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!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Is it Time to Get an Oil Change?

Throughout your vehicle’s lifespan, oil changes will be the most frequent service you have done. While routine, they are still extremely important to your vehicle’s health and lifespan. Regular oil changes on your car or truck keep your vehicle running smoothly but also help expand the lifespan of the vehicle. Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque can get you in, serviced and back on the road in no time at our no appointment Express Lane. But, why do we need to have our vehicle’s oil changed so frequently and what happens if we don’t do it?

Motor oil lubricates and cools hundreds of moving parts to minimize friction. It also protects your engine by keeping dirt and other contaminants from building up and turning into sludge. So, if you do not change your oil regularly, the engine will become too hot and it won’t run as efficiently. Over time, if it is not properly changed, the engine will shut down completely and you’ll have to replace your engine. This is not an easy, nor inexpensive, repair for any vehicle.

Automakers generally recommend having your oil changed between every 5,000 to 10,000 miles depending on the model. It also may depend on how you use your vehicle. If your vehicle experiences extensive idling, lots of stop-and-go traffic, lots of repeated short trips or you tow/haul heavy materials every week, you may want to change your oil every 3000 miles. Additionally, living in a warmer climate where the temperature is more than 90 degrees such as Albuquerque in the Summer, could be another reason to change your oil more frequently. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on oil changes and maintenance.
Even if your vehicle doesn’t fall into any of the above categories over a year, you should get your oil changed every six months at the minimum. If motor oil ages, it loses its effectiveness. This would also be a good time to replace the oil filter.
How else do you know it’s time for an oil change? Well, in the past that little sticker in the corner of your windshield may have been the only indicator. But these days, many vehicles make it easy for drivers to know when it’s time to change the oil with built-in oil life monitors that also monitor temperature and a motorist’s driving habits.

Melloy Dodge’s Express Lane can service all your oil change needs. Visit Melloydodge.com to schedule an appointment. Melloy Dodge is located at 9621 Coors Blvd NW, just north of Paseo Del Norte. Visit our no-appointment needed Express Lane, open Monday-Friday, 8 am to 7 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. Make sure to arrive a half an hour before closing time to ensure we can service your vehicle before closing.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Advantages to Buying a Used Car

At Melloy Dodge we’re here to get you into your new car or truck. But, must that car or truck be brand new? Of course not! Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque has a fantastic selection of used vehicles as well. Sometimes, buying a used car has its advantages!
Lower price tags
The biggest advantage is obvious – a used car will cost less. Let’s say the average cost of a new car from eight years ago was $25,000 before taxes and fees. That car could now be worth around $15,000. Would you rather be the original owner who spent the extra money for a new car’s bells and whistles, or the second buyer who saved that $10,000? On average used cars are almost 50% less than new cars. You’ll be able to pay that off much faster as well!

Certified and Thoroughly Inspected
Certified Pre-Owned vehicles, such as those at Melloy Dodge Used Cars, are inspected meticulously by our service department. We want to make sure you’ve found something that fits yours and your family’s transportation needs at an affordable price while also making sure that you’re getting a quality, certified pre-owned vehicle. Certified pre-owned vehicles may even have extended warranties, special financing, and other benefits.

Condition
Vehicles today are built to last for 100,000 miles or more. When buying a used car, don’t feel like you’re sacrificing reliability over condition just to get a good deal. Our pre-owned inventory here at Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque have been designed and manufactured by the most successful vehicle manufacturers in the world. There are just as many things to write home about in a used car as there is in a new one!

So, if you’re in the market for a certified preowned vehicle, visit us today! Our Dodge, Ram and Fiat Dealership is located on the Westside of Albuquerque at 9621 Coors Blvd NW, just south of the Cottonwood Mall. We don’t only carry quality pre-owned cars and trucks from Dodge, Ram, and Fiat, we carry brands such as Ford, Chevy, Toyota, Nissan and many others! We’re also open Monday-Saturday 8 am to 8 pm in the Summer and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. Or visit us online at Melloydodge.com to schedule an appointment!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Melloy Dodge at 2019 New Mexico State Fair

As Labor Day wraps up and September begins, we move on to the next big event in Albuquerque and in the state of New Mexico – The New Mexico State Fair! Held at Expo New Mexico, the fair will run September 5th through 15th.  “Love is in the Fair” this year, and Melloy Dodge staff will be on hand at the Ram Trucks display as they sponsor the PRCA Rodeo.
Ram has been a longtime supporter of rodeos and of farmers. Many Ram Truck owners are farmers and ranchers whose Ram truck isn’t just their primary mode of transportation, it’s an integral part of their livelihood as well. Farmers across the state of New Mexico are hard workers, just like their Ram Trucks. Plus, Ram offers the highest towing capacity, up to 35,100 lbs., which is perfect for an RV or your horse trailer. Ram also sets the benchmark for heaviest payload with 7,680 lbs. in our Ram 3500.
You can find Ram Trucks at the main entrance near Tingley Coliseum. You can get a look firsthand at the 2019 Motor Trend Truck of the Year, the Ram 1500.
The New Mexico State Fair is one of the top 10 state fairs in the nation according to SmartAsset.com. It will feature live music entertainment, art, agriculture, carnival rides, games, food and shopping.
The New Mexico State Fair will be held at Expo New Mexico September 5th through 15th. The fair’s hours will be 10 am to 9 pm Sunday thru Thursday and 10 am to 10 pm Friday and Saturday. To get tickets and get additional information, visit the fair online at https://statefair.exponm.com/ If you miss the Ram trucks at the New Mexico State Fair, you can visit Melloy Dodge at 9620 Coors Blvd NE, just South of the Cottonwood mall! 

Monday, August 26, 2019

The Labor Day Sale

With Labor Day Weekend comes big sales at Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque! Even though summer is coming to an end, you can still go out with a bang by saving at Melloy Dodge!
If you’re in the market for a new truck, Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque has the savings you can’t beat. This Labor Day Weekend you can get the 2018 Ram 2500s or 3500 with 0% for 72 months OAC. Or, if you want the best, the 2019 Motor Trend Truck of the Year is in stock – The Ram 1500! We have the largest selection of Ram 1500s in New Mexico and right now you can get up to 30% off the Crew Cab Big Horn Edition of the Ram 1500.
Labor Day Weekend is a great time to shop for a mid-sized SUV and Melloy Dodge has the All-New Dodge Journey, now as low as $199 a month! 
If you’re ready to end the summer with tire tracks in your rearview, the 2019 Dodge Charger or the Dodge Challenger is available and now up to $11,000 off! You can schedule a test drive for one of these online today at Melloydodge.com
Lastly, Melloy Dodge is now home to Fiat! You can get the new Fiat 500X with 135 hp, standard 16” wheels, upgraded brakes, and sporty suspension for as low as $14,995! You can also grab a Fiat Spider 124 for as low as $17,240 plus TT&L. You can view all our available Fiat inventory on Melloydodge.com
For these and other Labor Day sales and incentives, visit us today! We’re located on the Westside of Albuquerque at 9621 Coors Blvd NW, just South of the Cottonwood Mall. This Labor Day we’re open from 10 am to 6 pm Our Express Lane, Service and Parts departments will be closed. Or visit us online at Melloydodge.com to schedule an appointment!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

August is National Brake Safety Awareness Month

Trust us when we say, nothing will ruin your day more than your vehicle’s brakes not working. At Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque, we feel that keeping your brakes maintained is one of the most important services you should be having at the Melloy Dodge Service Department. Fortunately, you’re here on Melloydodge.com and we want to tell you about National Brake Safety Awareness Month. National Brake Safety Awareness Month is an initiative of the Motorist Assurance Program.

As we prepare to transition seasons from the summer to the fall and winter months, it’s a good time to bring in your vehicle for a brake inspection. You want to have the assurance that your vehicle is going to stop when you want it to! Melloy Dodge’s Service Department recommends that you have us inspect your brakes annually. If you start to notice signs like your brakes squeaking, your vehicle wobbling, excessive vibrations when you brake, or your brake light is on, you need to bring your vehicle into the Melloy Dodge Service Department and have us perform an inspection. The sooner you bring it in, you may be able to avoid bigger, more expensive problems. Don’t wait until your brakes are scraping or grinding!

Whether you’re driving around town or taking a road trip, you and your family’s safety is the most important thing when you’re in your vehicle. You want to make sure that your car if well maintained and its regular annual services are up to date before hitting the road.

Make an appointment with the Melloy Dodge Service Department today. We service all makes and models. Call and schedule your appointment at 505-445-1321. We’re located at 9621 Coors Blvd, NW just north of Paseo Del Norte. We’re open 7:30 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays and closed on Sundays. If using our Express Lane Service, please arrive 30 minutes prior to closing.