About Vandorn Auto Repair

A & L Automotive has been providing quality car care in Alexandria, Virginia, since 1997. We are a family-owned business delivering honest and professional automotive repair and auto maintenance services to the people of Alexandria and surrounding areas. The quality ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified technicians at A & L Automotive employ today’s latest automotive technology and are equipped to handle all major and minor repairs on foreign and domestic vehicles.

A & L Automotive is a certified NAPA AutoCare Center; we are able to provide the benefits of an established national entity while maintaining the personal touch of a family-owned business. We understand that your vehicle is a major investment, and that is why we care for each customer’s vehicle as if it were our own.

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Come by and visit our clean and professional shop in Alexandria, Virginia.

About NAPA AutoCare


As a NAPA AutoCare Center, we follow a strict code of ethics so customers will know up-front what to expect. As part of this code, we pledge:

To perform high-quality diagnostic and repair service at a fair price using quality NAPA parts. To employ ASE-certified technicians. To be dedicated to customer satisfaction. To exercise reasonable care for the customer’s property while it is in our possession. To obtain prior authorization and provide a price estimate for work performed. To provide a system for fair settlement of customer complaints should they occur. To maintain the highest standards of our profession. To uphold the integrity of all members of the NAPA AutoCare Program. Our National NAPA AutoCare Warranty We currently offer the NAPA AutoCare Peace of Mind Warranty, which provides our customers with 24 months/24,000 miles of worry-free protection on qualifying parts and labor. Wherever you may travel, our warranty is honored at more than 14,000 NAPA AutoCare locations across the country.

Top Services

  • Air Conditioning Recharge
  • Alternator Replacement
  • Brake Pad and Rotor Replacement
  • Catalytic Converter Replacement
  • Scheduled Maintenance Service
  • Timing Chain Replacement
  • Transmission Fluid Services
  • Transmission Repair
  • Turbocharger Replacement
  • Water Pump Replacement

Top Vehicles Serviced


  • 12 mth/12K mi. warranty (whichever comes first) for parts & labor*

Services Offered

  • Air conditioning diagnosis
  • Air conditioning recharge
  • HVAC blower motor
  • Brake master cylinder
  • Brake pad replacement
  • Brake rotor Replacement
  • Brake shoe replacement
  • Radiator replacement
  • Brake system diagnosis
  • Check engine light diagnosis
  • Diagnose my vehicle
  • Electrical system diagnosis
  • Catalytic Converter replacement
  • Oxygen sensor replacement
  • Engine mount replacement
  • Timing Chain replacement
  • Turbocharger replacement
  • Water Pump replacement
  • Exhaust replacement
  • Muffler replacement
  • Fuel pump replacement
  • Fuel system repairs
  • Hybrid battery replacement
  • Hybrid inverter assembly
  • Ignition system diagnosis
  • Coolant system flush
  • Drive belt replacement
  • Engine oil and filter change
  • Minor/external transmission service
  • Serpentine / drive belt
  • Spark plug replacement
  • Timing belt replacement
  • Tire rotation
  • Alternator replacement
  • Battery replacement
  • Starter replacement
  • Suspension ball joint
  • Wheel alignment
  • Tire replacement
  • Axle shaft oil seal replacement
  • Transmission diagnosis
  • Transmission repair
  • Valve body service

Vehicles Serviced

  • Toyota


    • Early drop off
    • Shuttle service
    • Free wifi
    • State inspection
    • Wait on site
2006 Chevrolet Malibu
"Van Dorn Auto Repair saved the day when my check engine light came on during a long road trip from NC to VA. Diagnostic code showed that thermostat was dead and needed to be replaced. Saw that VDAR was near my condo. Only a short drive/uber/bus trip away, very convenient. Dropped my car off one evening and it was ready the following afternoon. They replaced my thermostat and topped off my antifreeze. Now my car is back in order for the next road trip. Thank you VDAR for the amazing customer service and quick turnaround! I will return."
2015 Nissan Altima
"First time getting my vehicle serviced through Lyft very professional and courteous A L was professional the price was reasonable even though they sent me around the to Van dorm because they was having a inspection they too was professional thanks Lyft for the quality service I've received."
2015 Honda Civic
"Great experience! They knew what they were doing and have fair prices!"
2012 Mazda 3
"Parts and service costs was as prescribed in the original estimate, changes. They kept me informed of the progress and expectation of completion. No issues with the service. I do plan to use them again for further service. I did bring up another issue with the tires which they inspected for leaks. They didn't charge me for the extra service."
2011 INFINITI G Sedan
2010 Toyota Camry
"Great service in and out. Paid the price I was quoted no tricks."
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
2011 Toyota Prius
2010 Ford Escape
"A & L Automotive is the best and the most honest automotive shop in the DMV. I found a gold mine when I found A& L Automotive. Look folks don't waste your time with other shops, take you car to A & L Automotive."
2002 Nissan Frontier
"Recently took my car to A&L to get my fluids changed and replace my drive belt. Mr. S let me know what was going on every step of the way. When he found something we hadn't talked about, he called with an update and a recommendation, which I followed because I trust him. He knows cars, provides great customer service, and he's reasonably priced, too. So glad I decided to stay with the shop after he bought it from the previous owner. Thanks, Mr. S!"
"I went into A&L Automotive because my vehicle was making a mysterious rattling noise under the driver's seat. A&L diligently went through the process of elimination and discovered the problem - it was my driver's seat and not the exhaust system or brakes. Further, they changed my oil filter and cabin. I thought these were already changed at a previous oil change but it was not. As soon as I drove the car, I noticed better performance immediately. Mr. Sachindra Desaram and crew were very professional, kind, and displayed expertise in their profession. I am very grateful for their consultation and service. My car runs better than new. This is a trustworthy business providing excellent quality. Please visit! Thank you! (I wrote this review on Yelp as well because they deserve the recognition)."
"I was just serviced by Sachindra and I am now a customer for life! I am a young female and he treated me with respect and really went above and beyond to take care of me. He actually called a dealership to get something done on my car for free and set up the appointment and explained my cars issues. As someone who knows nothing about cars and is always intimidated by pushy mechanics, I was blown away by his customer service. I will be recommending this place to everyone I know and thank you!"
"I started using A & L 15 years ago as the then owner was friends with my grandfather. They did great then and Mr. Desaram is continuing that legacy. He provided a thorough inspection of my car and a timely estimate. The shop was very communicative and kept me in the loop. Would highly recommend."
"Great service. 10/10 would recommend"


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