- Aaron G.Yelp Review
We followed Mac over from "that other place" he was at and we could not be more satisfied with his work. This place is BUSY but they're never too busy to take some time to explain exactly what's wrong with your car, what they plan on doing to fix it and how that works into their price. We had Mac clean up my daughter's 2003 VW Beetle (we had purchased it used from a "steal-ership") and the performance was so improved that I brought in my son's tired 1997 Nissan pickup the very next day. We were driving away in the VW and the check engine light came on. We turned back around, took it back to Mac, and he dropped everything to put two technicians on it until it was diagnosed. Turned out to be a totally separate issue but he fixed it for free while we waited. THEN, the following day, we got the pickup back and it was like he took ten years off the age of that truck. More power, smoother idle, quicker startup. This may look like just another "out of the way" auto shop, but this is that mechanic you've been looking for. Mac's the guy.Read More
- ixODINxiGoogle Review
Quick and quality work here with fantastic employees. Everyone I interacted with here was upbeat and friendly. Took my kia optima in to get a steering column problem and shock taken care of. Came back and picked up my car the same day feeling brand new. Seaside Automotive is definitly the place to go. Thanks again for all your work Mack and crew.Read More
- Brian I.Yelp Review
Excellent customer service. The most honest and fair auto shop I have ever used. I came in with a strange noise coming from my car. Turned out to be a minor problem. They fixed it fast and didn't even charge me since it was an easy solution. I am not from Oceanside. I live in San Diego. But in the future I would be willing to make the trip just for the level of customer service they provide. Definitely trust these guys.Read More
- Justin StonerGoogle Review
Nothing but high praise from me for Ty at Seaside Automotive. I was passing through on a business trip when the transmission on my Chevrolet Avalanche went out. Fortunately, it was under warranty with Jasper. Ty went above and beyond working the phones with my mechanic back home and Jasper execs to get a replacement transmission delivered and installed while I attended my business conference. The work was fast, efficient and professional. Ty is a standup guy. If you live in the area, Seaside Automotive should be your repair shop of choice.Read More
- Caitlin G.Yelp Review
If I could give this place 6 stars, I would. But I guess I'll have to settle with 5.
I went to Seaside Automotive after another company treated me poorly. Thank goodness that happened because now I have found my go-to auto shop for as long as we are stationed here.
I walked in and immediately, I felt a good vibe about this place. Charlie and his employees are extremely sweet. They squeezed me in for an oil change. When they said it would take about an hour, I was more than happy to wait. They gave me a recommendation for a great place to get coffee and banana bread (which, their recommendation was EXCELLENT - so, thanks for helping me find my new favorite coffee place, as well as finding my favorite auto shop).
I came back an hour later and my car took a little longer than they expected. So I sat in their chairs in the corner of their office, playing on my phone. It was within minutes that the owner, Charlie, sparked up a conversation with me. He probably had way more important things to do but instead, he chose to chat with me. Charlie has this heartwarming personality that reminded me so much of my dad, whom I currently live 3,000 miles away from while husband is stationed on Camp Pendleton. We talked about kids, family, jobs, and so much more. He kept checking for updates on my car for when it was ready because he knew I wanted to go back home to my daughter.
When the check out was complete, he walked me outside. Because their parking lot is a little different than some, he helped me get my car out of their lot, so I wouldn't feel nervous about hitting anything. It was absolutely wonderful.
Everyone knows it's hard finding someone to trust with your car. I spent 23 years in Maryland and had my regular go-to place. Two years later of being in California, I finally trust a shop with my car that gets my family to and from places everyday.
Charlie, thank you SO much for owning your shop. I'm glad I stumbled upon you on Yelp. I appreciate your employees getting my car ready to go for our big trip for Thanksgiving. I look forward to bringing it back for other oil changes and repairs. Thank you again so much.Read More
- Ed E.Yelp Review
Took my Mustang to Seaside Automotive for a difficult-to-diagnose electrical system problem. Charlie and his team jumped in quickly and tenaciously figured out what the problem was and corrected it without delay. This repair shop is willing to take a serious and personal interest in your vehicle without a lot of bureaucratic red tape. Awesome! Looking forward to having Seaside handle my Preventive Maintenance, too!Read More
- Eleanore S.Yelp Review
I've been taking my car to Charlie since he was still down at ACV in Sorrento Valley -- for 13 years! -- and both my parents have been taking multiple vehicles to him for even longer than that. I don't even live in San Diego anymore (I'm now in LA), but I will still go to him before anyone else, and will even tow all the way down to Oceanside if that's what it takes! There is no substitute for a trustworthy, reliable mechanic, let alone one who can help you prioritize your repairs (this is a huge help if you're tight on funds), and who will treat you like family, including lots of fun stories and good humor. Charlie is the very, very best. Anytime anyone asks me for an honest mechanic, I will only send them here.Read More
- Maria B.Yelp Review
Came here earlier this week and here's how my weekend went before coming here:
Friday drove my Jeep Grand Cherokee to Temecula for the MCB, drove fine nothing wrong with it, drive back to base later that same night all good. Saturday morning turn on the jeep to go to the store, I'm sitting in the jeep in my garage, running, then all of a sudden it stops working. I crank it, and it won't turn over. As this is my daily driver, I get worried and start looking at what it could be. Went to get the battery checked and it works perfectly. I called someone to come (who said they knew about cars) and said it was my fuel pump. Sunday comes, all mechanic shops are closed, and I wait until Monday morning. I start calling all around Oceanside and vista to start getting an estimate of what I'm about to shell out to get my car running again. Lowest quote, and the kindest person on the phone I call seaside auto and speak to Charlie. His demeanor on the phone alone made me want to come here, so I decide to get my car towed over to his shop. I get there and his two mechanics immediately start working on the car, like quick! Found out in less than 2 minutes that it wasn't my fuel pump, and in about 10 minutes completely diagnosed the problem. They fixed the car same day, didn't run the same when I picked it up, and I took it back and they immediately began again, turned out to be a defective part-which I don't blame them at all for because I know that it happens. He was extremely accommodating and didn't charge for the defective part. Came back the next morning and they were already working on it. Got my car back that Tuesday morning and everything has been running smoothly since! On top of all that actually meeting Charlie made it seem like family, and you can definitely tell that this honest shop that won't try to just take your money!Read More
I definitely recommend this shop if you're looking for someone honest and will do everything they can to make sure that your driving safe!
- Cherry E.Yelp Review
If you found this place you need to look no further. We have a private shop in Colorado where we work with high-end after-market VW designs and race cars. Our granddaughter was in California and overheating problem with VW GTI, We FOUND YOU! She got an appointment within days, your email and voice communication was caring and concerned. We knew what had to be done, she was treated like a member of your family. Repairs were made that same day and at reasonable rates. No add-on expenses. She is now back in Colorado and we will forever be grateful for the way you treated her and your positive attitude. You made her feel like she was coming to her dad to get help! Thank you.Read More
- Trever S.Yelp Review
Took my wife's 2009 Volvo XC90 to this shop, Charlie and his staff immediately identified the issue it was having, found a part to fix the problem at a discounted price and fixed it. Dealer would have cost me a ton, very thankful to have Charlie to go to for all of my families car needs, we live in San Clemente and drive down to his shop because of how trustworthy he is.Read More
- Matthew Y.Yelp Review
Went in for a transmission leak couple hours before closing. Met with Charlie as soon as I drove into the parking lot. He got one of his people to take a look at it to see what was wrong with my car and it was a quick fix. Before I went to seaside automotive, I went to a different automotive shop and they turned me away because of the time. They didn't even take a look to see what was the issue really was. What I like about seaside automotive is that they didn't look at the time to see if they were about to close, they just saw my car without hesitation. They also explained to me what might of caused the issue and was thorough about it. Great service! I will be coming back here again!Read More
- Amy N.Yelp Review
Great, trustworthy auto repair place. They were able to fit me on the same day to do an oil change and alignment. While it was there they did an inspection and made appropriate recommendations, but didn't push anything that wasn't needed. Reasonable prices and great staff. I have trusted Charlie for years and am happy to bring my Camry here. Thank you!Read More
- Shawn S.Yelp Review
When it comes to cars today, and their complexity, finding a mechanic that has integrity and someone who you know you can trust is invaluable. A couple of years ago, while being new to the area and not knowing who to use for our cars, a friend of our recommended Charlie and his team to us. We were very impressed with the service and the cost was very fair and reasonable. We had a car that we got a quote from another European mechanic that said we needed to replace the car's computer and it would be $2500. We took the car up to Seaside Automotive and told Charlie what they said was the problem was. He diagnosed the problem, and after a $150 part plus labor we saved thousands. I would highly Seaside Automotive to anyone looking for a trustworthy, highly skilled mechanic, with reasonable costs.Read More
- Diane M.Yelp Review
What is more important than a mechanic that you can trust?!! I'm not sure there is anything more crucial. I would trust my life to Charlie, and frankly that's what I do when I'm counting on Seaside Automotive to work on the car that carries me, my family and grandkids.Read More
I have trusted my mechanical needs to Charlie for more than 20 years now and when he moved to Oceanside it was an easy decision to follow him there.
Try Seaside Automotive and you'll never regret it!!
- Tracey P.Yelp Review
I've taken both my bmw and now my mercedes to Charlie for years! I was sad he moved to oceanside but I'm not taking any chances on any other mechanics. Charlie is a great guy, smart and they do great work. Always willing to go above and beyond. Highly recommend this place 🙂Read More
- Chuck G.Yelp Review
We've been taking our cars to Charlie since we bought our ML320 in Sorrento Valley almost 15 years ago. Prices are fair and they'll fix what needs to be fixed; without plus selling alot of unnecessary services like the dealerships. If you're looking for honest car repairs this is the place to go.Read More
- Linda W.Yelp Review
I have been a customer of Charlie's for many years, following him from Sorrento Valley to Oceanside. Having been to many car dealers and auto service centers it was so nice to find someone who provides great customer service, explains what is needed for your repairs (does not sell you on unneeded repairs!!) and ensures quality work is done on your vehicle. Integrity, personalized customer service and quality workmanship--doesn't get better than that! I have recommended Charlie to many of my friends and continue to do so.
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- Megan B.Yelp Review
If you're reading this review, you've already hit the jackpot finding Charlie. We've been taking our three Toyota vehicles to Charlie for the past 5 years. His new shop is out of the way for us in Oceanside but his skill, honesty and service are worth the drive. It isn't easy to find a mechanic you can trust and having Charlie let's us drive with peace of mind knowing if our high mileage vehicles need a fix, it won't break the bank and will be done right. Charlie is a great mechanic and an even better person.Read More
- Kimberly Y.Yelp Review
Charlie at Seaside Automotive is one of the most experienced and honest Service Managers you will ever find. Our family owns three German cars and Charlie has helped us keep them running well at a fraction of what it would cost at the dealership. He truly goes out of his way to find an economical, but high quality, solution for every mechanical issue. I highly recommend Seaside Automotive to everyone I know!Read More
- Linda K.Yelp Review
As a single woman, I always feel vulnerable when it comes to car repairs - "am I going to be taken for a ride"? I have a BMW and needed someone who worked on high-end cars that I could trust. A friend of mine referred me to Charlie and I'll never use anyone else. When he moved to Oceanside I was really disappointed because I knew I'd never find anyone as good mechanically or with customer service that even came close. I even called a few local places I was referred to just to check, but was actually condescended over the phone and said - NO WAY. Charlie has been a godsend, coming down to my workplace with a rental car and taking my car up to his workshop. I've even ventured up there a few times because I know I won't find anyone better. He does quality work, goes above and beyond, and gives me the best price hands down. He's a great guy too! Charlie knows cars, period. When others say they'll need a day and a diagnostic fee to figure out what's wrong, Charlie can often diagnose it over the phone! Maybe I should start calling him the "car whisperer."Read More
- Tricia V.Yelp Review
Best auto shop ever! If you are looking for an automotive shop that you can trust, look no further! They are honest, do great work and don't nickel and dime you. I've been bringing my cars to Charlie for over a decade and wouldn't go anywhere else. I used to take my car to a shop near my work where they would make up stuff and charge an arm and a leg. Then I took it to Charlie and he said I didn't need any of that stuff. I used to drive from Oceanside to Sorrento Valley because I trusted Charlie so much. I am happy that Charlie and Seaside Automotive are now located in Oceanside because it is much more convenient, but I would drive 50 miles if he wasn't. My friends and family also take their cars to Seaside. Take your car to Charlie. You won't be disappointed!Read More
- Alex S.Yelp Review
These guys know Porsche's and they're my goto automotive place. No b/s here, no dealership upsell, no ridiculous labor rates. I take my boxster here for all of it's service needs. Todd and Charlie run a great shop. They recently redid my entire engine intake (car has almost 150k miles on it) for a fraction of what I'd have to pay the dealership. They also reimburse you for the car rental. Nothing but good things to say about Seaside Automotive.Read More
- Gina M.Yelp Review
I have been a customer of Charlie's when his shop was in Sorrento Valley and followed him to Oceanside. Charlie takes such great care of his customers and their cars. Seaside Automotive is sensitive to the cost and works to keep the price of repairs reasonable. I trust their judgment and have been happy with the work they have performed. I definitely would recommend taking your car here!!Read More
- Lynn F.Yelp Review
Trustworthy mechanic with practical approach to repairs and reasonable prices!! Charlie at Seaside is our "go to mechanic" for repairs and advice on purchase of vehicles!! My family has been a long time customer of Charlie's with all types of vehicles. We followed Charlie when he moved to Oceanside even though we though we thought it would not be as convenient, but we found that getting to Oceanside during off traffic hours is actually an easy drive. I have noticed when I am at Seaside to get repairs done that Charlie has loyal customers from all over the county. Seaside Automotive has been open for about a year under Charlie and Todd and we are impressed with the work and service. They treat customers like family and work hard to accommodate the needs of their customers. Highly recommend Seaside Automotive!!Read More
- Amber C.Yelp Review
Charlie, Todd, and the whole gang know anything and everything there is to know about cars! I've been a customer of Charlie's since 2012. He came highly recommended and boy were they right! I will NEVER take my car or any future car to any other shop! They take care of their customers, get the work done quick, and are extremely efficient! They don't pan handle you or take you for your money! They work with you and your budget and go out of their way to make sure that you leave with your checkbook not crying and your car in fantastic shape!Read More
- Danielle S.Yelp Review
The best automotive service I have ever had. Charlie and his crew are honest and professional. They made my car new again and will not try to sell you on things that do not need to be fixed right away unlike so many other car mechanics that I have been to in the past. Thank you Seaside for all your help : ) We are a forever customer !Read More
- April B.Yelp Review
Seaside Automotive is the best auto care in the county! Have been using them since their previous location for well over a decade.Read More
Can't say enough about the integrity of the owner Charlie Gray! Total upstanding mechanic and business owner. He services all three of my vehicles and I trust him implicitly!
Also, never buy a car without getting his opinion and his inspection!
- Jeff L.Yelp Review
I have been taking my car to Charlie since 2003. I even had it towed from Mission Bay to Oceanside when it would not start. He found the problem and it's running great. In twelve years, I have never had to take my car back for the same problem. He makes sure that it is fixed the first time. I recommend him to everyone regardless of make or model.Read More
- Susan P.Yelp Review
As a woman with limited knowledge of cars, in the past I had been concerned about getting ripped off when I took my car to get repaired. When I took my car to other places, I had experiences where work was recommended but wasn't really needed. That changed when a friend of mine recommended I take my car to Charlie. I have found him to be honest and responsive. It was a surprising and refreshing change to hear my mechanic say that I didn't need to get work done! His prices are fair. I've even called him when the shop was closed because of an issue and he called me back within just a few minutes to help me diagnose the problem and figure out the right way to handle it. I have been taking my car to him for over 5 years and am glad I have.Read More
- Don E.Yelp Review
The number one thing with a mechanic is trust. I can fully trust Charlie and Todd. There is no doubt or concern here. There is none of the usual doing more than needs to be done, just to put more money in the mechanics pocket. If anything, I need to press to have more done, rather than let things wait until later. Face it, a mechanic could say just about anything most of the time and the customer really doesn't know if that is true or not. It is worth a lot to not have to worry about that with Charlie and ToddRead More
- Jon W.Yelp Review
I agree, the number one thing with an automotive expert is trust. I also value a personal relationship where the shop knows me and knows what i want for my car. I'm very particular about my car and only take it to someone i trust who has the expertise and attention to detail i require. Charlie and Todd are the REAL DEAL. they give me solid advice and go the extra mile to choose the BEST parts and provide service i can trust. they know all the original equipment and aftermarket manufacturers for my mercedes and choose only the best for me. NOBODY else has EVER done that. my 2005 mercedes has 124,000 miles on it and it has never driven better since they took custody of its care! they also take care of my wife's 2003 vw beetle, which now has 157,000 miles on it. highly recommended!Read More
- Alex L.Yelp Review
I have been bringing my Honda Accord to Charlie for years and he continues to provide the best service imaginable. I appreciate that although the business focuses on European cars, he doesn't treat me any different even though I have a Honda. It's difficult finding a trustworthy place to bring your car without having to worry about getting ripped off, but I've definitely found that with Charlie. He even makes himself available after hours on his cell phone for emergencies! How often do you find that with car service! Charlie recently switched from a shop in Sorrento Valley to Oceanside and it's worth it for me to make the drive.
If you need a great place to bring your car to in the Oceanside area, I would highly recommend going to Seaside Automotive!Read More
Whether you need something as basic as an oil change or need something as complex as an engine rebuild, or anything in between, you can trust Seaside Automotive to provide honest and professional complete car services.
Our highly skilled team also specializes in all automotive reconditioning and auto body needs from details to insurance collision work. Visit the services page on our website or contact us today for more details or to schedule an appointment.