We are located in San Diego CA, in the heart of Miramar.

No Nonsense Means No Hassle

Providing a cost effective future for you and your car. The Independent Motorcars team has served San Diego for a combined 25 years



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.


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


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


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

Happy Customers

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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.


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.


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 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.


“The level of service at Independent Motorcars is fantastic. We’ve got a busy schedule and a lot going on with the kids. They take the time to fix what’s wrong and let us know what to expect moving forward. It makes it simple and our Audi stays reliable.”

John and Siobhan S.

“I come to Independent Motorcars for the honest, dependable and timely service they provide. I have been coming to Chris and his crew for over 10 years, there’s no one else I trust!”

Tom L.

“I trust Independent Motorcars for all of my service needs. Chris and his team have the skills and experience to take care of my cherished cars with unparalleled commitment to excellence.”

Rick B.

“I take my X5 everywhere, and I take my dogs everywhere! These guys have helped me for years, and it’s not just the service stuff. From buying the right car and figuring out which warranty, if any, is the best one for me to get. It’s relaxing to know that I have them; one less thing . . . “

Rachel K.

“We got referred to Chris and his team awhile back and it’s been easy since. They have a clean shop, a great waiting area, and we have a better understanding of our car. It’s Perfect.”

Mike and Philip C.

“My car is pretty much my baby. Coming here was so much different than going to the dealer or other shops. They show me what’s wrong and actually explain it in a way that I can understand. They take the time instead of rushing through a bunch of technical terms. I cannot recommend these guys enough”

Carey A.

“I don’t deal with BS or nonsense. Chris and his Team always find the problem, get it fixed, and back to me on time or before it was promised. It’s the way of doing business here, and I can depend on it”

John Q. – Lt. Col, US Army (Retired)

“When I acquired my BMW through an associate of mine, I was impressed by the condition of the 10+ year old beautifully maintained vehicle. The sale came with a recommendation to see Chris. Since then I’ve built a solid relationship for the past 3 years and can’t go anywhere else for such passionate and personalized care.”

Wil C.

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

Brad and Sarah V.




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

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

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We are located in San Diego CA, in the heart of Miramar.

Independent Motorcars

9220 Mira Este Ct
San Diego CA 92126