Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Tips to Maximize Gas Mileage

With the price of gas where it is, it’s important to learn how to conserve and make the most out of your gas mileage. It may come as a surprise, but how you drive directly affects your fuel economy. The experts at
Melloy Dodge are here with a few tips to help you maximize your gas mileage.

1. Pay attention to speed- On most vehicles, fuel economy peaks at 50mph. Reducing highway speeds by 5 to 10 miles per hour can increase your fuel economy by 7 to 14 percent!

2. Make a plan- Before you take a trip or long drive, map the most efficient route to minimize unnecessary driving.

3. Drive conservatively- Avoid accelerating rapidly or slamming on the breaks, as these can lower fuel economy.

4. Avoid rush hour- If you can, avoid commuting during peak traffic times.

5. Use cruise control- Driving consistently, especially on highways, saves gas. Make sure never to use cruise control on slippery roads or inclement weather, as it impacts vehicle control.

6. Warm the engine- When temperatures drop, start the engine and then drive the car normally to warm the engine. Bringing the engine to operating temperature will help you save on gas. Never leave your vehicle unattended while it’s warming up.

Practicing just a few of these tips can help you maximize gas mileage and make a dramatic difference in how much you spend on gas. The team at Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque is here to help you save! For more information on gas mileage or to schedule a service appointment or to shop our large selection of new Dodge, RAM or used vehicles, reach out to us! 

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Best Smartphone Apps If You Are Taking a Road trip

Technology has revolutionized the way we travel, especially when it comes to our vehicles. With Spring right around the corner, many will start prepping for road trips. The smartphone, in particular, has made road trips much easier to navigate and more entertaining. Apps have been a huge part of this change. The team at Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque is here to recommend a few smartphone apps to use if you plan on taking a road trip soon.

· Google Maps- Everyone needs a navigation app they can trust. Google Maps is one of the best options for reliable navigation. Google Maps gives you route options and provides accurate estimates of how long it takes to get from point A to point B. Google Maps also allows you to plot waypoints for hotel stays and food stops.

· Waze- Waze is another great navigation app. Waze provides real-time updates to help with traffic, construction, and more. This app is a great option if you want something proactive that prepares you for any driving scenario.

· Roadside America- One of the fun aspects of road trips is the unique roadside attractions you encounter on the way to your destination. The Roadside America app helps you find unique attractions worth stopping for. This app features fun restaurants, museums, murals, tours, and special photo ops.

· PlugShare- PlugShare is a perfect option for electrical vehicle users. A huge issue faced by owners of electric vehicles is finding charging stations. Most EVs can go 100 to 300 miles before they need to be plugged in. PlugShare lists 610,000 charging stations across North America and Europe.

· Spotify- A road trip is nothing without an impressive playlist or podcast. Whether you enjoy oldies, country, or 90’s grunge rock, Spotify has it all. Spotify is free to download and listen to, but if you are one to get annoyed with ad breaks, you may want to splurge for the membership of $9.99/month. The membership allows you to listen ad-free and download music to listen to offline. 

The list of apps that add convenience to a long road trip is endless. Advancements in technology have allowed us to travel more seamlessly and enjoy the journey along the way. If you are gearing up for a road trip out of New Mexico and want to ensure your vehicle is ready to go, schedule a service with Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque. We will get your Dodge, Ram or other vehicle travel-ready in no time!

Monday, January 9, 2023

New RAM Electric Pickup

Dodge has always been an innovator when it comes to introducing new vehicles. The latest trend in motor vehicles is electric alternatives. The team at Melloy Dodge is here to introduce the impressive new RAM electric pickup, a first-of-its-kind!

The Ram 1500 Revolution concept truck is a whole new type of electric Dodge. The exterior exhibits illuminated badging and new lighting patterns. On the other hand, the interior features a more modern, clean, and tech-centric design than current Ram pickups. Some interior features include a 28-inch touchscreen, housing most of the controls, and a glass roof. The new RAM is intended to be more of a lifestyle pickup rather than the traditional work truck RAM has released in the past. These are all the details we have about this innovative new RAM truck for now. We urge you to keep your eyes out, as this new Dodge is set to come to market in 2024.

Dodge is a brand you can trust. Stop by Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque if you are in the market for a new vehicle or RAM truck. Our team of experts is well-equipped to find the right vehicle and deal for you. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions!

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

When and When Not to Use 4-Wheel Drive

Since winter has hit New Mexico, 4-wheel drive can be especially helpful. Although it may seem useful in many situations, there are scenarios where 4-wheel drive should not be used. The experts at Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque are here to set the record straight on using 4-wheel drive. 

4-wheel drive is the capability of a vehicle to provide torque to all four tires simultaneously. There are times when 4WD is useful and times when you should not use it. It is crucial to know the difference, as it may negatively impact your vehicle if used incorrectly. Here are a few situations where 4x4 is needed and when you should avoid using it.

4WD comes in two settings, high and low. High is most useful when driving on rough terrain. 4WD high is designed for higher speeds (usually no more than 55 mph) and less traction. Low is best used in inclement weather with serious snow or mud. 4WD low is designed for lower speeds (usually 10 mph) and situations where you need maximum traction. If you are driving on flat, smooth, and dry roads, it’s advised not to use 4WD, as it can actually damage your vehicle. Be cautious when turning while in 4WD so the vehicle doesn’t “crab” and your control of the vehicle is reduced. As always, read and follow your manufacturer’s instruction manual and follow the maintenance instructions of a 4WD vehicle.

As you can see, 4-wheel drive has more to understand than one may think. Whether you are driving on a snowy day or off-roading in the mountains, it is important to recognize when you should be using this feature and how to use it. For more information or to have Dodge or Ram vehicle serviced, reach out to the team at Melloy Dodge.

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

When are Snow Tires Needed

Winter has arrived in New Mexico, so temperatures are starting to drop. Although New Mexico is a drier climate, it doesn’t mean that we won’t get snow. When it comes to driving, especially in the winter, safety is key. The experts at Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque are here to help you decide whether or not you need snow tires this season.

Although they may seem similar, regular tires and snow tires are very different. Snow tires are uniquely designed to offer more traction and control during wet and frozen driving conditions. Winter tires are made with a special rubber that stays soft and flexible in freezing temperatures. This is important for the vehicle to retain traction. Winter tires are also designed with a deeper tread and unique tread patterns. This allows the tire to grip more securely to avoid sliding on ice or snow. Lastly, winter tires have a biting edge. A biting edge is a zig-zag pattern that helps the tires grip the road, even during severe weather conditions.

There are few differences in features between regular and winter tires, but the variations make all the difference when traveling in inclement weather. If you are located in a region of New Mexico that experiences a lot of snow or plan on traveling this winter, snow tires may be a great option. If you are curious whether snow tires are right for your vehicle, stop by Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque. Our experts can help with any questions you may have!

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Winter Driving Safety Tips

Winter driving can be difficult in certain areas of New Mexico. Winter weather conditions, such as snow and icy roads, can make for an intimidating drive. The team at Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque is here with a few tips to ensure your safety on your next Winter excursion.
  • Plan Ahead- If you know you will be traveling in areas subject to poor weather conditions, check online before setting out. Make sure there are not any weather warnings or road closures due to weather.
  • Slow Down- Don’t drive at excessive speeds. During Winter, roads can be icy, making it harder to slow down once you’ve accelerated.
  • Give Yourself Space- It’s a good rule of thumb to always leave a car length between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. In Winter, give yourself additional space in case of any black ice.
  • Take it Slow- Do not accelerate or decelerate too quickly. This can be especially hazardous on slippery or icy roads.
  • Check Your Tires- Make sure your tires are filled with air and have the correct tire pressure. The cold can cause tires to leak, so keeping them filled will help ensure your safety.
  • Be Ready for an Emergency- It’s always a great idea to have an emergency kit in your vehicle. These kits should include blankets, jumper cables, tools, a flashlight, a first aid kit, a phone charger, water, and nonperishable food.
  • Get your Vehicle Checked- We urge our customers to check their vehicles before a long road trip. If you plan to drive a long distance, especially in Winter, get your vehicle inspected before you hit the road. Ask the technician to check the battery, heating and cooling system, brakes, and wiper blades.
When driving in inclement weather, it’s important always to be prepared. Call or stop by the Service Department at Melloy Dodge to ensure you and your loved ones are safe, and your Vehicle is Winter ready. Our team of experts is here to help!

Friday, November 18, 2022

Resetting TPMS

Now that temperatures are dropping in New Mexico, you may notice your Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) light up. If you have recently been alarmed by this emergency light, there is no need to worry. Melloy Dodge is here to keep you educated on your vehicle’s safety.

Vehicle emergency lights are nothing to be alarmed over. During colder months, it is common for the TPMS light to pop on. The TPMS light is a dashboard alert that notifies you when one or more of your tires is low. Depending on your vehicle, tire pressure is monitored by your ABS system or a battery-powered sensor mounted on each tire. Under-inflated tires pose a safety risk, which makes your Tire Pressure Monitoring System is an important safety feature. 

TPMS alerts may be due to low tire pressure (your tires may be under-inflated), or your TPMS itself may need to be serviced. Different TPMS systems have different repair and service options. Most TPMS system sensors do not have removable batteries, which means the entire sensor must be replaced when there are battery issues. Depending on the issue, the TPMS may also need resetting. We always advise you to follow manufacturer recommendations in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

Whether your Tire Pressure Management System needs resetting or you have a slow tire leak, the team at Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque is here to help! Our service department can get you in and fixed up in no time. Visit the Melloy Dodge express lane for quick service; no appointment is necessary. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have about your Dodge or RAM.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Tuscany Lifted Trucks

At Melloy Dodge, we love a new vehicle launch! We are excited to introduce the Badlander RAM Editions by Tuscany Motor Company. Here are a few fun facts about this impressive new line of RAM trucks.

The Tuscany Badlander models are an entirely new beast. They are equipped with premium, off-road 22” wheels and 37” BFGoodrich KM3 tires and an off-road suspension that towers above the competition. The Badlanders also include an exhaust integrated into the rear bumper. These RAM trucks are the baddest around, with high-clearance bumpers and logoed Badlander plates, which feature an integrated LED light bar. The exterior is not the only notable part of this RAM truck. The interior upgrades include premium leather seats with the Badlander logo, a stainless steel Badlander gauge package, and deep-tinted windows. To top it all off, Tuscany Motor Co. trucks are FMVSS compliant and come with the manufacturer’s 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.

Look no further if you are in the market for a new truck! Lifted Truck America at Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a top source for Tuscany Motor Co. trucks. Lifted Truck America offers a large selection of new, custom-lifted trucks and used trucks that are lifted and can be customized to your specific requirements. Our new customized trucks maintain the manufacturer’s original warranty. Extended warranties are also available.

Melloy Dodge is the perfect place to purchase your new Dodge truck. We even customize RAM 1500s to your specific requirements. The Tuscany is a recent addition to the list of customizable Dodge trucks through Melloy Dodge. Contact us if you are interested in a Tuscany Badlander or lifted RAM Truck. We will get you cruising in your new vehicle in no time!

Friday, November 4, 2022

No Payments for 5 Months

There’s nothing like the rev of a new engine on a chilly winter day. At Melloy Dodge, we know the holidays can be a busy time of year. If you are in the market for a new Dodge or Ram this holiday season, we are here to help you save! 

We understand that the holidays can be tight when it comes to the budget. Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque is now offering no payments for five months for any new vehicle purchased in the month of November during the Black Friday Sales Event, which runs all month long. This means that anyone who purchases a new Dodge or Ram this month will not have a car payment until April of 2023! This impressive promotion is valid on all new Dodge and Ram models. The No Payments for 5 Months offer is only valid when financed with Chrysler Capital for a term of up to 72 months, OAC, plus TTL and dealer transfer fees. Vehicles are subject to prior sale. 

The holidays are a time of giving. Whether you are interested in gifting a new Dodge or Ram to a loved one or yourself, now’s the time to take advantage of a great deal! We urge you not to miss out. Stop by Melloy Dodge today and drive home in a new Charger or RAM 1500. With this deal, your wallet will thank you!

Monday, October 24, 2022

Dodge is Getting Spooky with the Black Ghost Challenger

There are many exciting things to come in 2023 for Dodge. One of the biggest reveals will be the infamous Black Ghost Dodge Challenger. Here’s what the team of automotive sales professionals at Melloy Dodge think you’ll want to know about this coveted sports car release.

Dodge has planned for the future model years of the Dodge Challenger to go electric. The 2023 Dodge Challenger Black Ghost is the “last call” special edition model before that transition. The new Black Ghost pays homage to a legendarily mysterious black 1970 Challenger said to have prowled Detroit's Woodward Avenue 50 years ago. Only 300 Black Ghost Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody muscle cars will be produced, which means the chances of seeing a modern Black Ghost Challenger is almost as slim as seeing the original in the 1970s. The new Black Ghost is a modern take on the original, even down to the black gator skin graphics on the roof. This impressive muscle car will also include Challenger script badges and the white bumblebee rear fender graphics. The Black Ghost is number six of seven special edition “last call” Dodge models. 

While this sleek vehicle may be lurking in the shadows, the team at Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque may be able to help you get your hands on one! Contact us for information about pre-ordering as demand will be very high for this special edition. For any questions, or if you’re in the market for a new Dodge, one of the other Hellcat models or something for everyday driving, reach out to us or visit our Albuquerque showroom at 9621 Coors Blvd. NW, just north of Paseo del Norte.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

How to Get your Car Ready for Colder Weather

Cold weather will hit New Mexico before we know it! Preparing your vehicle for the changing of seasons is extremely important. Here are a few tips the experts at Melloy Dodge suggest you follow to avoid any Fall or Winter vehicle mishaps. 

  • Check your tires: Worn or flat tires paired with winter weather can create a dangerous situation. Check your tire pressure and the tread on your tires to ensure they are safe and ready for cold weather. If you plan to drive in icy or snowy areas, it may be a good idea to look in to a 4-wheel drive Dodge vehicle!
  • Test your battery: Don’t wait for your car battery to fail and leave you stranded in the cold. Use a computerized battery tester to check your battery’s voltage and overall condition.
  • Change your wiper blades: Visibility is extremely important in inclement weather. Remove old wiper blades and replace them with a new set.
  • Pack an emergency kit: It’s never a bad idea to be prepared. Pack an emergency kit that fits in the back of your vehicle. The Melloy Dodge team suggests packing the following:
        1. Flashlight

        2. Phone charger

        3. Simple tools

        4. Jumper cables

        5. First aid kit

        6. Blanket

        7. Hat and gloves.

Preparation is key when ensuring your travels are safe this Fall and Winter season. To get your Dodge serviced before the cold weather hits, reach out to the Service Team at Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque, or schedule with us online!

Monday, October 3, 2022

Scenic Drives to Take this Fall in New Mexico

Fall is a perfect time to enjoy changing leaves and crisp air. New Mexico has many beautiful scenic drives, but a few are especially breathtaking in Fall. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next scenic drive, the Melloy Dodge team has some suggestions! Consider cruising along these country roads and byways this Fall.

1. Fourth of July Canyon: Fourth of July Canyon is found in the Cibola National Forest. This hidden gem in the Manzano Mountains is perfect for those who enjoy the Fall foliage.

2. Corrales Road: Corrales Road Scenic Byway offers impressive views in Fall with the changing of the golden cottonwoods.

3. Sandia Crest: Sandia Crest scenic byway is 14 mile stretch along NM 536 and curves through Cibola National Forest. This is a cruise you will want to repeat in all seasons!

4. Santa Fe National Forest: The drive down NM 475 through Santa Fe National Forest is perfect if you love a view of changing aspens and evergreens. Enjoy this 16-mile drive, and make sure to stop at the Aspen Vista overlook for some amazing views.

5. NM-17 from Chama to Colorado: NM 17 is where you will find the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. On your way to Colorado, cruise along this stretch of road and enjoy the changing of the leaves and some beautiful views.

The list of beautiful New Mexico drives could go on and on. At Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque, it’s our goal to ensure your Dodge is road trip ready. Before you take your next scenic drive through the Land of Enchantment, reach out to us to schedule your vehicle’s maintenance appointment.