Personal Mechanix (Mobile Mechanic)

  • 4.4 of 5 stars
17 reviews

Post Office Box 10334, Burke, VA 22009, us

(703) 229-1230


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Specializes in Air Conditioning work
Specializes in Brakes and Mufflers
Specializes in Engine Rebuild work
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)
Apr 24, 2001
Here is the letter I wrote to them after they serviced my Mercury: Mani, Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your prompt and efficient service. Your service delivery is something to be proud of. Most service organizations are afraid to say what they can do and then deliver. Your evaluation of my cars problems was right on and when you said you would be at my home at 10:00 AM, you were there on time. I know my car gave you some challenges and took a little longer than you expected, but you professionally handled each challenge. I like a company that tells me what they are going to do and then does what they said they would. I have recommended your services to members of my office staff. As you know I am also a very auto oriented person as I own some rare and unusual sports racing cars. You have proven yourself and your capabilities and you are very professional in the way you handle your business. I would feel comfortable having you on one of our crews at our next track adventures. Sincerely, Bob Magnotti 59 Austin Healey 68 Marcos 1600 GT 86 Mercury Marquis 99 Mitsubishi Gallant
May 20, 2004
Mani is a mobile mechanic. He hasn't a garage; he comes to you. This makes it very convenient for the customer. Moreover, I found him trustworthy and competent. I will continue to call on him in the future.
Nov 07, 2011
Oct 24, 2002
The ProActive Corporation of America, Inc. 4500 4th Road North, Arlington, VA 22203-2343 703-862-6758 / 800-224-9920 E-mail: To Whom It May Concern: Mani Zahadat, Personal Mechanix, is a unique find in the automotive field. The strengths Mani brings to the table are: He assumes personal responsibility for the proper repair and on-going maintenance of the car in his care. He relieves his customers of the time involved and the frustration that can occur in the car care industry. He goes the extra step to make sure his customers are pleased with his work. For example; four days following work he had performed on my car, Mani took it out for a test drive to make sure everything was working to his (and my) satisfaction. If you are interested in dealing with a true professional who really cares about his customers, you will not go wrong with Mani Zahadat, Personal Mechanix. James F. Whelan
Jul 28, 2003
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Other comments haven't emphasized this point: Mani comes to your car. When he is needed. This is wonderful if you have a car that needs work on a weekend or has broken down somewhere. I had a van that wouldn't start after I parked it at the mall. I called Mani about it. Without the key to the van, he diagnosed a defective starter & replaced it that day. I returned to a van and it started right up! I do a lot of the work on my own cars. When I don't have the time or knowledge to do something, I call Mani. He has always been correct in his diagnosis, and keeps working until the job is done. His prices are very reasonable and I have recommended him to several friends. Paul Brown Fairfax
Sep 05, 2003
I used the CarTalk web site to find a local mechanic for our Lexus. We called Mani. He showed up when he promised, and not only correctly diagnosed the problem, but he repaired it on the spot. We needed brake pads on the rear wheels. He explained what he was doing every step of the diagnosis/repair procedure, showing parts such as the rotor and explaining what he looks for in assessing its condition, and what he recommends and why. The cost was on a par with what other repair facilities would charge for the same job, but the added convenience was worth it. We recommend this personal mechanic, and plan to use him again.
Nov 14, 2003
At first I was apprehensive about giving the keys of my 1993 Volvo 940 Turbo Wagon to a total stranger for him to drive away for serious bodywork service. But I figured my car is 10 years old and wrecked so what's there to lose? A few hours later he returned with the car to give me a verbal job estimate. Again I was apprehensive - there was no written estimate and a deposit was required to start the work. But I figured again, what was there to lose? I peskily needled him with questions about the bodywork, particularly straightening the framework (driver's side front) that had become bent in a low impact wreck. I bought a Volvo because of its safety record and I worried how the car would perform in case of high impact collision. Would he be replacing the extrudable portion of the frame or simply bending it back into shape? He said that with either method, the car would not be like it rolled off a factory floor. To unweld, replace a part and weld it - well the weld would not be guaranteed to have the same properties as controlled factory conditions. Same goes for unbending the frame - the properties of the metal frame would probably be affected (just imagine bending a metal rod back and forth continuously, it will snap). He advised that neither method would buy me much in restoring exact crash test performance of an unwrecked car. Furthermore, the frame was only minimally bent. However, the cost difference to replace versus straightening the existing frame is something to consider. The former method required removal of the car's innards and then putting it all back together which is pricey. About two weeks later Mr. Zahadat presented me with a car that looks like there was no bodywork performed on it. The hood and all body parts affecting the driver's side front had been replaced. The paint job was blended decently, although one can detect color difference if one studied the front and rear of the car intently. The new front bumper was gray (similar to car color) instead of the original black rubber, but that was OK with me. The radio had kicked into anti-theft mode because the battery was disconnected, but Mr. Zahadat patiently hand copied down all the information from the manufacturer about how to restore its settings despite my telling him not to worry about it. He worried about it regardless. Because we did not have a formally written estimate, we had to recall from memory what additional work we had agreed upon (I had actually written it down during our meeting but lost the scrap of paper so it's sort of my fault). The only thing I could remember was that we had agreed on checking the driver's side front wheel alignment. Mr. Zahadat had forgotten to do it, and was honest about that. He offered a credit to the total amount for this oversight. All in all I am very pleased with the services of Personal Mechanix. But note it was not a priority to make the car look like new and perfect, but to get it back to an aesthetically decent shape. It was, after all, a decade old car. I was more concerned about the subsequent crash test performance of this vehicle. The proprietor, Mani Zahadat, informed me of my options and helped make me an educated consumer here. Being informed of what a buyer can expect is a huge part of subsequent buyer satisfaction. I was kept appraised of how the project was coming along. Mr. Zahadat is a conscientious businessman and his rates are more than fair. His business is an asset to the Northern Virginia community of busy professionals.
Nov 20, 2003
Howdy Click and Clack and all CarTalk folks far and wide! I drove my Ebay Saab (awesome DEEEEEEEL!) from Arizona to Virginnie to begin my staff photography internship at the Smithsonian in D.C. (and once the dust settled from my 2,500+ cross-country trek) it was time for an oil change. My brother Bobby sent me the info on Mani Zahadat from your site, and I made my appointment without hesitation. MANI is the MAN! My words cannot adequately illustrate to one-tenth of the degree, Mani's high-caliber expertise, skill, and professionalism! So, when in northern Virginia -- MANI's THE MAN!!!!!!!!!! Liz Richards Photographer
Sep 25, 2004
Mani did a pre-purchase inspection on a Honda CR-V 2001. He was very thorough. Took his time and did it right. We were very impressed.
Nov 08, 2004
Mani promptly responded to emails, diagnosed and fixed a bent rear axle shaft on my Jeep in a timely and very efficient manner - even better, he came to my house and did the job - so I had none of the hassle of taking the car to the shop. His price was fair and service excellent. I wholeheartedly recommend him.

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