In today's ­first round match-up of The Motley Fool Better-Buy Tournament, Silver Wheaton squares off against General Motors in a battle to determine which stock is the better buy now. The 64-company tournament pits two Motley Fool analysts against each other as they make the case for their stocks with the winner determined by you, the readers.

Motley Fool energy analyst Taylor Muckerman thinks Silver Wheaton (NYSE:SLW) should move on to the next round because of its unique business model and low cost structure. Working in tandem with the biggest miners in the world, Silver Wheaton acquires its silver at around $4 per ounce while the metal currently trades just above $20. With mines in secure geographies, Silver Wheaton is an excellent way to invest in both silver and gold.

General Motors (NYSE:GM) was a very damaged company when it went bust in 2009. So-so products, high costs, poor management, we all know the tale. But GM is under new management now, and slowly but surely it's getting fixed. GM's profits still trail those of its closest rivals by wide margins. But new CEO Mary Barra and her team are making all the right moves to close the gap, according to Motley Fool autos analyst John Rosevear, and that makes GM stock a good bet right now. 

Watch these analysts square off in the video below and then vote for a winner. Then check out the other companies in the Motley Fool Better-Buy Bracket

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John Rosevear owns shares of General Motors. Taylor Muckerman has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends General Motors. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.