About Franconia Gulf

Franconia Gulf is your one-stop, on-the-spot automotive service headquarters. We offer a complete line of full line automotive service, and a well-stocked convenience store, gasoline, propane and quality tires. We have serviced the Springfield, Alexandria, Rose Hill, and Kingstowne areas since 1950 under several gasoline brands. Throughout the years Franconia Gulf has provided the Springfield, Alexandria, Rose Hill, and Kingstowne, VA areas with the latest products and unprecedented service for everything needed for vehicle maintenance. We have very loyal and friendly customers that return, recommend their friends, and bring us new community members for vehicle servicing. Our customers, not the brand we represent, make Franconia Gulf what it is today.

Visit our online catalog for any tires you need, send us an email if you need questions answered, or stop in and visit us. Convey your needs to us, and we will do our best to satisfy them. We have picnic supplies including propane, ice, soft drinks and paper plates, along with quick needs for your kitchen pantry in our convenience store. We have a large inventory of scratch tickets and Virginia Lottery, along with postage stamps and limited medicinal supplies.

Take a look around our website, if you would like to see something that is not here, let us know. We want the site to be friendly to you. If you don't locate your needs, stop in and see us! We're conveniently located in Alexandria, VA., down the street from Edison High School on the opposite side of the street. From the latest and best in services required to keep your vehicle looking good and running great to tire technology, Franconia Gulf can get you back on the road quickly and at an affordable price. Stop by soon and see why so many people consider Franconia Gulf the one-stop shop for all their automotive service and tire needs.

At Franconia Gulf, our friendly and knowledgeable staff, quick and dependable service professionals, and affordable prices all come together to make driving a freshly serviced vehicle easy. Stop by and see us—you'll be glad you did.

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

  • Acura
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Jeep
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Nissan
  • Subaru
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen

Services Offered

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

Vehicles Serviced

  • Acura
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • FIAT
  • Ford
  • GMC
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Infiniti
  • Isuzu
  • Jaguar
  • Jeep
  • Kia
  • Land Rover
  • Lexus
  • Lincoln
  • MINI
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mercury
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Oldsmobile
  • Plymouth
  • Pontiac
  • Porsche
  • Ram
  • Saab
  • Saturn
  • Scion
  • Subaru
  • Suzuki
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo
  • smart


    • Early drop off
    • Shuttle service
    • Wait on site
2006 Acura MDX
"Upon arrival, the manager tells me he doesn't do appointments, but can fit me in. He wasn't fully aware of the program procedures. I took the day off to get this done and schedule an early appointment so I can avoid the afternoon traffic. However, my appointment wasn't honored, nor the time frame provided to me which was 5 hours. These are the factors in which I chose to patronize Franconia Gulf. Despite being there since 0900, it was after 5 before my vehicle was finished! The manager was expecting to get paid via the code before my vehicle was even finished. I should have gotten a huge discount for the lack of customer service and the lack of time importance. If you're not concerned with timing or value your appointment, this is the place for you. As for me, appointments are used to plan out my day. This was a one and done. There won't be any return business."

Response from the shop

"yes there was an oversight on the appointment however the car was taken right in. i also informed him that the job would take all day and it was done on time. yes i wanted the code so i could have the paper work done to save him time. this was a $1300.00 job done for $820.00 , he was very hard to deal with and we are not happy about his poor and unjust review. we went out of our way for him."

- Francesco Fareta

"I have been to all the mechanic shops up and down the Franconia area along with my honda dealership and jiffy lube. I've always looked for a good mechanic in the area and I found it with Franconia Gulf. They are honest and great prices. The people that work there are very nice. I did a price check on what they fixed and it was an Excellent price. The mechanic knew what he was talking about. I got a ride back to my home so I didn't have to wait there. I will be bring back my car and my wife's there for sure. I will recommend to others who are looking for a car mechanic."
"Be aware!!! Ripped off!!! Uncultured and Rude people!!! I went there with possible battery issue of my Prius 2008. I was told over the phone that the battery diagnose charge is $35. I left my car Saturday around 2pm. I was told that the Hybrid machanic was unavailable so only Monday they will be able to follow up. But no one called me so far. Anyway I called them back on Tuesday and found out that they ran a thorough diagnostic and the cost is now 99 dollar???. I went to that place to get my car and saw the diag report. It says that the transmission, electeic system, battery, etc are bad. It says all my dashboard lights are on and the repair price will be around 12,000 dollar!!! From my experience I immediately knew that the battery is down and that's why all dashboard lights were on. Wasn't it the battery I went there for at the first place? I had a reason to beleive that no diagnosed was done. Because at first they said thier hybrid tech was not there but they claimed that they called me on same day to tell me about my car problem. I think they tried to start the car and saw all the lights on and came up to conclusion that everything was wrong with my car. Funny thing was, as soon as I jump started my car with my portable power, the Car was on and all error lights were gone. So I asked the guy inside about my concern. I also mentioned about the pirce hike. He did not like it and started arguing with me. There was another lady employee started calling me Mean. At one point the guy used F word fornt of my child. I have no complain on RAY, who was not there. He seems to be very gentleman. It's the employees who were the culprit. Questin to Mr. Ray, no matter what, can your employee say F word? Dont Caustomers have any rights to express their concer? I will post this on facebook and discourage all my friends and family to avoid this place. Response to Owner: You guys are the one told me $35 dollar to check the 12 v battery only. Not me! You should have told me before you do the full diagnose for extra money. Besides, I am positive that no diagnose was done! As a custmer when I confronted you, out of nowhere that lady started calling me MEAN. Who started it? I was leaving... you came out of the store and said F word in front of my 9 years old child. I will NEVER forgive you."
"Best repair service around and the cheapest too. Ray will tell you everything about the ride and not give you the B.S. markup etc"
"The people at Franconia Gulf have provided amazingly good service to me and my wife for the past 5 years. Inspections, oil changes, brake service, bumper repaired , replaced oil pump, repaired power window, and replaced tires. They have done numerous other repairs that had to be done immediately. Without exception they have helped us on short notice and everything has always been done professionally and correctly. All of the personnel have been a joy to work with from the owners down to everyone in the shop. Their quick and dedicated service has saved me untold time and undoubtedly a significant amount of money. They have made many repairs that would have cost a lot more and taken a lot longer in other shops. Owners and staff are professional and personable. It is a pleasure to do business here. We recommend this business to people everyday. Everyone who has taken our advise and done business here have come back to thank us."
"Worse place to do the inspection. Drove my car from parking lot (never had that done before), changed the seat position, and find a minor issue to fail you."


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