About Benchmark Motors | Columbia, MD Mercedes

Serving Howard, Carroll, Montgomery, and Anne Arundel Counties

Benchmark, the standard to which

all others are measured or judged.

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Danny Grant (owner)

He has a passion for machines that started at a very young age with his first go-kart and mini dirt bike at 10 years old. Later on, Danny started working at a Mustang restoration shop where he tuned his mechanical skills.


When work slowed he decided maybe a career change was in order so he thought computers and electronics were the way of the future. He started to study electronics and computer science.


While Danny was in school he worked as a computer repair technician. One of Danny’s side duties while he was working for the computer company was to maintain the companies' cars, which included two Mercedes-Benz. If Danny needed parts or special tools for these cars, he found Benchmark Motors to be an invaluable resource.

After making a few trips to Benchmark Motors in its infancy, he realized that newer cars have everything he has ever wanted in a life-long career: computers, electronics, and mechanical parts. This was the perfect combination.


At that time Benchmark Motors only serviced BMW and Mercedes-Benz. In 1993, Danny gained employment at Benchmark Motors, and from there eventually went on to purchase the business from the previous owner.


Since then, Benchmark Motors has expanded multiple times, adding more shop space and a new waiting room. Benchmark Motors also opened its doors to most other foreign and domestic automobiles and became an authorized Bosch service center.


Benchmark Motors is the only independent repair facility in the area that has factory-level repair and scan tools for Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche and Volvo.


Mike (detail technician)

Mike is a skilled detail technician. His attention to detail is sure to bring your car back to the best finish possible. He also has a passion for old school hip hop and BMX bikes.


Stuart (senior technician)

Stuart, the senior technician, has a great deal of knowledge regarding older Mercedes-Benz automobiles, along with an impressive number of years of experience with BMW automobiles.


Yanni (BMW specialist)

Yanni is the resident BMW specialist at Benchmark Motors. He has spent many years at the dealer level, repairing and maintaining everything from the classic E30 3-Series, all the way up to the most current F01/02 7-Series. Yanni knows his BMW’s and we’re happy to have him aboard to serve you.


John (mechanic)

John has 10 years of experience with a myriad of different vehicles, along with specialized factory training on all models of Honda and Acura automobiles.


Carmen Witherspoon (inspector - tech)

DJ Mills (tech)

Gary Chalk (tech)

Greg Restivo (service manager)

Danny Grant (service advisor)

About Our Skilled and Attentive Staff

Meet the staff at Benchmark Motors in Columbia, MD, featuring technicians who are  dedicated to providing top quality service and guaranteeing your satisfaction. That staff is passionate about its work and committed to serving you. Call Benchmark Motors today at 410-730-0990 to make an appointment.

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