We are an independent Land Rover only shop equipped to handle everything from a routine oil change to a full restoration. Our team is comprised of top tier, factory-trained technicians. Our success lies in our pure adoration for these vehicles and in the integrity of our work.
Both shops are conveniently located near downtown Bethesda, Maryland. We service gasoline and diesel powered Land Rovers from the original, 1948 Series I to the latest 2018 Range Rover Velar.
- Professional and Friendly Staff
- Scheduled Maintenance
- Land Rover Specific Diagnostic Equipment
- Extended Warranties Accepted
- Better-than-Dealer Warranty - 2 Years Labor, 1 Year Parts
- Genuine and Aftermarket Part Options
- Pre-Purchase Inspections for Prospective Land Rover Owners
- BG Chemical Services
- Authorized Waxoyl Application Center
INDEPENDENT opened its doors in 2011.
Dean Kruuse, Principal
Dean's devotion to Land Rovers began in childhood while growing up in South Africa where he regularly saw these vehicles used in a utilitarian capacity. On a family trip to the shore, he spent hours watching with reverence as Land Rovers were used to tow fishing boats in and out of the water. Those early impressions manifested into an opportunity when he was chosen to compete in the 2002 Land Rover TReK and 2008 Land Rover G4 Challenge events. Dean's trained athleticism and mechanical skills proved advantageous in the events, which left Dean with an invaluable skill set and deeper appreciation for the Land Rover brand.
In 2010, after years on the West Coast working with Land Rovers, Dean and his wife (a Washington native) relocated to the D.C. area to raise their family. Dean began to think back on the utilitarian trucks of his youth and the countless adventures he had embarked on behind the wheel of a Land Rover. He wanted to create a small shop that would inspire others and offer transparency along the way. Competing with dealerships for talent and customers were obvious caveats to his concept, but Dean believed that in order to attract the caliber of excellence he required, he would need to assemble a crew of similarly impassioned peers. It was the work, Dean knew, that would draw the right people to INDEPENDENT.
Benjamin Boerum, Design Director
Ben joined INDEPENDENT in 2011 to assist in establishing the INDEPENDENT brand.
His love of Land Rovers was ignited in the early 90’s digging through issues of CAR magazine. Ben idolized these attractive machines regarding them as the pinnacle of capability, strength, and design. They instilled a sense of adventure - the idea of seeing and learning something new. After years of working as a museum consultant in New York City and contributing to countless prominent projects for public and private collections nationwide. Ben has returned to D.C. (his hometown) to seize an incredible opportunity to fulfill an enduring ambition at INDEPENDENT.
Seven years later, INDEPENDENT has evolved from a simple vision into a thriving business. A lot has changed since the doors first opened, but at its core, INDEPENDENT remains a neighborhood shop, built on simple values, filled with people who love Land Rovers.
We have split the work between our two locations based on project type.
Repairs and service work on all Land Rovers, including the latest 2018 models, are scheduled by our River Road team: 5200 River Road BLDG 1, Bethesda, MD 20816
Restorations and custom builds are managed by our Chevy Chase team: 4972 Bradley Blvd, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Call 301.656.2106 to book an appointment. We are excited to work with you.
Also, we are hiring qualified technicians and want to hear from you! Please send your resumé to firstname.lastname@example.org.