In 1987, Jason Yates purchased the Yates Automotive station at 317 E. Braddock Street in Alexandria from his father, John. In 1997, Jason opened the second location in Kingstowne and Yates Express Lube was born. Along with a Sunoco Gas Station and convenience store, which is open 24 hours, Yates Express Lube and auto repair has been taking care of the people of Alexandria ever since.
For the past 25 years, Jason has worked very hard to not only continue, but improve, the business he grew up in. Jason’s constant belief in superior customer service combined with the best in quality auto repair over the years has put Yates Automotive in the top ranks of automotive repair in Northern Virginia, servicing all makes and model vehicles. Jason has continuously invests in the best equipment and finding and keeping the best people to take care of our great customers. He has consistenly been very involved in the local community, from car wash fundraisers to sponsorship of many local neighborhood events.
You can always tell it’s a Yates station by how wonderful the landscaping and holiday decorations are. Even if you don’t see Jason when you visit, you can be assured he is working in the background on a daily basis and striving to make us all a little bit better.
About Jason Yates the Owner
Jason Yates, youngest of 5 sons of John and Lena Yates, spent his whole life growing up around the family business with his parents and brothers. He has always been interested in go-carts, cars and motorcycles; basically anything with an engine on it! As a child, Jason would ride with his father to the station on a daily basis where he worked every summer and after school as he got older.
Between the service stations, auto parts stores and taxicabs his father owned, Jason was always busy. While he was in high school, he moved around to work in different locations, including the hardware store that was located on the corner of Commonwealth and Monroe Avenues. Having the entire family involved in the business exposed him to so many different things and it proved to be a fantastic childhood. As Jason contemplated college, he realized how much he enjoyed the family business and wanted to continue working there with his father.
By 1980, Jason returned to the present Braddock Road location where he has been for the past 36 years building the business with his wife, Loren who handles the accounting office. Their son, Jason, Jr., a graduate of the University of Virginia, is also working in the family business both behind the scenes and in the stores working with customers.