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VA inspection & tire shop in around Sterling or Fairfax

Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic' started by RatherBeDriving, May 1, 2018.

  1. RatherBeDriving

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    Any suggestions for a quality VA inspection & tire shop? Thanks!
     
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    boaterva Supporting Member

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    Looking for one also... someone that preferably knows Teslas and how to handle ‘jack point devices’ such as hockey pucks or the ones offered for sale on TMC (I have a set).

    Don’t want to go through the whole ‘we know what we’re doing’ and then they don’t :D.
     
  3. RatherBeDriving

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    @boater where can one find those "jack point devices" offered for sale on TMC? Thanks!
     
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    boaterva Supporting Member

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    Here you go: this is the X thread but he makes versions for the S, X, and 3. He has sales around $45 or so each or if you buy a set. See at the end of the thread. They work great, stick by magnet to the jack point.

    Vendor - Tesla Model X tire service jack pad adapter
     
  5. RatherBeDriving

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    Awesome thanks, @boaterva! I assume a service shop would need four of these to lift the whole car.
     
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    #6 Xenoilphobe, May 1, 2018
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    I use VA Tire over on Metrotech Drive in Chantilly. They have serviced all three of our Model S's and even store my 8 21 inch rims for me in the winter. Guys there are huge fans of the Model S, I even showed them how to creep the car with app so they could find a nail in one of my tires this past week.

    I try an stay away from the VA Tire on route 29 in Centreville, as it is always a mob scene (too many customers)

    The Chantilly one is kinda hidden, you just have to dodge the crazy drivers that go to the Lotte Market Plaza, I always drive around back to the service bays to stay away from the crowds. Never had and issue there, they also installed my adjustable camber links in rear and have the same road force balance machines as Tesla. Also get my alignments there, they have a custom setup for the P85+ post camber link install so I don't get the excessive camber eating my rear tires up....
     
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  7. RatherBeDriving

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    Thanks, @Xenoilphobe! I have a VA Tire near me but I've not had good experiences with them in the past with my ICE cars. Do you know what your VA Tire uses for the jack points?
     
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    Hockey pucks. Just like the ones I use a home. Most good shops already know this trick.
     
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  9. Reddy Kilowatt

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    Second this recommendation. they maintained my Volt for 5 years. No issues. Now they do all my cars. I just had two tires replaced on the Volt last week and they had them in stock and replaced faster than I could eat over at Buon Appetito.

    I don't know if they do state inspections, or not. I did have G&C do my states and other repairs. They just install tesla car charger out front but it's not wired yet.
     
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    There are so many Tesla's in DC, I am shocked this would still be an issue. My indie guys has 3 Tesla clients even out here in the 'boonies'.
     
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    VA tire and auto in Chantilly has been my primary ICE place 6 cars! since they were just a Goodyear branded shop. They will do customer requested Tire mounting if you bring them in and can get specials like ones for Tesla’s. I was surprised to hear the SC in Tyson’s was not state acredited for inspection so in July I’ll do my state inspection now at VA tire (it is just down from the lotte’ grocery store-come in from the south on metro tech or you will run into a Ton of food shoppers to the north with this shopping carts) and I’m glad to hear they can lift a tesla correctly (I was worried about that ) Thanks ! They have some new folks but Larry and several others have been there forever and are very knowledable and trustworthy. They do use VA tires’ standard rates now (a little higher than in the past ) but they have coupons and specials that make it pretty inexpensive. I already prepaid for annual service at Tyson’s SC so I’ll get the big work done there . Nice to know Chantilly VA tire can do most everything else
     
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    #12 boaterva, Jun 8, 2018
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    Was looking back for this thread, thanks for the VA Tire recommendation at Metrotech. We actually have a new VA Tire and Auto (same brand, I assume, but it would be a franchise, so who knows....) here in South Riding (just over the border on 50 in Loudoun from Fairfax, if you don't know it), but I've not seen great reviews on Yelp and elsewhere.

    Definitely rather go somewhere where they have tons of Tesla experience, and @Xenoilphobe 's first-hand report sounds excellent.


    Edit: Looking at the website, now looks like they run their own locations so not a franchise, but if you google the South Riding location, you get the Yelp reviews, which are awful for that one. Wonder what's up there.....
     
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    Did alot of searching around and end up going to G&C Tire and Auto Service in Chantilly to have my tires replace on my Model X. I was nervous about jack-point, knowing to use the jack setting on the car, etc.. Felt alittle better after seeing they had installed a Siemens and Tesla chargers. After it was done, checked the bottom and not one scuff mark near the jack.

    Walked away with a great experience and best part was I was able to get work done in their lounge with free snacks :) ... Also the owner has a the "Not a flamethrower" that he lets folks try!

    If you let them know "Crafte" send you .. maybe I can get some free service from referrals.
     

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    Posted this in another thread, but had the annual inspection done at the Chantilly VA Tire and Auto (Metrotech) with no issues. The Service Centers can't/won't do Virginia inspections (I've been told) because that would theoretically make them have to offer the service to everyone, including ICE cars. Not sure if that's case or not.

    They did an excellent job, and I was out in about 20 minutes total. Recommend coming on about 7:30 AM to get the first-thing rush out of the way and (as was noted) not have issues with food shoppers.

    Oh yeah, it appears they don't actually offer tire/wheel storage as a general thing. That is/was for one person who has a special deal from a former manager. Wonder who that might be? :D
     
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    Did you notice neither charger are wired. There just hung on the wall for now.
    We use them as well as the Chantilly VA Tire and Auto
     
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    Same those dudes have done balance/tire/rotations on all three of our Model S's.
     
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    Who do you use around SML? We're in Roanoke and just got our 3 not too long ago. I'm in need of a good mechanic in general, so we're willing to travel.
     
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    I got two flats in two days, roofing nail and screw in both back tires. :mad:

    Got VA tire Chantilly to fix both ASAP. $88 to do at same time. They said they use internal patches to repair in lieu of plugs. tires seam to have said balanced well. no scratches on the rimes. Other than the price I think they did good.

    FYI, I have driven by the place for years and just realized Chantilly Auto Body is an approved Tesla body shop. They had a load of Tesla's sitting there for minor and major repairs. I was there for a major repair on one of my trucks and saw them all sitting there.

    Don't be in a rush for a repair. they say Tesla takes forever to ship parts. 30 day minimum for basic stuff. Our insurance company had us switch there away from Caliber Collision (Not Craftsman anymore).
    Hope I never have to use them.
     
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  19. Reddy Kilowatt

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    Now I lost a tire, can't be fixed. VA Tire is telling me I have to replace all four. I would agree to two. AWD must replace all four????

    Anyone ever here that line?

    I went back over to the shop and I would say the driver has burned the treads off the tires. ;) They're real close to the wear bars but I could get some more miles out of it.

    They have always been good to us but this one isn't passing the smell test.
     
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    What does Tesla say? Seems getting one from them at their (higher) price would be better than doing two or four... Now if you will need to do a pair or four in six months or a year, then...
     

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