Servicing BMW, Audi, & Mercedes-Benz

All Service, No Nonsense

We have always felt that Servicing your BMW, Audi, or Mercedes-Benz shouldn’t be a complicated or complex matter.  You shouldn’t have to go through a long check-in process and fork over $150 before anyone figures out your gas cap is loose.  It should be simple.  Independent Motorcars is different than most service centers and dealers in San Diego for a number of reasons.

We Check before we Charge. If you’re low on air, a bulb is out, or there’s some noise that seems off? No big deal. It takes 5 minutes for us to take a look.  We aren’t charging for 5 minutes, and we certainly aren’t going to charge $150 to plug in and see why your Check Engine light is on. Unless your problem requires hours of diagnostics and dissecting wiring diagrams, there is no charge.  We feel that you need to know what’s going on as soon as possible and don’t feel the need to ransom that information.

We are not a ‘Dealer Alternative’ We are what ‘service’ should be.

BMW 100%
Audi 100%
Mercedes-Benz 100%
Restorations 100%
Service that Makes Sense 100%
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FULL SERVICE FACILITY

Independent Motorcars is a full service facility for your BMW, Audi, and Mercedes Benz automobiles.

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HAPPY CUSTOMERS

“They give personalized service. With a growing family, we need our cars to be reliable without killing our wallet.  They make it happen.”

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METICULOUS CARE

Maintaining vehicles to the highest level to promote reliability. Planning ahead to avoid costly break-downs.

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Happy Customers
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Cars Serviced
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Specialized Tools/Software
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ESTIMATED OVER OUR COMBINED 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE 

All Service, No Nonsense

Our Service Makes Sense

We Explain It — in English. We want you to understand what is going on with your car instead of listening to us talk through you with words that only make sense to us. When explaining any issue to our customers, we describe the problem as we would to our parents, and with language that actually resembles English. We feel it is important that you know about your car and become familiar with it. You might not remember all the details of what you’ve learned, but you will at least understand what the issue is.

No Nonsense Means No Hassle. Many dealers and service facilities require appointments that don’t fit your schedule or are weeks away while your brakes continue to squeal. Independent Motorcars works with your schedule. We understand today’s time crunch. Whether you’re a traveling professional or a retired volunteer with a packed calendar, we make it work. If you need to get picked up, your car needs to get picked up, or a rental is needed, we take care of it for you. Our service is not just what we can do to for your car — it’s what we can do for you.

We’re Honest. The most misused claim in the history of automotive repair. We don’t sell you things you don’t need; we prioritize the items you do. We don’t throw lines of BS if we aren’t sure; we find out. We tell it like it is. We tell you when you’re being mean to your car and tell you when you’re doing a great job. We’ll also tell you when you should just get rid of it instead of throwing good money at it.

Honesty isn’t a policy for us — it’s the primary reason we exist.

Bring It In, Anytime. As long as we’re open, we can help you. You will not have to call or get permission or worry about a thing. If your wiper blades are skipping across your windshield, a brake light is out, or Check Engine light is on, just bring it by. You need an oil change and you’re leaving for a 500-mile trip in two hours? Just swing by. It’s not a big deal.

BMW Service

The staff at Independent Motorcars has been maintaining BMWs for a combined 25 years.  Our knowledge of BMW automobiles is highly regarded at a national level, and we have assisted many other shops with unusual problems throughout the years. We have developed a sound and affordable program for every BMW in production to allow for a cost-effective plan for your car with affordable rates that drastically cut down unexpected repairs.

Audi

Once you’ve acquired your new or used Audi, Independent Motorcars can drastically reduce your maintenance costs. Factory training and quality parts are essential to the longevity of every Audi on the road. While your new or used Audi is under warranty, it will still need service and maintenance that may not be covered, which we provide at a fraction of the cost of going to the dealer. While your vehicle is being serviced, or at different mileage intervals, we also inspect all items covered under warranty and bring any issues to your attention.  Managing your investment and as maximizing your warranty is of utmost importance to the longevity of your Audi.

Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz service used to be as simple as A, B and C, but things have changed over the years for your Star Car. The current service requirements are now overly complicated and overly expensive. It used to be that the entire car would be checked while in for an oil change at no additional cost. Now many places and dealers are charging for this as well as over complicating what is needed at different mileage intervals. We simplify it. While your new Mercedes-Benz is under warranty, the non-covered service can be quite expensive when visiting dealers in San Diego County. Items not covered under your factory warranty are much simpler and cost-effective at Independent Motorcars — for you and your car.
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Testimonials

Independent Motorcars

Meet the Team

Chris Keefer

Chris Keefer

Chris has been a leading technician in the San Diego BMW community for the last 13 years.

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Jay Prezpadlo

Jay Prezpadlo

Jay has an extensive knowledge of BMW cars and has been factory trained in VW and Audi automobiles during his career.

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Erik Storer

Erik Storer

Erik is our resident customer service advocate, in shop assistant, code enforcer, neat freak, and comedian.

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Brandi Roenick

Brandi Roenick

Brandi keeps us all in line.  Chances are she has updated you about the shop via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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Restorations

Acquiring your Dream Car starts long before you get the pink slip.  We start with your goals instead of enabling what might be a bad idea.  The staff at Independent Motorcars has produced many award winning restorations throughout the years. More importantly, we have produced several restorations that simply bring joy to their owners and preserve their wonderful cars for years to come. Our focus is on producing a high level restoration with great attention to detail with a zero tolerance approach to sloppy work. Our restorations typically feature moderate modern-day upgrades that present well and increase performance and driveability.

1974 BMW 3.0 CSi

1974 BMW 3.0 CSi

BMW 2002 Tii

BMW 2002 Tii

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