Which auto repair shop is the best in town?
The best auto repair shops in the capital are almost always owned by the same family, said Chris Brown, president of the local chapter of the American Automobile Dealers Association.
He said he’s seen the number of auto repair businesses dwindle.
But, he said, there are still more than 200 in the city, many of them well-known for their good repair service.
“The reason they’re there is because they know how to fix cars, they know about their equipment,” Brown said.
“They understand how to do maintenance, they understand how they can fix it.”
The group of auto shops in Washington is the largest in the country.
Many of them are owned by local car dealers, and their prices are higher.
But that’s because they can charge more for parts, labor and parts.
Some shops also have a wide array of repair and maintenance services, like full-body air bags, air filters and airbags.
The group also includes an auto repair center that has a reputation for being the most efficient repair shop in the Washington area.
“There are some shops that you can’t go to if you don’t want to pay the price, but if you’re a regular customer and you want to fix a problem, they’ll fix it,” Brown added.
The Washington area’s auto dealers have been pushing for a local car repair shop, and for years the auto parts store owners have been lobbying for a similar center.
Last year, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced it would build a new station in the heart of downtown that would be staffed by a local auto repair team.
The $3.6 billion project is scheduled to open in 2020.
Brown said he knows that some owners will resist the idea, and that’s OK.
“I’ve had customers come up to me and say, ‘You guys are the best,'” he said.
But many of the owners said they understand why others might oppose the new station, which would add more parking.
Brown agreed that people will still come to his shop, but said he’d have to do more to attract them.
“We have a reputation in the community for not doing business with the big guys, and I just think we’ve got to take that on,” he said of the new auto repair business.
“If you want the service, you have to go to us.”