Tuesday, June 19, 2018

FCA Offers up to Six Months of Apple Music Free

FCA recently announced that with every purchase of a Dodge or Ram, customers will get up to six-months of free Apple Music. Take advantage of this special offer at Melloy Dodge, now through April 30, 2019!

Experience the ultimate road trip playlist with access to Apple Music’s catalog of over 45 million songs! You can enjoy all this free music with premium BeatsAudio sound. In addition, with CarPlay, Dodge and Ram drivers can send and receive messages, make calls, listen to podcasts and audio books, get directions, and more.

This offer is available with the purchase of any new Dodge or Ram model that is equipped with CarPlay support and BeatsAudio. Visit Melloy Dodge to see all new models like the Dodge Challenger or Ram 1500!

How Do I Know When to Change My Air Filter?

MelloyDodge is often asked, "how do I know when to change my air filter?" In some cases, the answer is clear-- in other cases, the answer is a little more difficult. At Melloy Dodge, we will recommend an air filter change as per the manufacturer's recommended schedule. This schedule helps to maintain the overall efficiency of your engine, as well as address certain aspects of engine performance that may affect the warranty. So, always follow those specifications for vehicle health. 

Several years ago, manufacturers recommend changing the oil every 3,000 miles. That recommendation was due to the breakdown of the oil itself. Now, engine oils are much more sophisticated and changing the oil may be recommended only every 5,000. At that point, you should highly consider changing the air filter-- just as a standard for your vehicle and our hot and dusty driving conditions. Also, please consider that the majority of New Mexico roads are unpaved. Those dusty conditions can overwhelm your air filter and may make your engine run inefficiently. So, as a matter of practice, if you're in dusty conditions frequently, you should consider changing the air filter--and, don't forget your cabin air filter, too.

If you're still wondering, contact the Melloy Dodge service department and allow their experts to examine the filter and provide you with the best answer for your vehicle and the conditions your vehicle is subject to.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

What Makes a Hemi Engine So Powerful?

Ram trucks are known for their powerful engines, known as Hemis, a term that the manufacturer Chrysler trademarked back in the 1960s. What’s so special about a Hemi, and how did it get that name?
Hemi is short for hemispherical, describing the engine’s combustion chambers, where the intake and exhaust valves are on opposite sides. That allows the combustion mixture to flow directly across the chamber.
That direct path allows more optimum efficiency. To get maximum power from an engine, it should leave no unburned gas, take full advantage of cylinder pressure, and not waste energy as it takes air and fuel in and pushes exhaust out.
Because the Hemi surface area is smaller than flathead engines, less heat escapes during combustion and the fuel burns hotter. With the valves on the opposite side, they can be bigger, allowing more airflow.
The Hemi engines are the heart of the Ram 1500, Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 trucks. Because of the engine’s power, the Ram lineup often has Best In Class designations for towing, horsepower and torque.
At Melloy Dodge, our staff includes Certified Ram Specialists who’ve achieved additional training in the Rams and in the Hemi engine capacity. Call or visit our Albuquerque Dodge and Ram dealership at 9621 Coors Blvd NW, just north of Paseo del Norte, for powerful Ram trucks with Hemi engines built for the long haul.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

2018 Dodge Pursuit for Law Enforcement

Thousands of police agencies across the country rely on Dodge vehicles to help them do their job. Melloy Dodge is excited to announce that the 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit will join the Dodge Charger Pursuit in the Dodge police fleet lineup. This police version of the Durango will be an excellent addition to police fleets everywhere.

The new 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit is powered by a 5.7L hemi V-8 and equipped with AWD and Fuel Saver Technology, just like the Dodge Charger Pursuit. The Charger Pursuit has an 8-speed automatic transmission, 7,200 lb towing capacity, and a 119.8-inch wheelbase. Other features include the ParkView rear backup camera and ParkSense alert, trailer sway control, eight-way power adjusting seats and a temperature-controlled K-9 friendly Tri-Zone interior.

“Unofficial testing results at the Michigan State Police 2018 model-year vehicle evaluation event created such a stir among law enforcement agencies that we simply had to find a way to build this vehicle” said Steve Beahm, the head of passenger car brands for FCA North America.

Pricing has not been revealed at this time, but law enforcement agencies who would like to learn more should call (800) 999-3533. The 2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit is available for order for a limited time.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Window Tint Laws

In our last blog, we discussed the benefits of window tinting. Temperature control, protection from harmful solar rays, and a stronger defense against cracking. In this blog, we want to bring to your attention some of the laws that have been passed regarding tinting. Of course, these laws are passed with safety in mind, and Melloy Dodge wants every driver to be safe.

The New Mexico Window Tint Law was enacted in 1997 and regulates how dark a window tint can be. Window tint darkness is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage or VLT%. This means the percentage of visible light that is let in through the window. The front and back side windows and rear window must allow more than 20% of sunlight in. The front windshield can be tinted above the AS-1 line.

Much like sunglasses lenses that have metallic elements to help reflect incoming light, window tinting can often be reflective. In some states, this is monitored by the law, but in New Mexico, there is no reference to reflectivity in the current law. However, be aware that window tint laws vary by state, and what’s allowed in New Mexico may be regulated in the states you travel to.

New Mexico doesn’t restrict any colors of tint. Dual side mirrors are required if your back window is tinted. New Mexico also requires a sticker to be placed between the window tint film and the glass on the driver’s side window to show that the tint meets legal requirements.

Being aware of these laws will ensure that your vehicle meets the safety requirements in your state. You can be sure that your window tint is approved by the state of New Mexico if you go to a certified service provider, like the Melloy Dodge Service Department. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Why Tint Your Windows?

You schedule regular service and maintenance appointments for your vehicle’s engine, but have you thought about what you can do to take care of your windows? In New Mexico, many drivers opt to tint their windows, and for good reason. There are actual benefits that come with having it made in the shade. Melloy Dodge is here to explain.

Getting your windows tinted is more than a style statement. Tinting can block up to 99% of harmful ultraviolet rays and protect drivers. Harmful UV rays are linked to skin cancer and can even accelerate signs of aging in skin. Interestingly, research shows that just over half of skin cancers in the US occur on the left side of the body, on the driver’s side. So, protect your skin with window tinting.

Finding the right temperature in your car is also easier when your windows are tinted. Depending on the tint you go for, you may reduce 35-65% of the heat from the sun that builds up in your vehicle. This’ll save you fuel that would’ve otherwise gone to air conditioning.

Window tint film is designed to help protect your glass from shattering. Whether you’re driving along and a rock hits your windshield or something more serious such as an accident, tinted glass is more difficult to break and offers passengers a measure of protection from glass shards.

Protect your investment! Keep your vehicle in top shape, use less fuel on air conditioning, and prevent windshield cracking, all with the help of professional window tinting. To learn more about the benefits or to schedule your professional window tinting, contact the Melloy Dodge ServiceDepartment. You can click here to make your appointment!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

2019 RAM™ 1500 Trucks Are Arriving

The re-engineered 2019 RAM 1500s are arriving at Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque, New Mexico’s #1 selling Dodge and RAM dealership. The newly designed grille sets the stage for the redesign, with active grille shutters to smooth the front-end aerodynamics when it’s at highway speed. Another aerodynamic addition is the front splitter that lowers the truck at speeds over 35mph.

The exterior profile is more streamlined; the redesigned hood pushes air away from the wipers to improve airflow, and a small lip spoiler on the tailgate will reduce drag.

Under the hood, the 2019 RAM 1500 is powered by a 305-hp 3.6-liter V-6 (called Pentastar) or a 395-hp 5.7-liter V-8 (Hemi). Both engines connect to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2019 brings a hybrid version with an eTorque system, replacing the alternator with a motor/generator unit that can feed energy to a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack. 

Towing and payload capacity have also been increased. The 2019 RAM 1500 is rated to tow up to 12,750 pounds (an increase of 2,130 over previous model years) and a payload of up to 2,320 (an increase of 440 pounds).

For added convenience, the RamBox bedside storage areas are available, perfect for either work tools or tailgating supplies! The lids are better integrated into the truck’s bedsides, and an AC power outlet is tucked inside.

The most popular historic trim and configuration, the RAM 1500 crew cab Big Horn 4x4 with a V8 engine—tips the scales 225 pounds lighter than the previous year’s model. Even though it’s lighter weight, the truck is larger—nearly 4 inches longer and half an inch wider.

To see the new RAM 1500 2019 trucks, visit our website or stop by 9621 Coors Blvd. NW in Albuquerque, New Mexico to test drive one of these new RAM 1500s.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Hellcat-Inspired RAM™ Trucks

If you love the power of the Dodge Charger or Challenger Hellcat, but want the flexibility of a truck, there’s great news ahead from RAM™.

Word from inside the automotive world says that RAM will soon launch a RAM 1500 inspired by the Rebel TRX concept truck from a few years ago. This truck, planned to be the most powerful pickup made, would be offered in a 520hp 7.0-liter V8 engine (“The Banshee”) or the 707hp supercharged V8 engine that’s currently available in the Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcats.

The super-powered RAMs are expected to arrive for the 2021 model year (not that far away; we’re already in the 2019 model year for RAM!) It’s expected to take after the RAM Rebel TRX concept truck in its styling.

 As the #1 selling Dodge and RAM dealership in New Mexico, Melloy Dodge will be a source for these Hellcat-inspired RAM trucks. Be sure to follow our Facebook page for updates as we know more, or visit the dealership at 9621 Coors Blvd NW, just north of Paseo del Norte, in Albuquerque to learn more about the upcoming RAM trucks.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

2018 Dodge Durango Available Upgrades

When a plain SUV just won’t do, check out the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT and R/T models at Melloy Dodge and ask about the new available upgrades. New ways to customize your Durango were just unveiled at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show in early February 2018, including performance upgrades and new accessories. For those who prefer unique vehicles, Dodge delivers.

Change the look of the 2018 Dodge Durango by adding racing stripes. The stripes come in bright blue, low gloss gunmetal, flame red, low gloss black and sterling silver. Make it yours by adding carbon fiber accents to the interior.

When you feel the need for speed, swap out the stock exhaust for a high-flow exhaust system. The stainless-steel design allows for better exhaust flow and gives the Durango a little more horsepower. The R/T's engine already makes 360 horsepower and the SRT's engine makes 475 horsepower.

If you really want to be different, or if you have family members who have trouble getting in and out of higher vehicles, add a set of lowering springs. In addition to the more aggressive stance, the lowering springs improve the handling of the Durango since it sits lower to the ground. The lowering springs also improve the performance of the vehicle since it has less rear-end squat and less nose dive. Body roll during cornering is also lessened.

Visit Melloy Dodge

Stop by Melloy Dodge today to test drive the new Dodge Durango R/T or SRT and talk to one of our friendly sales staff to add one or more of these new upgrades.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Get Ready for Spring: Vehicle Maintenance

Spring is here, which means now is a good time to have maintenance done on your vehicle, especially if you are planning trips in the near future. Our service center at Melloy Dodge will make sure that your vehicle is maintained and checked for potential problems. Always check our website for service specials to save money too.

Regular Maintenance

You should bring your vehicle in regularly for oil changes, transmission flushes and fluid changes, coolant flushes and changes and other general maintenance that is recommended by the manufacturer. If you are not sure when your vehicle's next maintenance is due, contact us with the year, make, model and the VIN number. You can find the VIN number on the windshield or on the driver's door tag.

Additional Maintenance

While it's a good idea to do a little extra maintenance all the time, it is especially important before you take a long trip. Depending on what your regular maintenance schedule recommends, additional maintenance may include:

  • Checking and topping off all fluids;
  • Checking for oil, fluid, coolant and transmission fluid leaks;
  • Checking tires for tread wear;
  • Balance and rotate tires;
  • Checking the alignment;
  • Checking the brakes, including brake lines, calipers and rotors; and
  • Checking the steering and suspension.

If you have noticed the engine light come on and go off, you should also have that checked. If the engine light is on and stays on, you will definitely need the codes pulled and have the problem rectified.


Maintenance doesn't just include mechanical maintenance. Your vehicle's paint also needs maintenance. Be sure to wash your vehicle thoroughly and then wax it with a good quality wax. You should also clean your vehicle's rims, especially if they are aluminum. Be sure to use the proper cleaner on them so as not to damage them.
Visit Melloy Dodge

Visit our service center at Melloy Dodge to have your vehicle properly maintained. If you've had maintenance recently and just need the basics, try our Express Lane Oil Change Service.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Shopping for Car Insurance for Your Teen

For teenagers, learning how to drive is an exciting time, but for parents, it means expensive car insurance rates. Adding a teen to your existing insurance policy can raise your rates substantially, and for a teen to purchase a policy on their own, the expenses are even higher. Fortunately, there are discounts and options available to save you money. Melloy Dodge has put together this guide to help you get your teen on the road safely!

Encourage your teen to study hard. Many car insurance companies offer discounts to families with students who’s grades average B or higher. A high GPA, honor roll status and or scores ranking in the top 20% on their standardized tests can mean a discount of up to 20%!

Enroll your teen in a driving class. Compared to every other age group, teens are more likely to be involved in a car accident, so it’s a good idea to teach them how to drive carefully from the start. Some car insurance providers offer coupons for safe driving courses to help teens improve their skills behind the wheel.

Take advantage of the “student away discount”. When your teen turns 18 and goes away for college, if their school is at least 100 miles away, many insurance companies offer discounts for temporarily removing them from your policy.

Car insurance rates vary widely, but by looking into these and other money-saving options, you can affordably insure your teen. If you’re looking for a safe and reliable vehicle for your teen driver, visit Melloy Dodge. We offer the best deals on new Dodge and RAMs, as well as a variety of newer used vehicles.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Know Your Credit Score

Before you even decide which new or used vehicle you want, you should know your credit score. The credit score affects your interest rate, down payment and even how much vehicle you are able to afford. If you decide you want a new or used vehicle from Melloy Dodge you should have a credit score that will help you get a lower payment.

Lower Interest Rates

The higher your credit score, the better the interest rate you'll get on your vehicle loan. When you are able to shave dollars off the monthly payment due to lower interest rates, you'll be able to afford a more expensive vehicle. This could mean the difference between a higher trim level with the options you want or even the type of vehicle you are looking at.

Get the Vehicle You Want

Your debt to income ratio is part of determining whether you are eligible to finance a certain amount. If your debt exceeds your income, you may have less money that is available for car payments. Thus, knowing your credit score helps you choose the vehicle you want. You may not be able to afford a $40,000 vehicle but may be able to afford a $20,000 vehicle. If your credit leaves something to be desired, you may have to choose a vehicle that is less expensive so that you qualify for the monthly payments.

You are able to pull your own credit report through various websites. Or, you may ask us to qualify you for an amount before you start looking. If you have bad credit, no credit, or past credit problems, contact New Mexico Credit Center, a proud partner to Melloy Dodge. New Mexico Credit Center can help you establish your credit, so you can find a new or used vehicle that you will enjoy and that fits your budget.