R&R wants to be your trusted family mechanic. These days, earning trust isn’t easy, we know, but we’re up to the challenge. For more than 35 years, R&R has built relationships in Loudoun and Fairfax counties one family at a time by providing honest, straightforward car repair advice and service.
We understand that different people have different expectations when it comes to their cars. You may want to maintain the warranty on your truck, keep your used Toyota serviced for your college student, or obtain expert repair for your prized Jaguar. R&R Auto Service makes sure we understand your car needs, so we can deliver on our promise of great auto repair and service.
In the summer of 1972, Robert and Richard graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in Physics and Computer Sciences, respectively. Both had had enough of college for the time being and wanted to do something completely different. Combining Rob’s love of British sports cars and Rich’s interest in locks and knowledge of business, R&R Auto Service, Lock & Security was born. After a short time, the repair side of the business burgeoned, and we dropped the “lock and security” part.
We soon outgrew our Arlington facility and relocated to Tyson’s Corner in early 1975. This is back when Tyson’s had only one car dealership, few office buildings, and no traffic! Our facility was 6000 square feet and had four lifts. No longer did we have to remove Jaguar engines with the car-on-jack stands. Richard had become proficient in tracking down the elusive British part and decided to stay at our original location in Arlington, which was renamed Rich’s Imported Auto Parts. Those old timers who had English cars during this period probably purchased their parts from Richard.
In 1978, Rob’s brother David, who had a degree from Yale, joined R&R as service manager with his seeing-eye dog, Christie. In 1981, after the demise of two revered British marquees, MG and Triumph, we decided to add Saab, Volvo, and Japanese cars to our service offerings. Saab and Volvo were just quirky enough to appeal to the British masochist–er, we mean mechanic–in us (Did you know that the Saab 99/900 engine block was derived from the Triumph TR7 block?), and the Japanese cars were definitely here to stay.
In 1990, we opened our second location in Sterling, Virginia, managed first by David’s wife, Sue, and then by Rob. In 1997 David and Sue retired, and Rob made the decision to close our Tyson’s operation after 22 years. Rob could have hired someone to run one of the locations, but not to his satisfaction. Repairing cars is not like making hamburgers, and we are not the McDonalds of car repair.
In 2001, the R&R neighborhood in Sterling was the sticks. We had almost as many trees here as Tyson’s Corner did in 1975. Now we are one-half mile from the Dulles Greenway and much too close to rush hour gridlock on Route 28. That’s progress, we suppose. Now if only there was some place with cars, but no traffic…
Our Technicians are ASE Certified:
Rob Carter and Your R&R Team