Melvin's Service Center

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1020 S State St
Dover, DE 19901
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8:00am to 5:00pm
8:00am to 5:00pm
8:00am to 5:00pm
8:00am to 5:00pm
8:00am to 5:00pm
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(302) 401-4293

Auto Repair Experience

  • James Davis, Owner
  • Established 1993
  • 2 Auto Repair Mechanics on Staff
  • 23 Years of Car Repair Experience


Melvin's Service Center has been a member of the Dover community since 1993. Jim Davis, the owner, is an automotive professional with over 40 years of experience in the field. Jim's commitment to his customers is apparent in the training he provides for his staff and the detailed explanation he gives to ensure each customer is educated on the repairs and service that were performed. This RepairPal Certified team combines for over 53 years of experience in the automotive field, this experience, the training that they attend, and the investment that has been made in the necessary automotive tools and computer diagnostic equipment make Melvin's a great place for professional repairs. These repairs can range from advanced computer diagnosis, to minor and major mechanical repairs, to wheel alignment and tires, to your scheduled maintenance needs. Repairs are backed by a 12-month / 12,000-mile warrant for your peace of mind, Early Bird drop off and wireless Internet are available for your convenience.


Auto Repair Experience

  • James Davis, Owner
  • Established 1993
  • 2 Auto Repair Mechanics on Staff
  • 23 Years of Car Repair Experience


  • AC/Heating
  • Alignment
  • Check Engine Light
  • Diagnosis
  • Hybrid/Electric
  • Muffler & Exhaust
  • Oil Change & Lube
  • Scheduled Maintenance
  • Service & Repair
  • Smog/Emissions Testing
  • Timing Belts
  • Tire Sales/Repair
  • Transmission Repair
  • Windshield/Glass


  • Coffee
  • Early Bird Dropoff
  • Extended/Evening Hours
  • Heated Waiting Room
  • Service Guarantee
  • Shopping Nearby
  • Shuttle
  • Warranty Accepted


Makes We Serve

  • Acura
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • Ford
  • GMC
  • Geo
  • Honda
  • Hummer
  • Hyundai
  • Infiniti
  • Isuzu
  • Jaguar
  • Jeep
  • Kia
  • Lexus
  • Lincoln
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mercury
  • Mini
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Oldsmobile
  • Plymouth
  • Pontiac
  • Porsche
  • Ram
  • Saab
  • Saturn
  • Scion
  • Smart
  • Subaru
  • Suzuki
  • Toyota

Message from the Shop

At Melvin's we know how hard it can be to find a reasonably priced, quality service shop that you can trust to take care of your vehicle. That's why, since 1993, we have tried to provide the Dover area with the best, most professional service possible, done by highly qualified technicians. At Melvin's, we make it a priority to stay up to date on the latest techniques and information technology so we can service your car in the most effective, accurate way possible. Visit us and see why our customers have learned that Melvin's is the only place to go to have your automotive needs met by capable professionals in an efficient, skilled manner. We look forward to your business!

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Overall Rating

50 Verified Reviews

Customer Reviews

Verified CustomerDecember 29, 2014

Have been doing business with Melvin's for over 25 years - wouldn't go anywhere else.

Verified CustomerDecember 28, 2014

Long time customer, always good service.

Verified CustomerDecember 22, 2014

I feel that I finally found an honest mechanic in Dover.

Verified CustomerDecember 22, 2014

Fast service and good prices.

December 17, 2014

Good work and great service. Very honest for the needs of your vehicle.

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Verified CustomerDecember 14, 2014

They do a great job.

December 11, 2014

Very good work.

Verified CustomerDecember 02, 2014

Good and pleasant service.

Verified CustomerDecember 01, 2014

The service was excellent, efficient and affordable.

Verified CustomerNovember 19, 2014

Excellent customer service.

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November 13, 2014

Good people, good service.

Verified CustomerNovember 04, 2014

I think that they have proven, knowledgeable technicians. They don't typically, create work to be done, but fairly and accurately diagnose the problem at-hand, and then, let you know what the problem is, and how much it will probably cost.

Verified CustomerOctober 28, 2014

My truck was repaired the first time correctly.

Verified CustomerOctober 28, 2014

I like the quality and honesty of this shop.

Verified CustomerOctober 23, 2014

Good service.

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Verified CustomerOctober 15, 2014

Great service.

Verified CustomerOctober 15, 2014

on the 3/11/15 I needed to charge the battery on my 1989 Honda prelude which your mechanics work on and I noticed the air intake connections were disconnected at two points, I replaced them and everything is ok.

Verified CustomerOctober 07, 2014

The repair was done correctly.

Verified CustomerOctober 05, 2014

Everyone is so friendly. Answers questions. Apparently wants to be helpful. Seems to value me as a customer. I feel welcome.

Verified CustomerOctober 02, 2014

Very courteous and timely visit.

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Verified CustomerSeptember 23, 2014

Sometimes it feels like they are truly looking out for you and your car and others like they just are trying to get as much money as possible.

Verified CustomerSeptember 21, 2014

Good service. Good price. They seem to be very honest.

Verified CustomerSeptember 14, 2014

Great Service...Great Prices...

Verified CustomerSeptember 09, 2014

Was not happy with my last visit. Grade of oil was upgraded without letting me know in advance. Then put some kind of window cleaner on the windshield that streaked, was hard to get cleaned.

Verified CustomerAugust 25, 2014

I have been pleased with the service and would be willing to let others know of the quality service I have received.

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Verified CustomerAugust 24, 2014

I liked the knowledge of the recommendations of service.

May 06, 2014

I had explained to them that they did work on a previous estimate, I got rotor & cap and they did not check to verify that the parts were in working condition after that I failed my inspection because of them.

Reply from Melvin's Service Center – Melvins Service CenterMay 29, 2014

Customer requested that we make repair on car that was diagnose by another shop. We recommended having us verify diagnoses but customer already paid another shop and just wanted us to make repairs based on other shops recommendations. We were able to confirm cap and rotor needed replacing and completed work requested.

Verified CustomerMay 05, 2014

He determined a vehicle from a dealership was over priced.

Verified CustomerMay 02, 2014

I had a problem with a light bulb and it took so long I had to come back, then it ended up taking 15 minutes. I wish someone would have said it might be better to make a appointment.

Reply from Melvin's Service Center – Melvins Service CenterMay 29, 2014

We apologize that Alice had to wait so long for her bulb to be replaced. We stock an assortment of bulbs but were out of stock at the time. We try to make it as convenient as possible for customers and though waiting would be easier than making an appointment but in this case we were wrong. We hope next time you will have a better experience.

April 29, 2014

They do a good job, my car is always fixed correctly and they are very helpful.

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Verified CustomerApril 24, 2014

I have no problems and they are quick. Also they pick you up with much courtesy.

April 16, 2014

They gave me service and when I lost the pan on the turn pike. They let me bring it right back to them and they had it specially welded. I have been going there for several years and the service is very friendly.

Verified CustomerApril 16, 2014

They do good work at a reasonable price.

April 11, 2014

I have took my car there for many repairs and they have always done the job right, with fair prices for the work done and exceptionally good service.

Verified CustomerApril 09, 2014

Every time I go there the repair is always fixed right, high detail in explanation, very polite and fair prices.

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Verified CustomerApril 08, 2014

They have good customer service, talking with you about what is needed. Good repairs and very friendly.

Verified CustomerApril 04, 2014

The mechanic Jose was wonderful and kept me fully updated and in the loop. Also they helped me financially to help keep the work in process.

Verified CustomerApril 02, 2014

They did everything they said they would do, very excellent. They are very trustworthy.

Verified CustomerMarch 31, 2014

They did a good job, it appears to be to accurate, at a good price, with no pressures.

Verified CustomerMarch 20, 2014

The service is quick &convenient, with pick up service. A great job with the repairs.

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March 14, 2014

We have gone to numerous shops. When we went there he was right on point with reasonable prices.

Verified CustomerMarch 13, 2014

They are very good with the maintenance on my handicap accessible van.

Verified CustomerMarch 04, 2014

I have used them several times in the past, they're friendly, fair in pricing, guarantee their work, and do good work. Good customer service, they don't rip you off. Trustworthy.

February 27, 2014

The number one reason is they are convenient. I have always preferred to have local merchants do servicing of my car rather than a national chain. I know nothing about cars and I feel very comfortable with them. They take care of me, they are very knowledgeable. They told me when I needed new tires. I am not familiar with cars at all and I just rely on them to tell me what I need and I feel very comfortable with them.

Verified CustomerFebruary 26, 2014

They were very professional and told me they would find my problem. I was having trouble passing the State emissions test. They not only fixed the problem but they took it to have the State test it and they got it to pass. I had a hole in my pipe which they replaced and then they hooked it up to the sensor and made the needed adjustments to get it right. They also replaced a couple of tires that were worn that I hadn't noticed before.

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February 24, 2014

They explain to me what I needed and then they corrected the problem. They seem as if I can trust them. I trust what they tell me because every time they correct the problem. They are very friendly. I just like going there.

Verified CustomerFebruary 21, 2014

They are very helpful, even if I just call in with a question.They get your car in and out quickly. Their rates are reasonable. I trust them.

Verified CustomerFebruary 14, 2014

I like their service and what they stood by, which is their service. We like them and they're close. We like to support the local businesses.

Verified CustomerJanuary 21, 2014

They are friendly and do a great job. I really like them.

Verified CustomerJanuary 17, 2014

They were very receptive with my sons vehicle,they took care of the problem and they got it in very quickly to evaluate and I was fine with the service. It was unrelated to the issues that I originally brought it in for.

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June 24, 2011

My experience with this shop is good.
ALWAYS ready to help and they have fair pricing also.
You should stop by and check them out..

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