Thursday, August 9, 2018

Hellcat: Charger versus Challenger

If you have the “need for speed”, you’ll find it in the Dodge Hellcat models! But what are the major differences between the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger Hellcats?

If you’re choosing one of these performance sports car models, it may come down to how many doors you want! The Dodge Challenger Hellcat offers a design faithful to the original 1970 racing model, complete with sleek looks, and many performance options including the 840 horsepower Demon edition (the most powerful street legal production car in the United States).

The Dodge Charger Hellcat option is the only four door muscle car available, with its Hellcat V8 option offering 707 horsepower. The Charger is the bigger of the two models, with an array of engine options for lots of power. In its Hellcat option, the aerodynamics of the Charger allow it to reach 200 mph.

Interestingly, gas mileage (23mpg average), torque (264 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm), and transmission (automatic, 8 speed) are the same. They offer 3 year or 36,000 mile limited warranties, and NHTSA overall safety ratings of 5 stars. (Note however that driving 200 mpg does offer safety risks, and certainly won’t produce gas mileage of 23mpg!)

Hellcat models are limited, and industry experts say they’ll become collector’s edition vehicles. To see the Hellcats at Melloy Dodge, visit us at 9621 Coors Blvd. NW in Albuquerque, call us at 505-843-9600, or shop online at

Recommended Oil Change Frequency

It’s 2018. Vehicles have literally been around for over one hundred years. In that time, we’ve gone from cars, trucks and SUVs that have traditionally used gasoline and oil to fuel engines, to cars that you can plug into the wall and charge overnight.

A lot has changed in the last century.

But what effects have the last one hundred years meant for vehicles that still use combustion engines? In the past we’ve all heard from the national lube and tune-up companies, “You need to change your oil every three-thousand miles.” But is it true? What is the lifespan on oil in your vehicle? How can you tell if you really need to spend the time and money on an oil change?

Today, vehicle manufacturers’ process to build engines is far advanced than it was even a few decades ago.  Cars perform better, produce less exhaust and yes, use oil more efficiently. If you have visited the Melloy Dodge Express Lane for a no-appointment oil change or tire rotation, you most likely noticed that our service team leaves a new type of ‘oil change reminder’ on the windshield.

Depending on your vehicle, it may recommend up to 5,000 miles between oil changes or read “See Oil Light.” That’s because many vehicles can display and alert you when it’s time for any needed service, including oil changes.

Oil today is manufactured more efficiently too. In most instances, vehicles can get twice as many miles from a single oil change, compared to even ten years ago. It’s incredible how far oil and vehicle manufacturing has come

Of course, you always want to keep up to date with how your vehicle is performing. Not sure if you need an oil change? Check it yourself. All engines have a dip stick to check the quantity and color of your oil, so you can see if the oil is low or becoming very dark, signs that your car needs to be serviced. . Be sure, however, to always refer to your owner’s manual for your vehicle’s recommended service.

Drive in peace knowing your oil and vehicle are performing optimally. And when it’s time for an oil change, or when you have any automotive service questions, call the Melloy Dodge Service Department or visit the Melloy Dodge Express Lane, where no appointment is needed. We’re located at 9621 Coors Blvd NW in Albuquerque, just north of Paseo del Norte.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Auto Service Contracts for New Cars

When you buy a new car, the paperwork process in the finance office can be lengthy, due to the loan documents. Part of what your Melloy Dodge finance manager will review with you in this process will be optional auto service contracts that are available on your vehicle.

Auto service contracts typically extend coverage for certain systems in your vehicle beyond the manufacturer’s warranty.  While some car buyers might think of a service contract as a warranty, they are separate things. The warranty is what comes with the new vehicle purchase, while a service contract may be purchased at any time. 

The included Dodge warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 mile basic coverage and 5 years or 60,000 mile limited powertrain coverage. Ram trucks offer 3 years or 36,000 mile basic warranty and 5 years or 100,000 miles limited powertrain coverage. Should a vehicle have a problem with the windshield washer fluid pump after the basic coverage period, for example, the repair of that item no longer falls under the standard warranty, but might be covered under the service contract.

Service contracts are optional, and for many buyers, provide peace of mind, particularly since today’s vehicles have so many computerized systems. Whether you decide to purchase a service contract or not will make no difference on your ability to get financing on the vehicle. 

The cost of the service contract Is based on the vehicle’s make, model, coverage and length of the contract. Most service contracts do require a deductible to be paid, and should specify if that deductible is per visit or per repair.

Any exclusions should be spelled out clearly. For example, items that typically need regular parts or maintenance like brakes and clutches are usually not covered, nor are scratches or damage caused by use other than “normal wear and tear”.

Your Melloy Dodge finance manager can answer your questions about service contracts, and help you consider whether to add this optional product when you purchase your vehicle. 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Summer Clearance Sale: Ram Trucks

As we post this in late July, the selection of Ram trucks on the Melloy Dodge lot has never been bigger!

Currently, our new truck inventory shows nearly 250 Ram trucks—the Ram 1500 and Ram 2500 models are the most popular, but we also have a number of Ram 3500 (great for heavy towing needs), Ram 4500, and Ram 5500 trucks for commercial use available.

On top of that huge selection, summertime means clearance! As we approach the turning point for the next model year vehicles, we’re always anxious to clear our inventory. For example, a 2018 Ram 1500 Tradesman regular cab, 4x2 truck, normally priced at $32,650 can now be purchased for as low as $21,400 with all qualifying rebates and incentives.

While many customers look to RAM for its powerful towing capacity and best-in-class features, others look for a reasonably priced workhorse. Whatever you’re looking for, Melloy Dodge can find the truck for you—whether it’s a new Ram, or shop our used vehicle lot for certified preowned options, or other makes priced to sell.

Melloy Dodge also offers Albuquerque’s only Certified Ram Experts, a designation that indicates that sales person has extensive knowledge about the features in the trucks, in order to help our customers find the best truck for their needs. If we can help you find the right truck at the right price, call or visit Melloy Dodge at 9621 Coors Blvd. NW in Albuquerque, or online at

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Tire Size and Speedometers

Your speedometer provides valuable information as you drive a vehicle, much more than just avoiding a traffic ticket. Knowing your accurate speed helps you measure your velocity as you enter curves, and helps give the driver a gauge for the distance it will take to stop at higher speeds.

Speedometers are calibrated to ensure that the torque created by the magnetic field is accurately reflecting the speed of the vehicle. One important part of that calibration involves the diameter of the tires.

When an axle makes a complete 360 turn, the tire connected to that axle makes a revolution. However a tire with a larger diameter will travel more distance than a different tire that has a smaller diameter. For example, a tire with a diameter of 20 inches could cover about 63 inches of ground as it makes one revolution, while a larger tire with a 30 inch diameter might cover about 94 inches.

Your vehicle’s service manual will recommend the proper size of tire for your car, truck or SUV. Be cautious about changing that tire size. Always consult with a qualified service advisor about the size and type of tire suitable for your vehicle. If any changes to tire size are made, it’s a good idea to have the vehicle serviced and the speedometer tested to be sure it is correctly calibrated.

For any questions about vehicle service, contact the Melloy Dodge Service Department, located at the Melloy Dodge dealership, 9621 Coors Blvd. NW in Albuquerque. The service department can service all makes and models, and will be sure to follow manufacturer protocols.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

FCA Offers up to Six Months of Apple Music Free

FCA recently announced that with every purchase of a Dodge or Ram, customers will get up to six-months of free Apple Music. Take advantage of this special offer at Melloy Dodge, now through April 30, 2019!

Experience the ultimate road trip playlist with access to Apple Music’s catalog of over 45 million songs! You can enjoy all this free music with premium BeatsAudio sound. In addition, with CarPlay, Dodge and Ram drivers can send and receive messages, make calls, listen to podcasts and audio books, get directions, and more.

This offer is available with the purchase of any new Dodge or Ram model that is equipped with CarPlay support and BeatsAudio. Visit Melloy Dodge to see all new models like the Dodge Challenger or Ram 1500!

How Do I Know When to Change My Air Filter?

MelloyDodge is often asked, "how do I know when to change my air filter?" In some cases, the answer is clear-- in other cases, the answer is a little more difficult. At Melloy Dodge, we will recommend an air filter change as per the manufacturer's recommended schedule. This schedule helps to maintain the overall efficiency of your engine, as well as address certain aspects of engine performance that may affect the warranty. So, always follow those specifications for vehicle health. 

Several years ago, manufacturers recommend changing the oil every 3,000 miles. That recommendation was due to the breakdown of the oil itself. Now, engine oils are much more sophisticated and changing the oil may be recommended only every 5,000. At that point, you should highly consider changing the air filter-- just as a standard for your vehicle and our hot and dusty driving conditions. Also, please consider that the majority of New Mexico roads are unpaved. Those dusty conditions can overwhelm your air filter and may make your engine run inefficiently. So, as a matter of practice, if you're in dusty conditions frequently, you should consider changing the air filter--and, don't forget your cabin air filter, too.

If you're still wondering, contact the Melloy Dodge service department and allow their experts to examine the filter and provide you with the best answer for your vehicle and the conditions your vehicle is subject to.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

What Makes a Hemi Engine So Powerful?

Ram trucks are known for their powerful engines, known as Hemis, a term that the manufacturer Chrysler trademarked back in the 1960s. What’s so special about a Hemi, and how did it get that name?
Hemi is short for hemispherical, describing the engine’s combustion chambers, where the intake and exhaust valves are on opposite sides. That allows the combustion mixture to flow directly across the chamber.
That direct path allows more optimum efficiency. To get maximum power from an engine, it should leave no unburned gas, take full advantage of cylinder pressure, and not waste energy as it takes air and fuel in and pushes exhaust out.
Because the Hemi surface area is smaller than flathead engines, less heat escapes during combustion and the fuel burns hotter. With the valves on the opposite side, they can be bigger, allowing more airflow.
The Hemi engines are the heart of the Ram 1500, Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 trucks. Because of the engine’s power, the Ram lineup often has Best In Class designations for towing, horsepower and torque.
At Melloy Dodge, our staff includes Certified Ram Specialists who’ve achieved additional training in the Rams and in the Hemi engine capacity. Call or visit our Albuquerque Dodge and Ram dealership at 9621 Coors Blvd NW, just north of Paseo del Norte, for powerful Ram trucks with Hemi engines built for the long haul.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

2018 Dodge Pursuit for Law Enforcement

Thousands of police agencies across the country rely on Dodge vehicles to help them do their job. Melloy Dodge is excited to announce that the 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit will join the Dodge Charger Pursuit in the Dodge police fleet lineup. This police version of the Durango will be an excellent addition to police fleets everywhere.

The new 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit is powered by a 5.7L hemi V-8 and equipped with AWD and Fuel Saver Technology, just like the Dodge Charger Pursuit. The Charger Pursuit has an 8-speed automatic transmission, 7,200 lb towing capacity, and a 119.8-inch wheelbase. Other features include the ParkView rear backup camera and ParkSense alert, trailer sway control, eight-way power adjusting seats and a temperature-controlled K-9 friendly Tri-Zone interior.

“Unofficial testing results at the Michigan State Police 2018 model-year vehicle evaluation event created such a stir among law enforcement agencies that we simply had to find a way to build this vehicle” said Steve Beahm, the head of passenger car brands for FCA North America.

Pricing has not been revealed at this time, but law enforcement agencies who would like to learn more should call (800) 999-3533. The 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit is available for order for a limited time.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Window Tint Laws

In our last blog, we discussed the benefits of window tinting. Temperature control, protection from harmful solar rays, and a stronger defense against cracking. In this blog, we want to bring to your attention some of the laws that have been passed regarding tinting. Of course, these laws are passed with safety in mind, and Melloy Dodge wants every driver to be safe.

The New Mexico Window Tint Law was enacted in 1997 and regulates how dark a window tint can be. Window tint darkness is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage or VLT%. This means the percentage of visible light that is let in through the window. The front and back side windows and rear window must allow more than 20% of sunlight in. The front windshield can be tinted above the AS-1 line.

Much like sunglasses lenses that have metallic elements to help reflect incoming light, window tinting can often be reflective. In some states, this is monitored by the law, but in New Mexico, there is no reference to reflectivity in the current law. However, be aware that window tint laws vary by state, and what’s allowed in New Mexico may be regulated in the states you travel to.

New Mexico doesn’t restrict any colors of tint. Dual side mirrors are required if your back window is tinted. New Mexico also requires a sticker to be placed between the window tint film and the glass on the driver’s side window to show that the tint meets legal requirements.

Being aware of these laws will ensure that your vehicle meets the safety requirements in your state. You can be sure that your window tint is approved by the state of New Mexico if you go to a certified service provider, like the Melloy Dodge Service Department. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Why Tint Your Windows?

You schedule regular service and maintenance appointments for your vehicle’s engine, but have you thought about what you can do to take care of your windows? In New Mexico, many drivers opt to tint their windows, and for good reason. There are actual benefits that come with having it made in the shade. Melloy Dodge is here to explain.

Getting your windows tinted is more than a style statement. Tinting can block up to 99% of harmful ultraviolet rays and protect drivers. Harmful UV rays are linked to skin cancer and can even accelerate signs of aging in skin. Interestingly, research shows that just over half of skin cancers in the US occur on the left side of the body, on the driver’s side. So, protect your skin with window tinting.

Finding the right temperature in your car is also easier when your windows are tinted. Depending on the tint you go for, you may reduce 35-65% of the heat from the sun that builds up in your vehicle. This’ll save you fuel that would’ve otherwise gone to air conditioning.

Window tint film is designed to help protect your glass from shattering. Whether you’re driving along and a rock hits your windshield or something more serious such as an accident, tinted glass is more difficult to break and offers passengers a measure of protection from glass shards.

Protect your investment! Keep your vehicle in top shape, use less fuel on air conditioning, and prevent windshield cracking, all with the help of professional window tinting. To learn more about the benefits or to schedule your professional window tinting, contact the Melloy Dodge ServiceDepartment. You can click here to make your appointment!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

2019 RAM™ 1500 Trucks Are Arriving

The re-engineered 2019 RAM 1500s are arriving at Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque, New Mexico’s #1 selling Dodge and RAM dealership. The newly designed grille sets the stage for the redesign, with active grille shutters to smooth the front-end aerodynamics when it’s at highway speed. Another aerodynamic addition is the front splitter that lowers the truck at speeds over 35mph.

The exterior profile is more streamlined; the redesigned hood pushes air away from the wipers to improve airflow, and a small lip spoiler on the tailgate will reduce drag.

Under the hood, the 2019 RAM 1500 is powered by a 305-hp 3.6-liter V-6 (called Pentastar) or a 395-hp 5.7-liter V-8 (Hemi). Both engines connect to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2019 brings a hybrid version with an eTorque system, replacing the alternator with a motor/generator unit that can feed energy to a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack. 

Towing and payload capacity have also been increased. The 2019 RAM 1500 is rated to tow up to 12,750 pounds (an increase of 2,130 over previous model years) and a payload of up to 2,320 (an increase of 440 pounds).

For added convenience, the RamBox bedside storage areas are available, perfect for either work tools or tailgating supplies! The lids are better integrated into the truck’s bedsides, and an AC power outlet is tucked inside.

The most popular historic trim and configuration, the RAM 1500 crew cab Big Horn 4x4 with a V8 engine—tips the scales 225 pounds lighter than the previous year’s model. Even though it’s lighter weight, the truck is larger—nearly 4 inches longer and half an inch wider.

To see the new RAM 1500 2019 trucks, visit our website or stop by 9621 Coors Blvd. NW in Albuquerque, New Mexico to test drive one of these new RAM 1500s.