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Unique Enterprises - Best Full-Size Pickup Truck

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Turn any friendly neighborhood barbecue into a backyard wrestling match with this simple trick: declare your pickup king. Well guess what, brother? Being the best isn’t about who has the biggest Calvin and Hobbes sticker on the rear window. Full-size pickup trucks are America’s best-selling vehicles, and the fight among them is closer than ever.

Trucks today are capable of accelerating quicker than sports cars like the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and can tow up to seven tons using conventional towing. That’s a lot of folding chairs and steel cages. The truck is the backbone of America. In 2019, pickups represented over 3.1 million vehicle sales in the U.S., or more than the entire population of Iowa. Each of these trucks can handle classic pickup needs with ease, and if you haven’t already sorted yourself into the Toyota, Nissan, Ram, Chevy, or Ford camps, we’ve ranked the segment's players from worst to best to help you in your search.

  1. Ram 1500 - The Ram 1500 is king of the mountain, having bested its biggest rivals from Detroit in our latest three-truck comparison test and won another 10Best Full-size Pickup award for 2021. We’d let those accolades do the heavy lifting for us in explaining why we dig the Ram, but here are a few more reasons: The available EcoDiesel V-6 engine has the most power and torque among all light-duty diesel pickups and is fuel efficient; the interior is a step or three above the competition; and it just plain drives well. Fans of the all-black Dodge Ram can carry the dark baton with a new for 2020 Night Edition, which offers all-black exterior trim along with your choice of paint. We’d suggest, um, black.

  2. Ram 1500 TRX - The nearly 3.5-ton Ram 1500 TRX is a lot of truck, but it knows how to use it. The 702-horsepower Hellcat engine is a screamer, and despite its heft, the TRX gets to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, making it the quickest truck we've ever tested. Bilstein dampers underneath provide more than a foot of suspension travel, allowing its 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler AT's to droop. It's beefy too, measuring 5.9 inches wider and 3.3 inches taller than the regular Ram 1500, but inside it's just as luxurious. A 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard, and a head-up display, heated and ventilated front seats, and carbon-fiber accents are available options. Many aspects of the TRX make it the greatest truck as nothing else can cruise to, climb up, and fly over whatever's ahead of it quite like this.

  3. Ford F-150 Raptor - Packed with a powerful 450-hp twin-turbo V-6 and an off-road-ready suspension with adaptive shocks to soak up potholes and landings off of sweet jumps, the Ford F-150 Raptor is just plain rad. But this is no one-trick brute—it’s nearly everything you might never need in a truck and useful. The SuperCrew is rated to tow up to 8000 pounds, so the Raptor can haul more than just ass. Its wide fenders and large off-road tires can make navigating parking lots and narrow streets a challenge; we prefer to think of them as reminders as to where the Raptor truly belongs.

  4. Ford F-150 - The Ford F-150 has been a full-size favorite for decades, and nearly 1 million F-150 pickups were sold last year. So it’s little wonder why the Ford has become ubiquitous and familiar. The fourteenth-generation Ford debuted for 2021 with a new 430-hp hybrid powertrain with 570 lb-ft of torque. That's a 30 horsepower and 70 lb-ft improvement verses the nonhybrid twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 for those keeping track. The hybrid powered pickup gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg for both city and highway travel, putting it fourth overall in fuel efficiency for the segment behind diesel-powered Chevy Silverado and Ram 1500. The interior is also improved in terms of materials and ease of use. An optional Work Surface allows you to transform the front row into a work table. New variable-assist steering, standard on the higher trim King Ranch model and above, is tight and direct, and even on lower trims the ride is quiet and composed.

  5. GMC Sierra 1500 - If you can swing the new GMC Sierra 1500’s price premium over its mechanically identical, Chevrolet-badged sibling (the Silverado), do so. The GMC is simply more attractive than the Chevy. We’ve ranked the Sierra above it because the extra money seems worth it when staring both trucks right in the eyes. Like the Silverado, the Sierra has five different engines, three different transmissions, and is available in either rear- or all-wheel drive. Although there's no high-flying off-roader option like the Ram TRX or Ford F-150 Raptor, a Sierra AT4 model is available with 2.0-inches of suspension lift and other off-road equipment. Unfortunately, the pricier GMC suffers from the same unimpressive interior styling and firm ride quality as the Silverado, but the extra chrome does wonders for GM's half-ton pickup design.

  6. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - After a full redesign, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 doesn't feel quite as new as you'd expect. Its new body bears only a face a mother could love, the interior is mediocre, and the suspension isn’t terribly refined. Those whiffs are offset by its new 6.2-liter V-8 that can deactivate up to six cylinders for fuel savings, as well as the available turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder that can tow up to 9300 pounds. The brakes offer stellar stopping power, and the four-door crew cab has superior rear-seat headroom. Chevy's also added the Multi-Flex tailgate as an option for 2021 models, making the bed of the Silverado more useable than ever. Silverados with the 277-hp turbodiesel engine in 2WD are the most fuel efficient in the segment with an EPA-estimated 33 mpg highway rating.

  7. Nissan Titan - The Nissan Titan, like the Toyota Tundra, exists slightly outside of the mainstream in this segment. It lacks engine choices—there is but one 400-hp V-8 option—which severely limits configurability relative to its competitors, and the Titan’s overall execution seems lacking. Its ride quality is poor and the steering lacks sharpness; look to the Pro-4X trim for off-road capability, but look everywhere else in terms of towing capacity as the Titan has the lowest in the light-duty class. Every model now has a 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is something fleet versions of its domestic competitors don’t have.

  8. Toyota Tundra - The Toyota Tundra has been around in pretty much the same form since 2007—that’s pre-Instagram if you need a cultural reference point. So, it’s old. But the Tundra offers a spacious cabin and a decent roster of standard features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone integration functionality for most models. A 5.7-liter V-8 is the only engine option, an oddity among full-size pickups, which generally offer a plethora of engine choices. The Toyota’s V-8 engine delivers mediocre fuel economy and towing performance, but the truck itself at least shines in off-road capability even in base form. The Tundra TRD Pro model adds to that dexterity with new Fox 2.5-inch internal-bypass shocks and lighter-weight 18-inch BBS wheels.

Original Source: caranddriver.com (Austin Irwin - Dec 5, 2020)

How Many Miles Are Too Many on a Used Car

Used vehicles are a great alternative to a brand-new car for a lot of people and for a lot of reasons. Still, we know that to buy a used car that offers an excellent value, you need to be cautious and critical. One area that requires special care is mileage.

What Mileage Means to a Car

The odometer reading indicates how many engine miles the car has. That’s extremely important information because many components’ useful lives and scheduled maintenance tasks are determined by mileage markers. For instance, on average, most modern cars require replacement of:

·         Fuel filter—every 24,000 miles

·         Spark plugs, spark plug wires—every 40,000 miles

·         Timing belts—every 60,000 miles

The number of miles and the age of the car can also indicate if the car has experienced average (12,000 miles per year) or above-/below-average use.

How Mileage Impacts Price

In general, both mileage and age of a car have the same effect on price: as mileage and age increases, the sticker price decreases. However, the type of miles and level of maintenance performed on the vehicle may allow higher-mileage vehicles to better retain their value.

Your intended purpose for the car and your budget are likely to determine which factor—mileage or price—takes priority. If you need a reliable commuter vehicle, then lower miles may be the better choice. But if you just need more driving capacity but do not want to take on a big monthly payment, then the lower sticker price might be just right.

In any case, there is no mileage that translates to “too many miles.”

What You Know about the Mileage on Our Pre-Owned Vehicles

Knowing whether the vehicle you’re looking at was used for mostly highway or city miles matters. So does knowing how well the previous owner(s) took care of it.

As a 5-Star Carfax Used Car and Truck Dealer, we have detailed Carfax reports on every vehicle in our inventory. And, as a no-pressure dealer, our salespeople are happy to help you weigh your alternatives to find the best vehicle for you.

Visit Unique Enterprises in Moriarty, or browse our inventory online and contact us to schedule a test drive.

One Way to Prevent Being Upside Down on Your Car

Realizing that you owe more money than the value for your car is a terrible feeling. Unfortunately, many people find themselves in this predicament—about 60% of car owners, in fact.

You do not have to be one of them. You can get a new-to-you car that delivers the features and performance you want without taking on a car loan that is likely to leave you “under water.”

How? By shopping for a quality pre-owned vehicle.

What Makes Pre-Owned a Better Option

Being upside down on your car loan happens when you owe more on your vehicle than the vehicle is worth. It happens frequently to buyers who:

·         Do not make any down payment (i.e., they finance 100% of the cost of the vehicle)

·         Buy cars in the current or just-past model years

·         Have no trade-in or have a trade-in with excessive wear or damage

·         Takes on a loan with payment terms longer than the buyer intends to keep the car

But all of these factors are controllable. That means you can prevent being upside down on a car loan by:

·         Making a down payment (20% recommended) on your new vehicle

·         Purchasing a vehicle without financing more than 80% of the cost, including taxes, titles and fees

·         Selecting financing terms that result in paying off the vehicle in four years or fewer

·         Purchasing a car that retains its value better

Used vehicles are more likely to be available at a price point that allows you to avoid bad financing terms. Plus, dealers often have more room to negotiate, allowing you to bring down the price tag even further. And since used cars do not depreciate as fast as new cars, you are likely to keep your head above water for the entire life of your auto loan.

Where to Look for Pre-Owned Vehicles

You are most likely to find the right vehicle and affordable car loan when you go to a reputable dealer, like Unique Enterprises in Moriarty. We take pride in helping our customers find the best car for their needs and their budgets. We offer no-pressure auto sales and low-interest financing (for those who qualify). Browse our inventory online and visit us to take a test drive.

 

The 3 Best Times of Year to Buy a Car

If you are in the market for a new vehicle, then fortune may be smiling on you…because ‘tis the season for great deals on new and pre-owned vehicles.

As you may already know, when looking for the best deal on your next car, timing makes a difference. The best times of year to purchase a car are:

End of the calendar year
If your primary objective is to get the lowest price possible for the vehicle you want, then December may be the best month. December is the last opportunity for dealers and salespeople to make sales goals and for manufacturers to reduce inventory of prior-model-year vehicles. As a result, buyers may enjoy the highest discounts and the biggest incentives.

End of the quarter
If you cannot wait till the December to buy a car, you may still want to wait until the end of the fiscal quarter (March, June, October) as dealers and salespeople are facing the same pressure to make quarter-end goals. This gives buyers better bargaining position, so you may be able to negotiate a better price.

Black Friday
Black Friday is the biggest retail shopping day, and car dealerships are vying for consumers’ attention. For buyers that means you can look for incentives, discounts and other perks post-Thanksgiving.

While these times of year may increase the pressure on salespeople to close the deal, the team at Unique Enterprises never pressures you. No matter what time you visit us, we offer low-pressure sales and reliable consultation to make sure you get the best value and the best vehicle for your money.

Buying vs. Leasing a Car

You need a new car. You scrounge up your courage to approach the dealership. You peruse your selection, take some test drives and maybe decide on one. But then something you weren’t counting on happens: the dealer asks, "Have you considered leasing?" The idea of leasing could expand your options, but buying may have some long-term benefits. What do you do?

Buying a Car

The option to buy a car, whether you buy it outright (which is more likely if you’re looking at a pre-owned vehicle) or finance it, is always available. If you choose this option, here’s what to expect:

Pros

·         You get to keep your car; it becomes a permanent asset once you pay off your auto loan (if any)

·         You will eventually pay off your auto loan, and then you have no more monthly obligation

·         Having a paid-for vehicle is a distinct advantage with an expanding family and/or a family expecting to have an increase in the number of drivers

Cons

·         Once the factory warranty expires, you are responsible for all vehicle maintenance and repairs

·         Vehicle value depreciates quickly, so what you can get for your car as a trade-in or private sale may limit what you can afford the next time you need or want a new car

All things considered, if you are certain you want to keep the car for a long time and like the idea of ownership, buying is for you.

Leasing a Car

Leasing may be a more attractive option for many people in pursuit of a new car. If you choose to lease, here’s what to expect:

Pros

·         Lower monthly payment

·         No money down (may depend on credit or other eligibility criteria)

·         Expands your selection of vehicles that may fit in your budget, including a number of newer, higher-end models (this may be important for some lines of work, like real estate)

·         Most repairs are covered under the manufacturer’s warranty

Cons

·         Lease terms may have restrictive mileage limits, over which you may owe a fee or penalty

·         You do not gain an asset at the end of the lease term

·         You always have a car payment

 

If you like having a new car every few years and don't mind a car payment, leasing is likely the best for you.

For those interested in buying a car without the markup on brand new models, Unique Enterprises has the quality vehicle you need. We have a lot full of quality pre-owned cars and trucks and the financing options to make them affordable. Visit us in Moriarty, NM today.


Benefits of Buying a Used Car for Your Teenager

Getting a license is a huge milestone for any teenager. However, the excitement of being an independent legal driver is short-lived if there’s no car to take for a spin.

Parents who want or need another vehicle for their new drivers are well-advised to consider pre-owned vehicles. Used cars offer a great value without the price tag of a brand-new car or truck.

Used Cars Are Cost effective

Most families strive to maintain a budget; the monthly payments for a new car loan and insurance for a new model will likely stretch your budget beyond your comfort level. Used cars reduce the up-front and on-going costs, and with the quality models available, pre-owned vehicles still offer years of low maintenance driving.

Used Cars May Offer a Better Learning Experience

Statistically, new drivers are at a higher risk for accidents. While no parent wants to deal with the hassle and expense of vehicle repairs, those repair expenses are likely to be lower for a pre-owned vehicle.

Find a ‘New-to-You’ Car at Unique

When you need to increase the size of your family fleet to accommodate your teen driver, visit Unique Enterprises. We have a large selection of quality pre-owned vehicles, and we offer flexible financing terms that can help you fit a new used car into your budget.

5 Reasons Why Buying a Used Car from Us Is a Smart

It doesn’t matter what your budget is. When you’re looking for a vehicle to replace your existing one or increase your personal “fleet,” a pre-owned vehicle often gives you the best value for your money.

Why should you consider a used car from Unique Enterprises?

Less Expensive

The term “sticker shock” came from new car price tags. Brand new models are a major investment, one that you could be paying off for more than five years. Unfortunately, their MSRP value significantly depreciates the moment you drive off the lot.

Pre-owned vehicles, on the other hand, offer considerable savings. You start with a lower price point, and trade-ins and negotiations can help you bring down the price even further.

Wide Selection

You can find the makes, models, colors and options you want in our pre-owned inventory. If you don’t find exactly what you want and have some time to wait before finalizing your purchase, we may be able to locate the car or truck with the specifications you want.

Reliability

Unique Enterprises ensures that our used cars are reliable. We have Carfax reports for each vehicle in our inventory, and all vehicles are inspected by our ASE-certified mechanics. Plus, used vehicles have often been through a complete recall cycle, so any issues that had been identified with a particular make/model have likely already been repaired.

Convenient Shopping Experience

Our entire inventory is available at your fingertips. You can view images and specifications about any car on our lot. You can even make an appointment to test drive the vehicle and get pre-approved for financing without ever leaving home.

After-Purchase Customer Care

Unique Enterprises offers extended warranty options to give you peace of mind about your pre-owned car purchase.

Visit Unique Enterprises in Moriarty, NM to find the new-to-you vehicle that offers excellent value and reliability.

Buyer Beware Check CARFAX before You Buy

So, you think you've found the perfect car. It looks clean and well-maintained. It runs smoothly, and there appears to be no mechanical issues. However, looks can be deceiving.

When you are considering buying a pre-owned vehicle, there’s more to determining the value and estimated life of the car or truck than appearance and handling. For instance:

·         Has the car been in a wreck? Auto body collision may make the car look good, but was the frame alignment checked and restored?

·         How many owners has the car had? The more owners, the more likely there’s been some gaps in routine maintenance.

You don’t want problems like these to become apparent after you’ve purchased the vehicle. So how do you avoid situations like this?

Find a reliable pre-owned car dealer, like Unique Enterprises. We provide CARFAX reports for every vehicle in our inventory. In fact, we are a 5-Star CARFAX rated dealer, which means you can be confident that we are going to sell you a vehicle that is safe and reliable. We offer extended warranty plans for purchase – up to 3 years / 36,000 miles.

Shopping for a car doesn’t have to be stressful. Unique Enterprises gives you the information you need to find the best value in a new-to-you car or truck. Visit us in Moriarty, NM, today.

The Right Car Dealership for You

When buying a car, you need to find a dealership that is reliable and that you can trust. With so many dealerships from which to choose, it can be difficult to know which one can best meets your needs. Follow the tips below to find the right car dealership for you.

Check Online Reviews

The Internet is a great source for reviews from past dealership customers. You may find reviews on the dealership’s website (having a functional website is itself a good sign for a car dealership) and on review sites. A search using your favorite search engine (like Google or Yahoo!) using the dealership’s name and location (city, state) should be enough to find a number of places customers may be talking about the dealership.

So, what are you looking for? You’re not likely to find any car dealership with only glowing reviews. But to find a reliable dealership, positive reviews should far outnumber negative reviews. Plus, the quality of reviews can tell you a lot. Look at what the customer had to say about the experience. Negative reviews may only apply to a specific salesperson (who may not even be working at the dealership anymore) rather than the dealership as a whole.

Talk to Others

Word of mouth goes a long way. Ask friends and family which dealership they use. If you get positive responses, maybe you should check the dealer out for yourself.

Dealership Facilities

Take a look at how the dealership looks:

 

  • Are the cars clean?
  • Is the lot organized?
  • Is the building clean?
  • Is the landscaping taken care of?

 

A dealership that cares about its own appearance does so because it cares about the customer experience.

Observe How Staff Treats Customers

When you walk into the dealership, take note of how other customers are being treated.

 

  • Are their questions being answered?
  • Is the salesperson excited for the customer?
  • Is the salesperson pushy?

 

You want to deal with a salesperson who is genuinely interested in your needs.

When you know what to look for in a car dealership, you’ll recognize it at Unique Enterprises. Browse our inventory online and contact or visit us to find out how we can help you find the best new-to-you car!

What to Look for When Purchasing a Used Vehicle

Car-buying can be stressful. Some people rank it right up there with dental work. But finding the right new-to-you car doesn’t have to be nerve-wracking. When you know what to look for, you can feel more confident about your used car choices.

At Unique Enterprises, we only select quality used vehicles to offer on our lot. To find the one that fits your needs, style and budget, consider:

Resale Value

Price is a very important factor when purchasing a vehicle, but you need to make sure that you are getting what you pay for. To determine if the price aligns with the value of a used vehicle, consider:

 

  • Manufacturer—is the automaker known for lower upfront price points but higher lifetime maintenance costs or vice versa?
  • Year and mileage—how old is the vehicle? How many miles does it have? How many useful years can you expect to get from it?
  • Condition—does the paint, body and/or interior look good or worn?

 

Consumer tools like Kelley Blue Book can generate an estimated value so you know if the sticker price is in line with the vehicle’s condition.

Maintenance and Ownership Records

The appearance of a vehicle does not always tell you what the car’s been through. To make sure the frame and mechanical components can promise reliable performance, ask for vehicle ownership and maintenance records. Red flags to be aware of include:

 

  • Vehicle from an area subject to major flooding
  • Vehicles involved in one or more accidents
  • Salvage title

 

Unique Enterprises provides Carfax reports for every vehicle on our lot.

Financing Options

When you find a used car that fits your needs and has the features and options you want, you need to make sure it’s going to be affordable. Inquire about financing options and interest rates. While a rock-bottom monthly payment may allow more spending money, you may end up paying thousands more in interest over the lifetime of the loan. If possible, maximize your down payment and try to secure lower interest rates to keep the total cost of the vehicle as close as possible to the sticker or negotiated price.

Warranty

Most used vehicles are no longer covered under manufacturer warranties, but you want to have some coverage to protect you. Unique Enterprises offers a standard warranty (15-day, 500-mile coverage on drivetrain) plus a number of extended warranty options (additional charges apply).

 

Unique Enterprises offers low-pressure auto sales. We want to make sure you get the right vehicle. View our selection and contact us or visit our Moriarty location to speak to a knowledgeable member of our sales team for more information. 
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