Mel's Auto Repair

  • 4.6 of 5 stars
26 reviews

1189 Englishtown Road, Old Bridge, NJ 08857, us

(732) 723-0095


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Specializes in Air Conditioning work
Specializes in Brakes and Mufflers
Specializes in Transmission work
They are always honest
They are competent
Their repair price is reasonable
They complete the work in a timely manner
They respond well when they screw something up
They take the time to explain the problems and necessary repairs
They treat male and female customers in the same manner
They are always honest
I would use this mechanic again
I would recommend this mechanic to others
They fix the problem the first time
The shop is located in a safe neighborhood
The hours of operation are convenient for customers
They are near public transportation (or provide loaners, shuttle bus, rides as needed)
Mar 11, 2005
i found mel online when i had a squeek in my brakes. mel asked if they had been done recently and i said volvo had done them about 4 months prior. he said to go back to volvo and they should fix the problem. he was right. i have been coming ever since for my 70k checkup including a new water pump, work on my trunk and now my wife's 2000 s70 will be going to him for it's 30k checkup. he is honest, fair, kind, informed and fixes the problem every time. i could not ask for mor. well, maybe if mel moved down the block from me?
Jul 04, 2005
Mel has a lot of knowledge and expertise. He is very thorough and always ensures that he does just what is needed--never more and definitely, never less. I have seen numerous occasions where he actually tells the customer not to get something done--even if it means he loses money, He is honest and is very genuine, Mel would rather build a lasting relationship with each person than have a one time money exchange. I recently moved to California and still call him whenever I need advice on my vehicle. I will never do anything to the car without consulting him. Mel always puts the customer first. His vast experience in automobiles, various automotive related certificates and fair prices makes him one of the most trusted and valued automotive technician.
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Dec 17, 2008
My best friend is a mechanic and when I went to him for advice at finding someone near my work he recommended I found Mel at RDS on this site and his many references so I decided to check him out when I had a check engine light come on in my Honda Pilot. Mel took the car in right away and gave me an immediate idea of what he was looking for in diagnostics. Not only did he do a thorough job running diagnostics, but then he made a mechanical change and let me drive it over the weekend to get a better idea what the problem was. Turned out my light hasn't come back on so so far I saved a bundle on repairs that Mel did not have to do. If the problem happens again I'll bring it right back there because I am confident that he will find out exactly whats going on and fix it the first time. Thanks Mel!
Feb 24, 2009
Mel is a very honest and honorable man. He treats customers like friends. Very personable man will tell you exactly whats wrong if you have the time to listen. He even took me out to lunch one time when my car broke down by his shop, it doesn't get any better than that.
Sep 13, 2009
I brought my 2000 Toyota Camry to Pep Boys because it didn't have any pick up when I pressed on the gas. They told me I needed a complete tune up, and it would cost me $450.00. I agreed. After they were done with my car, I paid and left. I got into the car and drove a few miles and noticed the car was running the same way as when I brought it in. I turned around and went back to Pep Talk Boys and explained to the service manager that the problem still persists. He told me that it needed further diagnostics and that would cost $85 and the car had to be left there for a day or so. My father took me to RDS service, Mel's Auto. Mel did the diagnostics at no charge and diagnosed the problem to be a plugged catalytic converter. I don't believe in corporate-owned repair facilities anymore. Thank you, Mel. You will definitely be recommended all the time from me.
Sep 10, 2010
I came to Mel's RDS Service Station after calling up 5 other garages for a MotorVac CarbonClean service. He was very honest about what to expect (and the risks!), and my car now runs and idles like new thanks to his treatment. He also offered a very good alternative (SeaFoam treatment) which I did not expect. Plus, I saved a lot of $$$ - He wanted half of what other garages wanted for the MotorVac service and the dealer, too, for an inferior 1-stage fuel injector cleaning treatment! A valuable service, considering how much engine repairs can cost. I would recommend Mel to anyone seeking a fuel injector cleaning service.

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