Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Winter Tires Vs. All Season Tires

Winter driving presents new challenges to even the most experienced drivers. Cold weather driving can be dangerous, especially if you live in Northern New Mexico where we get a bit more snow and ice than the rest of the state. Melloy Dodge has an excellent selection of four-wheel drive andall-wheel drive vehicles, which are better for acceleration and traction in inclement weather. However, often, the type of tires your vehicle is equipped with can make a huge difference.

Most vehicles are fitted with all season tires from the factory. All season tires aren’t designed to handle extreme weather conditions. Think of all season tires like tennis shoes. They can be worn all year, but isn’t it better to wear sandals in the heat of the summer and boots for warmth and grip in the winter? Since all season tires are designed for use year-round, they sacrifice maximum summer and winter performance capabilities. It is much better to equip your car or truck with winter tires when temperatures drop.

Winter roads are unpredictable. All season tires stiffen in the cold and are unable to provide adequate traction. Winter tires are designed to provide supreme traction even in freezing weather. The tread of winter tires is able to stay flexible for added grip.

Stop by the Melloy Dodge service department to get your vehicle outfitted with winter tires this season! No matter what kind of vehicle you’re driving, or tires it’s equipped with, Melloy Dodge wants you to stay safe. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings and drive carefully year-round, especially in adverse conditions. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Melloy Dodge Black Friday Sales Event

This month is an excellent time to purchase a new vehicle here at Melloy Dodge. We have some amazing cash back and financing offers on select 2016 and 2017 vehicles! We’re offering unbeatable Black Friday deals all month long! That’s right, all month long, so no need to stay up all night and camp out for savings on your favorite vehicles. Some of the deals we’re offering include:

These are just some of our amazing offers. We have plenty more offers on new and used cars and trucks! If you’re looking for a new or used vehicle, now is a great time to buy! The Black Friday Sales Event runs throughout the month of November. No fighting for your spot in line. Stop by Melloy Dodge, where we always say “deal”. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Melloy Dodge Supports the Lobos

Melloy Dodge is proud to be a locally owned company, serving the New Mexico community since 1955. We are proud of our state and its people, and to show our support, we have been sponsoring UNM Lobos sporting events for years.

Melloy Dodge has been helping bring Lobo football and basketball games to KKOB AM and 94.5 FM, as well as KNML AM and KTBL AM. Sports fans can hear live broadcasts of home and away games on local radio.

Melloy Dodge also sponsors televised Lobo games, helping bring them to CBS Sports, ROOT, and ESPN via our Comcast Lobo sponsorship.

New Mexico sports fans can enjoy the 5 upcoming 2016 Lobo football games, and the 31 upcoming 2016-2017 season Lobo basketball games, either on TV or on the radio.

If we can help you find a cherry-red Dodge Dart or silver RAM 1500 to show your Lobo spirit, see us at Melloy Dodge on Coors in Albuquerque. As Nick Melloy says on our commercials that you’ll hear in each game, “Go Lobos!”

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Melloy Dodge Winter Driving Safety Tips

Although our winters are not typically as harsh as other states may experience, it’s important to know how to drive in adverse weather conditions. Here are some cold weather driving tips to keep in mind this season:

Don’t drive tired. This is true any time of year, but when the weather is bad, drivers need to be especially mindful. One study revealed that being awake for 18 hours straight is equivalent to a BAC of .05. Being awake for 24 hours straight produces the same effect as a BAC of .10 - a BAC of .08 is considered legally drunk! Driving while fatigued is just as bad, or worse than driving drunk!

Drive Slowly. Just because the speed limit is 75 doesn’t mean you should drive 75. Driving in rain or snow means that accelerating, stopping, and turning will all take longer than on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver!

Keep your distance. The rule of thumb is 3 or 4 seconds worth of distance between you and the car ahead of you. That’s under normal circumstances. In rain, snow, or on ice, increase that distance between you and the next car.

Know how to use your brakes. Every car since the 2012 model year features Anti-lock Braking Systems. To get the best use out of this feature, press firmly on the pedal and steer smoothly. Read and follow the recommendations in your vehicle’s manufacturer information. Visit the service department at Melloy Dodge if your brakes need to be inspected.

Look at weather reports. If you’re traveling this holiday season, find out what the weather will be like on your route before you head out. If especially bad weather is expected, delay your trip.

If you don’t have to go out, don’t. Sometimes it’s safer and more enjoyable to appreciate the snow from inside with a warm cup of hot chocolate!

Here at Melloy Dodge, we want all of our New Mexico drivers to be safe out there in the cold months ahead. Keep these driving tips in mind to keep yourself and your passengers protected!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

When It's Time to Buy a New Vehicle

It’s time to come to terms with the fact that the car you’ve been driving around for years isn’t going to last forever. Sooner or later it becomes impractical to hold on to an old vehicle. So how do you know when it’s time to purchase a brand new or slightly used car?

Among the most compelling reasons to consider buying a newer vehicle is the advancement of safety features in recent years. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety only began side impact crash-testing in 2003! Side impact crashes have a high likelihood of fatalities because vehicles do not absorb the impact forces before the occupant is injured. Cars manufactured after the 2003 model year are significantly safer than vehicles manufactured prior to the implementation of this form of crash testing. If you’re driving a car built before 2003, it may be time to consider purchasing a newer vehicle.

Owning an older vehicle can often require frequent maintenance. You may want to hold off on a new car payment for as long as possible, but fixing up an old car constantly can add up to more than a payment on a newer more reliable vehicle. Do the math! If the cost of repairs is greater than the value of the vehicle, or a year’s worth of monthly payments, it’s time to consider buying a new car. Trading up while the car still has value is a better option than driving the car until it breaks down completely. Because the market for used vehicles is a high demand, Melloy Dodge may be able to give you a compelling trade in offer on your used car or truck.

Sometimes a vehicle just doesn’t fit your lifestyle anymore. Perhaps you’re driving a small sedan, but just started a family. Or your children have grown up and moved out and you’re thinking of scaling back now that you don’t need a large vehicle. Whatever the circumstances, your vehicle should fit your lifestyle, and if it’s just not working for your life any more, it might be time to start shopping for a new one!

If after reading this, you think you’re ready to start looking for a new car or truck, or a slightly used vehicle, stop by Melloy Dodge and we’ll be happy to help you find a reliable vehicle that will fit your lifestyle and budget!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Come to Melloy and Get a Ram for the Road!

New Mexico loves Ram Trucks and Melloy Dodge loves New Mexico.

At Melloy Dodge, we’ve been serving the needs of the Albuquerque community since 1955. That's what has made us the number one Dodge and Ram dealer in New Mexico. It is our honor to offer great deals on this line of Ram trucks. Ram trucks are more than tough: They have the comfort you need to keep working. Whether you have your eye on Ram 1500, Ram 2500, or even the one-ton Ram 3500, we have a great selection available today at the dealership.

· The Ram 1500 HFE is a fuel miser with its high-output EcoDiesel V6 and an available, industry-exclusive 8-speed automatic transmission. The EPA rates the 1500 HFE at 29 MPG on the highway.

· Ram 2500 ups the ante with a maximum towing weight of 17,980 pounds when equipped with the legendary Cummins turbodiesel. That’s what 800 lb-ft of torque can deliver.

· For those who need to move mountains, there’s the Ram 3500. Heavy-duty equipment throughout and available dual-rear wheels give the 3500 the ability to tow up to 30,660 pounds, and carry a payload of up to 7,020 pounds. This truck also comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power lumbar steering support, and a five-inch touch screen.

At Melloy, we’re offering New Mexico great deals on the whole line of Rams, with zero-percent financing and cash back for qualified buyers.

Contact us at Melloy today and get a Ram for the road! We’re within easy driving distance from Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, and Socorro. We’re ready to make you a deal on a new Ram no matter where you live.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Melloy Dodge Receives FCA Customer First Award

Melloy Dodge has been awarded the 2016 Inaugural “Customer First Award for Excellence” from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). This award was given to only 124 Chrysler, Jeep, Ram, Dodge, and Fiat dealerships across the nation that have achieved excellence in Customer Service.

FCA created this award in order to heighten the customer experience in car dealerships around the country. They invited their dealer partners to join them in placing an emphasis on customer satisfaction and focus on the sales and service experience.

In being recognized for this award, Melloy Dodge joins other elite dealerships that have accomplished excellence in the facility, customer process, performance, employee surveys, and training certification.

There were 2,600 FCA dealerships in the United States eligible to pursue this award, with only the top one quarter of one percent of the dealerships being recognized by consumers as leaders in customer sales and service. This status was achieved in the six month period from January 1 - June 30, 2016.

Melloy Dodge is New Mexico’s largest selling Dodge and Ram dealership, and has been serving New Mexicans automotive needs since 1955. Melloy Dodge’s General Manager Bill Melloy said, “We want to thank our loyal customers for continuing to come to us for their car-buying needs. We continue to set the bar for a welcoming and friendly car-buying environment with knowledgeable staff members.” The dealership is located at 9621 Coors Blvd. NW in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Keep Your car Running in Tip Top Shape

Many drivers have vehicles that have logged over 100,000 and even 200,000 miles. Today's cars are better made and last longer than ever. However, in order to keep your vehicle running well, it needs regular maintenance. The service center at Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque, NM, is a great place to have maintenance performed on your Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, RAM, FIAT or SRT vehicle.

Regular maintenance such as having your vehicle's oil and filter changed, tires rotated, battery replaced or having safety work done on brakes or other essential parts will allow you to keep your vehicle longer and avoid emergency repairs that can cost you more money. By having your work done with genuine Mopar parts at the Melloy Dodge Service Center, you'll be guaranteed first rate service with factory-trained technicians. We also keep complete computerized records of all work done so you'll have a complete service history of your vehicle.

One of the most important aspects of maintenance is changing your vehicle's fluids. You already know the importance of regular oil and filter changes, but your vehicle has a number of other systems where the fluids must be flushed and replaced according to the manufacturer's service schedule. Your vehicle's cooling system is one area that needs periodic attention. It should be flushed once a year and be filled with an appropriate replacement to prevent corrosion and buildup inside the system.

Transmission and differential oils need changing according to service recommendations. Our technicians at Melloy Dodge will also recommend lubrication of bearings and other vehicle parts when needed. Call us today and let us service your vehicle to keep it in top shape.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

4 Easy Steps to Buying a Car

Are you in the market for a new or new-to-you vehicle? Here are four tips to help you make the best decision.

Before you start shopping, decide what you need in a vehicle. How many people does your car need to hold? Do you typically carry any cargo? Once you know what you need, an online search can reveal what cars are the best match. Melloy Dodge offers a wide selection of sedans, sports cars, SUVs and trucks. Our online tools let you browse our lot and compare new cars without leaving your house.

Choose the right dealership
Visiting a trusted dealership makes for a more pleasant buying experience, and a family-owned dealership gives you a name you can count on. The Melloy family has been in the auto business in New Mexico since 1955. A family-owned dealership with ties to the community relies on repeat customers, so they'll be motivated to treat you right.

Test drive
Once you've decided on your ideal vehicle, head to Melloy Dodge and give it a test drive. Try to drive in conditions similar to those you will be driving in every day so you have the perfect car to fit your driving needs.

Payment plans and financing options

Financing is an important part of most new car purchase. Melloy Dodge offers many different payment plans. In fact, you can get pre-approved for financing in seconds, before even setting foot in the dealership! If money is tight, a pre-approval can give you the confidence to know how much car you can fit into your budget.

If you're ready to shop for a new car, give our sales team a call at (888) 760-4136, or stop in today!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Visit our Dodge and Ram Service Department

When your Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, Jeep, Fiat, or SRT vehicle needs service work, whether it’s routine maintenance, warranty work, or something more serious, contact the Melloy Dodge Service Department in Albuquerque.

Our newly removed customer service lounge makes your wait time comfortable and convenient. Our new workstations give you an easy place to connect your laptop and wireless access is available. We also offer recharging stations for your mobile devices.

A refrigerator provides complementary cold drinks and nearby vending machines offer snacks. We’ve also recently replaced all the furnishings and d├ęcor, making the Service Department as well as our Sales area modern and comfortable. TVs and a childrens’ play area help to pass the time.
A shuttle is available as well, convenient if your vehicle will be in the shop and you need to get to work or back home.

Our service department can provide maintenance on any make and model of vehicle. You’ll find Service Specials on our website, offering discounts on parts, oil changes, and other service work. Our Service Department is open from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm on weekdays and 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays. You can schedule service online or call us at 505-843-9600.

Our Express Lane offers fast oil changes; no appointment is necessary. Please arrive 30 minutes before our closing time for an oil change.

Melloy Dodge is New Mexico’s #1 selling Dodge and Ram dealership, and has served the automotive needs of New Mexicans since 1955. We’re located at 9621 Coors Blvd. NW, just north of Paseo del Norte in Albuquerque.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Dodge Durango: A Roomy, Powerful SUV

The Dodge Durango at Melloy Dodge is a perfect vehicle for New Mexico drivers—roomy, powerful, and with optional four-wheel drive. Learn more about it here, and on our walk-around video.
This SUV offers two available engines, a 5.7 liter hemi V8 or the 3.6 liter V6 Pentastar with 305 horsepower. Towing capacity is 6,200 lbs. Projector headlamps and fog lamps, 18” alloy wheels, chrome mirrors and available sidesteps for easy entry are some of the options on the Durango.

The vehicle is stylish as well, with LED strip and racetrack lighting on the rear. A backup camera and backup sensors are available, a safety item so that you know what is behind your vehicle. It’s rated at 19mpg in the city and up to 27mpg on the highway.
The interior features a telescopic steering wheel, as well as a large 7” digital instrument cluster for the driver. Among the information it displays: analog or digital speedometer, tire PSI, transmission and oil temp, battery voltage, and fuel economy.
An 8.4” touchscreen offers controls for radio, media, climate, phone and apps. You can even use the vehicle as WiFi hot spot with your subscription.
An auxiliary port allows access to your digital music, and a USB port and SD card slot are also included.
The Dodge Durango is spacious and seats up to 7. It has 3 rows of seats, and easy, 2 touch access to get passengers into the back row. The Durango has added a lot of convenience (check out all the drink holders) as well as storage. With the back passenger seats folded down, it will hold a piece of plywood. A handy built-in flashlight is included in cargo area.
See the selection of Dodge Durangos at Melloy Dodge on Coors, New Mexico’s largest selling Dodge and Ram dealership.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Importance of Tire Pressure

During the hot New Mexico summer months, the tires on your vehicle will become hotter and will require more time to cool down. You should periodically check the tire pressure to ensure that you can safely drive your vehicle. If the tires are not properly inflated, then the performance of your Dodge or Ram vehicle could be seriously affected. You could be needlessly forced to buy new tires or could cause damage to other parts on your vehicle.


The engineers who designed your Dodge or Ram vehicle used calculations to balance the forces that would affect that vehicle under normal driving conditions. If the tire pressure is not within the safe range, then you could have difficulty while you are steering the vehicle and could lose traction, which could endanger your life and the life of any passengers. You can ask the Melloy Dodge service technicians about the proper method to use to check the tire pressure.


Tires are rated for a specific mileage such as for 60 or 90 miles. If a tire is overinflated or underinflated, there will be a greater force of friction between the pavement and the high spots on the tread, which will cause those rows of tread to be removed faster than the other tread on the tire. You may then need to prematurely buy new tires because there are uneven rows of tread that have less than the safe depth for the tread.


You can control your costs for tires and for future auto repair services. If the tires are not properly inflated, then your vehicle will not glide smoothly on a roadway. The vehicle could tilt to one side, which would increase the magnitude of the forces that can affect a car or truck’s safety and mileage. You can contact the service professionals at Melloy Dodge, 9621 Coors Blvd NW in Albuquerque, for more information.