DC-area car guru Pat Goss dies

A familiar face to many car enthusiasts and TV viewers has died.

Pat Goss hosted the “Goss’ Garage” segment on the show MotorWeek for 41 seasons — beginning with the show’s very first episode.

His death was announced on MotorWeek’s Facebook page on Saturday.



Goss served as the resident master technician on the show, which airs on Maryland Public Television.

“I think what made Pat really resonate with viewers and consumers was his ability to explain what was going on with your car and that was what we loved about him on the show,” MotorWeek creator and host John Davis told WTOP.

“We didn’t necessarily ask him to show us how to fix cars, but to inform the viewers of what the problems are, what to be looking for, and how to communicate those to the technician that they’ve asked to repair it.”

Davis said Goss was in his 70s and had experienced a bad reaction to some medication.

Goss was also heard across the D.C. area’s radio dial for decades, including on Talk Radio 3WT.

The car technician also owned Goss’ Garage, a car repair shop located in Lanham, Maryland, for over 20 years. Earlier this year, Goss announced the garage was moving to a new location on Hudson Street in Annapolis.

He also opened a second repair shop, Goss’ Garage II, in Gambrills

Goss also discussed “21st century car care” on his YouTube channel.

WTOP’s Matt Small contributed to this report.

John Aaron

John Aaron is a news anchor and reporter for WTOP. After starting his professional broadcast career as an anchor and reporter for WGET and WGTY in Gettysburg, PA, he went on to spend several years in the world of sports media, working for Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network Radio, and WTOP sports.

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