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!