Tuesday, October 25, 2016

When It's Time to Buy a New Vehicle

It’s time to come to terms with the fact that the car you’ve been driving around for years isn’t going to last forever. Sooner or later it becomes impractical to hold on to an old vehicle. So how do you know when it’s time to purchase a brand new or slightly used car?

Among the most compelling reasons to consider buying a newer vehicle is the advancement of safety features in recent years. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety only began side impact crash-testing in 2003! Side impact crashes have a high likelihood of fatalities because vehicles do not absorb the impact forces before the occupant is injured. Cars manufactured after the 2003 model year are significantly safer than vehicles manufactured prior to the implementation of this form of crash testing. If you’re driving a car built before 2003, it may be time to consider purchasing a newer vehicle.

Owning an older vehicle can often require frequent maintenance. You may want to hold off on a new car payment for as long as possible, but fixing up an old car constantly can add up to more than a payment on a newer more reliable vehicle. Do the math! If the cost of repairs is greater than the value of the vehicle, or a year’s worth of monthly payments, it’s time to consider buying a new car. Trading up while the car still has value is a better option than driving the car until it breaks down completely. Because the market for used vehicles is a high demand, Melloy Dodge may be able to give you a compelling trade in offer on your used car or truck.

Sometimes a vehicle just doesn’t fit your lifestyle anymore. Perhaps you’re driving a small sedan, but just started a family. Or your children have grown up and moved out and you’re thinking of scaling back now that you don’t need a large vehicle. Whatever the circumstances, your vehicle should fit your lifestyle, and if it’s just not working for your life any more, it might be time to start shopping for a new one!

If after reading this, you think you’re ready to start looking for a new car or truck, or a slightly used vehicle, stop by Melloy Dodge and we’ll be happy to help you find a reliable vehicle that will fit your lifestyle and budget!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Come to Melloy and Get a Ram for the Road!

New Mexico loves Ram Trucks and Melloy Dodge loves New Mexico.

At Melloy Dodge, we’ve been serving the needs of the Albuquerque community since 1955. That's what has made us the number one Dodge and Ram dealer in New Mexico. It is our honor to offer great deals on this line of Ram trucks. Ram trucks are more than tough: They have the comfort you need to keep working. Whether you have your eye on Ram 1500, Ram 2500, or even the one-ton Ram 3500, we have a great selection available today at the dealership.

· The Ram 1500 HFE is a fuel miser with its high-output EcoDiesel V6 and an available, industry-exclusive 8-speed automatic transmission. The EPA rates the 1500 HFE at 29 MPG on the highway.

· Ram 2500 ups the ante with a maximum towing weight of 17,980 pounds when equipped with the legendary Cummins turbodiesel. That’s what 800 lb-ft of torque can deliver.

· For those who need to move mountains, there’s the Ram 3500. Heavy-duty equipment throughout and available dual-rear wheels give the 3500 the ability to tow up to 30,660 pounds, and carry a payload of up to 7,020 pounds. This truck also comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power lumbar steering support, and a five-inch touch screen.

At Melloy, we’re offering New Mexico great deals on the whole line of Rams, with zero-percent financing and cash back for qualified buyers.

Contact us at Melloy today and get a Ram for the road! We’re within easy driving distance from Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, and Socorro. We’re ready to make you a deal on a new Ram no matter where you live.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Melloy Dodge Receives FCA Customer First Award

Melloy Dodge has been awarded the 2016 Inaugural “Customer First Award for Excellence” from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). This award was given to only 124 Chrysler, Jeep, Ram, Dodge, and Fiat dealerships across the nation that have achieved excellence in Customer Service.

FCA created this award in order to heighten the customer experience in car dealerships around the country. They invited their dealer partners to join them in placing an emphasis on customer satisfaction and focus on the sales and service experience.

In being recognized for this award, Melloy Dodge joins other elite dealerships that have accomplished excellence in the facility, customer process, performance, employee surveys, and training certification.

There were 2,600 FCA dealerships in the United States eligible to pursue this award, with only the top one quarter of one percent of the dealerships being recognized by consumers as leaders in customer sales and service. This status was achieved in the six month period from January 1 - June 30, 2016.

Melloy Dodge is New Mexico’s largest selling Dodge and Ram dealership, and has been serving New Mexicans automotive needs since 1955. Melloy Dodge’s General Manager Bill Melloy said, “We want to thank our loyal customers for continuing to come to us for their car-buying needs. We continue to set the bar for a welcoming and friendly car-buying environment with knowledgeable staff members.” The dealership is located at 9621 Coors Blvd. NW in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Keep Your car Running in Tip Top Shape

Many drivers have vehicles that have logged over 100,000 and even 200,000 miles. Today's cars are better made and last longer than ever. However, in order to keep your vehicle running well, it needs regular maintenance. The service center at Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque, NM, is a great place to have maintenance performed on your Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, RAM, FIAT or SRT vehicle.

Regular maintenance such as having your vehicle's oil and filter changed, tires rotated, battery replaced or having safety work done on brakes or other essential parts will allow you to keep your vehicle longer and avoid emergency repairs that can cost you more money. By having your work done with genuine Mopar parts at the Melloy Dodge Service Center, you'll be guaranteed first rate service with factory-trained technicians. We also keep complete computerized records of all work done so you'll have a complete service history of your vehicle.

One of the most important aspects of maintenance is changing your vehicle's fluids. You already know the importance of regular oil and filter changes, but your vehicle has a number of other systems where the fluids must be flushed and replaced according to the manufacturer's service schedule. Your vehicle's cooling system is one area that needs periodic attention. It should be flushed once a year and be filled with an appropriate replacement to prevent corrosion and buildup inside the system.

Transmission and differential oils need changing according to service recommendations. Our technicians at Melloy Dodge will also recommend lubrication of bearings and other vehicle parts when needed. Call us today and let us service your vehicle to keep it in top shape.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

4 Easy Steps to Buying a Car

Are you in the market for a new or new-to-you vehicle? Here are four tips to help you make the best decision.

Before you start shopping, decide what you need in a vehicle. How many people does your car need to hold? Do you typically carry any cargo? Once you know what you need, an online search can reveal what cars are the best match. Melloy Dodge offers a wide selection of sedans, sports cars, SUVs and trucks. Our online tools let you browse our lot and compare new cars without leaving your house.

Choose the right dealership
Visiting a trusted dealership makes for a more pleasant buying experience, and a family-owned dealership gives you a name you can count on. The Melloy family has been in the auto business in New Mexico since 1955. A family-owned dealership with ties to the community relies on repeat customers, so they'll be motivated to treat you right.

Test drive
Once you've decided on your ideal vehicle, head to Melloy Dodge and give it a test drive. Try to drive in conditions similar to those you will be driving in every day so you have the perfect car to fit your driving needs.

Payment plans and financing options

Financing is an important part of most new car purchase. Melloy Dodge offers many different payment plans. In fact, you can get pre-approved for financing in seconds, before even setting foot in the dealership! If money is tight, a pre-approval can give you the confidence to know how much car you can fit into your budget.

If you're ready to shop for a new car, give our sales team a call at (888) 760-4136, or stop in today!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Visit our Dodge and Ram Service Department

When your Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, Jeep, Fiat, or SRT vehicle needs service work, whether it’s routine maintenance, warranty work, or something more serious, contact the Melloy Dodge Service Department in Albuquerque.

Our newly removed customer service lounge makes your wait time comfortable and convenient. Our new workstations give you an easy place to connect your laptop and wireless access is available. We also offer recharging stations for your mobile devices.

A refrigerator provides complementary cold drinks and nearby vending machines offer snacks. We’ve also recently replaced all the furnishings and d├ęcor, making the Service Department as well as our Sales area modern and comfortable. TVs and a childrens’ play area help to pass the time.
A shuttle is available as well, convenient if your vehicle will be in the shop and you need to get to work or back home.

Our service department can provide maintenance on any make and model of vehicle. You’ll find Service Specials on our website, offering discounts on parts, oil changes, and other service work. Our Service Department is open from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm on weekdays and 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays. You can schedule service online or call us at 505-843-9600.

Our Express Lane offers fast oil changes; no appointment is necessary. Please arrive 30 minutes before our closing time for an oil change.

Melloy Dodge is New Mexico’s #1 selling Dodge and Ram dealership, and has served the automotive needs of New Mexicans since 1955. We’re located at 9621 Coors Blvd. NW, just north of Paseo del Norte in Albuquerque.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Dodge Durango: A Roomy, Powerful SUV

The Dodge Durango at Melloy Dodge is a perfect vehicle for New Mexico drivers—roomy, powerful, and with optional four-wheel drive. Learn more about it here, and on our walk-around video.
This SUV offers two available engines, a 5.7 liter hemi V8 or the 3.6 liter V6 Pentastar with 305 horsepower. Towing capacity is 6,200 lbs. Projector headlamps and fog lamps, 18” alloy wheels, chrome mirrors and available sidesteps for easy entry are some of the options on the Durango.

The vehicle is stylish as well, with LED strip and racetrack lighting on the rear. A backup camera and backup sensors are available, a safety item so that you know what is behind your vehicle. It’s rated at 19mpg in the city and up to 27mpg on the highway.
The interior features a telescopic steering wheel, as well as a large 7” digital instrument cluster for the driver. Among the information it displays: analog or digital speedometer, tire PSI, transmission and oil temp, battery voltage, and fuel economy.
An 8.4” touchscreen offers controls for radio, media, climate, phone and apps. You can even use the vehicle as WiFi hot spot with your subscription.
An auxiliary port allows access to your digital music, and a USB port and SD card slot are also included.
The Dodge Durango is spacious and seats up to 7. It has 3 rows of seats, and easy, 2 touch access to get passengers into the back row. The Durango has added a lot of convenience (check out all the drink holders) as well as storage. With the back passenger seats folded down, it will hold a piece of plywood. A handy built-in flashlight is included in cargo area.
See the selection of Dodge Durangos at Melloy Dodge on Coors, New Mexico’s largest selling Dodge and Ram dealership.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Importance of Tire Pressure

During the hot New Mexico summer months, the tires on your vehicle will become hotter and will require more time to cool down. You should periodically check the tire pressure to ensure that you can safely drive your vehicle. If the tires are not properly inflated, then the performance of your Dodge or Ram vehicle could be seriously affected. You could be needlessly forced to buy new tires or could cause damage to other parts on your vehicle.


The engineers who designed your Dodge or Ram vehicle used calculations to balance the forces that would affect that vehicle under normal driving conditions. If the tire pressure is not within the safe range, then you could have difficulty while you are steering the vehicle and could lose traction, which could endanger your life and the life of any passengers. You can ask the Melloy Dodge service technicians about the proper method to use to check the tire pressure.


Tires are rated for a specific mileage such as for 60 or 90 miles. If a tire is overinflated or underinflated, there will be a greater force of friction between the pavement and the high spots on the tread, which will cause those rows of tread to be removed faster than the other tread on the tire. You may then need to prematurely buy new tires because there are uneven rows of tread that have less than the safe depth for the tread.


You can control your costs for tires and for future auto repair services. If the tires are not properly inflated, then your vehicle will not glide smoothly on a roadway. The vehicle could tilt to one side, which would increase the magnitude of the forces that can affect a car or truck’s safety and mileage. You can contact the service professionals at Melloy Dodge, 9621 Coors Blvd NW in Albuquerque, for more information.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Get your hands on a powerful Dodge Challenger

If you haven't experienced what it's like to be in the driver's seat of Dodge's third-generation Challenger, you need to hurry down to Melloy Dodge for a test drive. We have a selection of 2016 Challengers as well as pre-owned models, so check them out before they're gone.

The Dodge Challenger blends interior leather luxury with road-warrior aesthetics, and packs enough power under the hood to leave your knuckles white. Dodge's current Challenger is modeled after the classic 1970 variant, giving it a mean, muscle-car exterior that's refined to modern standards. Despite its old-school looks, the Challenger comes available with 8-Speed Automatic 8HP70 transmission for a smooth ride fit for the 21st century.

Thirsty for raw power? We've got one word for you: Hemi. The 2016 Challenger's 6.4-liter, 8-cylinder engine (14/23 mpg) in the Hemi Scat Pack Shaker Coupe will put you in command of the road. A slightly less intimidating 5.7-liter engine (15/23 mpg) is also available for the R/T Coupe variety.

There are plenty of customization options available, including a built-in GPS navigator, ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera, Sirius XM Traffic Service and more. The Dodge Challenger can have just as much brains as brawn with an 8.4" touchscreen display, integrated voice command with Bluetooth, parking and blind-spot sensors and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Melloy's 2016 Challengers start at just $29,680 and may have further reductions from rebates and incentives. Pre-owned models starting at $23,995. Melloy Dodge, located at 9621 Coors Blvd N.W. in Albuquerque, is New Mexico's number-one-selling Dodge and Ram dealership. Call today at (888) 760-4136.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Ideal Delivery Vehicle or Mobile Automotive "Office"

The Ram ProMaster® at Melloy Dodge offer versatile solutions for New Mexico businesses who need a dependable, flexible, and convenient commercial van.

These easy in, easy out vehicles are ideal delivery vehicles or for service businesses that work from the mobile, automotive “office”. Available in a number of sizes and trims, they include a cargo van, a chassis cab/flatbed or cutaway, perfect for customization of the bed; a window van; and the ProMaster City®, also available in several trims. 

The Commercial and Fleet department staff at Melloy Dodge can help you find the vehicle for your company’s needs including any customization, and often include it within the financing of the vehicle.

ProMaster® offers a high or low roof model in the 2500 and 3500 models, with 65 inches of cargo height  within the interior. In its class, it is the only vehicle that’s front wheel drive, allowing the 3500 model to have best-in-class turning diameter. It also has best-in-class lowest load floor height at just 21 inches.

The Ram ProMaster® offers an available rear back-up camera, standard 6-speed automatic transmission, and can go up to 18,500 miles between oil changes. It includes a 3 year/36,000 mile basic limited warranty and a 5 year/100,000 mile diesel powertrain limited warranty. The gas-powered models offer a 5 year/60,000 mile gas powertrain limited warranty.

Over 35 standard and available safety and security features are found, including increased driver visibility, six standard airbags, electronic stability control, and high performance brake pads.

Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque is the metro’s largest ProMaster® dealership, as well as the authorized BusinessLink program. This Chrysler program provides business owners with sales and service benefits to keep them on the job. The no-cost BusinessLink program offers next-bay service, loaner vehicles, a dedicated account manager, financing expertise for business vehicles, extended service hours, and other benefits.

The Melloy family has been serving the automotive needs of New Mexicans since 1955. Visit our dealership at 9621 Coors Blvd NW in Albuquerque, just north of Paseo del Norte. At Melloy Dodge, we always say “Deal”! 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

New Mexico’s Most Affordable & Versatile Solutions for Commercial Trucks

For a heavy duty work truck, the Ram cab and chassis trucks at Melloy Dodge are New Mexico’s most affordable and versatile solutions for commercial trucks.

Available in the Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 models, these heavy duty flatbeds allow customization on the bed for the business’ need. The Commercial and Fleet department staff at Melloy Dodge can also help the truck buyer with the customization, and often include it within the financing of the vehicle.

The Ram cab and chassis trucks offer best-in-class towing, with the 3500 model pulling up to 22,770 lbs and a max payload of 7,640 lbs. The 4500 and 5500 models feature the largest front and rear brake rotors in their class. Diesel-powered models include a 5 year, 100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty, and the gas-powered models offer the 5 year, 60,000 mile powertrain limited warranty.
Whether you’re a plumber, pulling a backhoe or heavy duty trailers, or need a versatile and powerful truck, the Ram cab and chassis models are designed for years of hard work while providing durability and power.

Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque is the metro’s only Ram Cab and Chassis truck dealership, as well as the authorized BusinessLink program. This Chrysler program is designed to provide business owners with sales and service benefits to keep them on the job. The no-cost BusinessLink program offers next-bay service, loaner vehicles, a dedicated account manager, financing expertise for business vehicles, extended service hours, and other benefits.

The Melloy family has been serving the automotive needs of New Mexicans since 1955. Visit our dealership at 9621 Coors Blvd NW in Albuquerque, just north of Paseo del Norte. At Melloy Dodge, we always say “Deal”! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Oil Change Intervals: How Many Miles Should You Drive?

Oil changes are inexpensive and simple tasks, yet many people disregard their car’s need for them and forget to have regular oil changes. However, delaying an oil and filter change can eventually be so detrimental to a vehicle that it can seize the engine. Old oil becomes dark and full of various debris. The debris can get into the internal parts of the engine and destroy them. Repairs for seized engines are costly and are preventable with a proper maintenance schedule. Therefore, knowing when your vehicle needs an oil and filter change is important.

In previous decades, manufacturers often recommended an oil change every 3000 miles or three months, particularly if you drove more in the city than at highway speeds. The change at 3000 miles ensured that consumer engines would stay clean and revitalized. Recently, manufacturers advise that many vehicles can go up to 8000 miles before having an oil change. Most car makers recommend the oil and filter change every 5,000 to 8,000 miles as sufficient to keep the engine parts lubricated. To be safe, always read your owner’s manual and follow those guidelines to maintain your car or truck’s warranty.

Synthetic oil can extend the period between oil changes as well, but again, follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for your vehicle’s engine. Melloy Dodge is the leading dealership in New Mexico for Dodge and Ram sales and service. Our service department offers Express Lane oil changes—no appointment is needed! The Express Lane is open on weekdays from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00pm.

For service questions, call the Melloy Dodge Service Center at 888-760-4136 or schedule online. Our service technicians are trained in service for all makes and models of automobiles. The certified mechanics can conduct oil changes and other services for vehicle owners in the area to help them keep their cars in shape.