German Motors & Imports: Repair specialists for more than 50 years continue to serve La Jolla, Pacific Beach and San Diego
By Marti GaciochSpecializing in repairing German-made vehicles, German Motors & Imports has been known for their expert servicing of both new and vintage cars since 1959.
They service Mercedes, Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen and BMW models, but they also service customers’ Lexus and Volvos. Their five mechanics include co-owners Bernd Schwarzer and Richard Zins, Dave Gilbert (service manager), Michael Horner and Brenton Selb.
“We’ve always worked on all the German cars from vintage to the most recent,” said office manager Brenda Hamett. “A lot of repair shops don’t work on the older model Mercedes because it takes longer to diagnose problems and you can’t hook them up to the computer, but we work on all of the early cars — from the 1950s on.”
German Motors & Imports has the scanners needed to service the recent German models. “For Mercedes Benz, we have the star scanner that goes through all of the control units and all of the systems and codes, and tells you what’s going on in each system,” Hamett said. “We also have scanners to do all the other models.”
German Motors mechanics continue to attend automotive training classes to stay current on all the new repair technology. Their new website (under construction) will offer customers webinars and keep them updated every six months, while providing them the ability to book appointments online. First-time customers receive a 10 percent discount.
• German Motors & Imports986 Turquoise St., San Diego (Pacific Beach area)