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August 31, 2016

Chantilly auto repair shop expanding to Warrenton

Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Advanced Automotive Inc. paid $1.67 million for this building, constructed on 2.7 acres in 2008.
Advanced Automotive Inc.
• What: Proposed auto repair and towing business.

• Where: 2.375 acres at 655 Industrial Road, Warrenton.

• Background: 28-year-old, family-owned business in Chantilly.

• Application: Special use permit to operate on industrially-owned property.

• Building: 9,212 square feet; former construction equipment rental facility and shotgun manufacturing business.

• Property owner: Advanced Automotive Inc., Donnie Scott.

• Next: The town planning commission will review the application on Tuesday, Sept. 20, and make a recommendation, to the town council, which has the final say.
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Staff Journalist
A family-owned automotive repair business in Chantilly plans expansion to Warrenton.

Advanced Automotive Inc. owner Donnie Scott recently submitted an application for a special use permit to operate a shop at 655 Industrial Road, across James Madison Highway from Walmart.

A 28-year-old business, Advanced Automotive specializes in repairs and towing.

Mr. Scott seeks to open his second shop in the 9,212-square-foot building that a shotgun manufacturer recently had rented. The 2.73-acre property lies in an industrial park.

Mr. Scott two weeks ago purchased the Warrenton property for $1.67 million from United Rentals Inc., a construction equipment rental business. United constructed the building but closed soon after it opened in 2008, as the Great Recession began.

Mr. Scott plans to invest $830,000 to equip and remodel the one-story steel building, which has eight garage bays, he said Wednesday.

Other than new signs, the exterior will require no modification, according to the zoning application.

Mr. Scott said he wants to expand the business closer to his home near Warrenton because of the challenging commute on Interstate 66.

“I love Fauquier; that’s why I wanted a business there,” Mr. Scott said. “The opportunity for the building came up. It’s a beautiful building, in a good location.”

He sees great opportunity in Warrenton and already has Fauquier customers at his Chantilly shop.

“Me doing something in Fauquier is not trying to undermine another shop,” Mr. Scott said. “I’ll have an established customer base in Fauquier.”

The town council must approve a special use permit before Mr. Scott can open his business.

He plans to hire about eight employees. The Chantilly shop has 32.

“My plan is a professional, clean repair place in Warrenton,” Mr. Scott said. “I want to give people a good bargain for their dollar.”

The planning commission will consider application on Tuesday, Sept. 20, and make a recommendation to the council.

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BJ · September 1, 2016 at 2:03 pm
New game coming to town....we are willing to give it a try.
martinkus · September 1, 2016 at 12:13 pm
Let the "free market" dictate whether the proposed auto repair shop will succeed or not, providing that Town Council approves the project.
iancopenhaver · September 1, 2016 at 10:45 am
Finally, a reputable, clean shop that doesn't rip people off.. Or sell used cars to get people in the door.

Seems like after 28 years in Chantilly, they probably have it down to a science to be able to provide good service and still have cheap prices.

Lately, it seems like you either have to go to the dealership and get ripped off or go one of these small shops and bring it back 3 or 4 times before the problem is fixed.

Do we know when this shop will open?
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