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Working Hours
  • Mon 8:00AM - 6:00PM
    Tue 8:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Wed 8:00AM - 6:00PM
    Thu 8:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Fri 8:00AM - 6:00PM
    Sat 8:00AM - 2:00PM
  • Sun Closed

COST SAVING TIPS

10 Minute Pre-Trip Checkup Can Pay Off

A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps. Motorists should plan ahead to allow time to perform necessary maintenance themselves or at the local service facility.

Car Care Council offers three suggestions for a traveler's 10-minute pre- trip checklist:

  1. Check all fluids - There are several fluids that require attention: Engine Oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids, and windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.

  2. Check all hoses and belts - A belt failure can affect the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering, and the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in marginal condition might need to be replaced.

  3. Check the tires - Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.


Follow these tips to maximize fuel efficiency of your vehicle:

  1. Vehicle gas caps - about 17% of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year.

  2. Under inflated tires - when tires aren't inflated properly it's like driving with a parking brake on. It can cost a mile or two per gallon.

  3. Worn spark plugs - A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in electrical and chemical erosion from heat.

  4. Dirty air filters - A clogged air filter creates a "rich" mixture - the proportion of gas to air is incorrect. This wastes fuel and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%.

  5. Don't drive aggresively - Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33% on the highway and 5% on city streets.

  6. Avoid excessive idling - sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.

  7. Drive the speed limit - Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mile driven over 60 results in an additional 10 cents per gallon. Increase fuel efficiency by using cruise control.

What People Say About Us


  • -Maseh G.

    Amazing business and great customer service my whole family has been going here for years and we will continue always reasonable with prices and always convenient. Any issue with your vehicle bring it here, your in good hands.


  • -Nu K.

    They have an admirable work ethic, integrity and reasonable price for their service. The best in Nova.


  • -Richard M.

    I have been a loyal customer of Import Auto Service for more than a decade. They are professional, responsive, courteous, and, most importantly, honest. Their work is of the highest quality and I have also found their service charges to be significantly lower than their competitors. I would strongly encourage anyone to get an estimate from the professionals at Import Auto before they decide to have work done by someone else. I have never been disappointed and what I value most, as a military veteran, is their integrity and and commitment to service excellence.


  • -D. Henley

    These guys know European Autos. I found them using the Open Bay app. If I hadn't used it, I'm not sure I would have found them otherwise. I needed an oil change for my Audi, and the dealer didn't have any openings for almost 45 days! I needed someone who worked exclusively on German or European automobiles and these guys fit the bill. All the other patrons I met there were there for service on their Mercedes, BMW, Audi or Volkswagen. Some had been loyal customers for some time. Based on my experience, I will be back.


  • -Amarjot V.

    Best shop ever, super professional and very reliable work and very friendly, if you need good work done, come to these guys.


  • -Ellen F.

    Absolutely awesome service! They got me in for routine maintenance on my vehicle. I was a little skeptical because it was in the back of a gas station, but the people were so friendly, did a great job and when I picked up my car they gave me gift bag with reusable shopping bag, mug, key chain and cloth to clean glasses. I was very impressed. Definitely going back here and recommending to all my friends!!


  • -Puneet S.

    Great place, they know their BMW's and prices are very reasonable!


  • -Maria M.

    The auto service is fantastic. I am so happy I found them. They initially helped me with my tire pressure as a result of a nail. They are precise, ethical, clean, and polite. I can trust them with my vehicle. The prices are fair, and the work done by them impecable. They know how to work on Ranges.


  • -Jujhar S.

    I really love this place. I have been going since it opened. I had the hugest crush on the son of the owner and I would come in after class when I was in high school and tried to talk to him. Then he moved and I never saw him again. Oh yea, the work is good and they usually hook you up with a free car wash.


  • -Maseh G.

    Amazing business and great customer service my whole family has been going here for years and we will continue always reasonable with prices and always convenient. Any issue with your vehicle bring it here, your in good hands.

Call us for service: 703-569-2332

ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)
BBB Accredited Business
Virginia Department of Environment Quality
OBDII Certified
BMW & Mercedes factory Trained Mechanics
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