Barry Sipple says that since he lives in Milton, he would often ride past the corner lot where Mispillion River Motor Company now sits and mention to his wife that it would be the perfect place for a car dealership. Mr. Sipple worked for seven years at Milford Motors before it closed and then owned his own car dealership in Laurel for 19 years.
“The place in Laurel was much larger and every time I rode by, I mentioned it would be a great location,” Mr. Sipple said. “When I decided to change my business model and downsize, I looked into opening a location here.” Mispillion River Motors offers pre-owned vehicles which are new car trade-ins from dealerships.
All vehicles sold by Mispillion River Motor Company are serviced by independent service facilities and every vehicle they sell comes with a free warranty. Mr. Sipple says that they do minor service only on vehicles they sell. They accept trade-ins and will also purchase good, quality used vehicles without a trade.
Mr. Sipple says that they try to keep a good mixture of inventory, keeping the models on the lot between 2007 and 2012 with between 80,000 and 130,000 miles. They can help arrange financing, either through banks or finance companies as well.
The location where Mispillion River Motor Company offers fine used cars is no stranger to vehicles. In 1950, George Powell built the building where the sales office sits now as a Sunoco filling station. Mr. Powell also operated a small repair shop on the north side of the building, according to Milford historian, Dave Kenton.
During the time that Mr. Powell operated the filling station, Brown P. Thawley operated an International Harvester farm equipment dealership across the street in what is now the Mohawk Electronics building. It is more than likely that Mr. Thawley used the Sunoco station for services on vehicles sold at his Dodge dealership that occupied the building that now houses Borden Smith’s auto body shop.
From 1955 to 1975, Mr. Powell operated the filling station, making a living for him and his daughters. Around 1980, Mr. Powell retired and the building has changed hands several times.
Mispillion River Motor Company is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM until 6 PM and on Saturday from 9 AM until 3 PM. They are closed on Sunday. You can reach them at 302-725-5850 to learn more about their inventory and what financing plans they have available.