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.
At Capitol Sedan & Limousine Service, highly trained drivers navigate a fleet of luxury vehicles that encompasses everything from four-seater Lincoln Town Cars with leather interiors to 22-passenger stretch H2 Hummers. They rev the refined engines 24 hours a day, shuttling bachelorette parties around town, dropping off sharply dressed students at prom, or safely ferrying patrons to local airports. Before embarking for baggage claims, chauffeurs confer with a flight tracker to ensure prompt arrival even when flights are early or delayed due to inclement weather or slow-moving flocks of kites.
Voted Best Car Wash in 2010 and 2011 by Northern Virginia Magazine, the chassis shiners at Sonic Soft Car Wash deliver a host of gleam-enhancing services at both their Woodbridge and Falls Church drive-thrus. Though services differ slightly by location, both car washes see exteriors washed, floors and seats vacuumed, and windows wiped clean of finger- and bologna-prints, plus a suite of finish-protecting treatments, such as a wheel brite and a tire shine. A Vision Clear rain repellent helps keep a truck impermeable, and a Teflon clear-coat wax brings out a vehicle's shine. Meanwhile, the three-color ultraviolet protection polish staves off the unsightly blisters and embarrassing bikini lines cars develop in heavy sunshine.
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’
MR WASH is family owned and operated with locations throughout the region, offering full-service or express car wash services. Trading bristly brushes for soft cloths, the Super Wash carefully cares for cruisers with wheel cleanings, clear-coat protectants, a full wipedown, an undercarriage bath, window cleaning, and a vacuuming to undust the interior. The Weather Shield Ultimate car wash, which only aims its cleansing sprays at a car's outer parts, features a soft cloth brushless wash, tunnel wash, undercarriage wash, clear-coat protectants, and a weather shield application to protect it from Mother Nature's water balloons.
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.
The stockroom at Best Auto Glass carries more than one million auto parts. While it’s hard to imagine the variety of windows, windshields, tints, and wiper blades for countless vehicle makes and models, one thing is clear—coming in for glass or mirror repairs or replacements means same-day service and a true match.
Among the company’s common repairs perfected over 10-plus years in business is windshield cracks. Before a windshield chip spiders into a crack, Best’s certified glass techs fill it with a resin to preserve its integrity. If the chip has already cracked, they carefully pop the windshield out and plug in a new, factory-authorized one. They also repair glass regulators when side windows become troublesome to roll up or down and can cleanly peel away old tinting from windows. Two locations conveniently serve the DC area, and techs also offer mobile services to areas such as Stafford, Ashburn, Silver Spring, and all of DC.