John F. Hogan Jr. was a consistent man. He had been clocking in to the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company’s corporate office in Akron each day for more than 25 years, learning the ins and outs of its tires. Then, in 1984, he made a slight change. He decided to move to Virginia, open Hogan & Sons Goodyear, and share his knowledge of Goodyear’s tires there. Since then, his business has grown right along with his family—there are now eight locations and many more Hogans. All of the full-service automotive shops have complimentary shuttles and, of course, Goodyear tires. The full-service auto repair shop is staffed by continually trained ASE-certified technicians, who swap out motor oil, realign wheels, inspect brakes, and teach air-conditioning units how to whistle during maintenance and repair services. They service all makes and models and include a 3 year, 36,000 mile warranty on all their work.
Committed to the environment as much as they are to customer satisfaction, the auto bathers at Flagship Carwash coddle dusty vehicles with eco-friendly chemicals and the green LEED-certified water system found at their Herndon location. From eight locations across the Washington, DC, area, they vacuum rugs and wipe down dashboards before cars bask in a high-pressure tunnel wash. Technicians also break out the elbow grease for hands-on detailing services, scraping off splattered bugs and tar, buffing exteriors to remove scratches, or spiffing up interiors to obscure werewolf gashes in leather seats. To restore smooth surfaces, they touch up paint on car bodies and remove small dents by popping the metal back into place.
Curry’s Auto Service, Motor Age Magazine’s TOP SHOP in the nation, is a family-owned business and is the area’s only Certified Female Friendly auto shop by AskPatty.com.
Voted as the best repair shop by thereaders of Northern Virginia Magazine, customers rave about Curry’s honest repair advice that is based on customer’
Sporting ASE Blue Seal certification and AAA-repair-facility approval, Piedmont Tire and Auto's attuned technicians lubricate engines and rotate tires, preventing deeper damage through regular maintenance. During the 45-minute engine cleansing, a mechanic swaps grimy, used oil with up to six quarts of fresh standard motor oil, making engines run more smoothly than a dolphin-drawn submarine. The new coat of oil allows pistons to freely fire at tops speeds and prevents friction-induced engine corrosion. The technician then relocates tires into new wells during a tire rotation, ensuring treads and rubber-clinging ghosts are evenly worn down. Riders and their motor-steeds leave the auto shop toting an 18-month, 18,000-mile nationwide warranty backing their services and a lollipop rewarding good manners.
Running off the infectious sonic fumes from his I Am Not a Human Being album and upcoming full-length Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne lands his spaceship for a speaker-blowing stop on the extended leg of his summer tour. The Grammy winner touts an impressive curriculum vitae punctuated by CEO status, unabashed genre-crossing, and standout lyrics woven together with sagacious metaphors. Although Tunechi fans can anticipate a high-octane performance rife with hit singles as well as mixtape favorites, the tour's white-hot opening acts acclimate concertgoers with equal parts R & B silk, rap grit, and synth-powered spunk. Frequent Lil Wayne collaborator and Miami boss Rick Ross partners with breakout diva Keri Hilson, club-bangers Far East Movement, and velvet-voiced Lloyd for a hard-hitting evening that rivals at-home puppet shows outfitted with homemade pyrotechnics.