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13:24 18 Mar 20
I took my company car here to check on some squeaky brakes, which were repaired several months ago at a different shop that has since closed. They took the weekend to evaluate and confirmed that this is a standard sound and the new brake pads just need some "breaking" in (no pun intended). Best of all, no charge for their evaluation since they didn't make any repairs! Nice dudes.
02:18 14 Jan 20
I cannot begin to express how great Frank and the team were! I found them quick on Google and it was my first time working with them and they treated me like I had been coming to the shop for years! I came in with a boat load of issues after purchasing a used car and Frank and his team were so welcoming and very open and honest with the repairs I needed! I felt like they did their best to ensure they did the most cost effective method for repairs and provided great advice!! I would recommend this shop to anyone and I will for sure be back for routine maintenance!
19:54 09 Jan 20
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.
23:19 05 Jan 20
They were very helpful in unraveling problems caused by another service shop. They are very honest and straightforward. Communications were easy (via email and phone), and their prices seem quite reasonable. I will definitely recommend them to my friends.
20:47 09 Dec 19
I brought my truck in for an electrical problem. It was fixed quickly and the garage was communicative. I'm pretty sure they even fixed some minor paint damage on my hood free of charge too. Very organized, friendly, and pleasant experience overall. I'll be back (but hopefully not too soon 😉
22:10 23 Nov 19
James was unbelievably nice and helpful! He fit me into the schedule last minute, and everything was extremely thorough. Great experience overall and I'll definitely be back.
19:16 21 Nov 19
I brought my old Toyota to Ben Nielsen's because of the positive reviews online and I'm glad I did. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. I loved that they were able to work on my very old low tech car (many shops won't work on it anymore) but their communication was high tech. Their thorough diagnostic report complete with pictures and explanations was sent in a link to my phone.... very convenient! A technician took the time to explain what I needed and why. The end result was my car was back on the road at a very reasonable cost. Due to Ben Nielsen's customer service and quality of work I now have a new service center for my car.
14:46 14 Nov 19
This is the best experience I have had with my car. Frank was so great and helpful, plus the step by step system that emails and texts you regarding your cars status is genius. Plus, there was nothing done to my car without notification which is something that just doesn't happen. I cannot recommend Ben Nielsen's 10th Street Automotive enough if you are in Washington, DC.
02:22 13 Nov 19
Such a great place! These people go above and beyond every time we go in for a service. They truly care about the customer and their safety above anything else.
17:30 06 Nov 19
10th Street is an amazing! Their prices are super fair and honest - one time they even called me back to lower the price because they were able to find the part cheaper. They also send you a full report of your car that is easy to read and understand so you can get a good sense of when something is going to need repair, like your brake pads. This has helped me plan and prevent surprise charges / maintenance when you bring it in for an oil change.
15:16 05 Nov 19
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.
16:30 02 Nov 19
Great service, great prices, and really nice neighborhood guys working here. They really care about you, your car, and that you are happy with the experience. Highly recommended.
19:46 01 Nov 19
Went in with a flat tire and left knowing I've found my local car shop! Super friendly and attentive help in particular from James made me feel welcome, and like I was working with professionals interested in getting me back on the road quickly and safely. I don't look forward to car troubles, but I know next time I have them, there's a nearby place I can rely on.
01:48 23 Oct 19
I had brought car in to have the tension on brake pedal repaired. They replaced calipers and brake pedal was not fixed. Over $1k for nothing, but then was contacted by the owner and made right the charge. These guys really have the customer service down. Subsequently, had a flat and they made quick work to put in a patch and get me on my way. Happy to take my car there anytime.
18:30 03 Oct 19
Came all the way from Northern Virginia just to get my car done by Aaron ! I will travel to any shop he goes to! He has great customer service , works in a timely manner and I am always satisfied .. Thank you again Aaron for helping me pass Inspection !
01:05 19 Sep 19
I made an appointment for an oil change. My wife brought her car also so we could drive to the gym from the shop. On the way she got a low tire pressure warning. The shop was kind enough to quickly put air in all her tires so we could be on our way. They keep you informed as to the progress of your service by phone, email, and/or text. And they are nice folks, focused on service. On a previous occasion when I couldn't start my car, one of the technicians walked from the shop to our house -- we live just a few blocks away -- got it started, and drove it to the shop to replace the faulty starter. I've been using them for years, always satisfied, and now under relatively new management, the office has been nicely refurbished and service has become more professional.
18:30 09 Aug 19
We got our Corolla towed here on a Saturday morning when it wouldn’t start. The mechanic called on Monday evening stating that our fuel pump was broken and it would cost $1,300. Another 2 days later (Wednesday) they called us to say that our car key was not working to start our car and the problem was actually most likely only an issue with the sensor in the key. When we inquired about the fuel pump, they said that it was never a fuel pump issue and they had confused us with another corolla in the shop. The kept the car until Thursday evening and then charged us $550 just to make a new key and program the sensor. We got quotes from several locksmiths stating that they could have made and programmed a key for $300. In summary: Ben’s kept our car for 6 days to complete a job that could have actually been completed in 1. They misdiagnosed the error and then charged us $550 for a fix that a locksmith could have done for $200 less. We had been to Ben’s several times before and always been pleased. But I’m very disappointed this time, especially considering how much we had to pay and how long it took to resolve the issue. Unfortunately we will not be back.
01:58 08 Aug 19
Incredibly communicative and quick turnarounds. I've brought my Jeep in here a couple of times, they've always been able to get me in quickly, usually sooner than I'm ready for, and have done speedy turnarounds on my car while very thoroughly providing me with updates as to what they've found and what my options are. In my experience, they've been helpful and not pushy, honestly telling me what work needs to get done and flagging emerging issues (on my 20 year old car). They're also nice folks and have been good to chat with every time I've picked up the car.
16:00 03 Aug 19
Great experience! My 2010 Odyssey needed bumper clips to reattach the bumper and splash shield after much wear and tear. These guys generously fixed the problem at no cost. Greatly appreciate the friendliness and generosity. Will definitely be coming back for service.
20:56 02 Aug 19
Recently moved to DC and I am so happy I’ve found this place! Super friendly, and did really great work. I also like how they send email and text updates. Really happy with their work and will definitely be returning for all my car related needs!
17:17 22 Jul 19
Ben's was a breeze to work with. I needed some break work done as well as a tire rotation and alignment. Their technology is awesome in that you can track the status of the work being done on your car. It was also a quick turnaround. Dropped it off one day and it was done the next. No appointment was needed. However, I'm sure it could have been done in a day had I made one. Will definitely be going back. Great service and friendly people. They even let our pup nap on their floor while my husband waited 🙂
12:25 18 Jul 19
I just moved to the DC area and found myself in need of a nearby mechanic. I found the staff at Ben Nielsen's to be very helpful and friendly. I also liked that their initial inspection had pictures of my vehicle and videos explaining how parts of my car work so that I didn't have to try and research why they were recommending a certain repair. I would go back again and would recommend them to my friends and family.
13:05 09 Jul 19
Great dudes, awesome service, fair prices. Highly recommend. Shout out to Frank and his team!
18:24 25 Jun 19
A great place for all my car repairs. The price is higher than my dealership but the service is better. I'm always in and out very fast!
15:48 21 Jun 19
Great team, always friendly and fast. They have do great work, always keep you posted on your car’s status and what they’re doing, and seem genuinely interested in long-term customers. Plus they don’t mind a dog joining you for pickup and drop off. A little pricey, but you get what you pay for.
Nicole Del Casale
19:14 19 Jun 19
Updated 06/19/2019: They offered to refund me as compensation for the wait and miscommunication. Thank you very much. Waited almost 6 hours for an oil change. Brought it in earlier thinking it would be done earlier. Name wrong several times. Called ahead of time and asked if it would be done by 3. They were apologetic but still had to pay expensive cab for friend I was supposed to pick up at 6 in Fairfax, VA.
17:54 15 Jun 19
UPDATE: I moved my review from 2 to 4 stars after I was quickly contacted and offered a $35 refund--bringing the grand total to about $130 to replace my tire. Still a little pricey, but the team at Ben Nielsen's seems genuinely interested in customer reconciliation and retention. The staff were friendly and worked quickly which is why I’m rating higher than one star. My car was towed to Ben Nielsen’s after getting a flat tire so I was basically stuck there after finding out the new tire with labor would cost over $200–for one tire. I asked for a cheaper option and was told they would look for one. The next morning I am charged $160 for one tire. I ask what tire was even put on my car and am told it’s a Goodyear assurance all season tire (definitely should have been told this before it was installed), which runs online anywhere from $55-$83. The person at the desk could not explain why they charge $115 plus labor for this tire and offered no discount, though they’re clearly overcharging. It’s a shame because I love to support local shops, but getting charged 2x or 3x what a chain will charge is just not prudent. Won’t be back. My advice—get towed elsewhere.
18:12 31 May 19
This was my first visit to Ben Nielsen's automotive. I was met by friendly, professional staff. My service was quick and easy. Would Highly recommend.
12:34 14 May 19
Great service! Very reasonable price. I highly recommend 10th Street Auto!
00:37 02 May 19
The level of service and attention to detail here is top notch. I would recommend anyone to 10th St Auto Repair for both routine maintenance and bigger repairs. So trustworthy and reliable!
01:41 30 Mar 19
The absolute best service I have EVER received from an auto shop. Made an appointment. They called back and emailed me with a list of issues my car had during their inspection (there were a lot since my car was going through some tough times) and gave me an estimate on everything. And they got everything done the same day! All the staff were amazing! I came To pick up my car with my dog and the place is dog-friendly! The staff made both of us feel so welcome! Would absolutely come here again.
20:02 15 Mar 19
Staff was very friendly and got us a diagnostic report for out car very quickly. The report was thorough and explained all the work needed done to our car and why. Definitely would recommend.
18:07 07 Mar 19
I called 10st about an issue yesterday and they were able to get me in later in the afternoon. They were really helpful and helped with auto issue. I will definitely be back if I have any other issues.
21:22 07 Feb 19
It was my first time here — had a flat tire on my way out of town and they fixed it in less than an hour. The work was down quickly, professionally, and courteously. What more can you ask?! I’m not sure what was better — the work or the customer service. I will definitely use them for any future issues.
22:07 10 Jan 19
Excellent customer service & very fast turnaround. I brought my car in in the afternoon & Frank let me know they could replace the two bad tires — service completed in less than 24 hours. Also appreciated the text message updates (in addition to the phone call) to let me know the car was ready. Thank you very much!! Will be back next time my classic car needs service.
17:11 23 Aug 18
Repeat customer. Appreciate the quick response they did on my car. James is great. Work is well done. I hope to not come back for a long time! 🙂 Highly recommend.
20:35 20 Jul 18
After my original post, I have since had my vehicle serviced and I still highly recommend James and his co workers. High quality work. Competetive pricing and he's such a dang nice guy how could you not like him? I wanted to get a couple other services done but he recommended against wasting my money. I will be back and you should check them out! Thanks guys Full Disclosure: I have not used 10th Street Automotive, yet. However the customer service from James was exceptional when I called. He was very funny, nice and straight forward with pricing. And his pricing was very competitive. I recently moved to the area and I will be using them in the future and hope you will too. Seems like James has really turned things around! Will update once I have
21:38 12 Jul 18
Long time customer (since 2000?) with multiple cars. Have always been happy with quality of mechanical service and honesty of dealings, but sorely missed the excellent customer service and genuine warmth of the front office when Mark left some years back. Despite the abrasiveness of his replacement, we remained customers due to convenience and knowing that the technical crew was still the same. Now, I am thrilled to report a recent change of regime. James, the new manager is a breath of fresh air. Super friendly, well organized, and obviously customer-focused. Makes taking the car in for servicing so much more pleasant.
00:21 04 Jul 18
Went here for an oil change and had a great experience. James in particular has absolutely outstanding customer service! It took the agreed upon time and for the agreed upon price. I’ll definitely be coming back.
20:36 29 Jun 18
This shop is under new management! Like some others, I have struggled with 10th Street Auto. It is easy--VERY close for me. But there have been times in the past where I felt like the owner wasn't as attentive as he could be (charged me $8 for washer fluid, over filled my tires and then asked me what the problem was), so I would only take my car there for an oil change. Called this week and a new guy answered the phone! Very friendly, flexible, and kind. Turns out they have a new owner who bought out the business. Many of the mechanics are still the same, but the ownership/leadership will hopefully be more more understanding, flexible, and communicative for those who have struggled with this under the old management. Would encourage you to give this place another try if you were turned off by the previous management style!