We have been performing auto repair and maintenance on mainly German automobiles since 1978.

Vehicles have changed a lot since we’ve been working on them, but we have always stayed ahead of the curve with supplying all of our employees the proper tools for the job. Whether the tool is a new diagnostic computer or a simple hand tool we have what it takes to work on your car.

Charlie’s Foreign Car Service specializes in auto repair of BMW, Mercedes, Volvo, Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen as well as Japanese automobiles, Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi and many more. 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.

Our History 

Since its inception on Valentine's Day 1978, Charlie's Foreign Car Service has grown to become an award-winning cornerstone of the downtown Encinitas business district. Encinitas native Charlie Sougias turned his passion for foreign cars into a career soon after graduating from San Dieguito High School, where he was the auto mechanic of choice for several of his teachers. At age 20, he opened Charlie's Foreign Car Service on the corner of H and Second streets, formerly Vern Painter's Garage.

Charlie's commitment to excellence and personalized customer service earned him a loyal customer base that grew steadily, and led to his first expansion in 1988. Charlie and his wife Shelly, who began assisting with daily operations, purchased property a few blocks north of the original location and built a state-of-the-art 13,000-square-foot repair facility. According to Charlie, "It was a huge commitment, and it set us back financially, but we wanted to invest in the future of downtown."

Charlie's success was recognized by the German-based Robert Bosch Company, a world leader in precision auto parts, which in 1987 designated Charlie's Foreign Car Service as the first Bosch Authorized Service Center in the US. Charlie already had developed a valuable relationship with top auto repair specialists in Europe. Together they would meet in Encinitas and overseas to exchange ideas and innovations in auto repair technology. "Sometimes I learned things from them, and other times they looked at what I was doing and applied that knowledge in Europe," Charlie recalls.

In 2001, as the auto repair reputation and clientele of Charlie's Foreign Car Service continued to grow, Charlie and Shelly expanded again, this time with the purchase of the Encinitas German Auto Service at 841 Second Street adjacent to our original auto repair facility on the corner of Second st. and H st, where Charlie first got his start 35 years ago. Today, son Niko and daughter Julia work side by side with Charlie and Shelly to carry on the family tradition of Charlie's Foreign Car Service, one of Downtown Encinitas's most successful and enduring local businesses.