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Welcome to Ben Nielsen’s 10th Street Automotive


Professionals You Can Trust


A Pleasant Repair Experience You Deserve



Phone: (202) 544-1110

518 10th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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Our Approach

Your car gets you from home to work, to soccer practice, music lessons and home. It takes you on weekend trips, cross-country excursions, or just to the corner store. Don’t let your need for vehicle maintenance and car repairs cramp your lifestyle. Bring it to Ben Nielsen’s 10th Street Automotive in Washington, D.C., where you will receive the best customer service from a family-owned facility.



Thorough Inspections for An Accurate Diagnosis

No matter what problems you’re having with your vehicle, Ben Nielsen’s 10th Street Automotive will thoroughly and completely diagnose the matter. We believe you get what you pay for, and our ASE-Certified technicians will always accurately handle your vehicle. We repair all makes, foreign and domestic, backing our work with a rock-solid warranty.

Comprehensive and Honest Overviews

Once our diagnosis is complete, we’ll provide you with a detailed analysis of your vehicle’s health, including all recommended procedures and their effects on performance. Whether the solution is minor or major, we’ll prioritize all repair needs for you at the present time.





Expertise for Professional Auto Repairs

Proudly serving the Washington, D.C. area, our ASE-Certified technicians know the specific requirements of your vehicle. They hold the training and expertise to efficiently perform any procedure your vehicle requires. On a BMW, Honda and Ford alike, all makes are diagnosed and repaired professionally. If you own a business, we can accommodate your fleet vehicles. We also specialize in service and repair of diesel trucks.

Auto Repairs Performed with Quality Parts

All auto repairs at Ben Nielsen’s 10th Street Automotive use OEM or top-grade aftermarket parts to ensure durable, long-lasting results.

No-Pressure Repair Recommendations

After a thorough vehicle inspection, our service advisors will recommended all necessary repairs and allow you to make an informed decision. At Ben Nielsen’s 10th Street Automotive, you’re in charge of your vehicle. Tell us how you want to proceed, both today and in the future.

Convenience and Benefits for our Customers

Customer Service

We make things easy for you! From complimentary Nielsen Now pick up and drop off to loaners on-site, it's never been more convenient to service your vehicle.

Advanced Diagnostics

As one of the only shops in the area to utilize digital inspection technology, we take pride in providing accurate, honest diagnoses, every time.

Central Location

Ben Nielsen's 10th Street Automotive is located at 518 10th St NE, Washington D.C.

Family Owned

From our family to yours, we guarantee that Ben Nielsen’s 10th Street Automotive holds high standards of honesty and integrity.


Super responsive, timely, and professional in their work. I’ve used other local shops where the car sits for days and the process / parts / repair operations is generic at best and opaque at worst, including on the final bill. The interactive tool these guys use to show real-time progress on the vehicle, including photos, is extremely helpful. Highly recommend.

– Tom B.

I really appreciated how the service man took the time to explain what was going on with my vehicle, he even gave me other options like buying the parts else where and having them install it. Everyone I came into contact with was very helpful and very nice. Thank you Ben Nielsen’s Automotive Shop.

– Denise G.

Hello, I’m Ben Nielsen and I’d like to welcome you to Ben Nielsen’s 10th Street Automotive. We strongly stand by our philosophy that your experience as a customer is the most important service we can offer. We believe in conducting business with the highest level of integrity and always putting our customers first.

CENTRAL LOCATION and Historic Building

His gym on 10th and Maryland Ave., NE was, for decades, the home to a who’s who of local and national boxers like Bob Foster, Sugar Ray Leonard and Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson.

It’s very walls contained a large portion of Beltway Boxing history. The gym was so famous, it was once featured in a boxing video game. Also, the boxing scenes in the 1973 film Scorpio were filmed there.

Finley’s Gym was above an auto-repair shop, down an alley in Northeast Washington, behind a battered door, then up a flight of creaking stairs. There it was, in all its shabby simplicity, a cramped space with a makeshift ring, a few jump-ropes and punching bags where boxers practiced their sweaty trade. The walls and ceiling were layered with fight posters dating back decades. Hand-lettered signs from the proprietor, Jim Finley, made it clear that this was a place for work, not for play.

The gym stayed open until 2001. Jim Finley, owner of landmark D.C. boxing gym, dies at 84. For 41 years, Mr. Finley was the proprietor of a small boxing gym where champions were groomed.

Win with Pride, and lose with Dignity. — Jim Finley

Mr. Finley was born in Greenville, SC in 1929 and came to Washington, DC in 1943.  Mr. Finley was an amateur boxer but also took to fixing cars.  In the 1950’s, Finley’s Garage opened and, above that garage in 1960, Mr. Finley opened his gym.  The gym was opened to anyone who wanted some real hard core boxing training.  That wasn’t exclusive to pro or amateur boxers.  Chuck Brown was a frequent visitor to the gym as was Miles Davis whenever he was in town.

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