Distad's Amoco

  • 4.6 of 5 stars
22 reviews

823 Pennsylvania Ave Se, Washington, DC 20003, us

(202) 543-0200


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They are always honest
They are competent
Their repair price is reasonable
They complete the work in a timely manner
They respond well when they screw something up
They take the time to explain the problems and necessary repairs
They treat male and female customers in the same manner
They are always honest
I would use this mechanic again
I would recommend this mechanic to others
They fix the problem the first time
The shop is located in a safe neighborhood
The hours of operation are convenient for customers
They are near public transportation (or provide loaners, shuttle bus, rides as needed)
Jun 29, 2006
I was having major, but intermittent, engine difficulty with my 93 Jeep Cherokee. I took it to the dealer, and they had no idea what was wrong and suggested an expensive diagnostic test. A friend suggested that I try Distads. After explaining my problem on the phone, John was 95% sure what was wrong (a "common" problem with this model), a visit confirmed his assessment, and my car was fixed in 1 day for less than $150 . Since then, I've had other work done there (new shocks, oil change, etc.). They are always courteous, quick, and reasonably priced -- especially for being in the neighborhood, close to metro, and with 24 hour pick-up.
Nov 07, 2011
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Apr 17, 2008
I'd just echo the other commentors: they are generally superb, but when they make a mistake they are forthcoming in working out the problem. And I never sense I'm being taken for a ride...
Nov 20, 2008
The staff who work at John Distad's station are knowledgeable, always courteous, helpful, friendly, and convenient. The try not to work past 7pm but, the way the shop is set up, I can drive or have towed to them a car 24 hours a day and pick it up 24 hours a day. That's a great deal and this is a great shop.
Mar 24, 2009
I selected this shop because it was one of the top mechanic shops in another consumer magazine. It was close to the shop where I have my hair done and easily accessible. They diagnosed and fixed a problem correctly the first time that had been "fixed" (not) by 2 other shops including the manufacturer. I did have to remind them that I chose them based on the magazine but wasn't please with the time frame it took to let me know the work was finished. I sat for 1.5 hours longer than necessary for a call that never came. Besides that one misunderstanding I was very pleased and have chosen to leave the manufacturer/dealership to have all of my work done here.
Jun 27, 2009
I once brought in a Subaru sedan, which squeaked incessantly somewhere behind the left passenger's seat. They tested the car, heard the noise and spent a day taking things apart trying to locate and fix the squeak. (I saw part of the work, so I know that's what they did.) Because they couldn't locate the source of the squeak -- it wasn't the chassis mount that we all thought it might be, they charged me nothing not withstanding the time their mechanics spent working on my car. That impressed me. Anyway, over the 25 years that I lived in DC, I never once had any reason to question either their pricing or their integrity. The Washington Consumers' Checkbook agrees and considers Distads to be one of the 10 best in the DC area.
Dec 04, 2009
Always straight up, always reasonable, always timely, always courteous. The best. Can not say enough good things about this shop.
May 12, 2010
I've taken my '92 Toyota there several times (clutch, speedometer, oil pressure switch). I'm always a bit stunned by the price (but that's true about many things), but always the workmanship has been excellent.
Aug 01, 2010
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A fine firm that sometimes overextends and falls behind schedule. Good work and honest, though, so I keep using them. They used to be inexpensive and now are probably average in price.
Jan 03, 2011
Have visited twice. Both times the work performed was incomplete or made the issue worse. First visit was to repair what was either a dying battery or dying alternator. Mechanics said alternator was fine, replaced the battery. Got car home and noticed the power windows weren't working properly. Took the car back, Distad's replaced the alternator. Which left me wondering whether the work to replace battery was unnecessary. Second visit: Distad's replaced the brake pads and resurfaced rotors. The result was brakes that made a vibrating/thumping noise after repair. I brought the car off for a second look, Distad's couldn't replicate the problem. I drove around for a week and the problem persisted. I brought it back for a third visit. This time they noticed the problem and fixed it. Nice guys at Distad, and I think they're honest; they try to avoid the more-expensive option when it looks like there are multiple repairs that could fix the trouble. But the repeated visits and incomplete/inferior work make me wonder about the competency level.

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