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.
As a certified dealership, Kip Killmon's Tysons Ford offers an inventory of crisp new-model Fords, preowned vehicles, a quick lube center, and a comprehensive service and parts department. Factory-fresh sedans, SUVs, and trucks discuss their dream garages from inside the showroom, and preowned rides of all makes and models brag of low mileage and street savvy. In the service department, technicians treat domestic, Asian, and European cars to oil changes, repairs, and maintenance services.
Rosslyn Automotive's skilled technicians keep highway chariots galloping smoothly with tender loving care. The 90-minue service begins with an oil change, as thirsty motors are fed up to five quarts of fresh lubricant and fitted with a new filter. Next, sputtering A/C units are charged to improve their chilling capabilities and assure that passengers remain as cool as a cucumber gazpacho. Finally, auto gurus rotate tires to extend their life spans and improve road safety.
Decorated with the blue-and-white logo that denotes ASE Master Technician status, Circle Auto Repair's staff repairs and services vehicles of all makes and models with steady hands and keen eyes. Since 1986, the shop has delivered quick tune-ups, complete brake services, and transmission flushes, and sent cars back into the world with a two-year, 24,000-mile warranty. Because the shop is also a state-approved inspection facility, cars that pass its safety and emissions tests can leave the garage without having to disguise themselves as really bulky shopping carts.
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.