Sunday, August 9, 2020

The Dodge Journey or The Dodge Durango: The Family Edition


The Dodge Journey or The Dodge Durango: The Family Edition

Choosing the right vehicle for your family can be a difficult decision, but our sales associates and customer reviews have provided us here at Melloy Dodge with the knowledge and information that may take some of the pressure off. We often get young families coming in to look for a bigger vehicle as their growing family has out-grown their sedan. Our team has put together a list of quick reference feedback for both the Journey and Durango to better help you choose!

The Dodge Journey:


-Base Price (SE): MSRP: $26,685 Your Price @ Melloy Dodge: $19,753 (August 202 on thisTrim)

-Gas Mileage: 19 City/ 25 Highway

-Seating Capacity- 7 (2 Front, 3 Middle, 2 Rear)

-Four Trim Packages: SE Value, SE, Crossroad, SXT or GT

-1,000-2,500lb Towing Capacity


-Back up camera 

-Center floor storage for drinks or snacks

-Windows are low enough smaller kids can still see out of. 

-Folding rear seats that make a larger area for groceries or other supplies. 

-Middle seats adjust back and forth a few inches. 

-Comfortable riding and low road noise. 

The Dodge Durango: 


-Base Price (SXT): MSRP: $33,580 Your Price @ Melloy Dodge: $29,850 (August 2020 on this Trim)

-Gas Mileage: 19 City/ 26 Highway

-Seating Capacity: 7 (2 Front, 3 Middle, 2 Rear)

-Trim Packages: 5 (SXT, GT, Citadel, R/T, SRT)

-Towing Capacity: 6,200 lbs 


-The model with middle row captain seats allows both children and adults to move easily in the rear. 

-Flat folding of all rows comes in handy when you need extra space.

-Legroom is great in all models 

-There is more center seat space 

-Comfortable riding and low road noise.

We love to hear from you and our returning customers when upgrading to a newer model! Each of our wonderful staff members has valuable information that can come in handy when you're looking for a new family-friendly vehicle, so be sure to talk to us about what you’re looking for so we can point you in the direction that best suits your family’s needs! Come down to Melloy Dodge on Coors in Albuquerque today or visit us online and speak with a sales associate! *Prices are plus TT&L and dealer transfer fee. Any financing is on approved credit. Limited inventory. See dealer for complete offer details.*

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

How Much Can I Tow?

Summer is the perfect time to hitch up your 5th wheel or camping trailer and head to the mountains for a reprieve. Our trucks and SUV’s are the ultimate work-horse to getting us there, but its important to make sure your vehicle isn’t operating over its recommended tow weight. Melloy Dodge values our customers and their need for adventure, so our experts want you to make informed decisions that are going to keep your truck or SUV in proper working order.
1-     Know Your Tongue Weight: Tongue weight is the weight of the trailer hooked onto your ball hitch and should not exceed 10-15% of the total trailer’s weight. For example, a trailer weighing 10,000 lbs should not exert more than 1,000 to 1,500 pounds of pressure on your tongue.
2-     Manufacturer’s Recommendation: When you purchase a RAM or Dodge equipped with towing capacities, you will be informed of max towing weight for your towing needs. It’s best to come with your trailer’s manufacturer listed weight so we can provide you with a vehicle that matches or beats the weight of your trailer.
3-     Maximum Tow Capacity: This is the maximum weight your vehicle can tow. You should never exceed your manufacturer’s recommended towing capacity because it can lead to dangerous outcomes.
4-     Tire Pressure: Your vehicle’s tire pressure should never exceed the recommended PSI on the sidewall of your tire. For more towing tire pressure concerns, please consult your operator's manual and the towing sticker on your driver’s door.
Our sales team at Melloy Dodge is always ready to help you get where you want to go. From sales to service, Melloy Dodge has provided our New Mexico community with excellent care since 1955. For more information, contact our sales team today or schedule an appointment today at

Friday, July 10, 2020

How Often Should I Change My Oil?

There are a few hassles to owning a vehicle and one of them is knowing when to get your oil changed.  Our vehicle technicians at Melloy Dodge want to remind you of the importance of changing your oil and when to bring your vehicle in to be serviced through our Express Lane.

Why is changing your oil so important? Oil serves a few important purposes, one of which is being a lubricant for your engine.  Oil is also used to clean your engine by trapping debris and transporting it to your oil filter. Oil is responsible for keeping the bottom portion of your engine cool by reducing the amount of friction between the moving parts that create additional heat.  Motor Oil keeps your vehicle in efficient working order, and protects against costly repairs of wear and tear on your engine.

Our technicians suggest looking in your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s oil change mileage recommendation. Oil changes typically take place every 5,000 to 7,000 miles or every six months.  Newer model vehicles are equipped with an alert system that notifies you when it’s time to change your oil. Sometimes the

We know your time is important and we have set up our Express Lane to get you back on the road as quickly as possible.  Minor vehicle hassles are a thing of the past when you trust your vehicle to the skilled technicians at Melloy Dodge.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Dodge And RAM Rank as Top Domestic Brands in Highest New Car Quality

J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Survey began 34 years ago, and for the first time, it has listed a Detroit based domestic automaker as number one among new car quality owners who reported fewer problems within the first 90 days of ownership. The Detroit based automaker featured seven brands that out-performed the industry’s overall average score of fewer problems per 100 vehicles.

Dodge’s parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automotive, has worked diligently over the years making pointed efforts toward improved performance that customers can feel when they get behind the wheel.

Domestic based vehicles are making a comeback with today’s new-vehicle owners. J.D. Power‘s annual quality survey plays a huge part in the decision making and research that new vehicle owners use before making a purchase. Melloy Dodge looks forward to serving you and answering all your questions! Visit us today to take a look at all our models of Dodge and RAM and ask for a test drive and feel the difference for yourself.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Returning To The Road

Stay-at-home orders have had a big impact on a lot of different things for each us, but one thing is for sure, our vehicles haven’t been used as much, if at all, during this time. Our experts at Melloy Dodge have come up with a few key items for you to do at home to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape to get you safely to your destinations.

If you've parked your car outside, with one side facing the sun for long periods of time during the day, tire sidewall damage may occur. Check your vehicle's tires for signs of cracking or heavy oxidation as well as changes in tire pressure. If your unsure about the importance of your tire’s PSI, check out our other blog the importance of tire pressure.

Vehicles were meant to be driven. Driving distributes oil, grease, and other fluids that your vehicle needs to 'stay healthy'. So, even if you're not driving your vehicle, wear and tear can still occur. Dodge and RAM have colored all user-serviceable fluids yellow, making it easy to check fluids yourself!

Another important item to check is your windshield wipers and the fluid. Our state experiences both rain and wind, often at the same time, and as monsoon season approaches, you want to make sure your line of sight is never in jeopardy. You should turn them on in conjunction with your windshield wiper fluid. You can also check your fluid level by taking a look under your hood- your windshield wiper fluid is often held in a see-through white container with blue fluid. If your unable to locate this item, one of our skilled technicians at Melloy Dodge’s express lane will be able to assist you.

If your vehicle has sat for several months, it’s also recommended that you check your oil. Sometimes when a vehicle hasn’t been used in several months, a leak that may not have been noticed before will have had a chance to drain any liquid, so be sure to check under your car for spots that weren’t there before it was parked. Checking your oil should be done while the vehicle is off and has not been run within several hours. Under the hood you’ll see a yellow handle located on a side of the engine, pull it out, clean the dipstick with a clean paper towel, reinsert it all the way down and you should be able to see where the oil line is in conjunction with the “Max” line located on the end of your metal dipstick. If your oil is far below your “max” line, you should top off your oil with the oil type which is printed on the top of the oil refill cap, also located in yellow, on the engine. Be sure to bring your vehicle by our express lane so one of our technicians can help you with any questions you have about your loss of oil or your oil change.

Monday, June 15, 2020

The Importance of Proper Tire Pressure

Here at Melloy Dodge, we encourage every customer to check their tire pressure monthly. It can be easy to forget the importance of maintaining proper tire pressure. Performing these simple at-home check-ups on your vehicles can help reduce the likelihood of a flat tire or blowout and maintain ideal vehicle handling. It is a good idea to check your tire pressure once a month and to follow your manufacturer’s PSI recommendation.

What is PSI? Tire pressure refers to the pounds per square inch (PSI) that is the recommended amount of air pressure needed for your vehicle to operate safely. Melloy Dodge asks you to check your owner's manual for towing and hauling tire pressure recommendations. Always remember to check your tire pressure when the vehicle is cold for an accurate reading. When your vehicle’s tires are not properly kept inflated, you risk uneven wear, decreased fuel economy and negatively affecting your vehicle’s handling and stopping. According to, under inflated tires can reduce your fuel economy by .2% for every 1psi your tire is low. With properly Inflated tires, you can improve your vehicle’s gas mileage by up to 6%. Melloy Dodge’s skilled technicians can detect low tire inflation by the uneven wear of tread on your tires. The best way to check your tire PSI at home is with a pressure gauge.

Pressure gauges are little enough to store in your center console or glove compartment for easy and quick access. They are handheld and give instant results. The most common place to find your manufacture’s recommended tire psi is on the tire label commonly located on the outside edge of your driver door near your vehicle’s identification tag. It’s as easy as 1-2-3: uncap each tire, push your gauge into the valve stem, and read the results.

The importance of tire pressure checks is easily overlooked and understandably easy to forget, until it’s time to replace your expensive tires. Monthly checks will help keep your mobile asset in efficiently working order. For your convenience, we offer tire pressure checks with your multipoint inspection through our express lane. Remember, the little things can make a big impact, and tires make a big impact on the bank account. The experts here at Melloy Dodge Service Department are always available to answer your questions and ready to assist you with all of your vehicle needs.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

New Mexico Summer Road Trip Ideas (While Social Distancing)

New Mexico has some of the most beautiful natural attractions in the United States. This summer, you can plan exciting road trips to stunning landscapes in the heart of the American Southwest, while staying safe and practicing social distancing. Here are a few destinations the team at Melloy Dodge recommends you visit this summer.

Located on the outskirts of Albuquerque, Cibola National Forest covers more than 1.6 million acres of pristine mountains, canyons, and other breathtaking terrains. From mountain biking and hiking, this national forest offers lots of fun recreational activities for outdoor lovers. If open, you can even ride the Sandia Peak Tramway and enjoy panoramic aerial views of Cibola National Forest, which is conveniently accessible from Interstate 25 and Interstate 40. Visit Melloy Dodge before your next mountain trip to have a lift kit installed on your off-roading vehicle!

You'll also find lots of great natural attractions near New Mexico's capital. Covering more than 1.5 million acres, Santa Fe National Forest is home to some of the most beautiful mountains in the American Southwest region. Rising more than 13,000 feet above sea level, Truchas Peak is one of the park's top attractions. Santa Fe National Forest is divided into multiple districts, so you'll need a few days to explore all of its wonderful areas. Some of the largest districts include the Coyote Ranger, Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger, and Jemez Ranger. Before your trip, don’t forget to visit Melloy Dodge, where we have the available accessories to help you upgrade your vehicle.

Although a little farther out, one-stop you will not want to miss is White Sand National Park. White Sands is like no place else and is definitely a sight to see. Located at the heart of the Tularosa Basin, White Sands engulfs 275 square miles of desert. Not only are the rolling crystal white sands here unique, but so are the plants and animals you come across.

A summer road trip in New Mexico should also include some urban exploration of Santa Fe. Visit the San Miguel Chapel and Palace of the Governors to learn about the city's early Spanish history. The capital is also home to intriguing Pueblo structures that were built by native inhabitants. Additionally, the trendy Santa Fe Historic District is known for its vibrant Southwestern cuisine and native-inspired arts.

As you can see, there are many beautiful stops around the state to enjoy this summer. Visit Melloy Dodge to find a reliable vehicle for fun road trips near Albuquerque. From the powerful Charger sedan to the family-friendly Grand Caravan minivan, we have a large inventory of used and new models that will be perfect for you or your family. Reach out to us today!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

How To Find The Right Car For You

We all know that finding the perfect vehicle to fit your needs can be a process. If you're like most people, you'll need to ask yourself some basic lifestyle questions. What are the things we like to do in a vehicle? Is our family growing, or are the kids moving out soon? Do we tow, camp, or like to get out on the highway? Below are a few tips the experts at Melloy Dodge suggest you follow to make your hunt for the perfect car, pain-free.

The “perfect car” is different for everyone. While some look for a vehicle that will accommodate the whole family and is packed with safety features, others look for more technical specifications under the hood like horsepower and torque. There are many questions you could ask yourself when searching for a new vehicle. Again, these questions are specifically related to your lifestyle. How do you see yourself in the vehicle in the next year or two? Will that car, truck, or SUV fit your needs in the next few months or years? First and foremost, it’s important to consider the purpose of the vehicle and what qualities and features it needs to fit your daily life. The aesthetics are important, but what does your vehicle need in order to maximize its convenience.

The passenger volume and cargo capacity are qualities many consider first, especially if the vehicle is for the family. Some of the largest SUVs and minivans have three rows of seating for eight people. When properly folded, the rear seats maximize the total available cargo volume. Want extra convenience for grocery trips and recreational outings with the family? We suggest getting a vehicle that has keyless entry and a hands-free power liftgate.

 Even if you're an experienced driver, you can still greatly benefit from some type of active safety suite. This feature is one that is critical for anyone, but specifically those with children. Keeping your loved ones safe is a priority. Dodge, Ram, and Fiat cars offer sophisticated alert systems for forward collisions, blind spots, and lane departures. Select models even have automatic braking and cruise control systems that adapt to traffic flow. Rear cameras and multi-angle cameras are some other innovative driving aides that you should prioritize in a new vehicle. Some important passive safety features that you should get include multi-stage airbags, curtain airbags, and child safety locks. Roadside assistance and other emergency services should also be readily available through the infotainment system of a reliable car.

In today’s world, everyone is immersed in technology. In terms of connectivity, a modern car should have portals that support Android devices and iPhones. For example, Dodge vehicles have the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay interfaces in the Uconnect infotainment system. If music is a priority, consider the specs of a sound system. Sound systems from Harman Kardon and Alpine are premium entertainment amenities that are also optional in some Dodge, Ram, and Fiat models.

For the gearheads out there, a few qualities to consider are peak horsepower and torque ratings. Want maximum leverage for shifting? Get a trim that's equipped with an automatic transmission system. Sporty models are typically available with manual transmission systems for enhanced control. If you are someone who loves the outdoors and off-roading, Heavy-duty SUVs and pickup trucks should also have impressive towing and hauling capabilities. We suggest you look for a model that's equipped with a 4x4 drive instead of a front-wheel drive. At Melloy Dodge, we'll help you select the best car for you based on key technical specifications.

 As you can see, there a quite a few things to consider and research when looking into purchasing a new vehicle for yourself or your family. Contact Melloy Dodge to find the best car for you at a great price. From the powerful Charger sedan to the versatile Durango SUV, we offer a large selection of models. Reach out to us today for more information!

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Difference Between Buying and Leasing a Vehicle

If you're in the market for a brand-new car that can get you from point A to point B, then you should explore all of the options that are available to you. This means that you should explore both purchasing and leasing options. Understanding both thoroughly can help you make the most informed decision. Below is a breakdown of each according to the Melloy Dodge team.

Should you buy a vehicle? Purchasing one enables you to own it in full. It may end up costing you less money when all is said and done. If you drive a car you purchase extensively, you don't have to deal with any irritating financial repercussions. Buying can also give you a degree of freedom. If you opt to purchase a vehicle, then you can trade it in or sell it at any point. It can, in many situations, be a great financial investment.

If you lease a vehicle, then you don't own it. However, there are various perks associated with leasing. Leasing a vehicle can be appropriate for individuals who appreciate the idea of reduced payments each month. This option can be suitable for those who do not want to have to cover steep down payments. It can also be ideal for drivers who don't want to have to set aside a lot of money for repair work. However, it’s important to be aware that any damage to the vehicle beyond 'typical wear and tear' will be your financial responsibility. If you want to be able to drive a fresh car more frequently, leasing may be the most preferable option as you don’t have to lease the vehicle for the entirety of its life.

Whether you are looking to lease or purchase a new vehicle, the team at Melloy Dodge can help! We have an extensive selection of pre-owned and brand new vehicles on hand. Reach out to us today for more information on which purchase option is best for you.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Summer Vehicle Care Tips

Summer is the perfect time to jump in your vehicle and go for a cruise around town. It’s also a great time to head out on a road trip with family or friends. In order to keep your automobile performing optimally, there are a few summer vehicle car care tips the team at Melloy Dodge recommends you utilize. A little bit of routine maintenance goes a long way when it comes to protecting an investment such as a car.

Multi-Point Inspection
Most states require that your car is inspected each year. Aside from the legal requirements of this process, a multi-point inspection can be used to catch a number of problems before they turn into expensive repair jobs. Commonly, small repairs can be done during the inspection process. Melloy Dodge performs a multi-point inspection when we change your oil. Set up your appointment today!

Oil Changes
After a long winter, make sure that the old oil in your engine gets changed out. When you have older oil sitting in there, harmful particulates can accumulate. This accumulation leads to issues with your engine and transmission. The frequency of your oil change should depend on the mileage driven
and can range from 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Check your owner's manual for this information. Also, commonly, individuals service their vehicle every 3 months.

Tire Rotation
Rotating your tires yearly can help promote a good wear pattern on your tires. Tires are a big expense for your vehicle. If you can keep them around for a bit longer, your budget will thank you. Inspect your tires regularly to make sure you don’t have one or more tires wearing down prematurely.

If you would like to know more beneficial summer car care tips, reach out to the team at Melloy Dodge. Our service department is staffed with some of the most knowledgeable technicians in the area. They will ensure that you are following a good maintenance and repair schedule for your vehicle all year round! And, of course, Melloy Dodge is providing the necessary sanitary conditions to keep you and our staff safe during the COVID crisis.

Friday, April 24, 2020

How to Shop Online and Have Your Car Delivered

At Melloy Dodge, we continuously try to find ways to accommodate our customers, and now is no different! You may think that the only way to go home with a new vehicle is to drive it off of the lot, but we now have another great option for you. Your new Dodge, RAM, or Fiat can now come to you! Follow the tips below to have your new car delivered right to your front door!

Lower the Hassle

When considering having your new vehicle delivered, make plans before you purchase the car. Sales of our new and used vehicles are available through our website as well as via telephone. We will work hard to find you the right vehicle and offer the best fit for your situation. We’ll bring you your test drive, inspect your trade, and deliver the vehicle straight to your home.

Let’s Work out a Timetable

We may have shorter sales hours due to the COVID virus, but that doesn’t mean we’re not flexible! Once you’ve picked out your vehicle it will take a little time for delivery. We’ll sanitize and properly prepare your vehicle to come home to you. And, rest assured that Melloy Dodge is taking every precaution to keep our staff and you safe during this difficult time. Just give us a few extra minutes to get everything ready!

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a new vehicle for Summer, check out Melloy Dodge. We have options that will fit all of your needs… and, with great financing now, we make it easy! Reach out to us or visit today! We will have your new ride to you in no time!

Friday, April 10, 2020

The Importance of Regular Oil Changes

Having the oil changed on your vehicle may seem like a hassle, but there are excellent reasons why it is essential to get regular oil changes by the certified mechanics at Melloy Dodge.

Vehicle engines are made up of a lot of moving parts, and those parts get hot when the car is running, breaking down engine oil. If oil changes are overlooked it can lead to costly repairs!

As you drive, oil breaks down and can become filled with dirt, debris, and dust from the engine and from driving in our New Mexico climate. When motor oil becomes dirty or contaminated, it doesn’t lubricate the moving parts in your engine well and can cause damage that may not be covered by your manufacturer's warranty. Melloy Dodge technicians will also be checking multiple points underneath your vehicle for hidden mechanical issues-- another money-saver!

So, let Melloy Dodge help you avoid costly repairs!  We recommend having your oil changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles or every three months
unless otherwise indicated by the vehicle manufacturer. Check your owner's manual for additional information.

There are many benefits to routine oil changes. The experts at Melloy Dodge are available for your vehicle’s service appointment. And, rest assured that the technicians at Melloy Dodge are taking measures to ensure your safety and the safety of our staff, by taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during this difficult time.

In a time-crunch? We also offer an express lane when you're on the go! Feel free to visit our website for more information at or call our service department at 505-843-9600.