Learn how the Jeep Gladiator & RAM 1500 TRX compare to other off-road pick-up trucks!

Top 7 Off-Roading Pickup Trucks for the 2021 Model Year

Drivers are drawn to the thrill of off-roading for numerous reasons. It’s a great way to connect with nature and enjoy the thrill of driving off the beaten path. Those interested in getting a new 2021 off-roading pickup truck have a slew of capable options to choose from. Check out the video below to see how the top seven off-roading pickup trucks face off.

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2020 Jeep Gladiator parked on on hill

Learn about the dynamic capabilities of the 2021 Gladiator!

2021 Jeep Gladiator: Engines, Towing & Payload

The Jeep Gladiator is the latest addition to the brand’s model lineup and serves as its only pick-up truck. The Wrangler-resembling pick-up provides dependable performance, is loaded with features that enhance capabilities and offers plenty of technology for the driver to take advantage of. Continue reading below to learn about the payload and towing abilities for the 2021 Jeep Gladiator!

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2021 Jeep Wrangler on rocks

What kind of advanced safety technology does the 2021 Jeep Wrangler have?

2021 Jeep Wrangler Available Advanced Safety Technology

The Jeep Wrangler is the brand’s most popular vehicle and is known for its iconic boxy frame, incredible off-road performance and unique features like its removable top and doors. For 2021, the Wrangler receives a slew of updates and is equipped with plenty of intuitive technology. The 2021 Wrangler also offers advanced safety features and technology that add peace of mind to each drive. Continue reading below to learn about the advanced safety features offered in the 2021 Jeep Wrangler!

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2020 RAM 1500

How big is the display in the 2021 RAM 1500?

Interior Features & Technology in the 2021 RAM 1500

The 2021 RAM 1500 is a powerful pick-up truck that is built with premium features and is loaded with intuitive technology and purposeful amenities. The 2021 RAM 1500 provides dominant towing and payload abilities, while also offering a futuristic interior that adds ease and convenience to each drive. Continue reading below to learn about the interior features, technology and amenities in the 2021 RAM 1500!

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2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L from exterior front

Watch the reveal of the three-row 2021 Grand Cherokee L!

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Video Reveal

The Jeep brand is known for quality, reliability and dependability while providing capable performance whether conquering mountain trails or embarking on cross-country road trips. The brand is adding a new Grand Cherokee model to its lineup to address the needs of drivers who require three rows of seating. Watch the grand reveal of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L below!

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Where Can I Service my Jeep near Dallas, TX?

Schedule CDJR Service in Duncanville, TX

With vehicle ownership comes the responsibilities of keeping up on preventative maintenance and the vehicle’s service schedule. Drivers who are searching for a quality, customer-focused service center to trust with repairs and maintenance on your Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge or Ram vehicle are invited to learn more about the Freedom CDJR by Ed Morse Service Center in Duncanville, TX. Continue reading below to learn about the services offered at our dealership.

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2021 Jeep Wrangler parked in forest near lake

Shop for the 2021 Jeep Wrangler near Dallas, TX

For many years, the Jeep Wrangler has served as an off-road-ready SUV with an eye-catching design and reliable performance. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler is no exception, in fact, it brings the technology and performance of the Wrangler to the next level. Offering several capable, feature-packed models, including a new 4xe plug-in hybrid, the 2021 Jeep Wrangler offers a model that suits the needs of each type of driver. Those interested in shopping for the 2021 Jeep Wrangler near Dallas, Texas, are invited to begin their search at Freedom CDJR by Ed Morse in Duncanville. Continue reading below to learn about some of the SUV’s key features and how to get behind the wheel of one today.

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Should I Buy or Lease My Vehicle?

Getting a new car is one of the most exciting experiences as an adult. For a lot of people, the type of car we drive is an extension of ourselves.

We’re not saying that the nicer the car you drive, the better you are. However, the style of car you buy and how you take care of it can provide insight into your personality. 

This leads us to the age-old question. Is it better to buy or lease a car? There are plenty of pros and cons on both sides of the argument. Don’t feel bad if you’re having trouble coming to a decision. 

We’re here to help. Keep reading as we help you determine which option is best for your needs. 

Upfront Costs

First, let’s look at the upfront costs you can expect to pay. Each option has different initial costs. Regardless, there will be other expenses that go along with driving a vehicle, such as insurance premiums, registration fees, and taxes

Leasing

When leasing a car, you don’t need to worry about coming up with a sizeable down payment, as you would when buying a car. However, there are upfront fees, such as the first month’s payment, and a refundable security deposit.

Buying

When buying a car, it’s advisable to put down at least 20% of the car’s value. Though this isn’t required, a low or zero-dollar down payment will likely result in much higher interest rates. You need to factor this into your new car budget.

It may also be more difficult to get approved for an auto loan without a down payment at most dealership. At Freedom Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM we work hard for you to get you the best deal. 

Long Term Costs

Now, we need to take a look at the long term costs of each choice. Whether you buy or lease a car, you need to consider how it will affect your future finances. 

Buying

If you buy a new car, you need to consider the costs of depreciation. New cars can lose as much as 20% of their value in the first year. If you buy a new car, you’re the one paying for depreciation.

However, when you go to replace that car, you can sell it to make up some of the money you’ve spent on payments. Buying a car is an investment. If you never replace the car, you’ll eventually pay it off and you won’t have any payments, which will give you hundreds in extra spending money each month. 

Leasing

On the flip side, leasing vs buying a car typically means smaller monthly payments. Additionally, the car’s depreciation isn’t your problem. However, when it comes time to trade vehicles, you simply hand the keys back over without any return on your investment (years of making payments).

Also, when leasing vehicles, you can choose to keep the car and pay it off. However, you’ll be much farther behind than if you just bought it in the first place.  

Commitment

An important factor to consider when trying to decide whether to buy or lease a vehicle is the level of commitment required by each option. While some people view financial commitments as risky, they can also have better payoffs. 

Buying

If you choose to buy a RAM, for example, that car is yours for good. If you decide you want a new or different car in the future, you’ll have to sell it or trade it in. However, you’ll be rewarded for your commitment because of the sell value or trade-in value.

Leasing

On the other hand, vehicle lease agreements can be anywhere from 12-60 months. If you’re hesitant to commit to long-term payments, leasing a vehicle for only 12 months is a pretty safe bet.

Learning when to lease a vehicle and for how long is essential. This can be ideal if you’re only in town for a few years for work, are experimenting with a new location, etc. However, if you decide to terminate your lease agreement early, there will be fees.

Leasing Options

One of the best things about leasing a vehicle is that it provides you with more options. Because the monthly payments are so much lower than buying a car, it’s easier to get into brand new, higher-priced vehicles. For some people, leasing a new car is the only way they’d be able to drive a brand new luxury model. 

For example, you could lease a Jeep for a few years until your contract is up. At that point, you could jump into another brand new Jeep. Leasing vs buying grants you access to different vehicle models that may not otherwise be available in your price range. 

Limitations

It’s important to understand and embrace the ultimate difference when you choose to buy or lease a car – ownership. At the end of the day, if you lease a car, it’s not yours. If you buy a car, it’s yours until you sell it.

Leasing

There are limitations to leasing a car you are bound by to avoid extra charges and fees. For example, when you sign a lease contract, you agree to keep the vehicle’s mileage under a certain number. You could pay as much as 15 to 20 cents per mile over the limit. 

Additionally, if you return the vehicle with “excessive” wear and tear, you’ll be held financially liable. This could include dents, scratches, stains, and tears. Talk to car dealers before signing any contracts to make sure you understand what you’re responsible for. 

Buying 

Alternatively, if you buy a car, you’re free to do what you want. You can put as many miles on it as you want. For that matter, you can put as many scratches on it as you want’ (though we don’t know why you would).

Additionally, if you want to make changes or customizations to the car, you can do so without fear of reprisal. You can change the rims, add decals, slap on bumper stickers, swap out the stereo system for something better, etc.

Are You Ready to Buy or Lease a Car?

If you’re ready to get into a new car, we hope our guide helped you come to a decision. And whether you want to buy or lease your next car, we can help. 

Come down to our Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM dealership in Duncanville or check out our specials online. And if you’re worried about getting approved for a loan, you can apply for financing right now. Good luck, we hope to hear from you soon!