Friday, January 17, 2020

Top 5 Myths About Buying a New Vehicle


Purchasing a new vehicle is an important investment. Honing your negotiating skills is always a good idea when you are trying to find the best deal available. Of course, there are many misconceptions about purchasing a new car. Here are a few of the most popular myths about buying a car according to the experts at Melloy Dodge

#1 Pay in Cash for the Best Deal
One of the top misconceptions is that paying in cash gives you the best deal. However, many car dealerships will still give you a great deal if you choose to finance instead of paying with cash.

#2 Purchase Now or You Risk Losing Out on a Special Deal
Many people give in to the sales tactic of buying a car now, or they risk missing out. It is important to take your time when choosing a new vehicle. At Melloy Dodge, we strive to find you the perfect vehicle with the best deal around!  

#3 Buying a Vehicle on the Internet Gives You the Best Deal
Another common myth is that buying a car on the internet gives you an excellent deal. Unfortunately, you may pay more for the vehicle because the initial price doesn't include the interest rate, trade-in price, or warranty.

#4 Special Orders are Costly
Special ordering through the dealership doesn't always cost more than buying a new car on the lot. You may even save more money in the long-term by special ordering with a dealership.

#5 Wait Until the End of the Month to Buy
Some dealerships offer exclusive deals near the end of the month, but this isn't always true everywhere else. Many times, the price at the end of the month will be the same at the beginning of each month.

Contact Melloy Dodge for More Information!
For more information on purchasing a new vehicle, reach out to the staff at Melloy Dodge. Feel free to also check out our inventory of new and used cars at MelloyDodge.com!


Monday, January 13, 2020

The Best Smartphone Apps for Drivers

When it comes to buying a new vehicle, most shoppers look for safety features and style. Of course, once you bring that new car home from Melloy Dodge, why not upgrade your experience with one of these apps?

Waze

Waze is a popular navigation app for a reason. Thanks to real-time input from other drivers, drivers have access to up-to-the-minute driving data. This helps drivers make the best choice when it comes to what route to take, whether they're on their daily commute or taking a road trip.

Roadtrippers

This app is great for the long haul. When planning a road trip, drivers have the option to look up accommodations along the way. Roadtrippers also provides information about points of interest and restaurants, which makes it easy for drivers to make all those stops by stringing the routes together.

GasBuddy

Drivers can always ensure they're getting the best bang for their buck when refueling thanks to GasBuddy. This app shows gas prices at nearby stations, so drivers can choose to go a bit further if it saves them money or refuel sooner if no better price is available. Like Waze, Gasbuddy relies on users to populate data.

Audible

While not technically a driving app, plenty of drivers (and their passengers) have enjoyed audiobooks through Audible. Not only does the service have a huge library, which includes some favorite books, but it includes original stories and books for subscribers of the series. Whether it's the latest news, true crime, or fiction, Audible books can make the trip go that much faster.

PlugShare

While not everyone has an electric car, these vehicles are becoming increasingly popular. PlugShare is the app that lists 40,000 charging stations across the US along with whether there is an option spot, always ensuring a fully charged battery.

These are only a few apps that are great to take advantage of while on the road. Although these apps are great to use, we do not suggest or promote the use of a cell phone while driving. For more questions, or to get set up in an impressive new or used Dodge vehicle, visit Melloy Dodge!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Tips for Improving Gas Mileage

Gas mileage may not seem that important, but it adds up more than one may think. Monitoring your mileage is crucial, especially when you are trying to be budget conscious and improve the lifespan of your vehicle. At Melloy Dodge, our goal is to educate our customers. Here are a few tips for improving your gas mileage.

Slow Down

Driving at high speeds can drain the gas out of your tank. For every 10 mph that you speed up, the car consumes 4 or 5 miles per gallon. If gas is $2.50 per gallon, you'll save $10 if you are conscious of the speed limit you are driving. 

Avoid Fast, Sudden Braking and Acceleration

Sudden braking and acceleration can be destructive to your vehicle and cause you to expend more gasoline than necessary. In addition, you'll slowly damage the tires, engine, and transmission. It’s important to maintain a steady driving speed and avoid shocking your vehicle.

Fix a Bad Engine

A bad engine often works harder than it needs to and can overheat quickly. When the engine has to work harder than usual, it needs more fuel to function. At Melloy Dodge, we suggest having your engine checked at least once a year. This will help you avoid any additional costs in the future.

Turn Off the A/C

The air conditioner is another area of your vehicle that requires gas to perform. Reducing your A/C usage can improve your gas mileage significantly. Being aware of how often it is used will make a difference.

As you can see, there are many ways to improve your gas mileage. Whether you drive a truck or compact car, these tips can make a difference. For some of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the road, visit Melloy Dodge, where we always say, deal!

Monday, December 30, 2019

MotorTrend Truck Of The Year: RAM Back To Back


We are thrilled to announce that once again the Dodge RAM is MotorTrend Truck of the year! This impressive truck has won two years in a row. The winner for 2019, the Ram 1500, and the 2020 winner, the Ram Heavy Duty!

Our 2020 Ram comes with a new EcoDiesel engine. It is also riding on a new high-strength steel platform and is available in regular, crew, and "mega" cabs. This pick-up truck now makes travel and hauling an even smoother experience. Ram trucks are not only fan favorites but are also top safety picks. The 2020 Ram Heavy Duty brings more to the table. It is sure to be a sought-after commodity on sales lots across the country this year.

If you can't take our word for how amazing this even better 2020 model is, just take a glance at what Motor Trend had to say.

If you are in the market for a 2019 Ram, the Ram 1500 is another great option! It was named MotorTrend Truck of the Year 2019 for a reason. The 1500 dominated the field with a lead in categories such as highway, towing and hauling, off-road, interior, and functionality.

Here at our Albuquerque dealership, our team has the best Dodge inventory around.  Our impressive line of trucks is perfect for the family or heavy-duty work, however, any Dodge model will get the job done! Visit our website to get prequalified and to take a peek at our impressive inventory.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Things To Look For When Test Driving A Used Car

Purchasing a new vehicle isn’t always the best choice for everyone. Used cars can be a great option if you’re looking to save, however, there are a few additional steps you need to take to ensure you are making the right purchase. Test driving a used car is a great way to help you find the best bang for your buck while making sure you are investing in the right vehicle. Keeping a few things in mind while you test drive is always a good idea. Here are a few tips to remember from the car experts at Melloy Dodge.

#1 Open Each Door & Look for Imperfections
You should always open each door and look for any imperfections on a vehicle before you test drive it. We also suggest opening the trunk to ensure that everything opens correctly and there is no damage to the interior as well as the working parts. Any slight damage could potentially get worse over time and lead to significant repair costs.

#2 Don't Be Afraid to Ask Questions
Never be afraid to ask the owner or car dealership questions about the vehicle. If you feel like something is off, or have questions about a feature, it is better to know before you proceed with any type of purchase.

#3 Check Out All of the Buttons
Testing out all the buttons is crucial when purchasing a used car. Issues with door locks or windows could be associated with electrical issues which is fairly costly to repair. Radio troubles may be related to troubles with the dashboard, which is also not an easy fix. Ensuring that all of the buttons for the radio, mirrors, and windows are working properly is essential in helping you avoid any hidden surprises in the future.

#4 Pay Attention to the Brakes & Transmission
Testing the brakes is critical when test driving a vehicle. The brakes may need to be replaced if they vibrate or make any type of squealing or grinding sound. Paying attention to the transmission is also important. If the transmission feels like it is shifting late, slipping, or jerking, that should be a giant red flag. Transmissions are extremely expensive to repair and oftentimes may be more costly than the used vehicle itself.

#5 Mechanical Issues 
Mechanical issues can be one of the most common problems with used vehicles. Whether it is trouble with a hose, belt, faulty wipers, or issues with the steering wheel, it is imperative to make sure all mechanical components are working properly. If you are unsure how to inspect these things correctly, we suggest taking the vehicle to a licensed mechanic.

Thoroughly inspecting a vehicle before a purchase is vital to making the most informed decision. Feel free to reach out to the experts at Melloy Dodge with any questions. Don’t forget to check out our great selection of used vehicles!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

When Is The Appropriate Time To Use 4-Wheel Drive?

Kick it into 4X4! 4-wheel drive is a vehicle feature that is especially helpful during the winter months, and while driving on unpaved roads. It is the capability of a vehicle to provide torque to all four tires at the same time. This contrasts with rear-wheel drive, for example, where only the rear wheels are powered. There are times when 4WD is useful and times when you should not use it. It is crucial to know the difference, as it may negatively impact your vehicle if used incorrectly. Here are a few situations where you would want to put your 4X4 to good use and when you should avoid using it.

First, you should understand when you shouldn't use 4WD. It is unnecessary any time you're driving on flat, dry roads. In fact, doing so can damage your drivetrain. Instead, stick to using it during inclement weather. 4-wheel drive is especially useful during winter when there is ice, snow, and sleet on the roads.

When it comes to 4WD, there are different settings. Four-high, and four-low. Four-high is most useful when driving on rougher terrain maid of loose gravel, mud, or sand. When facing serious snow or mud, deep sand, or even crossing water/climbing rocks at low speeds, four-low will serve you best. Imagine commercials where people drive their vehicles off-road. While tread remains the same, there is more power behind the wheels.

Many vehicles have automatic four-wheel drive or AWD. Drivers don't need to manually set 4WD because AWD detects traction of your tires, such as when it's slippery in Winter, and shifts into 4WD if they are slipping. All-time AWD works all the time but doesn't have the same torque as four-low. For many people, AWD is all they need. However, it's important that you still drive reasonably as it cannot improve traction. This means slowing down in inclement weather. For that same reason, you should ensure that your tires have proper tread for the road conditions.

As you can see, 4-wheel drive has more to understand that one may think. Whether you are driving home on a snowy day from work or off-roading in the mountains, it is important to recognize when you should be using this feature and how to use it. For more information, or to have your 4-wheel drive serviced, reach out the experts at Melloy Dodge!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Christmas Gifts You Can Give Your Car

Tis the season for giving. It’s that time of year where you typically buy gifts for loved ones, but you don’t have to stop there! Whether you have a new or used vehicle, there are parts and vehicle accessories you can get to make your car, truck, or SUV jolly this Christmas. Check out this list of the most popular items at Melloy Dodge.

Tonneau covers
Secure and protect cargo in your truck bed with a Tonneau cover. These covers protect your cargo from the elements and keep them secure while driving, as well as from theft.

Running boards
Running boards give you a boost into your vehicle and keep your interior cleaner by acting as a doormat. They also block debris from damaging your truck or SUV.

Truck bed organizer
Bed organizers can hold a variety of cargo from tools to groceries to cleaning supplies. They also keep your truck bed neat and tidy.

Floor mats
Floor mats take a lot of wear and tear from shoes, dirt, and water. Replace old mats for better coverage and to spiff up your interior.

Portable battery jump starter
Getting stuck with a dead battery is the worst, especially during Winter. A portable jump starter will assure you peace of mind and safety. You won’t need to rely on finding another motorist to assist you in jump-starting your vehicle.

Heated seat cushion
For a used car without heated seats, a heated seat cushion is a perfect gift for those cold mornings when the temperatures are below freezing, and the car heater seems to take forever to warm up.

Seat gap filler
Never lose keys, money, or glasses down in the gap between the seat and the center console again. A seat gap filler will eliminate that black hole where objects disappear.

Emergency kit
Every car should have an emergency kit with jumper cables, flashlight, tire pressure gauge, window breaker/seatbelt cutter, and first aid items. These can be a lifesaver in case you find yourself in an emergency.

When it comes to the accessories, we have available at Melloy Dodge, the list could go on! For more Christmas gift ideas for your vehicle, visit Melloy Dodge or check out our accessory specials. You can even take advantage of our 10% off coupon!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

What to Look For When You are Purchasing a Vehicle on Black Friday

As you know, Black Friday is a day of great deals! When looking to buy or lease a new vehicle, one of the best times to shop is during the holidays, especially on Black Friday. To get the most out of your car shopping experience, there are certain things you will want to focus on. Here are some tips to help you know what to look for when you are out car hunting this Black Friday.   

TRADE-IN VALUE
 
Before you purchase or lease a vehicle, you will want to first determine the trade-in value of your current one. This will allow you to find out how much your car is worth and if you can use it as a down payment. By knowing the value of your trade-in, you will have an understanding of what you are contributing, and what vehicles you can and cannot afford. At Melloy Dodge, you can determine the value of your vehicle with the click of a button by using our Kelley Blue Book Tool. We will even give you an instant cash offer! 


 PRICE DISCOUNTS/INCENTIVES

Other things to look for during these annual sales are discounts and incentives. This year, for our Black Friday Sales event, we are running some great promotions! Take advantage of employee pricing, as well as our buy a truck get a vehicle for a buck offer! Yes, you heard it correctly, one dollar! These are deals you can’t pass up. With Melloy Dodge, you will always get a bang for your buck!

 0% OR LOW-INTEREST FINANCING

When shopping for a vehicle, you will also want to look for good financing options. Ultimately, the lower the interest rate, the better. We have many financing options available as well as an online finance application, so you can see what you qualify for before coming into the dealership.

It may be difficult to determine whether you should purchase a vehicle now or wait. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have. Also, keep in mind, if you are looking for something specific, the longer you wait, the less selection you have to choose from. Visit Melloy Dodge this Black Friday for impressive savings on new and used cars, trucks, and SUV’s. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Winter Driving Tips

During Winter, driving in many parts of New Mexico becomes more challenging. Icy roads and blowing snow sometimes create perilous driving conditions. The folks at Melloy Dodge Ram Fiat want to promote driving safety. To stay safe on your excursions this Winter, check out these useful driving safety tips:

 1. Avoid driving in locations subject to hazardous weather or areas with weather warnings.
 2. Slow down; excessive speed sometimes causes accidents on icy roads.
 3. Refrain from using cruise control while traveling during icy conditions.
 4. Give yourself extra space between your vehicle and the cars ahead of you along the road. 
 5. Never stop your car on the road while traveling uphill.
 6. Try and accelerate and decelerate more slowly than usual but avoid coming to a full stop during your journey.
 7. If your car begins to slide across the ice, gently turn the wheel into the spin in order to regain traction before correcting the slide.
 8. Prepare in advance by keeping an emergency kit containing blankets, food, water, medicines, a cell phone, and a snow scraping tool available in your vehicle.
 9. Inflate your tires within recommended ranges; obtain a tire tread inspection before winter weather arrives.
 8. Ask a technician to check your vehicles’ battery, heating and cooling system, and brakes before the cold weather arrives.
 9. Replace any heavily worn windshield wipers.


 It is important to always be prepared when it comes to driving in inclement weather. To ensure your vehicle is Winter ready, and you and your loved ones are safe, come see the experts at Melloy Dodge! We look forward to helping you maintain your vehicle.

Monday, October 28, 2019

What To Look For When Buying Your Teen Their First Car

With his or her newly minted driver's license, your teen driver has dreams of a new car appearing in the driveway with a big bow wrapped around it. However, this is a time to be practical. It is important to consider the following when shopping for the first vehicle your teen will drive.

 Which is better: a new car or a used car?

There are quality used cars available, so it comes down to your budget and preferences for your teen driver. A used vehicle with a few dings may be a better deal financially and could add character to your teen's first car. Another thought is to buy a new car for yourself and pass your used car onto the new driver. Depending on the available incentives, this may be a more economical option for everyone involved.

 Large or small?

Your teen has visions of a sports car. The reality is, the safest cars for new drivers are midsize. Make sure you don't pick one whose engine is so powerful that your inexperienced driver can speed too easily. While parking may be a challenge for your novice driver, the extra weight and bulk will give you additional peace of mind.

 Test driving is critical.

It is not overkill for you and your teen to test drive as many cars as possible within your price range. Everyone needs to feel comfortable with how your teen handles the vehicle. It is also important to talk with your teen about the responsibility of owning and maintaining a car. You may want to establish rules for when and where the car is driven. For example, how many passengers are allowed to be in the car at one time and have the ever-important talk about distractions that drivers must minimize most notably electronics.

Purchasing a vehicle for your teen is a big step. Although you may want to jump into buying a vehicle right away, it is crucial to take your time in finding the right one. For help finding the perfect new or used vehicle for your teen, reach out to the experts at Melloy Dodge! We will make sure we find the right fit for you and your teen.

Monday, October 21, 2019

How To Pack An Emergency Kit For Your Vehicle

For our day-to-day trips from work and home, we may have a reliable friend or local mechanic to call if we experience any car trouble. However, when we commute or travel longer distances, an emergency car kit can help us get back on the road or keep us safe while we wait for assistance. There are retail stores that sell pre-made kits but it is better to construct one that is specialized for our own family’s needs. We suggest that you start with a durable container or tote and pack it with the following items:

Emergency Care Kit

Alcohol preps
Anti-itch cream
Antacid
Antibiotic ointment
Band-Aids
Aspirin or Ibuprofen
Medical tape
Gauze
Cotton balls
Tweezers
Fragrance-free baby wipes
Allergy medication
Scissors
Lip balm
Insect repellent
non-latex gloves
Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)

Roadside Assistance Kit

These elements are helpful in drawing attention, completing quick fixes, and safeguarding passengers if the car is stuck:

Jumper cables
Flashlight and spare batteries
Small fire extinguisher
Tire changing gear
Multipurpose tool
Road maps
Duct tape
Road flares

Adjust It For Special Circumstances

In creating this emergency kit, you should consider the age and condition of your automobile, your driving habits, and the weather of the area that you may be traveling through.
Water, non-perishable food items, and additional clothes are certainly necessary for any season.
For harsh winters add rain ponchos, kitty litter, warm gloves, ice scrapers, and a cozy blanket like those made from wool or fleece. For kids, remember puzzles, crayons, and activity books.
During the times that our vehicles are low on space, we should just pack the most critical objects.

Planning Ahead Is Key

Don’t procrastinate in creating a safety kit for your vehicle. It will only take a few moments to get done and you’ll be glad that you have it. At Melloy Dodge, we enjoy helping our customers take care of themselves along with their vehicles. Visit our dealership at any time or connect with us online and discover more suggestions for safe travels.

Friday, October 11, 2019

How To Get Your Vehicle Winter Ready This Fall

New Mexico can get chilly during the winter months. This cold weather doesn’t only impact you; It also affects your vehicle. Save yourself the time and money of repairs by following these vehicle maintenance tips before the cold weather hits!

Change your Oil
Oil changes are always important but are specifically important during cold months. Check your owner’s manual to make sure you are using the correct oil before your change. The oil keeps your engine lubricated and your vehicle running sm
oothly. It can thicken in cold weather, and not work as well when running through your engine.

Check your Battery
Now is the time to check your battery for corrosion and other issues. Cold temperatures mean your engine needs more power from the battery to run. Trying to jump your battery is not fun in freezing weather! You can check your batterie’s charge at home, or by taking your vehicle into an expert.

Check Your Tires 
Freezing temperatures can mean icy and snowy roads. To ensure you are safe driving this Winter, observe the tread on your tires as well as the tire pressure. If anything seems off, it may be best to invest in a new set!

Replace Your Windshield Wipers and Washer Fluid
The last thing you want while driving on icy roads is for your vision to be obstructed. Ensure that your washer fluid won’t freeze by investing in a solution with antifreeze. New wiper blades will work effectively at removing any ice or slush from your windshield in times of inclement weather.

It’s never too early to be prepared! Following these tips will help you and your vehicle get through Winter safely. When you are in need of additional maintenance to keep your vehicle running in top shape, reach out to the experts at Melloy Dodge!