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.


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
      • 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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How to Ensure You Have the Best Car Buying Experience

Purchasing a new or pre-owned car can be a very time consuming, stressful, and even an exciting process for anyone, but especially for the first-time car buyer.

Making sure that you have all of your ducks in a row before you begin your search will give you a sense of relief when it’s time to purchase.


Before you start your search, take a quick look through this list and make sure you’re ready to face one of the most important decisions of your life:

  • Make a list of what you want and need in a vehicle. If there are certain features like a sunroof, heated seats, or cargo space that you’re looking for, making a list of the features that you’d like to have on your next car will help you to narrow down your search.
  • Calculate Your Payment. Visit our website to plug in your income, down payment, and cost of the vehicle you’re looking at to determine what your monthly payment will be. Make sure that you are comfortable with your monthly payment before making the leap.
  • Discover your financing options. Check with your bank, as well as our Finance Department to determine the best option for financing of your new vehicle, and be sure that you’re getting a good interest rate.
  • Value Your Trade. If you’re thinking of trading in your current vehicle for something a little newer, visit us online or bring your vehicle in for an appraisal. Our experts will give you their honest opinion and will give you a better idea of what your trade will be worth towards your new car purchase.
  • Determine whether Buying or Leasing is best for you. Be sure to review all of your options before you make the leap—determine whether buying or leasing a vehicle would be best for your lifestyle.
  • Test Drive Your New Car Several Times. Go on test drives in the car that you’re looking at, possibly even more than once. Make sure that you feel comfortable driving the vehicle, and that you’d be happy driving the vehicle for years to come.

Facing a big decision with a few extra pointers might just give you a sense of relief when it comes down to making the purchase. Once you’re ready to get the ball rolling, contact our Sales Team and set up a test-drive. We’re excited to hear from you.

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Our Favorite Apps for Holiday Travel

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, along with the biggest travel day of the entire year!

This year, instead of fighting through traffic or listening to music from radio stations that you’re not familiar with, download some new apps to take along.


Here is a list of some of our favorite Holiday Travel Apps:

  • Spotify – For less than $10.00 per month, you can stream unlimited music to your smartphone. By downloading the music beforehand, you can listen to your playlists on or offline, keeping your ears satisfied on your road-trip.
  • Waze – Heading somewhere far away? Download the Waze app, and keep apprised of traffic conditions, speed traps, and potential dangerous road conditions, all free-of-charge!
  • Citymapper – Visiting a new city? Check out Citymapper for more detailed planning information than Google Maps, including real-time departures and disruption alerts, along with Uber integration and cycle routes!
  • Tripit – Flying or taking mass-transit out of town? Download the Tripit app, and keep all of your flight, car rental, hotel, and event bookings in one streamline place, rather than having multiple itineraries!
  • App in the Air – Flying out of town this year? Check out the App in the Air to keep track of your flight departures, with awesome coverage of airlines and airports.

No matter where you’re headed, or how you’re planning to get there, make your holiday travel more enjoyable, just by downloading a few apps!

If you’re headed out of town by car, stop in to our Service Department, and make sure your car is road-trip ready, before you head out.


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The 2017 Dodge Challenger—Perfect for Off-Roading?

Sports cars have always held a special place in our hearts here at Waldorf Dodge.


From the sleek and strong exterior look, to the instantaneous get-up-and-go, muscle cars are popular, especially among city drivers, and those that don’t typically engage in off-roading experiences.

But things are changing.

The 2017 Dodge Challenger now comes in AWD—perfect for handling snow or icy conditions, or, just plain old country driving, meaning, you no longer need a 4-wheel drive SUV or Pick-Up truck to get where you need to be in those conditions.

We know you’ll love the 2017 Dodge Challenger. It’s the perfect combination of muscle and practicality, and will be in our inventory soon. Contact us today to learn more.

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