Monday, June 19, 2017

How to Read New Car Window Stickers

At Melloy Dodge, we have a large inventory of quality vehicles in a wide range of styles and price points. From timeless muscle cars like the Dodge Charger and performance vehicles like the RAM 2500, to lower cost options like certified preowned and used vehicles, we’re sure to have something for everyone in stock. Because of the wide appeal of our vehicles, we often have first time car buyers visit us, and when we do, we’re always happy to answer their questions and help them make an informed vehicle purchase decision. One of the best ways for experienced and inexperienced car shoppers to compare their options is to read the window sticker. If you’re new to the car buying experience, or if it’s been a while and you just need a refresher, here’s a look at what you can learn about a vehicle by reading the window sticker.

Model Information. In the top left corner, you will find basic information about the vehicle model, year, and trim level. This will tell you the engine and transmission configuration, as well as exterior and interior color. This is the first thing many people look at, to find out if the car they’re looking at has the engine they’re looking for, and if it’s the right color. 

Standard Equipment. This describes all of the features that come standard with the trim level of the vehicle you’re looking at. All features are grouped into categories like Functional/Safety Features, Interior Features, and Exterior Features.

Warranty Coverage. This part of the sticker explains the vehicle’s basic, powertrain and limited warranties. If any roadside assistance packages are offered, you’ll find information about that here too.

Optional Equipment & Pricing Breakdown. Right above the warranty coverage, you’ll find optional equipment offered by the manufacturer. This section provides a pricing breakdown where you can see the base price of the vehicle and a full explanation of options and applicable fees. You’ll also see the “destination charge”, or the cost to transport the vehicle to the dealership. 

Fuel Economy & Environment. The EPA label or fuel economy label, usually located in the top right-hand corner of the sticker, shows estimated fuel costs and gives you information about the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. Consulting this information shows how many miles per gallon one car, truck or SUV might get in comparison to another. The EPA label will also give you an estimate of annual fuel cost, the vehicle’s Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Rating, and the Smog Rating. For more information on these ratings, visit or ask a Melloy Dodge Sales associate.

Government Safety Rating. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tests vehicles and gives them safety ratings based on their findings. Star ratings are given based on how well the vehicle reacts to different types of crashes, like rollover, side crashes, and frontal crashes. For more information on the safety ratings system, visit

Parts Content Information. Manufacturing a vehicle is a global process. Even if a car’s final assembly point is in the US, many of the parts could have been sourced in foreign countries. This portion of the window sticker tells you the percentage of the parts that were sourced here and the percentage of the parts that were sourced elsewhere.

 Final MSRP. This is the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, not necessarily the actual price you will pay for the vehicle. This figure gives you a starting point for negotiations. Chances are, you will find the best deal on the market when you shop Melloy Dodge, where we always say “Deal”™.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Check Your Air Conditioner

As it heats up outside, drivers rely more and more on the functionality of their air conditioners in their vehicles. Whether you’re driving across town, or across the country, to stay comfortable this summer, we recommend that you check your AC before you head out. Melloy Dodge offers these tips so you won’t be left sweltering in the heat!


To cool the air in your vehicle, your air conditioner needs sufficient refrigerant. Typically, refrigerant should be added every few years. If the refrigerant level in your system is low, schedule service with the Melloy Dodge Service Department!

Check your Hoses

Your vehicle’s air conditioner wouldn’t be able to circulate cool air without a system of interconnecting hoses, they’re essential to the functioning of your AC. Leaks and cracks in these hoses prevents your AC from working properly. To prevent problems, regularly inspect your system’s hoses.

Change your Filters

If your air conditioner is weak or giving off an unpleasant odor, you may need to change your filter. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to see when the manufacturer recommends switching out that filter.

Drive comfortably this summer, and make sure your air conditioner is working properly before you embark on a trip. If you think there’s something wrong with your AC, schedule an appointment with Melloy Dodge. Our Service Department has convenient hours and will get you back on the road in no time!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Melloy Dodge Wins Customer First Award for Excellence 2017

FCA US LLC recently announced the 2017 winners of theCustomer First Award for Excellence. Melloy Dodge was one of 387 dealerships in the United States to win this award. The Customer First Award for Excellence recognizes elite dealerships that are recognized by consumers as leaders in customer sales and service experience.

"Our dealers are striving to not just improve the customer experience in their facilities, but to become the industry leaders in customer satisfaction on both the sales and service sides of the business," said Al Gardner, Head of Dealer Network Development, FCA – North America. "Consumers will know that they are in a Customer First dealership from the logos, but more importantly, they will experience the evolution of these elite stores."

FCA created the Customer First Award for Excellence to improve customer satisfaction and recognize dealerships like Melloy Dodge that are leading the way in sales and service experience, employee training, and facility condition. Dealerships must meet exceptionally high standards in order to win this award.

Melloy Dodge is proud to provide superior service to all of our New Mexico customers. For a great deal on a Dodge or RAM vehicle, and a seamless buying experience, come to Melloy Dodge. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tire Blowouts: Why They Happen and How You Can Avoid Them

With the outside temperature rising and drivers traveling farther distances, with heavily loaded vehicles, blowouts are bound to happen. How can you prevent it from happening to you? Typically, a blowout occurs as the result of wear, a factory defect, overloading, or most often, underinflation. The service department at Melloy Dodge is experienced in handling any type of vehicle repair, including replacing tires that have failed. Here’s our advice on how to avoid a blowout:

Don’t drive with underinflated tires. Without proper air pressure, your tires are working harder than necessary. Underinflated tires put more strain on the side-wall, generating heat, and ultimately malfunction. Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual, or check the inside of your driver’s side doorjamb for the proper air pressure your tires require. Check your tire pressure regularly and do not over or underinflate – stick with your automaker’s recommended psi.

Don’t overload your vehicle. Summer vacation season is approaching and more drivers will be traveling with their families. You may have suitcases, camping gear, and other items to take with you as you drive to your destination, but be careful to over-pack. Consult your owner’s manual to see what your vehicle’s Gross Vehicular Weight Rating is and be sure not to exceed it.

Drive carefully. Slamming into a pothole, curb or debris in the road is never a good idea, but it’s especially harmful to your tires. Sometimes hitting a pothole or other road hazard will cut through the rubber and cause a blowout immediately, other times, the damage won’t show up until later. Either way, it’s important to drive safely at all times.

Taking good care of your tires and driving carefully go a long way in preventing tire failure. This summer, drive safely and avoid tire failure. If your tires do fail, see our guide on how to replace a flat, and visit the Melloy Dodge service center for any needed repairs and maintenance.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

How to Change a Flat Tire

You’re driving along and your steering suddenly feels strange, or your car slows down for no reason, or you a hear a weird noise. Perhaps you ran over a nail. Perhaps your tire was blown out after running over a pothole or debris in the road. Whatever the case, after you’ve pulled over, your first instinct may be to reach for your cell phone and call roadside assistance. Roadside assistance is great, but there’s always the chance that a flat tire will strike when you’re out of range, or don’t have access to a cell phone! Knowing how to change a tire is a valuable skill for all drivers to have! If you don’t
already know how, the service
team at Melloy Dodge is here to offer some tips and instructions!

First of all, before you ever have to change your tire, make sure you have the right tools in your vehicle. Your vehicle should be equipped for any emergency flat, be sure to have a properly inflated spare tire, a jack, a lug wrench, and your vehicle’s owner’s manual. It’s also helpful to have a pair of gloves, a rain poncho and a flashlight in case a flat occurs at night or in adverse weather. You’ll also need wheel wedges and small cut of wood to secure the tire jack.

When your tire is flat, you first want to turn on your hazard lights to signal to other drivers that you have an emergency, doing so will help avoid an accident. Find a level, straight stretch of road with a wide shoulder to pull over. Use your parking brake to ensure that your vehicle doesn’t roll. Now you’re ready to change your tire:
  1. Apply the wheel wedges against the tires opposite of the flat.
  2. Remove the hubcap or wheel cover. Use the flat end of the lug wrench to pry the cover off. If your lug nuts are exposed, you can skip this step.
  3.  Loosen the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Do not remove them while still on the ground!
  4. Place the jack under the vehicle. Follow the instructions in your owner’s manual for safe placement of the jack, and then raise your vehicle with the jack until the flat tire is about six inches off the ground.
  5. NOW you can remove the lug nuts. Since they’ve already been loosened, this step should be easy. This step, as well as the next two steps should be performed quickly, if the car slips off the jack, you can be seriously hurt.
  6. Remove the flat tire. Grip it gently by the treads and pull it toward you. Set it on its side so it doesn’t roll away.
  7.   Align the spare with the exposed lug bolts and push it into place. This should be done quickly, but be careful not to rock the car.
  8. Replace the lug nuts and slightly tighten with the wrench. Be sure the tapered ends of the lug nuts are closest to your vehicle.
  9.  Lower the jack carefully. Once the spare touches the ground, remove the jack.
  10. Now you can tighten the lug nuts with the wrench.  Alternate, don’t tighten lug nuts that are right next to each other right after each other. Make sure they’re really tight!
  11. Replace the hubcap or wheel cover.
  12. Check the pressure on your spare, make sure it’s safe!

Now you’re a tire-changing expert! The whole process shouldn’t take longer than half an hour. You might find it helpful to practice changing a tire at home in the safety of your garage, just to be sure you’re prepared. Melloy Dodge wants to remind you that when you have to change your tires, safety should always be a priority. Keep road and traffic conditions, weather conditions, and passenger safety in mind at all times! And if you ever need maintenance or service, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with the Melloy Dodge Service Center!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Here's What You Need to Know About Tire Pressure

Getting the most out of your Dodge or RAM requires that you maintain the correct tire pressure. Tire inflation can impact fuel economy and overall performance of your vehicle, but how do you know if your tires are inflated properly? Is underinflation really that bad? And what happens when your tires are overinflated? Here’s what you need to know about tire pressure.

Seasonal weather pattern changes lead to changes in tire pressure. When temperatures drop, air compresses, leading to underinflated tires. Even a small pressure loss can affect your vehicle’s handling and performance. Vehicles with underinflated tires experience a loss of steering precision and cornering stability, as well as decreased fuel economy. For every one psi drop in pressure, your gas mileage is lowered by 0.4%! Low tire pressure can also increase the likelihood of tire tread separation. If tread separation occurs while driving, you can completely lose control of your vehicle!

So, if underinflated tires lead to more difficult handling, some reason that overinflating their tires will provide more responsive handling and better fuel efficiency, but this is not the case. Overinflated tires are more susceptible to damage caused by driving over potholes or debris in the road. When tires are overinflated, the center of the tire wears out at a faster pace than the outer edges, they might only last half as long as they would if inflated properly. Check your tire pressure often, as over-inflation is common during warmer months when air expands.

To get the most out of your vehicle, it’s important to maintain the proper tire pressure. Most automakers specify their recommended tire pressure, you can find this on a sticker in the doorjamb or in your owner’s manual. The manufacturer suggested tire pressure is based on extensive tests and analyses for each specific model. Never judge tire pressure by just eyeballing the tire, check your tires with a quality air gauge, at least once a month. It’s more difficult to control a vehicle with underinflated tires, and tires that are overinflated wear out quickly, so be sure to stick with your vehicle’s manufacturer recommended psi, no higher, no lower. Get the most out of your Dodge or RAM, and if you ever need maintenance or service, be sure to contact the Melloy Dodge service department for fast and professional repairs or maintenance.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Spring Maintenance

This time of year, many New Mexicans are looking forward to hitting the road for spring road trips. Perhaps you’re already planning some camping trips or weekend getaways, but before you head out, are you sure your vehicle is ready? Melloy Dodge recommends you bring your vehicle in for service this spring to make sure it’s in safe working order for all of your upcoming plans! Here are some spring maintenance tips:

Change your oil and oil filter. Consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual to see how often oil changes are recommended. Regularly changing your oil and oil filter ensures that your engine continues to run free of any issues. Neglecting to replace engine oil can lead to higher fuel consumption and serious engine problems.

Check your engine, brake, and transmission fluids. These fluids keep your vehicle running smoothly. Low fluid levels may indicate a leak that can lead to severe damage.

Check your tires. Tires should be properly inflated for optimum handling, traction and durability. however, the change of seasons can mean fluctuations in tire pressure. Warm weather can cause your tire pressure to increase, making the tires more susceptible to damage.

Regular maintenance can extend the life of your vehicle. If you’re ready to schedule maintenance for your vehicle, it’s easy to make an appointment with the Melloy Dodge service center! While you’re here, remember to have our certified technicians check your battery, lubricate chassis parts, check your filters and look out for any other issues. Prolong the life of your vehicle and keep your family safe with springtime maintenance!

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Prepare Your Vehicle for Your Roadtrip!

As the weather warms up, many of us crave a spring or summer getaway. In addition to getting time off work, mapping your route and reserving lodging, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is ready to make the trip! At Melloy Dodge, our service department sees all kinds of damage and performs extensive maintenance, so we know how to prepare a vehicle for a road trip.

No matter what vehicle you drive, whether it’s a family friendly Dodge Durango or a dependable RAM 1500, performing basic maintenance before you embark on any adventure is vital. Check wipers and fluid levels, and make sure to change your oil or schedule any needed tune ups. Check your tire pressure, and take a look at your belts, brakes, filters, and gauges too! If you’re in a truck and you’re towing a trailer, be sure to check your vehicle’s towing capacity before packing.

In order to make the most of your upcoming road trip, Melloy Dodge also suggests that you map out your route before heading out, and be sure to take a smart phone with navigation or a GPS. It’s also a good idea to be prepared for anything - have a first aid kit, phone chargers, water, and snacks on board. If you have little ones, be sure to pack games, music, toys, coloring books, and or videos to keep them entertained.

If you’re planning a road trip and you think it’s time for maintenance, come to Melloy Dodge. The Melloy Dodge service center has convenient hours to accommodate any busy schedule, so it’s easy to make an appointment for maintenance! We’re also proud to have one of Mopar’s Top 27 Techs on our team. The staff on our service department team is highly trained to give you the best service so when you set out on your next adventure, you know your vehicle is ready!

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Leasing vs Buying a New Car

Shopping for a new car is an exciting time! Test driving vehicles can be thrilling and the possibilities are endless! However, the options can also be overwhelming. You’re not only faced with hundreds of vehicle options, but once you find the car, truck, or SUV that’s right for you, you also have to decide whether to buy or lease. At Melloy Dodge, we have vehicles available for purchase or lease. These two financing options have their pros and cons, so a careful look at your lifestyle will help you determine which option is best for your situation.

Reasons to Lease:

Leasing is great if you’re looking to pay less for a newer car. Leasing a vehicle often means lower monthly payments, with a low down payment. Leased vehicles are typically still covered under their manufacturer’s warranty, and so repair costs are minimal. With a lease, you get to easily transition to a new car every few years without the hassle of selling your car yourself. Just as a word of caution however, be sure to calculate your mileage wisely to avoid end of lease penalties.

Reasons to Buy:

When you purchase a vehicle, you own it, so you can modify it how you want. You can drive it as much as you want without having to worry about an excess mileage penalty. When you purchase a vehicle, you aren’t tied to a lease agreement, you can sell whenever you wish to upgrade. Buying a car is also more cost-effective in the long run.

At Melloy Dodge, we have plenty of options for leasing or buying. No matter what you’re looking for in a vehicle, we have something for you! Right now, you can lease a 2016 Challenger Hellcat for 36 months for just $599 a month. We also have Scat Pack Shaker Challengers available for lease at just $399 a month for 36 months! To learn more about these lease offers and the other vehicles you can purchase or lease, view our inventory online, stop by for a visit, or give us a call! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New Dodge Charger Pursuit Helps Keep Officers Safe

A police officer’s job is dangerous, but Dodge is offering a new tool to help officers stay safe. The 2017 Dodge Charger Pursuit, the Dodge law enforcement vehicle, will be equipped with technology that can detect people sneaking up behind the vehicle. Dodge collaborated with California vehicle control systems maker InterMotive on this feature in response to ambush attacks on police officers this last year.

The new 2017 Dodge Charger Pursuit will feature rear parking sensors and backup cameras that will sense if a person is approaching from behind. The vehicle will flash its rear lights, lock all doors, roll up the front windows, and display a video feed from the backup camera. This technology will help police officers stay safe when parked. In a press release Jeff Kommor, Fiat Chrysler VP of Fleet Sales, said “while it does not replace vigilance, this technology acts as a second set of eyes and provides police officers with added peace of mind when they are in a parked Charger Pursuit.”

These safety features come standard in every 2017 Charger Pursuit, no extra cost for police agencies. Our Fleet Department is happy to provide local government agencies and organizations with cars and vans, law enforcement vehicles, and trucks. Melloy Dodge is excited to bring these awesome police cruisers and other high-performance Dodge vehicles to New Mexico to help ensure officer safety! 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Cash for Clunkers at Melloy Dodge

Do you have an older vehicle sitting in your driveway that’s not getting much use? Perhaps a car or truck that you haven’t been able to sell? Right now, Melloy Dodge is offering top dollar for used cars and trucks. Take advantage of our Cash for Clunkers program.

If you have a vehicle that you’ve been unable to sell, we’ll give you up to $4,500 for it so you can put a down payment on a newer, more reliable vehicle! Depending on the condition of your vehicle, you could receive a considerable amount to help you get into a new car.

Take advantage of our Cash for Clunkers program and get paid maximum dollar for a used vehicle that wouldn’t typically get you that much money! Come to Melloy Dodge on Coors to see how much you can get for your pre-owned vehicle, and browse our huge selection of certified low pricing cars and trucks.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Melloy Dodge Employee Wins Mopar Top 27 Tech Award

Mopar, FIAT Chrysler’s parts, service, and customer care division, recognizes elite technicians at their US dealerships every year. Out of 25,000 eligible technicians in the US, 1,000 high-performing techs are honored, and 27 “Top Tech” award winners are selected.

Melloy Dodge is proud to announce that Edward Shaw, one of our parts and service department technicians, was among the 27 Top Techs presented with this prestigious award this year.

Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service at FCA stated that because “customer satisfaction and retention will continue to be key drivers of our business, regardless of vehicle or make… it’s so critical to make sure that our top technicians receive the proper training, and that we recognize superstars of the service lane, such as these 27 high-performing technicians, as well as the dealerships that support them.”

Melloy Dodge appreciates Edward Shaw and everything he’s done to make our dealership great! If you need parts or service for your vehicle, come to Melloy Dodge! We work hard to provide you with the best service.