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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 2017 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

 The Work


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INDEPENDENT was founded in 2011 by Dean Kruuse.

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.

Six years later, INDEPENDENT has evolved from a simple vision into a thriving business. In that time, the staff has more than doubled and another location was acquired to meet the needs of the booming base. Everyday the team is thrilled to learn word of their work has spread up and down the East Coast.

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.  



The Work

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Find Us

We have split the work between the two shops based on vehicle model and age.

All 2003-on Range Rovers, 2005-on LR3/LR4s, and LR2s are serviced at our original, Chevy Chase location.

301.656.5651   4972 Bradley Blvd, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Repairs to Series, Defenders, Discovery I-IIs, and 1970-2002 Range Rovers, in addition to, restoration work and accessory installation on all Land Rovers takes place at our Special Projects Shop in Bethesda. 

301.656.2106   5200 River Road BLDG A, Bethesda, MD 20816

We are excited to work with you.