Why Buy a Used Car, Truck, or SUV from Stallons Au

Serving Hopkinsville, Cadiz, Princeton, and Campbell

Some things increase in value with age like fine wine, works of art, and trading cards. Cars, unfortunately, seldom go up in value over time. In fact, many new cars will lose a staggering 10% of its value the moment you drive it off the lot. By the end of the first year, most new cars will have depreciated anywhere from 20% to 30%. 

Instead of throwing money out the window, savvy car buyers choose to purchase a used vehicle instead of a new vehicle. In either case, the experts at Stallons Auto will work to understand your unique needs and guide you toward the best-used car, used truck, or used SUV. Continue reading to learn more about a few of the top benefits of buying a used vehicle from Stallons Auto.

 

A Lot of Car for a Fraction of the Cost 

Choosing a used vehicle will save you a significant amount over purchasing a vehicle new. If you think of it in terms of percentages, you almost always come out ahead purchasing used.  

For example, suppose you purchase a new car for $20,000, and it lasts for 10 years. You have paid $2,000 a year for that car. If you bought the same vehicle three years later for, say, $10,000 and drove it for seven years, you have only had to pay $1,429 a year to own the car. That's a savings of over $570 a year. You can see that the same model vehicle can be obtained and enjoyed for a much lower yearly cost of ownership when you purchase it used. 

 

Good Used Car Financing 

In addition to a more attractive sticker price and less depreciation, used car financing rates are extremely competitive. And at Stallons Auto, we’ve partnered with the leading used car lenders throughout the United States to deliver exceptionally low-interest rates and favorable terms on used car loans. 

We provide an array of helpful tools — such as our Loan Calculator — designed to help you make the most intelligent decision. You can even apply for a used car auto loan from the comfort of your home. Get started today and complete our online credit application.

 

More Flexible Pricing on Used Vehicles

Also, financing and price tend to be more negotiable when purchasing a used car. This is in part because there is no manufacturer recommended sales price for used vehicles. A new car's MSRP can only be fudged so much. Used cars, on the other hand, have a range of price commensurate to the age, mileage, and overall condition of the vehicle. 

Contact the Best Used Car Dealership at Stallon Auto Sales

Serving Hopkinsville, Cadiz, Princeton, and Campbell

Dealerships that are out to make a quick buck at the expense of their customers typically do not last long. A buyer who feels ripped off will not only refuse to return to that dealership, they will attempt to steer their friends and family clear as well.  

At Stallon Auto Sales, we’ve proudly served the Hopkinsville, Cadiz, Princeton, Campbell, and surrounding communities for more than 50 years. Our reputation in the community has been earned by our desire to provide reliable transportation at a fair price. And when you choose to purchase a used car, used truck, or used SUV from Stallon Auto Sales, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes from dealing with a family-run company based on three generations of excellence. 

Contact Stallons Auto Sales today by calling 270-885-1631.  

Choosing The Right Truck

Choosing The Right Truck – Mid-Size vs Full-Size vs Heavy-Duty Truck at Stallons Auto

Serving Hopkinsville, Cadiz, Princeton, and Campbell

A truck is a uniquely versatile vehicle and can do far more than simply transport you and your family from point A to point B. Whether you need to haul materials or tow a trailer, the right truck can be an essential component of any family or business. 

At Stallons Auto Sales in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, you can find a full lineup of high-quality mid-size trucks, full-size trucks, and even heavy-duty trucks. Because there are many different sizes and configurations available, the experts at Stallons Auto Sales have created a guide to choosing the best truck for your needs. 

 

What Are the Benefits of Mid-Size Trucks?

A mid-size truck is any truck that has a gross vehicle weight of 6,000 pounds or less. Trucks in this category include the following:
  • Chevy Colorado
  • Ford Ranger
  • Toyota Tacoma
  • Nissan Frontier
These trucks are good for light hauling, as most have a payload capacity of around 1,200 pounds.  

They can also tow small trailers, but be careful when it comes to manufacturer towing ratings. While some of these trucks are rated to tow close to 8,000 pounds; steep hills, a strong wind, and other environmental challenges will make navigating a trailer at the maximum towing capacity an ordeal. If you are going to use your mid-size truck to tow, try to keep the towing weight around 5,000 pounds. 

What Are the Benefits of Full-Size Trucks?

Full-size trucks also referred to as "half-ton" and "3/4 ton" trucks, have a weight of between 6,000 and 10,000 pounds. When it comes to hauling, these trucks can carry payloads from around 1,000 to 2,000 pounds, depending upon how they are equipped. They are also rated to tow up to 18,5000 pounds, again depending upon configuration.  

These trucks comprise the workhorse for many businesses. They are rugged, designed to haul and tow reliably for many years, and are the best-selling truck segment. Trucks in this class include:
  • Toyota Tundra
  • Ram 1500
  • Ford F-150
  • Chevy Silverado 1500
  • GMC Sierra 1500 

What Are the Benefits of Heavy-Duty Trucks?

When power, payload, and towing capacity are at a premium, a heavy-duty truck can provide the performance you need. These trucks weigh between 10,000 and 14,000 pounds. They can carry massive payloads of 6,000 pounds and tow up to 30,000 pounds. 

Trucks in this class include the Ford F-350, the GMC Sierra 3500, and the Ram 3500. Consider this size truck if you are frequently towing or hauling large loads. To tow something like a bulldozer or tractor safely, you will need a heavy-duty truck.

 

Contact Stallons Auto for Help Choosing the Best Size Truck

Serving Hopkinsville, Cadiz, Princeton, and Campbell

We get it – choosing the best truck can be confusing, especially if it’s your first or second time. However, the experts at Stallons Auto Sales in Hopkinsville offer years of experience matching our clients’ needs to the perfect truck. We’ll remove the guesswork out of the process and guide you to the best mid-size, full-size, or heavy-duty truck solution. 

Contact Stallons Auto Sales today by calling 270-885-1631.  
  

Choosing a Trailer for Your Car, Truck, or SUV

When the time comes to choose a trailer for your car, truck, or SUV, it’s important to make a decision based on the types of materials you’ll be hauling. At the same time, you should choose a trailer suitable for the vehicle doing the towing. To help you make the best decision, the experts at Stallons Auto Sales have highlighted a few of the top factors you should consider. 

How Large Can My Trailer Be? 

The answer to this question should be primarily based on your vehicle’s specifications. All cars, trucks, and SUVs will designate a gross vehicle weight rating or GVWR. The GVWR is the total amount of weight the vehicle can safely operate at, including 
  • The chassis,
  • The engine,
  • All Passengers,
  • And anything else affecting the weight of the vehicle. 
For example, if you have a 6,000 pound SUV with a GVWR of 8,200 pounds, you could tow 2,200 pounds. This means you need to learn the weight of the trailer, which is known as the base curb weight. You would also need to know the weight of whatever you’re towing with the trailer to ensure you do not exceed the maximum recommended weight. Remember that you also need to factor in the tongue weight when calculating how much you can tow. 

Can I Tow It? 

Just because you can fit something on a trailer and the total weight does not exceed the GVWR doesn’t mean the trailer is built to tow it. Just like your vehicle, trailers have ratings that determine how much payload they can safely tow. The gross trailer weight rating, or GTWR, represents the weight of the trailer plus the payload it can carry.  If you have a trailer with a GTWR of 7,000 pounds, and the trailer itself weighs 3,000 pounds, it will support up to 4,000 pounds of payload. Even if your vehicle is rated with the capability to tow 15,000 pounds, it won't work if the trailer can't handle the payload. 


Additional Considerations When Choosing a Trailer

Depending on where you live, you may need to alter your calculations. If you will be towing in a hilly area, reduce the payload. The ratings employed by manufacturers are calculated using relatively flat driving surfaces. A steep incline will put additional stress on your vehicle that may cause it to handle unsafely or cause wear on the engine and brakes. Also, note that the tires on many trailers have speed ratings with a maximum speed of 65 MPH.

Contact the Best Used Car Dealership at Stallon Auto Sales

Serving Hopkinsville, Cadiz, Princeton, and Campbell

Unless you have experience choosing a trailer for your vehicle, it can be an intimidating process the first time. However, you’re not alone! The experts at Stallons Auto Sales bring decades of experience helping customers choose the best trailer for their vehicle. Contact Stallons Auto Sales today by calling 270-885-1631 to learn more about our selection of trailers.   
  

Tips For Finding the Right SUV in Hopkinsville, KY

If you are in the market for an SUV and live in the Hopkinsville, Kentucky area, you have the good fortune of having one of Kentucky's oldest, most respected car dealerships right in your own backyard. At Stallons Auto Sales, we bring decades of experience helping customers from throughout Hopkinsville, Cadiz, Princeton, Campbell, and surrounding areas find the right SUV for their needs. And we’re looking forward to doing the same for you. Continue reading for a few tips for finding the right SUV in Hopkinsville by the experts at Stallons Auto.  


What Types of Tasks Will the SUV Perform?

What are you going to do with your SUV? If it will be primarily city driving, there are a number of refined options available, such as a Nissan Rogue or Lincoln MKX. These vehicles pack in the amenities and provide comfort and luxury for city commutes. 

Will you be using the SUV to venture off the beaten path? Many SUVs offer a lot of room and comfort but don't necessarily possess the chops to serve as true off-road vehicles. SUVs with beefier suspension and four-wheel drive are going help you plow through difficult terrains such as snow and mud. Vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler and the Toyota 4Runner are notable examples of a true off-roading SUV. Once you have decided between the rugged and the refined, you can move on to the next consideration. 


Consider the Space of the Crossover & SUV

Today, there are several different sizes of crossovers and SUVs. And for you to make the best decision, it’s vital you understand each size. Let’s take a quick look at the different classes of crossovers and SUVs.

Different Sizes of Crossovers

  1. Subcompact Crossover SUVs (Nissan Juke, Jeep Renegade, Honda HR-V, and Chevy Trax) 
  2. Compact Crossovers (Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Kia Soul, Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V, and Mazda CX-3)
  3. Mid-Size Crossovers (Jeep Cherokee, Hyundai Sante Fe, Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Edge, GMC Acadia, GMC Terrain, Honda Pilot, and Dodge Journey)
  4. Full-Size Crossovers & Minivans (Ford Flex, Ford Explorer, Chevy Travers, Mazda CX-9, Toyota Sienna).

Different Classes of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs)

Now that we’ve reviewed the different sizes of crossovers, let’s take a closer look at the different classes of SUVs. 
  1. Compact SUVs (Kia Sportage and Jeep Wrangler)
  2. Midsize SUVs (Toyota 4Runner, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Kia Sorento)
  3. Full-Size SUVs (Toyota Sequoia, Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Nissan Armada, Dodge Durango)


The Affordability of the Vehicle 

You’ll need to have at least a rough idea of your price range before you begin shopping for any vehicle. Obviously, the more money you have to play around with, the greater the number of SUVs you will be able to consider. However, keep in mind the best SUVs are not necessarily the most expensive ones. The best ones are those built for your needs best. 

When considering affordability, keep in mind this includes more than just the purchase price. Insuring the vehicle, maintaining it, and the fuel economy the SUV gets will all play a role in the ongoing amount it will cost to own. 

Contact Stallons Auto for Help Finding the Right SUV

Serving Hopkinsville, Cadiz, Princeton, and Campbell

Once you have a better idea of your needs and a few vehicles in mind, the experts at Stallons Motors will guide you to the best solution. We offer an expansive inventory of pre-owned SUVs that you can test drive to ensure you make the best decision. 

Contact Stallons Auto Sales today by calling 270-885-1631 to learn more about any of our SUVs in Hopkinsville.