Saturday, November 21, 2020

Customers Come First At Melloy Dodge




Melloy Dodge has a lot to be proud of, even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and the overall challenges that 2020 has brought. It’s been a year that none of us will forget, and that in part has to do with one of the awards that Melloy Dodge worked hard to earn: The Customer First Award for Excellence! FCA US partnered with J.D. Powers to create an award for dealerships that take extra pride in their overall customer experience, from the start at sales and through the purchasing process. When you shop for a new or used vehicle at Melloy Dodge, your needs are our priority. Being a recipient of the Customer First Award for Excellence means that our customers should hold us the standard at which the award was given: our facility should be clean, our customer service should shine, and our commitment to you throughout the life of your vehicle remains important to us even after you leave our lot! Purchasing a new vehicle is a big deal, and here at Melloy Dodge we continue to aim for the highest customer satisfaction with every new or used vehicle purchase. Our sales associates are always ready and willing to help you get what you need and for a price within your budget! You can browse our inventory online and chat with us too. Be sure to visit Melloy Dodge, where we always say DEAL! 

Thursday, November 12, 2020

How Antifreeze Works

 



Are you aware of the importance that Antifreeze plays in your vehicle? It helps lower the freezing point of the liquid in your radiator that keeps your engine from freezing and from overheating!  But you may still be wondering, what exactly is Antifreeze and what does it do? 

Antifreeze is a mixture of water and ethylene glycol, and its entire purpose is to keep your engine from freezing or overheating. Antifreeze is added to your radiator, which is part of your vehicle's cooling system. Antifreeze increases the boiling point to 223°F and decreases your radiators freezing point to -37°F!

The process to keep your engine operating within a certain range of temperatures lies within how your cooling system works: the antifreeze is pumped through the engine and the heater core and begins to absorb the excess heat, and then returns to the radiator where it can get rid of the excess heat by dissipating it from the outside air. 

Melloy Dodge is proud to offer our express lane! Our Express Lane is fast and easy and the best part is that there is no appointment required. During your service check, your oil will be checked and changed, fluids, including antifreeze levels, will be checked and added and your tires can be rotated. Stop in today, our express lane is located on the south side of our dealership, just follow the signs!

Friday, October 30, 2020

Driving Tips For Snow and Ice




We don’t get snow often, but when we do, it can barely a dusting or 8-12 inches overnight!  Even though it snowed, we still have jobs to get to and adventures to take with the family. Melloy Dodge would like to take this opportunity to make sure that you know how to safely drive in snow and icy conditions. 

1.) If you don’t need to be out, stay home, and stay safe! This protects you and your vehicle from any unnecessary Injuries and damage. 

2.) Keep extra supplies in your vehicle like; water, food, blankets, and medications. 

3.) Before the next snowstorm hits, be sure to check your tire tread and ensure that your tires are properly inflated. 

4.) Drive slowly: snow and cold temperatures can create black ice, so when you accelerate quickly you’re more likely to spin instead of moving forward. It takes longer to slow down when there is ice present, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to come to a complete stop.

5.)Use neutral: If you're comfortable with this tip, use your neutral gear when you are approaching a stop sign or a curve. Placing the transmission in neutral disengages the engine from the drive train, because even at idle, a car in gear on ice can cause you to slide.

6.) If you can, do not stop on hills: always assume you are driving on ice. When you stop on a hill you have lost the momentum that will keep you from sliding backward. 

7.) If you start to spin: if you begin to spin, act slowly, you should always turn your wheel in the opposite direction you are spinning: this will help take out some of the momenta of the spin and will help to slow you down and straighten you out. 

Snow and ice are no joke and should be driven on when you’ve taken the necessary precautions and are properly informed on how to handle these conditions. Melloy Dodge encourages you to stop by our express lane before the start of the next winter storm so we can service your vehicle and check your tires! 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Tire Pressure Changes In The Cooler Temperatures

With cooler and freezing temperatures fast approaching, Melloy Dodge would like to remind you of the importance of checking your tire pressure when there has been a noticeable drop in the temperature. If your vehicle is newer and features a tire pressure system, your messaging center will alert you that your tires need to be inflated to the recommended PSI. You may notice that there are several days throughout the Fall and Winter when your Tire Pressure System could alert you to lower tire pressures. If your vehicle is older, it’s important to check your tire pressure throughout the seasons and especially when there has been a dramatic change overnight or a weather system change during the day. If you don’t already own a tire pressure gauge, you can purchase one from our parts departments located within Melloy Dodge or at your local automotive store. 

But, why does your pressure fluctuate throughout the seasons? Hot air expands and cool air contracts. In the summer, your PSI is likely to increase, especially if you are traveling long distances. When you are in warmer weather or cooler climate,  you should always check each tire’s pressure and verify that each tire is at the recommended PSI located on the exterior wall of your tire. If you park your vehicle outside during the Fall and Winter months, you should check your tire pressure at least once a month. When your tire pressure is at the manufacturer’s recommended pressure, you can ensure that your vehicle will function as it should, such as fuel economy, stopping distance, and much more. For more important information regarding your tire pressure, check out our blog that goes further into detail: https://bit.ly/3dHJtMA

Melloy Dodge and our staff are dedicated to proper and important information that pertains to the safety of your vehicle and knowledgeable vehicle ownership. Visit our express lane, no appointment needed, for your vehicle maintenance, tire rotations, and fluid checks.


 

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Tips To Deter Rodent Damage To Your Vehicle




You don’t hear about rodent damage to vehicles in New Mexico too often, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. Especially in the winter, these little critters such as rats, mice, and even raccoons can crawl up a tire and cuddle with your engine block to stay warm in freezing temperatures. Colder temperatures are just around the corner so be prepared. Melloy Dodge would like to give you steps you can take to protect your vehicle and your vehicle’s wiring from damage that is sure to be a costly repair.

You Can Leave Your Hood Open At Night:  Leave your vehicle's hood open if it's safe to do so. This will remind you to check your engine area for varmints before starting up. 

Moth Balls: These are poisonous to the rodent if consumed. You can place these in mesh bags around your vehicle or in the engine block area, as long as you remember to get them out each time.

Park Your Car In The Garage: Keeping your vehicle parked inside will reduce the risk of rodents getting in your vehicle and chewing up expensive wiring. Make sure your garage is sealed as well. 

Peppermint Oil: You can use peppermint oil as a natural way to repel rodents. You can soak cotton balls and place them on the metal lip just below your windshield under the hood, and spray your tires with the oil as well. 

Rodent Deterrent Tape: As an extra precaution, especially if you live in an area that you know is infested with these creatures, you can wrap your vehicle’s wiring in rodent deterrent tape. 

Ultrasonic Devices: Say goodbye to mouse traps. Ultrasonic devices employ the use of undetectable sound waves to drive away unwanted rodents and other pests.

No one wants to deal with taking their vehicle to the mechanic to have wiring replaced. This is both an inconvenience and a costly expense. But, if rodents have recently taken your vehicle’s wiring as part of their dietary needs, our skilled mechanics are ready to get you back on the road as quickly as possible! Stop into our express lane and we'll complete an evaluation and either schedule you for an appointment or get you back on the road. Visit Melloy Dodge online to schedule your vehicle appointment today!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

New Vehicle Lease Vs. Loan Differences




When you come to Melloy Dodge consider a new vehicle for you or your family member, it's important to know the difference between a loan and a lease, the two options you'll be given. Melloy Dodge works hard to get you the best deal we can get you, it's up to you how you plan on making those monthly payments a part of your budget!

Lease: 

Lower Monthly Payment: These are considered your monthly "rental" fees, typically lower than a regular vehicle payment because you are not paying for the total price of the vehicle.

Mileage: When you lease you are allotted a certain number of miles that can typically range between 10,000 to 15,000 miles per year. At the end of the lease period, the miles driven will be evaluated. If you've exceeded the allotted miles, the leasing company will charge you per mile over the agreed-upon amount. It's important for you to approximate the miles you drive each year before you commit to a lease, as some companies charge up to .25 cents per mile-- which can really add up!

Say Good-Bye To Being Upside-Down: Because you’re leasing the vehicle for a certain amount of time, you’re typically only paying the amount of depreciation expected over your lease term. 

Fewer, If Any, Repair Expenses: Dealerships often make sure the vehicle is covered by the warranty insurance, so if something mechanical goes wrong you may not be blindsided by costly and unexpected repair bills. 

Condition Responsibility:  For the term of the lease you are responsible for keeping the vehicle in excellent condition on both the interior and exterior. If you do not, you will be assessed charges at the end of the lease. For example, if you hit a curb and scuff a wheel you may be responsible for replacing the wheel-- which can cost you hundreds of dollars.


Loan: 

Monthly Payments: Typically, the cost of your monthly payment is determined by your credit score and the amount you put down and/or trade as part of the down payment. The more you put down, the lower the monthly payment. You should be able to get an idea of what you’ll be paying by utilizing our car payment calculator on our website here. Remember that you're also paying interest on the loan-- something you do not pay in a lease.

Mileage: Because you are paying to own the vehicle outright, you are not limited to the number of miles you can put on the vehicle a year. 

Repair Expenses: As the vehicle owner, you are responsible for vehicle repairs that are out of the warranty window: these typically range somewhere between 3-year/50,000 miles up to 10-year/100k miles. It's important to note here that these warranties may only cover the engine and drivetrain. They are NOT bumper-to-bumper warranties. So, check with your dealer to consider extended warranties-- which will often cover items such as electronics, air conditioning systems, and paint discoloration.

Condition Responsibility:  The condition of your vehicle will determine its value when you are ready to trade for another vehicle-- so be kind to your ride! But, make absolutely sure you keep up with your vehicle's routine maintenance. For example, if you fail to change the oil at appropriate intervals and you damage your engine, you will be on the hook for any repair bills.

Melloy Dodge is New Mexico’s #1 Dodge and Ram dealer! Come on down to the showroom and speak to one of our experienced and professional salesmen. We have deals you won’t want to miss out on and we work hard to make sure you leave with the best deal there is. Come on down to Melloy Dodge, where we always say DEAL!

Sunday, September 20, 2020

The World's Fastest Production Vehicle

 


Since the release of the SRT Hellcat, Dodge has made significant changes to horsepower, appearance, and performance year after year. The 2021 will undoubtedly be the fastest production vehicle on the market! It will harness horsepower ranging from 717 in the base model to 807-Horsepower in the super stock model! Dodge will meet its customer base with five different models, all upgradable to your liking and fit your budget. 

The SRT Redeye wide-body clocked 60mph at just 3.6 seconds and finished a quarter-mile in less than 12 seconds going 125 mph. The roar under the hood on startup will give you full-body chills, but that won’t stop you from experiencing the power just beneath your foot. 

As of summer 2020, you can order your 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and the upgrades you want. Melloy Dodge is ready to walk you through the purchase of your dream car, and get you the power you deserve to harness! Come down to Melloy Dodge, where we always say DEAL.

*As always, please drive responsibly.* 


Tuesday, September 8, 2020

New Vehicle Payment Breakdown




Buying a new vehicle is a big commitment and also very exciting. It’s important to know exactly how much you can expect to pay and how much you afford to pay on a monthly basis. Most dealerships offer 72-month financing, with good credit, and often times you can use your previous vehicle as a trade or down payment on your new vehicle. Right now, Melloy Dodge is offering 0% for 84 months! That’s a deal you don’t want to miss.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, our financing officers have worked hard to make sure that you get what you need at a price you can afford. Here are a few examples of what you can expect to pay and the savings while financing with 0% instead of a pre-pandemic 3.9%.

Let’s say you’re buying a 2020 Dodge Charger SXT:
Tag Price: $31,595
Your Price @ Melloy Dodge: $25,925
3.9% @ 72 months w/ $2,000 down: $405/mo
0% @ 84 months w/ $2,000 down: $309/mo

That’s an incredible $96 savings!!

How about a 2020 Dodge Durango SXT Plus:
Tag Price: $41,975
Your Price @ Melloy Dodge: $37,037
3.9% @ 72 months w/ $3500 down: $569/mo
0% @ 84 months w/ $3500 down: $434/mo

That’s an incredible savings of $135/mo!!

These financing rates are not going to be around for much longer and you don’t want to miss this opportunity. Melloy Dodge is located at 9621 Coors Blvd. Albuquerque, NM 87114. Come on down to Melloy Dodge, where we always say DEAL! Prices are for demonstration purposes only. On approved credit. Vehicle pricing and financing options may change without notice. See dealer for complete details.

Thursday, August 27, 2020



Commercial Use: Let’s talk about the advantages of owning the Ram Promaster 2500. It’s essentially a blank canvas, yours to do with to best fit your needs!  The Promaster 2500 is made to haul stuff, heavy stuff. With a payload capacity of 4,681 lbs, you can pick up and deliver the heavy loads all day long. Unlike most commercial vehicles, the Promaster 2500 can be entirely upgraded to fit your personal needs. There is a large number of upgradable options ranging from the upholstery on your seats to the shelving units in the rear. This unit is also part of the #vanlife lifestyle that is currently trending.  


Recreational Use: Instead of committing to a high monthly payment on a Class C camper, this commercial fleet vehicle can be customized to be used as your road trip companion and you can equip it with flooring, a bed, and much more. The Promaster 2500 has the engine power to tow a maximum capacity of 5,100 lbs. This will enable you to tow a small sedan or off-road vehicle for more off-road capabilities on your epic adventures. Not only can this double as your on-the-road living, but your business will also run smoother with a trusted and reliable vehicle that is equipped with a 3.6L and 280hp engine to continuously get you, on time, to your commitments. Be sure to contact Melloy Dodge’s commercial fleet specialists to schedule an appointment to test drive one today or stop in and talk to us today!

Thursday, August 20, 2020




Here at Melloy Dodge offers a wide variety of “Deals” and we are always working hard to make sure you get everything you want and need in a new vehicle. We understand that it’s a monthly investment, so come on down or sit at the comfort of your computer and check out our labor day sales event!

You can get up to 84 months of financing with 0% APR on select model year-end 2019’s and 2020’s. With our site’s “Garage” feature, you can save and compare multiple vehicles. The Covid-19 virus has pushed us to make purchasing a vehicle more convenient and we deliver right to your door. Our Labor Day Sales Event is the first place and the last place you'll need to look for your new vehicle!

The online “Garage” also comes in handy before you come to the showroom because you can walk in more prepared and ready to deal, knowing exactly what you want! Visit the youtube link below to better explain how to start your online “Garage” today and contact us if you need any help or further explanation.


https://youtu.be/7OYhKaQ7H6M

Sunday, August 9, 2020

The Dodge Journey or The Dodge Durango: The Family Edition

 

The Dodge Journey or The Dodge Durango: The Family Edition


Choosing the right vehicle for your family can be a difficult decision, but our sales associates and customer reviews have provided us here at Melloy Dodge with the knowledge and information that may take some of the pressure off. We often get young families coming in to look for a bigger vehicle as their growing family has out-grown their sedan. Our team has put together a list of quick reference feedback for both the Journey and Durango to better help you choose!


The Dodge Journey:

Specs:

-Base Price (SE): MSRP: $26,685 Your Price @ Melloy Dodge: $19,753 (August 202 on thisTrim)

-Gas Mileage: 19 City/ 25 Highway

-Seating Capacity- 7 (2 Front, 3 Middle, 2 Rear)

-Four Trim Packages: SE Value, SE, Crossroad, SXT or GT

-1,000-2,500lb Towing Capacity

Feedback:

-Back up camera 

-Center floor storage for drinks or snacks

-Windows are low enough smaller kids can still see out of. 

-Folding rear seats that make a larger area for groceries or other supplies. 

-Middle seats adjust back and forth a few inches. 

-Comfortable riding and low road noise. 


The Dodge Durango: 

Specs:

-Base Price (SXT): MSRP: $33,580 Your Price @ Melloy Dodge: $29,850 (August 2020 on this Trim)

-Gas Mileage: 19 City/ 26 Highway

-Seating Capacity: 7 (2 Front, 3 Middle, 2 Rear)

-Trim Packages: 5 (SXT, GT, Citadel, R/T, SRT)

-Towing Capacity: 6,200 lbs 

Feedback: 

-The model with middle row captain seats allows both children and adults to move easily in the rear. 

-Flat folding of all rows comes in handy when you need extra space.

-Legroom is great in all models 

-There is more center seat space 

-Comfortable riding and low road noise.


We love to hear from you and our returning customers when upgrading to a newer model! Each of our wonderful staff members has valuable information that can come in handy when you're looking for a new family-friendly vehicle, so be sure to talk to us about what you’re looking for so we can point you in the direction that best suits your family’s needs! Come down to Melloy Dodge on Coors in Albuquerque today or visit us online and speak with a sales associate! *Prices are plus TT&L and dealer transfer fee. Any financing is on approved credit. Limited inventory. See dealer for complete offer details.*



Tuesday, July 21, 2020

How Much Can I Tow?


Summer is the perfect time to hitch up your 5th wheel or camping trailer and head to the mountains for a reprieve. Our trucks and SUV’s are the ultimate work-horse to getting us there, but its important to make sure your vehicle isn’t operating over its recommended tow weight. Melloy Dodge values our customers and their need for adventure, so our experts want you to make informed decisions that are going to keep your truck or SUV in proper working order.
1-     Know Your Tongue Weight: Tongue weight is the weight of the trailer hooked onto your ball hitch and should not exceed 10-15% of the total trailer’s weight. For example, a trailer weighing 10,000 lbs should not exert more than 1,000 to 1,500 pounds of pressure on your tongue.
2-     Manufacturer’s Recommendation: When you purchase a RAM or Dodge equipped with towing capacities, you will be informed of max towing weight for your towing needs. It’s best to come with your trailer’s manufacturer listed weight so we can provide you with a vehicle that matches or beats the weight of your trailer.
3-     Maximum Tow Capacity: This is the maximum weight your vehicle can tow. You should never exceed your manufacturer’s recommended towing capacity because it can lead to dangerous outcomes.
4-     Tire Pressure: Your vehicle’s tire pressure should never exceed the recommended PSI on the sidewall of your tire. For more towing tire pressure concerns, please consult your operator's manual and the towing sticker on your driver’s door.
Our sales team at Melloy Dodge is always ready to help you get where you want to go. From sales to service, Melloy Dodge has provided our New Mexico community with excellent care since 1955. For more information, contact our sales team today or schedule an appointment today at https://www.melloydodge.com/contact-us/.