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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Meet Your Dream Truck: The 2017 Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 has always been one of our top selling vehicles, and we completely understand why! With awesome features and a re-designed exterior, specifically to make the truck look and perform better, you’ll without-a-doubt want to call it your own!

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Active aerodynamics and an upgraded front fascia make the 2017 Ram 1500 both beautiful and powerful.

From the strong and sturdy body lines on the exterior of the truck, to the timeless front grill, the 2017 Ram 1500 is the perfect combination of rugged and sleek!

With 4-wheel drive, and 4-corner air suspension to keep heavy loads level, the 2017 Ram 1500 is perfect for any job that the day throws at you.

Some of our favorite features include:

  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio
  • Alloy Wheels
  • UConnect Access System

When you’re ready to test-drive this breathtaking truck, visit us online, or contact us today! You might just love it, just as much as we do!

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Tips for Driving in Winter Weather

It’s January, which means snow, sleet, and ice in our area, are pretty much a given. With the drop and temperature today, and the potential for snow tonight and this weekend, we thought it might be useful to share some tips for driving in winter weather!

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  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Be sure that you gradually ease into the gas or break when the roads are slick, to avoid spin-outs.
  • Drive slowly. Even if the roads aren’t terrible, black ice paired with speed can be a recipe for disaster. Be sure to slow down and take your time when the temperature is below freezing.
  • Increase your spacing between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. Allow for plenty of stopping room, in the event that your car begins to slide.
  • Test your brakes before you get out on the roadway. Come to a few harsh stops in your driveway, before you venture out, to test the road conditions and your brakes with the slippery roads.
  • If you can avoid it, don’t come to a complete stop. If you can safely coast through an intersection without having to come to a stop, or to make a turn, you’re likely to keep traction longer than if you stop completely.
  • Slow and steady wins the race. When faced with a hill, don’t hit the gas too fast and try to gain too much speed. Take your time, drive slowly and steadily until you reach the top of the hill.
  • If you can avoid it, stay inside. Allow road crews to treat the roadways before you get behind the wheel.

Driving in winter weather can be frightening, especially if you don’t do it very often. Take these tips along for the ride, and stay safe, if you can’t stay off the roads.

Contact us today to set up an appointment with our Service Department, to ensure your car is ready for the quickly approaching winter weather!

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Our Favorite Holiday Recipes

Christmas is only 4 days away! Many families have traditional dishes that they prepare for the holidays, and between the shopping, wrapping, and decorating, it’s tough to find time to find new recipes to bring into your traditions.

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This year, we have you covered! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite recipes, to give you some ideas!

  • Peppermint Brittle
    • Ingredients:
      • 2 Pounds of White Chocolate
      • 30 Small Peppermint Candy Canes
    • Directions:
      • Line a large jellyroll pan with heavy-duty foil.
      • Place white chocolate in microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave on medium setting for 5-6 minutes. Stir occasionally, until chocolate is melted and smooth.
      • Place candy canes in a plastic bag, or between two pieces of waxed paper. Using a mallet or rolling pin, break the candy canes into small chunks. Stir peppermint into melted white chocolate. Spread evenly in pan, chill until set (about 1 hour). Break into pieces by slamming pan onto counter.
  • Christmas Brunch Casserole
    • Ingredients:
      • 1 Pound of Bacon
      • 2 Onions, Chopped
      • 2 Cups of Fresh, Sliced Mushrooms
      • 1 Tablespoon of Butter
      • 4 Cups of Frozen Hash Brown Potatoes, thawed
      • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
      • ¼ Teaspoon Garlic Salt
      • ½ Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
      • 4 Eggs
      • 1 ½ Cups Milk
      • 1 Pinch Dried Parsley
    • Directions:
      • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
        Directions:
      • Place bacon in a large skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain and set aside. Add the mushrooms and onion to the skillet; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent and the mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes.
      • Grease a 9×13-inch casserole dish with the tablespoon of butter. Place potatoes in bottom of prepared dish. Sprinkle with salt, garlic salt, and pepper. Top with crumbled bacon, then add the onions and mushrooms.
      • In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs with the milk and parsley. Pour the beaten eggs over the casserole and top with grated cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
      • Preheat Oven to 400 Degrees
      • Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until set
  • Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes
    •  Ingredients:
      • 4 Russet Potatoes, Sliced into ¼ Inch Slices
      • 1 Onion, Sliced into Rings
      • Salt and Pepper to Taste
      • 3 Tablespoons Butter
      • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose Flour
      • ½ Teaspoon of Salt
      • 2 Cups Milk
      • 1 ½ Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
    • Directions:
      • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Butter a 1-quart casserole dish.
      • Layer 1/2 of the potatoes into bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Top with the onion slices, and add the remaining potatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
      • In a medium-size saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Mix in the flour and salt, and stir constantly with a whisk for one minute. Stir in milk. Cook until mixture has thickened. Stir in cheese all at once, and continue stirring until melted, about 30 to 60 seconds. Pour cheese over the potatoes, and cover the dish with aluminum foil.
      • Bake 1 1/2 hours in the preheated oven.
  • Green Beans with Almonds
    • Ingredients:
      • 2 Pounds Fresh Green Beans, Washed and Trimmed
      • 2 Slices of Bacon
      • ¼ Cup Sliced Almonds
    • Directions:
      • Remove both ends of beans, break in half, and wash thoroughly.
      • Place in a large pot and add water 3 to 4 inches from the top. Add bacon and cook until tender.
      • Remove bacon from cooking water and discard. Remove beans and place in a large bowl, add almonds and toss. Serve Hot.

We hope you enjoy these recipes—share a photo of your finished product with us.

Happy Holidays from your friends at Waldorf Dodge!

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