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2017 Ram Lineup – New Models and New Features

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2016 is more than halfway over, which means 2017 Ram trucks models are coming. Here is the breakdown of the additions and changes to the new 2017 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 lineups.

2017 Ram 1500 Lineup Changes

The 1500 Ram truck is a light-duty pickup truck that handles basic towing needs with ease. In 2017 Ram 1500 will be available in 11 different trims: Tradesman, Express, HFE, Big Horn, Lone Star, Sport, Rebel, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited.

Aside from a new special-edition appearance package and a few additional features on the Ram Rebel and Laramie Longhorn trims, not much has changed to the 1500 model lineup. In 2017, the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn will be equipped with LED lighting in the truck bed, Keyless Go entry and rain sensing wipers.

For the 2017 model year, the aggressive Ram Rebel model will get a few extra interior features that add a touch of luxury. For extra convenience, all Ram Rebel models will be equipped with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, a rearview backup camera, remote start and rear park assist.

Additionally, Ram is rolling out a special-edition Night Edition appearance package to the Ram 1500 lineup. This new package gives the Ram 1500 sharp, dark and factory-inspired look that is reminiscent of the Ram 1500 Black Express. The package includes blacked-out features, including all-black rims, grille and badging. The truck will also have black light bezels on the headlamps and taillights.   Read the rest of this entry >>

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Should You Lease or Finance Your New Car?

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Leasing and financing are two methods to get into a new vehicle, so what method is best for you? Well, that depends on several factors, including your budget, your credit and driving habits. Read below to find out the differences between leasing and financing so you can find out which would be best for you.

Total Costs

One’s budget is very important in any big purchase because a new car payment will affect your finances for a few years. Generally, leasing a car doesn’t require a down payment and monthly lease payments are typically lower than monthly finance payments, but of course that differs on the total amount being financed. The reason for that is when you finance a car you have to pay off the total price of the vehicle within a set amount of time, but when you lease a car you are just paying the difference between the MSRP and the “residual” balance, or what the car is worth when your lease term is up. This means you pay monthly payments based on the portion of the car value you “use”.

However, if you have the budget to put a good chunk of money down for a down payment or if you can afford higher monthly payments there are benefits to financing as well. Depending on the amount you can afford to put down on a car, you might not need to finance a large amount of money and in return, your monthly payments will be lower. Plus, in the long run the vehicle is yours. So, when you are done paying for it, the vehicle is yours and there is something to show for your money. And, if you choose to sell it, you will at least make some of your payment money back.

Driving Habits or Preferences

Accident prone, average yearly miles driven, car preferences and personal customizations are all other factors that should be taken into account as well.

We all know the “bad driver” (you know who you are) if this is you, leasing may not be a good plan for you. If you are prone to accidents, dents, and scratches, this can be big cost when you return the car after your lease is up. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Diesel or Gas – Which Fits Your Business Needs?

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Towing Capacity

Identical trucks will have different towing capacities when equipped with a gas or a diesel engine, and the diesel engine offers the most towing capacity. Diesel engines are able to generate more torque at lower speeds and that increased torque results in a higher towing capacity. So if your business needs to haul heavy loads with ease, a diesel truck might be worth considering.

That doesn’t mean gas-powered Ram trucks can’t tow a lot, though. Here are some numbers to put things in perspective.

The smallest and base light-duty Ram truck, the Ram 1500 Tradesman can tow 4,550 pounds when equipped with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. The exact same truck equipped with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, which is actually the industry’s only light-duty diesel truck, has a maximum towing capacity of 8,300 pounds. A heavy-duty Ram 2500 can tow 11,900 pounds when equipped with a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine, however, when equipped with the signature 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine, its towing capacity skyrockets to 18,000 pounds.

Budget

Simply put, diesel trucks have a higher price tag than gas trucks. Diesel engines have a very-high-compression engine, which is more expensive to build. So if you’re more concerned with overall cost and you don’t need the maximum towing capacity, a gas truck may be the best option. However, the resale value of diesel trucks is typically higher than gas trucks, so that is something to consider as well.

The Ram 2500 with the 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine has a starting price of $40,775 and the same truck with the 5.7-liter V8 engine starts at $31,780.

Fuel Economy

Diesel used to be a much better alternative to gas engines for two reasons — fuel cost and fuel economy, however, this has changed a little bit in recent years. Read the rest of this entry >>