded with interior features, performance, and exterior design or a truck with the ability to haul whatever you throw at it, Crawford Buick GMC carries just the vehicle you’re looking for.

Here at Crawford, we are proud to contribute to another successful sales month for the GMC brand. The Sierra and Yukon lead the way for April sales. The Yukon XL posted a 44% increase in year-over-year total sales while the Sierra’s sales grew 21% since last year.

With the recent introduction of the 2015 Yukon, sales have skyrocketed. The new refined Yukon features a more chiseled appearance and upgraded cabin. The all-new Yukon is captivating drivers with its new look and excellent performance.

Sierra and Yukon Lead the Way!
2014 GMC Sierra

Along with new introductions, the GMC brand has been winning awards. The Sierra was recently recognized as Vincentric’s 2014 Best Fleet Value in America for both 2500HD and 3500HD models. The GMC brand as a whole was recently recognized as Kelley Blue Book’s “Most Refined Brand.”

With the new introductions and recent awards, we aren’t surprised that the GMC brand had another successful sales month. If you would like to learn more about the GMC Sierra or GMC Yukon, stop by Crawford Buick GMC located at 6800 Montana Ave.!

Crawford Buick GMC Is Your GM Business Elite Dealer

Business Elite
GMC Savana & GMC Sierra

Here at Crawford Buick GMC, we’ve been providing our customers with the best vehicles GM has to offer for over 40 years. But did you also know we’re the ONLY GM Business Elite dealer in and around El Paso with perfect solutions for your business’s commercial vehicle needs?

Our Business Elite service specializes in providing you with the customized care and specialized attention required to outfit you with a fleet that caters to your business’s needs.

An expert account specialist will work step by step with your organization to ensure you receive the upfits and vehicles you need; and on-site delivery makes the whole process almost too easy.

Business Elite
Crawford Buick GMC is the only Business Elite Dealer in El Paso

Express Business Service promises extended hours. We work around your schedule and offer around-the-clock towing and work-ready loaners should the need arise.

Our Business Choice Maintenance program guarantees routine maintenance for two years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Here at Crawford, we are committed to giving our customers, and their businesses, the best. That’s why we’re your only GM Business Elite dealer.

GM Introduces 2015 GMC Sierra HD

2015 Sierra HD Last month, General Motors gave us a peak at the all-new 2015 GMC Sierra HD. These new heavy-duty trucks will be available early next year and include the 2500HD, 3500HD, and the luxurious Denali HD. These trucks offer many class-leading features.

Helping you get the job done is the highest payload capacity available in the segment: 7,374 pounds. This is paired with the highest conventional trailering rating of 19,600 pounds and fifth-wheel trailering capabilities of 23,200 pounds.

The GMC HD trucks are available with gasoline or Duramax diesel engines and a bi-fuel option that combines a compressed natural gas system with a gasoline engine.

Just because your truck is heavy-duty, that doesn’t mean you don’t want to be comfortable. Inside, you’ll find high-tech features and a comfortable interior. GM used larger rear doors and a revised cab body style to make it easier to get in and out of the truck. The back seat also gets 2 more inches of legroom.

Controls are easy-to-reach from the driver’s seat and located where you would expect. There are also more storage compartments and more outlets and plug-ins for your electronic devices. This is all in addition to the GMC IntelliLink infotainment system that comes with an 8-inch color touch screen.

Want more information on any of the 2015 GMC Sierra HD pickup trucks? Give us a call at Crawford Buick GMC and we’ll be glad to answer all of your questions.