Dorn's Auto Repair Service Truly Makes us Your One Stop Shop for Automotive Care

Since 1965, we've helped drivers in Richmond maintain the value of their vehicles and preserve their manufacturer warranties!


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Auto Repair

Auto Service Center

Dorn’s Auto Repair Service and Car Care is part of the Dorn’s Body and Paint family. Their service and diagnostic area was designed specifically for mechanical repairs and maintenance. Our goal at Dorn’s Auto Service is to help you maintain the value of your vehicle whether you own or lease it or if your vehicle is part of a Fleet, we can handle all types of repairs. Every one of our mechanical technicians is ASE certified, so you will receive only the best work on your car, Truck or Van.

Dorn’s Auto Service stands above other repair facilities with our trained professionals, top of the line technology and accommodating facility and personnel. In fact, we are one of the only Service Centers in Virginia to have the new environmentally based Air Conditioning refrigerant YF-1234. This is what manufactures such as Land Rover, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar and General Motors will start using in 2015 and beyond. Well, at Dorn’s Auto Service, we are ready for it today!

Ask Dorn’s Auto Service about our weekly specials and money saving ideas. We can arrange financing if needed to guarantee you will always get the best service and value for every dollar you spend with us.


Services We Offer
Preventative Maintenance
Tires (Michelin, Goodyear, Continental, Yokohama, Cooper and more)
Oil Changes and Lubrication
Brake Service, Installations and Repair
Four Wheel Alignments
Electrical Repairs and Diagnosis
Coolant Flushes and Service
Pre-Purchase Inspections
Pre-Trip Inspections
Cooling System
Steering and Suspension
Transmission and Clutch replacement and overhaul
Full Belt Replacement
Shocks and Strut replacement
Factory 30,000 miles Service
Factory 60,000 miles Service
Factory 90,000 miles Service
Fuel Injection Service and Repair
Air Conditioning Recharge/Winterizing
Full Diesel Repairs

Proper Tire Maintenance

Proper tire maintenance and inspection is extremely important because the tires are the only thing between you and the road. The most important aspect of tire maintenance is the proper inflation of your tires. Tire rotation, balance, and alignment are important to ensure even tread wear and a comfortable ride.

Check Tire Pressure
Check Tire Pressure: The tire air pressure is the single greatest cause of tire damage and failure. Dorn’s Auto Service always loves to answer your questions, but be careful that you don’t schedule a costly repair with any facility before checking your tire pressures. Occasionally your car may feel out of alignment or hard to control when your tire pressures are uneven. Low tire pressure can also contribute to losing control of your car in an emergency situation. The air pressure should be checked on all tires, including the spare, at least once a month. Please consult your owner’s manual for the manufacturers recommended tire pressure. Cold and Hot pressures can be found on the sidewall of the tire.
Wheel Balance
Wheel balance is a process in which you install small weights on the wheel to make your ride smooth and comfortable. When you will feel a vibration, especially at highway speeds, it is possible that your wheel is out of balance. In addition, an out-of-balance tire can cause a flat spot that requires replacement. This is a minor service that Dorn’s Auto Service can easily take care of for you.
Tire Rotation
It is a good idea to rotate your tires every 3,000-6,000 miles. This will prevent irregular and premature wear and allow you to get the maximum life expectancy from your investment. It’s a good habit to rotate your tires with every oil change.
Wheel Alignment
We suggest having the car’s alignment checked at least once a year or when your tires are replaced. You will also want to have the alignment checked if your vehicle has any of the following: irregular tire wear, pulling or drifting to one side or a steering wheel that is off center. If you hit a pot-hole or curb, you should bring your vehicle into Dorn’s Auto Service Immediately for inspection.
Tire Tread Depth
Your tire’s tread is extremely important for the traction of your vehicle in all conditions. The new rule for gauging the effectiveness of your tire tread is the quarter. Stick a quarter, with President Washington’s neck in the rubber, and look to see if any of his forehead is showing. If President Washington is showing out of the tread, it’s time to stop into Dorn’s Auto Service, have us give you a professional opinion, and recommend you the correct tire at the right price.

Take Care of Your Car’s Fluids

Remember that it is important to check all the fluids of your vehicle on a regular basis. The temperature of the vehicle not only affects the fluid levels but could cause injury if you come in contact with the hot engine parts.

Oil Changes
While it is a good idea to follow the recommendation of your vehicle’s manufacturer, we recommend that you give your vehicle an oil change at least every 5,000 miles. Oil changes go hand in hand with replacing your filter. An oil change is only good when you replace the old filters as well. Think of making fresh coffee with the old filter, it’s never as good as when the filter is brand new. The oil levels should be checked at regular intervals or before trips. Changing and checking your vehicle’s oil is an inexpensive task that will ensure that it operates trouble free, extending the life of your engine and preventing costly repairs. Plus it allows our certified technicians to inspect the underside of your vehicle to make sure that nothing else is wrong or going bad. When you add oil to the vehicle be sure not to add too much as excessive oil can cause serious engine problems. If disposing of the oil and keeping clean is not for you, Dorn’s Auto Service can give you an oil change with all the accessories (filters and tire rotation) for only 30 minutes of your valuable time.
Remember, in order to avoid injury, never check the coolant when the vehicle is hot. Most new cars have a “coolant reservoir” that allows you to check the levels without opening the radiator cap; it should be closer to the Low mark when cold and closer to the High mark when hot. If the level is low and fluid needs to be added, use the correct coolant concentration as recommended by the manufacturer. In order to maintain the correct PH balance of the coolant, the entire coolant should be changed out a minimum of once every two years. Doing this will ensure the integrity of the gasket materials and prevent the premature failure of many components. Dorn’s Auto Service has the equipment and training to fully understand and repair your vehicle.
Windshield Washer Fluid
Make sure and only use windshield washer fluid as it contains anti-freeze and anti-corrosion ingredients. If you use water, your reservoir will freeze and possibly crack during the winter season.
Brake Fluid
You want to stop, right? It is a good practice to bleed your brakes at least once a year as moisture tends to get trapped in the brake caliper and will eventually lead to caliper replacement.
At Dorn’s, our Auto Service Center can handle just about everything from alignments and, transmission repair to full engine repair and replacement. We can keep your vehicle on the road longer and less expensive than anyone else in the local market. Find out why our clients and commercial fleet accounts are so loyal to our Auto Service Center.

Built on the loyalty of an ever-growing list of satisfied customers, we give you the same top quality of expertise found at a dealership, but provide a much better value on a personal level. Our cost effective auto repair services are backed by a 2 year/24,000 mile warranty and friendly, convenient customer support.

If your car has been involved in an accident – or if you just don’t like the strange sound that’s coming from under the hood – make sure you stop by our auto body and repair shop today. Our licensed auto repair experts specialize in all aspects of car maintenance and repair, including:


Other Services We Offer
Computerized diagnostics
Wheel alignment
Collision repair
Color matching
Custom paint jobs
Emission testing
We also will get your vehicle in tip–top shape for your state inspection, or make the necessary adjustments needed quickly and easily if you’ve failed inspection. You can feel secure bringing your car, truck or van to our shop – foreign, domestic, rare and antique makes and models are always welcome.

Why Choose Us

  • Foreign and Domestic Auto Repair
  • Certified Expert Technicians
  • Free Estimates
  • Hertz On Site Car Rental
  • State of the Art Welding Technology
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Towing Service Available 24/7
  • 3D, Computerized Frame & Structural Repair
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • All Work is Guaranteed

Dorn’s has been Richmond’s premiere auto body shop for over 50 years.

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