Auto Maintenance

Express Auto Service strongly encourages preventative care. We educate our customers about seasonal maintenance, what to look for between oil changes, and general vehicle health.

It’s important to us that our customers understand their vehicles. We’re always happy to answer questions and help you know what your car needs.

Types of Vehicles that We Service:

  • Domestic
  • Imports
  • Fleet
  • Diesel

Seasonal Maintenance

You can prevent many unexpected vehicle issues with seasonal maintenance checks. We can help you prepare your vehicle for extreme weather conditions like hot and humid summers or cold and snowy winters.

Between Oil Changes

Your oil isn’t the only thing that needs to be changed between service visits. We can help you keep track of your vehicle’s maintenance schedule and perform other services, like tire rotations and brake inspections.

General Vehicle Health

We want you to have a safe and reliable vehicle. That’s why we offer various services to keep your car running smoothly. We can perform engine diagnostics, electrical repairs, and much more.

Maintenance Services

Oil, Lube, and Filter

Your oil and lube need to be checked every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Filters need to be checked every 15,000 to 30,000 miles. That’s a pretty extensive range, so check your owner’s manual for your vehicle’s standard recommendations.

Tire Rotation and Balance

We recommend getting your tires rotated and balanced every 7,500 miles, though it can vary from vehicle to vehicle. Check your owner’s manual for the correct suggestion.

Brake Inspections

We recommend checking your brakes every six months. If you put it off, you could be risking your safety on the road.

State Safety Inspections

Virginia residents are required to get a state inspection every year. We can help you make sure your vehicle is up to code and safe to drive.

State Inspections Are Not by Appointment!

Virginia requires that we provide state inspections on a first-come, first-serve basis. As such, we cannot make concrete time appointments for state inspections. We'll do our best to accommodate you so that you can get in and out as quickly as possible.

Here's a checklist of things that we will inspect. Take a look at your vehicle before bringing it in for an inspection to make sure everything is in order.


  • Headlights, rear lights, and turn signals
  • Steering & suspension
  • Tires, wheels & rims
  • Windshield, windshield wipers, and defroster
  • Mirrors
  • Horn
  • License plate


  • Airbag & airbag light
  • Brakes and parking brake
  • Turn signals
  • Driver’s seat
  • Floor
  • All doors


  • Exhaust system
  • Hood & area underneath
  • Fuel system
  • Air pollution control system

If your vehicle is not up to standard, we can help you make the necessary repairs. We want you to be safe on the road!

Emissions Test

An emissions test is required every two years in Virginia. We can help you make sure your vehicle passes the test and is safe to drive.

We check for carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxides when performing an emissions test. Failure to check these levels can damage the environment and your health.


Very good repair shop. I have taken my vehicle here twice both times with great, win if you take your vehicles to this shop
Kenneth Green
Kenneth Green
03:33 10 Nov 22
Great Service! Had CV joints replaced on my Audi. Several months after the boot on the joints busted open. These guys scheduled me a day to drop my car off, and because it was still under their warranty they replaced them that day for free and I was able to pick the car up at the end of the day! Would highly recommend to anyone!
Yuriy Schubert
Yuriy Schubert
22:03 05 Aug 22
I truly can’t say enough awesome things about Express Auto Service on route 1. I’ve been going there for many years with various cars but today was just exceptionally convenient and fast. They open at 8am so I got there 20 minutes early and was second in line. I was fully prepared to stand and wait but they called us right in to get started before they even open and I was out in under 30 minutes for an oil change and inspection. They have amazing customer service every single time, a nice waiting room with snacks/drinks, and I’ve never had to wait longer than an hour for any service. 10/10 recommend giving them a shot next time you need quick car service, just get there a little early. 🚗
Laura Honsinger
Laura Honsinger
12:46 02 Aug 22
A+ customer service. They inspected my car in about an hour after five other establishments said they had 48-72 hour wait times. AMAZING!!!
Malcolm Holmes
Malcolm Holmes
14:59 01 Aug 22
It’s always nice to see why a place is well reviewed on Google. Nice people, fair prices, not a bad wait, great warranty, great place.
Haris M.
Haris M.
14:42 12 Jul 22
Trustworthy and reliable - my highest recommendation. The service advisors listened to my concerns and conducted a thorough diagnostic. They identified and corrected the problems my car was having quickly and accurately. They communicated clearly with me the entire time and I understood what was happening throughout the process.
Caleb Reed
Caleb Reed
17:04 01 Jul 22
Absolutely the best service of any shop I have been to. Quick, friendly, and customer focused. Would 100% recommend.
14:08 11 Jun 22
Amazing service and great work! I’ve been going here since I went to school at UMW and haven’t gone anywhere else. They are very personable and know their customers by name. Would recommend to anyone with their great quality of work and service.
09:12 11 Jun 22
Always honest and very thorough. Will drive you to and from home or work if wait is to long. Excellent service.
Ethan Fiore
Ethan Fiore
03:49 18 May 22
This place and these people… I can’t speak highly enough. We’ve been with them for 26 years and my husband, or I, won’t go anywhere else. My husband works on cars himself. There just aren’t many businesses like this anymore. They’re honest and do a fantastic job and care. They’re gems!!!
Mechelle Sharp
Mechelle Sharp
13:07 10 May 22
I came in for an inspection and the service was quick, hardly any wait, front attendant in there was very attentive. I am definitely coming back for oil service or anything else.
Oswaldo Herrarte
Oswaldo Herrarte
18:31 28 Apr 22
Every person I contacted and met was a welcomed experience. My car fix was honest, clear, fast and it's running so good now. Recommendations led me to chose them. It was right choice. They're even my choice for oil changes now.
Kevin Foster
Kevin Foster
21:02 12 Apr 22
Great experience! Called and got a walk in state inspection appointment. I was done in less than 45 minutes. Very welcoming waiting room, fresh flowers and coffee. Gary was great!!! Will be back.
Shenna Garrow
Shenna Garrow
15:32 07 Apr 22
Never had any problems with any service I obtained. Competitive prices and knowledgeable staff. Will be using again in the future.
Scott Hagerty
Scott Hagerty
16:54 24 Feb 22
This place and these people… I can’t speak highly enough. We’ve been with them for 26 years and my husband, or I, won’t go anywhere else. My husband works on cars himself. There just aren’t many businesses like this anymore. They’re honest and do a fantastic job and care. They’re gens!!!
Mechelle Sharp
Mechelle Sharp
12:20 22 Feb 22
I have been a customer for several years. I'm generally very mistrustful of car repair places. I feel comfortable having them as my car service provider. First, every single person you encounter is friendly and professional. They don't make you wait forever. Every time I go there, whether for a repair, or inspection, they provide service without a long wait. Even if I show up with no appointment. They're fair on inspections. They don't "find" things wrong with your car unless there really is something wrong. As far as repairs, I wouldn't say their prices are cheap, but they're reasonable and fair. They're not out to cheat anybody. And when they repair your car, they do a good job. I highly recommend this business.
Patty King
Patty King
20:07 10 Feb 22
Just getting emissions done, but the staff greeted me warmly. I was given a fairly accurate waiting time. Free refrigerated water was offered to me while I waited. Overall great experience, with the emissions staff member wishing me a great drive and a great day as I left. Well done!
Scott Lisech
Scott Lisech
02:50 21 Oct 21
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