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December 11, 2008 6:17 AM   Subscribe

DC-area MeFites: would you recommend your auto mechanic? I need to get my Neon worked on and would like to not be ripped off.

You've already helped diagnose the problem, now help me find the solution! I've had one solid recommendation for a mechanic in Annandale but that's pretty far away (I live in Glover Park). Can anyone offer suggestions for a mechanic who works on Dodge/Chrysler/Plymouth closer in to DC?

A thousand grateful thanks in advance!
posted by orrnyereg to Travel & Transportation around Washington, DC (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
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posted by jon1270 at 6:33 AM on December 11, 2008 [1 favorite]

I don't know if Rockville is any better for you than Annandale, but we LOVE the folks at Certified Auto Repair. We started using them years ago after hearing many good recommendations, and we've recommended them to many people who have been very happy with them. They're right next to the Rockville Metro, so if you have to leave your car there you can just hop on the red line.

Certified Auto Repair
202-C Park Rd
Rockville, MD
Phone: 301-279-9451
posted by amarynth at 6:33 AM on December 11, 2008

Best answer: No one ever complains about Distad's. I've been going to them for years, with some really old, crappy cars, and my nice new one, too. Bonus--they're right next to the Eastern Market Metro.
posted by MrMoonPie at 6:49 AM on December 11, 2008

Best answer: I have been really happy with Distad's. They have been very nice, quick, well-priced, and they explain everything they're doing and why. They even talked me out of a more expensive repair because I told them I don't plan on keeping the car for many more years, and there was a cheaper repair that would last me a few years.

Angie's List is also good for this sort of thing. That's how I found Distad's. Definitely worth the subscription, IMO. I bet there's a good garage nearer to Glover Park.
posted by semacd at 6:54 AM on December 11, 2008

I use Nebel St. Automotive in Rockville and am very satisfied. Sorry I can't provide a link as I'm on my phone.
posted by princelyfox at 7:11 AM on December 11, 2008

TOTAS (Takoma Old Town Auto Service) in Silver Spring. Trustworthy, fair pricing, reliable work.
posted by hellboundforcheddar at 7:39 AM on December 11, 2008

Herb's in Falls Church is not much closer than Annandale but we had no end to the troubles with our Dodge Caravan and they were honest and helpful and my mom still recommends them to everyone looking for a mechanic.
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 7:49 AM on December 11, 2008

Curry's Auto in Falls Church: Probably the best auto repair experience I've ever had. It's a bit far for you but it's well worth it, IMHO.
posted by wowbobwow at 6:26 AM on December 12, 2008

Response by poster: Distad's did the trick! It was a (reasonably) easy fix and only cost $450. Thanks to all for the suggestions!
posted by orrnyereg at 11:00 AM on December 24, 2008

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