Tuesday, October 16, 2018

2019 New Dodge Journey Features

If you are looking at Albuquerque new cars and are searching for a crossover with the capability to seat seven passengers, why not take a closer look at the 2019 Dodge Journey? By now, Albuquerque Dodge drivers are probably familiar with the Journey, so we are going to look at the new features you can expect to find when you see one in person at Melloy Dodge.

In 2018, the Journey came with four trim packages. Now, there are three available trim packages available in ten colors: the SE, the Crossroad, and the GT models. The SE comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, but if you enjoy more power, there is a 3.6-liter V-6 available. The Crossroad has the same engine options as the SE while the GT comes standard with the V-6 engine.

The SE now comes with heated mirrors, LED taillights, fog lamps, and three-zone temperature control along with a performance rear fascia. There is an 8.4" touchscreen is available with the UConnect Infotainment System. Albuquerque Dodge drivers can program the Keyless Enter 'N Go system so the door will unlock by pulling the door handle when there is a valid passive entry remote keyless transmitter within five feet of the car. You will also find more than 40 safety features standard on all models.

For Albuquerque new cars, look no further than Melloy Dodge. Schedule your test drive of a new 2019 Dodge Journey today. Melloy Dodge is located at 9621 Coors Blvd NW, just north of Paseo Del Norte.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

10 Things You Need to Know before Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car can be a great bargain, but it's important that you do your homework before buying one. If you are looking for used cars in the Albuquerque area, Melloy Dodge has a large inventory of quality used cars to choose from. Below are 10 things you should know before buying a used car.

Financing- Before you visit an Albuquerque used car dealership, know how much money you can put down and what monthly payment you can comfortably afford.

Credit Score- Prior to looking at used cars in Albuquerque, take a look at your credit report and score. This can help you avoid any surprises or disappointments at the Melloy Dodge dealership.

Shop Around- It is important to do research online on the type vehicles you want before visiting the Albuquerque dealership.

Compare Prices- Check the prices for the same vehicle online and at different dealerships to ensure you are getting the best price.

Trade-In Value- Research the trade-in value of your vehicle before visiting the dealership.

Test Drive- Always test drive the used cars that you are interested in before purchasing.

Vehicle History- It is important to obtain a copy of the vehicle's history report from companies such as CARFAX.

Repair History- Check online with reputable organizations such as Consumer Reports to view the repair history on potential vehicles you want.

Inspection- It is worth the money to have a mechanic perform a pre-purchase inspection on the vehicle before you purchase it.

Warranties - Before visiting the dealership, do your research on warranties, returns, and be prepared with questions on what you may want to know.

Melloy Dodge, located at 9621 Coors Blvd NW, just north of Paseo Del Norte has served New Mexico car buyers since 1955.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Melloy Dodge Sponsors 2018 Corrales Harvest Festival

Melloy Dodge, New Mexico’s #1 selling Dodge and Ram dealership, has for years included “Margo the chicken” in our TV commercials. A number of animals have actually been used in the commercials, but for some reason, viewers began asking regularly about Margo, and she appears in the commercials fairly often. Her "chicken handler" is on the set during filming to care for her (Margo has been so comfortable, she's even laid a few eggs in the dealership!)

So it made perfect sense for Melloy Dodge to sponsor the 2018 Corrales Harvest Festival, to be held Sept. 28-29 in the village of Corrales, just a few miles from the dealership’s location at 9621 Coors Blvd NW in Albuquerque. As part of that, we’re pleased to bring you a Poultry Fun Show, which is expected to have more than 50 birds entered in this year’s judging, as well as a Rabbit Fun Show.

“Melloy Dodge Farmland Experience” will bring the Poultry Show, Rabbit Show and Petting Zoo events together under one tent in the center of the festival. Entry will be from the south side of Corrales, near The Village Mercantile Home & Farm Store.

Winners in the poultry and rabbit shows will receive ribbons with the Melloy Dodge logo embossed, and visitors to the festival will be able to see and investigate RAM® trucks. The RAM brand offers many best-in-class features for trucks, and is frequently found as a heavy-duty work truck on farms, for towing, or for commercial business. The dealership currently has nearly 400 RAM trucks in-stock, with extra savings and incentives during RAM Power Days in September and October 2018.

Melloy Dodge has been serving the automotive needs of New Mexico families for more than 60 years. We hope to see you and your family, at the Corrales Harvest Festival, or just a few miles south of Corrales at the dealership as you shop for new or used cars, trucks or SUVs.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Most Heavy Duty Trucks in New Mexico

If you’re in the market for a heavy duty pickup for work, for towing, or other purposes, you’ll want to shop Melloy Dodge in September and October 2018.

We are expecting an extra delivery of nearly 150 additional Ram trucks, particularly the Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 models. This will mean that we will have nearly 400 trucks on the lot this month.
Ram trucks are known for their HEMI® engine, designed as a workhorse. A HEMI engine has less surface area, which means less heat loss, which translates to better combustion and fuel economy. Whether you’re looking for a gas or diesel engine, the Ram trucks have power to perform and offer many best-in-class designations versus competing makes.

The Ram 3500 offers best-in-class diesel towing as well as features to make life easier, like cargo-view camera and RamBox® Cargo Management System available. Rear auto-level air suspension is also available, and is class-exclusive in large trucks.

In addition to the huge inventory of Ram trucks, Melloy Dodge offers the region’s only Certified Ram Experts sales team; our staff has had additional training in trucks to help customers find the right one for their needs and customize it for their particular need.

With the Ram Power Days sales event underway, special financing and incentives are also available on these heavy duty trucks. To see which rebates and incentives you qualify for, contact one of our sales staff at 505-843-9600. If you’re truck purchase is for your business, you can reach our commercial sales team at 505-337-0630.

At Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque, we’ve been helping New Mexico drivers travel the roadways for more than 60 years. If we can help you with vehicle service or to find a new Dodge car or SUV, or one of hundreds of Ram trucks, shop our website at www.melloydodge.com or visit us at 9621 Coors Blvd. NW in Albuquerque, just north of Paseo del Norte.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

A Preparedness Kit for your Vehicle

September is National Preparedness Month, so it’s a good time to plan for an emergency kit to carry in your vehicle. Here’s a list from the National Safety Council to keep in your car or truck:

In a small box or backpack, carry jumper cables; a flare or reflective triangle to warn approaching traffic; an ice scraper; extra cell phone charger for the car; a small tool kit or a multipurpose tool; flashlight with extra batteries; a first aid kit; drinking water; duct tape; and a plastic rain cover. Also, it’s important to have a properly inflated spare tire (not all vehicles today are sold with a spare, so check your car or truck!); a fire extinguisher; and cat litter or sand to improve tire traction on slippery spots.

If you drive in the winter or into remote areas, it’s also important to have a supply of non-perishable and high energy foods like nuts, dried fruits or hard candies. Be sure to check the batteries and replenish the food and water supply every few months.

Also, check that a list of family and emergency phone numbers are in your car, including those for your car insurance company and a local towing company. If you carry your registration and insurance card in your wallet (it’s recommended to not have them in your glove box so that if you vehicle is stolen, thieves don’t have easy access to your home address), then be sure to also take photos of them and keep on your cell phone.

Preparing for an emergency gives you peace of mind so that you can better deal with any roadside emergencies. At Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque, we’ve been helping New Mexico families travel the roadways for more than 60 years. If we can help you with vehicle service or to find a new Dodge or Ram truck, or if you’re in the market for a pre-owned vehicle, shop our website at www.melloydodge.com or visit us at 9621 Coors Blvd. NW in Albuquerque, just north of Paseo del Norte. And, be safe out there!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Labor Day Car Sales Event

The days leading up to and following Labor Day Weekend are some of the biggest car shopping days of the year. Across the United States, four million auto shoppers say they plan to buy or are considering the purchase of a car, truck or SUV at a dealer’s sales event. One out of three plan to make that purchase during the late August to mid September dates.

So at Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque, we gear up for these days, knowing our customers expect extra sales incentives, and an easy purchase process. The manufacturer of Dodge and Ram vehicles has announced extra rebates for these days to maximize your savings with Special Bonus Cash Pricing! 

The Melloy Dodge Sales Department will be open from 8am to 8pm, Monday-Saturday; 11am to 5pm on Sunday, Sept. 2; and 10am to 6pm on Monday, Sept. 3.  

We’ve recently updated our website so that you may email directly (Get Your E-Price) from the listing page for all Ram 1500 trucks, for example, not just from a specific truck’s detailed listing page. It’s also easy to find your credit score (which will not impact your credit) from our website, and to get pre-approval for an auto loan. Buyers today can literally complete the purchase of a vehicle without coming to the dealership except for the test drive, financing paperwork, and delivery.

If you clicked on a digital ad for a specific model to arrive at the website, you’ll see any monthly incentives for that model in a graphic at the top of the page. With about 80 percent of all of our website traffic now coming from mobile devices, the MelloyDodge.com website is very mobile friendly! 

The Melloy Dodge sales department will be open from 8am to 8pm during the weekdays around Labor Day Weekend, with additional staff to answer your questions. Our internet team, often the first contact for customers who call or email us, is staffed with experienced automotive salespeople who can answer questions about the extra incentives, financing, or trade in value on your vehicle.

Melloy Dodge is New Mexico’s #1 selling Dodge and Ram dealer, recognized for multiple years with the Customer First award from Fiat Chrysler Automotive. Visit our dealership at 9621 Coors Blvd NW in Albuquerque, north of Paseo del Norte near the Cottonwood Mall, or call us at 505-843-9600. 

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 MelloyDodge.com.

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 MelloyDodge.com.

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!