Did you take in your car for an AIRBAG RECALL and go home with a huge list of repairs?
Watch This Video Before You Agree To Any Repairs Done On Your Vehicle.
Welcome to Charlie's Foreign Car - Encinitas California
We have been performing auto repair and maintenance on mainly German automobiles since 1978.

Vehicles and the technology they are equipped with have changed substantially since we opened our vehicle repair facility in 1978.  Here at Charlies we have stayed ahead of the curve by being proactive with tools and training.  Whether the tool required is a vehicle specific diagnostic computer or a general hand held tool we have the personnel and training to repair your vehicle.

Charlie’s Foreign Car Service specializes in auto repair of BMW, Mercedes, Volvo, Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen as well as Japanese automobiles such as Honda, Nissan, Toyota and Mitsubishi.  The list does not stop there!!  We also work on domestics Ford, Dodge, Chevy, GM and Chrysler.  Chances are if it has an engine, transmission and tires - we work on it.  We have a courteous staff that will help you with all of your auto repair and auto servicing questions.

Just give us a call any time 760-753-4969.  



01/19 - 01/23

Is your car ready for a road trip?  Watch this video to see if you need your

car inspected. 





01/19 - 01/23

It's a good idea to get your brakes checked every 10K miles or when you start to hear any unusual noise. 



Book Now


01/19 - 01/23

With every service we offer a FREE car wash.  Not only will your car perform better it will shine.



Book Now
27 Point Safety Inspection

Your Safety Comes First

At Charlie's Foreign Car we want our customers to feel safe by ensuring the reliability of their vehicle in a affordable way.  When you come in for an Oil Change or a Tire Inspection we perform a 27 Point Safety Inspection This inspection will help avoid any unwanted surprises by catching any problems before they happen.

  • brakes

  • brake fluid

  • tire

  • tire pressure

  • power steering fluid

  • transmission fluid

  • coolant level

  • parking lights

  • head lights

  • running lights

  • directional signals

  • control arms

  • shocks

  • struts

  • reverse lights

  • drive belts

  • inspect for oil leaks

  • motor mounts

  • transmission mount

  • air filter

  • cabin filter

  • service interval

  • fuel cap

  • NOTATE any lights on i.e. Check engine, TPMS, Battery, etc etc

  • Inspect air conditioning components for leaks

  • inspect power steering components

  • battery condition




Niko Sougias




Service Writer



Service Writer



Service Writer


Mercedes Owner

“They take such good care of my car I never have to worry about anything. It’s a huge relief to have an auto repair shop I can completely trust. ”



BMW Owner

“They told me what was recommended to do now and what can wait and I really appreciate that honesty. I’m sure if you take your car to Charlie’s Foreign Car you’re going to be very happy just like me.”


Porsche/Mercedes Owner

“When you’re a car nut you need to work with people that care about you and your machine as much as you do. I love working with these people and I trust them.”


8 Car Customer

“We’ve had 8 cars in for regular service. Their integrity, honesty and ability to troubleshoot unique problems keeps us coming back for years.”