About Us

Coho’s car repair meets & exceeds our customer’s expectations by providing:

To deliver the highest value to our customers, and by repairing their vehicles correctly the first time. The strength of our customers’ satisfaction derives from consistently producing exceptional car repair work.

Superior Service:
To exceed customer expectations in quality, service, and technical competence during and after each and every visit. By educating our customers on why we’re doing what we’re doing, we realize that a knowledgeable customer is our greatest asset.

Honest Work:
To establish a relationship that is built on honesty, integrity and trust. Our long-term strategies and short-term actions are based around ethical integrity and, ultimately, earning the trust of our customers.

CoHo Automotive Repair, Manassas, VA

Our Car Repair Team

Chris Coulter is the owner of Coho Auto, an automotive repair shop in Manassas VA

Chris Coulter

Chris Coulter started working in the automotive industry as a general service repair technician while in college. After graduating from Longwood University in Farmville, VA with a degree in economics and business management, Chris worked as a management trainee for Merchants Tire and Auto Center. Chris had a knack for management and within eight years he was managing six stores. In 1998, Chris was hired as the general manager of Curry’s Auto Service. Two years later, he became part owner and Vice President of Operations. In this capacity, he helped grow the business from one small shop in Chantilly, VA into six locations throughout Northern Virginia with over $12 million dollars in revenue. Most recently, Chris served as an independent consultant to a number of high-performance specialty shops in Virginia and in 2012, he co-founded Coho Automotive with Dan Howell.

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Dan Howell, owner and mechanic of automotive repair shop Coho

Dan Howell

Dan Howell started working as an auto technician in 1988 and for the next 13 years, honed his skills by working at some of the area’s top BMW, Nissan, Lexus, Acura and Audi dealerships. In this capacity, Dan became a factory-trained elite tech for each of these manufacturers and eventually became a Virginia safety inspector. In 2001, Curry’s Auto Service hired him and Dan soon became one of its top performance and European car specialists. He worked at the Dulles location before becoming the first foreman at Curry’s Gainesville shop. In 2012, he co-founded Coho Automotive with Chris Coulter.

Dan is active with a number of car clubs where he also serves as road course instructor. But his real passions are his wife Lynn, and their three kids Justin, Jonathon, and Irelyn. Dan also loves football as much as cars and coaches for the Gainesville Grizzlies youth football team.

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Coho auto mechanic Steve Pilkerton

Steve Pilkerton

Steve Pilkerton is a new Coho member. Steve graduated from George Mason University in 2004 and has been in the automotive business ever since. His background includes track preparation and fabrication in some of the area’s best performance shops. When not repairing and servicing cars at Coho Steve enjoys autocrossing his Honda Civic or Nissan 240SX. Steve also enjoys fishing, hiking as well as playing various instruments like guitar, bass and drums. We welcome Steve and his attention to detail.

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Coho Auto mechanic Eric Helmbach

Eric Helmbach

Eric hails from Chester, New Jersey and began working as a technician in 1983. He owned and operated an independent car repair shop for fourteen years before moving to Bristow, Virginia where he now lives with his wife and three sons. Eric is a certified Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) master technician as well as a Virginia State inspector.  During the spring and summer, you can find him racing his 1000cc BMW motorcycle on the weekends where he has won numerous championships.

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Looking for a mechanic in Manassas? Call John Rudolph.

John Rudolph

One of our most experienced employees, John began working as a tech in 1987. He spent almost 17 years at Merchant’s Tire and Auto and almost 11 years with Curry’s Auto before we hired in 2015. He is an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Tech, ASE L1 Auto Advanced Engine Performance Specialist, certified emissions mechanic and inspector, as well as a Virginia State inspector. John is a three-time SBRA Old Dominion Dragstrip (motorcycle) champion and lives in Manassas, Virginia with his wife of 30 years – they have two adult children and five grandchildren.

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Coho customer service representative Cody Noyes

Cody Noyes

Cody, who has lived in Virginia his entire life, is a new member of the Coho team.  Cody and his family have been customers and friends since our opening.  Cody comes to us with an extensive background in customer service from a vast array of industries.  When not working with Jim at our front counter Cody enjoys rock climbing, paintball and driving his Miata or Fiat around the race track.

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Coho mechanic Jim in Manassas, VA.

Jim Bastion

Jim is one of two Service Managers and was hired in 2014 after a distinguished 20-year career in the U.S. Army. His last deployment was in Iraq and Afghanistan where he spent seven years training their armies in vehicle maintenance management. Jim was born on Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois where his father was stationed, but now lives in Lake Ridge, Virginia with his wife – they have three daughters, one son and one grandson. He values spending his free time hunting and fishing and supporting his two daughters in cheerleading competitions.

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Trevor is a mechanic at Coho Auto in Manassas, VA.

Trevor Bell

Trevor began working in the automotive field in 1999. He is a graduate of Lincoln Technical Institute and worked at Curry’s Auto for about 12 years before we eventually hired him in 2015 as a General Service Technician. Trevor is also certified as a Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) heating, ventilation and air condition (HVAC) tech. He was born in Jamaica and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands, plays the bass guitar for a Reggae band called Colouring Lesson, and enjoys martial arts. He is married and lives in Clifton, Virginia.

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Jesse the mechanic in Manassas, VA.

Jesse Hupko

Jesse Hupko made his way back to Coho after a brief absence and now with even more experience. While away from Coho, Jesse worked at a European exclusive auto repair facility as well as a four wheel drive specialist. Jesse is a Mercedes Master Technician as well as a Virginia State Inspector. When Jesse is not at Coho, he is either spending time with his wife and daughter, volunteering at the local fire department or hiking and mountain biking.

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