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 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.

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 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 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 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!