Be Sure Your Vehicle is Ready for Winter Weather This Year

It’s December, and cold weather has arrived here in Southern Maryland. Make sure your vehicle is ready to face the challenges that cold weather will throw at it, with these helpful tips.

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  • Change Windshield Wiper Blades & Refill Wiper Fluid – Snow, salt, and sludge on the roadways can be problematic, especially if your windshield wiper blades are old or you’re lacking wiper fluid. Be sure both are ready to go this year.
  • Check Tire Pressure – Make sure all of your tires are inflated to the proper weight. Cooler temperatures often leave your tires slightly on the low side. Check your tires often to ensure they’re inflated properly all winter long.
  • Change Your Oil – With the hussle and bussle of the busy holiday season, often times, preventative maintenance may fall by the wayside. Change your oil ahead of time, to ensure you don’t neglect your vehicle’s health.
  • Replace Your Battery – Your battery might seem fine now, but, when was the last time it was replaced? Batteries should be replaced every couple of years. Make sure a cold winter morning doesn’t leave you stranded this year.
  • Check Your Antifreeze Mixture – Make sure your antifreeze mixture is up to par for the winter months to ensure your engine is operating at the correct temperature.

To make sure your car is ready for the winter months, contact the experts in our Service Department. Schedule your appointment, today.

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2018 Ram 1500 is Available Now at Waldorf Dodge Ram

If you’ve been in the market for a new truck, now is the perfect time to buy.

The 2018 Ram 1500 has arrived here at Waldorf Dodge Ram, and we are speechless over this truck.

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With the ability to be outfitted for any occasion, the resilient 2018 Ram 1500 will meet all of your needs. With three cab styles and three bed lengths to pair with the V-6 or V-8 engine, there is a truck to suit everyone.

Choose from a gasoline or diesel powered engine, and the ability to add a Uconnect infotainment system, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto—perfect for those that crave and rely heavily on technology.

Visit us online to learn more about this breathtaking truck.

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2018 Dodge Challenger: Now Available at Waldorf Dodge

If you’ve been in the market for a vehicle, but have been holding out for the 2018 Dodge Challenger, wait no more! After much anticipation, the 2018 Dodge Challenger is finally here at Waldorf Dodge Ram, and we couldn’t be more excited for it’s arrival.

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With seven trim levels available and so many great features, we’re confident you’ll love this car.

  • SXT
  • GT
  • R/T
  • R/T 392
  • SRT 392
  • SRT Hellcat
  • SRT Demon

It is a stunning version of muscle, and we’re so excited to share it with you.

Whether its the exterior style that you’re looking for, or the power and performance, there’s one for everyone, and our talented staff is here to help you find the car of your dreams.

Contact us to schedule your test-drive. The 2018 Dodge Challenger is calling your name!

 

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Tips for Labor Day Travel

Labor Day weekend is just around the corner, and several families in the Southern Maryland area will be headed out of town, whether camping, to visit family and friends, or for a last-minute beach vacation.

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Here at Waldorf Dodge, we want you and your family to have a seamless trip, from the planning stages, to the travel, to the vacation itself. Here are a few tips from our team here at Waldorf Dodge Ram on how to have a safe and fun vacation, this Labor Day weekend.

  • Make a List – Make a list of things to bring with you. Whether you’re camping, at the beach or visiting friends and family, realizing once you arrive at your destination that you forgot something can be frustrating, especially if it is something like medication that you’ve left behind.
  • Ensure Your Vehicle is Road-Trip Ready – Be sure that your tires are in good working condition and are properly inflated, all of your fluids are topped off, and that your vehicle is overall ready to hit the road. Contact our Service Department, and let our experts handle your service needs.
  • Leave During Off-Peak Times – Most families will be hitting the road on Friday afternoon, en route to their destinations. Instead, begin your journey on Thursday to avoid the Labor Day rush on the road.
  • Get Enough Rest – Be sure to get enough sleep before you head out on your road trip. Drowsy driving can be very dangerous.
  • Communicate – Communicate with your family and friends on when you’ll be leaving, what route you’ll be taking, and your estimated arrival time. If you haven’t arrived when expected, your family will at least have an idea of where to find you in the event of an accident.

We hope everyone has a safe and relaxing Labor Day Weekend!

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Tips to Protect Your Teen Behind the Wheel

The moment your teen turns 16 is exciting, but is also potentially worrisome for parents. As they acquire their driver’s license, they’re well on their path to independence, however, protecting them is still your priority.

But how do you protect them, when you’re not around?

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Here are a few tips to ensure your teen is safe, when they get behind the wheel:

  • Be sure that the vehicle your teen is behind the wheel in is in tip-top shape. Verify the safety ratings on the vehicle, as well as the current condition of the tires, brakes, and engine. Contact our Service Department to ensure the vehicle that your teen will be driving is up-to-par.
  • It might be a good idea to limit the time that your teen is allowed to be behind the wheel; according to an article from esurance, most accidents involving teen drivers occur after 9:00 PM, so, setting curfews could be in their best interest.
  • Limit the number of passengers that your teen is allowed to travel with, to help avoid distractions.
  • Speak with your teen about the dangers of driving distracted, or driving under the influence.
  • Be sure to thoroughly teach your teen about all the features of the vehicle they will be driving, before they get behind the wheel. Ensure your teen knows exactly where to find the switches for the lights, windshield wipers, and hazard lights, in case of emergency.

Driving is an exciting privilege, but could potentially be a very dangerous task. To learn what vehicle might be the best fit for your teen, visit us at WaldorfDodge.com, or contact us today!

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Why a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Might be Your Best Bet

If you’ve been in the market for a pre-owned vehicle, but have hesitations just because you’re not the first owner, let your worry stop here.

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When you purchase a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle from Waldorf Dodge Ram, you’ll love the worry-free experience that comes along with it!

Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles are covered by a 125-point inspection, covering the vehicle’s qualification standards, ownership materials, mechanical standards, maintenance standards, appearance standards, and detail standards.

A 3-month/3,000 mile maximum care warranty, 7-year/100,000 mile power-train limited warranty, and a lifetime certified upgrade plan is included when you purchase a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle from Waldorf Dodge Ram.

Also included is a CarFax® Vehicle History Report, Roadside Coverage, and Car Rental Allowance.

Shop our Certified Pre-Owned Inventory online, or contact us today to learn more.

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Vehicle Spotlight: 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan

If you have a growing family, or a need to transport equipment, and can’t seem to find the vehicle to fit your needs, look no further.

The 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan is the perfect solution to finding the space you need, the convenience you crave, and style to match!

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With seating for 7, and the ability to stow the rear seats under the floor, you’ll love the space that the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan has to offer.

In addition to the space that you’ll encounter in the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan, there are plenty of convenience features to make your driving experience the best that it can be. From the sliding rear doors, that open and close with the touch of a button, to the rear tailgate that you can control, right from your key-fob, those days of juggling bags, or your kids in the pouring down rain, are behind you!

The style behind the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan quickly surpassed our expectations. With a chrome grill, automatic halogen head lamps, and LED tail lights, you’ll forget that you’re even driving a minivan, and will love the character that this vehicle exerts.

Interior features include a 6.5″ LCD touchscreen display, 3 12V power outlets, a back-up camera, and a 40GB hard drive, just to name a few, with the option to add several optional features, to make this van, yours.

So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today to schedule your test-drive!

 

 

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Is Buying or Leasing Your New Car the Best Option for You?

We’ve all been there. Wanting to purchase a new car, but not really knowing whether you REALLY want to buy the car, or just lease it. The decision is a tough one to make, but our Finance Department can help you make the right decision for your lifestyle.

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Read through this list of advantages and disadvantages of buying a car and leasing a car from our friends at Edmunds.com, and see which you think is your best option.

Advantages of Car Leasing

  • Lower monthly payments
  • Lower down payment
  • You can drive a better car for less money each month.
  • Lower repair costs (With a three-year lease, the factory warranty covers most repairs.)
  • You can more easily drive a new car every two or three years.
  • No trade-in hassles at the end of the lease
  • You pay sales tax only on the portion of the car you finance.


Disadvantages of Car Leasing

  • You don’t own the car at the end of the lease.
  • Your mileage is limited to a set amount, typically 12,000-15,000 miles a year (excess miles are paid for at the lease termination).
  • Lease contracts are confusing.
  • Leasing is more expensive in the long run (as opposed to buying and driving until the wheels fall off).
  • Wear-and-tear charges can add up (paid at lease termination).
  • It’s costly to terminate a lease early if your driving needs change.


Advantages of Car Buying

  • Pride of ownership — you can modify your car as you please.
  • Car buying is more economical in the long run unless you buy and trade-in regularly.
  • No penalty for driving excess mileage
  • Increased flexibility — you can easily sell the car whenever you want.

Disadvantages of Car Buying

  • Higher down payment is generally required.
  • Higher monthly payments
  • You’re responsible for maintenance costs once the warranty expires.
  • Trade-in or selling hassles when you’re ready to get rid of your car
  • More of your ready cash is tied up in a car, which depreciates, rather than an investment that appreciates.

Or, if you’re thinking of trading in your old vehicle, look no further. Find out the value of your trade and contact a sales representative today!

When you’ve made your decision, our friendly staff in our Finance Department at Waldorf Dodge are standing by, waiting to assist in making your new car dreams come true!

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Memorial Day Travel Destinations Within Driving Distance of Waldorf, Maryland

Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, and if you’re thinking of heading out of town this weekend, to soak up some sun, we’ve compiled a list of a few destinations, well within reach, that you might love to explore with your family.

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All within three hours of driving distance, Southern Maryland is perfectly situated to give you the best of both worlds—whether you’re craving mountains, the ocean, or even history!

  • Ocean City, Maryland – Over 10 miles of sand, waves and salt, this destination is sure to please everyone in your family. With activities like golf, shopping, fine dining, and one of the nation’s best boardwalks, you will have the time of your life. Just a few short hours from Waldorf.
  • Rehoboth Beach, Delaware – If you’re looking for more of a low-key weekend, take a trip to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. You have numerous outlet stores to choose from, along with several fine-dining options, perfect for you and your special someone to escape from everyday life. Just a few short hours from Waldorf.
  • Assateague Island, Maryland – If adventure and gorgeous scenery are on your priority list for your next trip, Assateague Island is the perfect getaway. A small island located at the most-southern portion of the Eastern Shore, Assateague Island is just a few short hours from Waldorf, and comes complete with wild ponies running on the beach.
  • Deep Creek Lake, Maryland – Known mostly for its wintertime ski resorts, Deep Creek Lake, Maryland has numerous outdoor activities to choose from including water skiing, tubing, kayaking, and jet skiing. This is the perfect destination for your family, and only a few short hours from Waldorf.
  • Williamsburg, Virginia – Whether you’re in it for the thrill rides or water rides at two of the best amusement parks around, or you’re looking to learn about the historic side of Williamsburg, Virginia, this destination is sure to top your list. Located just a couple of hours from Waldorf, Williamsburg, VA is a great destination for family-fun.

So, hop into your Dodge or Ram, and set out on an adventure. After all, you’ve been waiting all winter long to set out on a journey, and now you have the perfect opportunity to do so.

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Give The Gift of Freedom This Graduation Season

Whether it’s a high school or college graduation that you’ll be celebrating this year with your graduate, it’s a milestone, nonetheless. 

Show your graduate how proud you are of them, with the gift of a lifetime—a car!

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Waldorf Dodge has plenty of options to get your graduate moving this summer, no matter their style. And being able to choose the vehicle that’s safest for your student, will give you peace of mind, as a parent!

Our New Car Department has plenty of options available, including the 2016 Dodge Dart, 2017 Dodge Journey, or the 2017 Dodge Charger.

If a new car is a little out of reach, our Pre-Owned Center has a wide variety of makes and models, perfect for every taste.

If you have something specific in mind, visit us online to give us the details of what you’re looking for, and we’ll do our best to find the vehicle of your choice, with our CarFinder tool.

Graduation is an awesome milestone, and we can’t wait to help you celebrate! Visit us online, or contact us today to find the vehicle of your student’s dreams!

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