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Celebrating 100 Years | Pohanka Volkswagen


What makes the Pohanka family of dealerships so unique? We’ve been in the automotive industry for 100 years! It all began as a single dealership in Washington DC, and has now grown to numerous dealerships throughout Virginia, Maryland, and Texas. As one of the oldest dealerships in the nation, Pohanka knows how to provide top-notch service for each and every customer.


Frank S. Pohanka was born in New York City and actually began his working career as stable boy in Long Island. Moving up to become a successful jockey, he traveled across North America for many years before he decided it was time to change jobs.

In addition to horses, Frank Pohanka also had an interest in mechanics. He put this interest to action by spending hours in the New York City library reading everything he could about automobiles. This led to a position as a service representative for General Motors. The next step in his journey was a move to Washington DC where he worked at a factory-owned Chevrolet dealership. It was here that Frank decided to open his own dealership in 1919, combining his passion for automotive service and repairs along with vehicle sales. It should come as no surprise that he named his original company “Pohanka Service,” highlighting his experience for vehicle repairs and maintenance. He even converted a Civil War-era stable into a repair shop.


When Frank passed away in 1958, his son John Pohanka took over the family business and helped it expand with new locations throughout the area. Now Pohanka dealerships include Honda, Acura, Lexus, Hyundai, Nissan, Chevrolet, Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota. John also found time to serve as president of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) along with being a founder and chairman of the National Automobile Technicians Education Foundation. He currently serves as the chairman for the Pohanka Automotive Group.


We are honored to have received numerous dealership awards, proving that the legacy Frank Pohanka began still lives strong. A few of these accolades include Time Magazine National Quality Dealer Award, Sports Illustrated AIADA All-Star Dealer Award for outstanding customer service, and the Distinguished Service Citation Award from the Automotive Hall of Fame. Our goal is to continue to grow while providing above-and-beyond customer care.

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