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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April is National Car Care Month

April is National Car Care month, and in effort to help you ensure you’re taking the best care of your car possible, we’ve created a brief checklist of all the things that may get neglected throughout the year, especially during the busy winter months:

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  • Check Vehicle Registration Expiration Date – Now that we’re in a new month, and 4 months into the new year, double check your Registration on your vehicle to ensure the expiration date has not passed.
  • Verify Your Automobile Insurance Coverage – Request a copy of your Insurance Declaration Page to ensure your coverage limits are where you want them to be, and that your premium is paid up-to-date.
  • Check All Lights on Exterior of Vehicle – Ask a friend to help you ensure all your lights are working properly. Be sure to check your headlights and tail lights, brake lights, tag lights, and turning signals. If you’re in need of a replacement bulb, contact our Parts Department, and leave the searching to us!
  • Check Brakes and Tires on Vehicle – Take the coin test to your tires. Be sure that you have the proper amount of tire tread on all four of your tires, and that all your tires are wearing properly. Schedule an appointment with our Service Department to ensure that your brakes are in tip-top shape, or if you’re in need of new tires or even just a rotation or balance. Our team of experts are waiting for your call.
  • Check Fluids and Battery on Vehicle – Schedule an appointment with our Service Department to ensure all your fluid levels are where they should be, and that your battery is in proper working condition.
  • Clean Windows, Inside and Outside – The winter months can be especially brutal on your vehicle, between the salt, dirt and grime that gets splattered onto your vehicle, all winter long, this is a great time to ensure your windows are clean, inside and out!

At any point in time, our fantastic teams in our Service Department and Parts Department are available to help. Visit us online, or contact us today to schedule your appointment, and make sure your car is spring-time ready!

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Vehicle Spotlight: 2017 Dodge Durango

Whether you’re in the market for a vehicle to transport your friends for a night on the town, or you have a growing family and just need more space, the 2017 Dodge Durango is an extremely popular choice among our customers, here at Waldorf Dodge.

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Standard features of the 2017 Dodge Durango include third row seating with a spacious interior, modern and sleek style, and a sporty overall look and feel that you just cannot pass up.

The 2017 Dodge Durango can come in rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, with an 8-speed automatic transmission, standard across all configurations.

Although two engines are available, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine comes standard, and in most models, will provide 260 lb-ft of torque and 290 horsepower.

The 2017 Dodge Durango can fit 7 passengers comfortably with its third row seating. Captain’s chairs are available for the second row for more of a professional look, making 6 passengers fit comfortably in the 2017 Dodge Durango.

The base model will have a load-leveling rear suspension, fog lamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, and key-less ignition and entry. The comfortable interior has three-zone climate control, in addition to technology like a Uconnect 5-inch touchscreen and SD card reader. A six-speaker sound system is standard with the SXT, as well as Bluetooth phone connectivity. Some of the features found on higher trims include a sunroof, a navigation system, HD radio, and a premium sound system.

When you’re ready to try on this amazing vehicle for size, visit us online, or contact us today to set up your test-drive!

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The Perfect Combination of Muscle and Magnitude—2017 Dodge Charger

If you’re a muscle car enthusiast, you don’t want to miss this one. The 2017 Dodge Charger is turning heads all across Southern Maryland. So much so, that we’re having a hard time keeping them on our lot!

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The exterior of this beauty will leave you speechless. The LED headlamps are complimented beautifully by the signature split cross-hair front grille. A three-piece low profile spoiler enhances the athletic lines of this muscular beast with full-width racetrack LED tail lamps to-boot.

The 2017 Dodge Charger has three engine styles to choose from including the 300hp 3.6L Pentastar V6 with up to 31MPG hwy, a 5.7L 370hp HEMI V8, or the startling 6.2L Supercharged V8 with 707hp in the SRT Hellcat.

We think you’ll be impressed with the 2017 Dodge Charger, just as much as we are. Visit us online or contact us when you’re ready to set-up your test-drive. We know you’ll love it!

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Our Favorite Super Bowl Commercials

If you’re one of the millions of people who tuned in to the Super Bowl this past weekend, you saw a fantastic game. And, if you’re like us, you may have tuned in, just to see the commercials.

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We have a list of some of our favorite commercials from this year’s super bowl, and we wanted to share them with you.

What were some of your favorites this year?

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