Our Story

Your Baird Automotive TeamOn August 3, 1992, Baird Automotive opened its doors. Over the years our business has grown thanks to our many loyal customers. As automotive technologies evolved and improved, we have done the same. But, from the day we opened, one thing has not changed – our dedication to our customers!

Baird Automotive has been featured in Washington Consumers' CHECKBOOK Magazine numerous times: first in 1997, then in 2001, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2013 and most recently in 2015; receiving Double Check Marks for both price and quality and high overall scores for Northern Virginia. We have also been featured in Washingtonian Magazine several times, most recently in the May 2012 edition. We are also an Angie’s List Super Service Award winner for years 2008, 2009 and 2010. 

Our Team

Baird Automotive employees have over 100 years of combined experience…

Joey Baird - 40 years' experience

As far back as he can remember Joey had a passion for anything with a motor. When he was 15, Joey and his parents built his first car; a 1955 Chevy. The car was entered in the World of Wheels International Car Show, and took second place in its division.

Graduating top of his class in automotive training, Joey received a scholarship to Lincoln Technical Institute. Throughout the years, Joey attended additional training courses and sought numerous certifications, including GM Training School and Advanced Level Emission Diagnosis. Joey is a certified ASE Master Technician and continues to attend classes annually to update his training for all manufacturers.

Over the years, Joey’s love for cars & passion to serve the community turned into a successful business. Joey has been in the automotive service business for nearly all of his life and still loves what he does.

Joey is an Arlington native and an avid triathlete and off road adventure racer. 

Carlton Powell - 24 years' experience

Carlton has worked for several different shops in the Northern Virginia and has been with Baird Automotive since 1997.

Daniel (Jesse) Smith - 27 years' experience    

Jesse’s experience includes teaching auto mechanics & working for various local shops. Jesse has been with Baird Automotive since 2004.  He is a certified ASE Master Technician and attends ongoing technical training seminars.

Fred Swainson - 33 years' experience

Fred has been involved in various aspects of the automotive world most of his life. He started in the automotive sales business and then ran his own rental car business. Yet with all his years of experience Fred loves repairing cars the most. Fred started with Baird Automotive in 2007.
Better Business Bureau

Arlington Chamber of Commerce


I believe in treating everyone the way that I would want to be treated. I feel that educating our customers about the proper maintenance of their vehicles minimizes the cost of repairs now and in the future.  I give folks professional, trustworthy and confident service that allows them to make their driving days worry-free.