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welcome to Nate Smith`s Optimal auto care

In Santa Cruz, the only place to go for European auto repair needs, since 1991 is Nate Smith Optimal Auto Care. The European auto repair experts at our auto specialty shop are recognized as the most qualified Auto Repair professionals in Santa Cruz and the surrounding areas. As the most respected BMW Repair shop in Santa Cruz, the experienced European auto repair specialists at Nate Smith Optimal Auto Care take their efforts very seriously.

At Nate Smith Optimal Auto Care, we have very strict training requirements for all of our experienced European auto repair experts. The European auto repair mechanics at Nate Smith Optimal Auto Care have completed comprehensive Audi Repair and BMW Repair training. Our mechanics are regarded as the most dependable BMW Service experts in Santa Cruz for over 22 years. We are known for BMW Service service, and our reputation was built on specialties like Audi Service.

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Some of our services

Besides diagnosis and repair, our Santa Cruz auto service offers all of the factory recommended services and take the time to explain to you exactly what each service entails. BMW owners expect their cars to last a long time - we’re still regularly servicing BMW's from the '60s - and keeping your BMW up-to-date on its services is the best way to insure that. Many of our customers have been able to keep their cars performing well past the 300,000 mile mark. A few are even beyond 400,000 miles, and at least one is over 500,000 miles! Quality maintenance from your local Santa Cruz auto service - Nate Smith's Optimal has paid off well for them


  • Tune-Ups, Air Filters, Fuel Filters
  • Oil, Lube and Filter Service
  • Factory Scheduled Maintenance
  • Fuel Injection Cleaning & Service
  • Preventive Maintenance & Fluid Flushes


  • Tire Repairs or Replacement
  • Wheel Balancing & Alignments
  • Tire Sales


  • Automotive Engine Repair or Replacement
  • Diesel Service and Repair
  • Clutch Repairs & Replacement
  • Steering and Suspension Service
  • Transmission Service, Repair or Replacement


  • Battery Replacement and Service
  • Anti-Lock Brake Service & Diagnostics
  • Computer Diagnostics (Check Engine Light, Air Bag Light, etc.)
  • Electrical and/or Wiring Problems
  • Interior / Exterior Lighting Replacement

Words from Our clients

"The service at Optimal Auto is always first-rate and professional. I've trusted Nate with my BMW(s) for 18 years now -- he's saved me plenty of $$ and kept everything running smoothly! Bring your car in for Nate and his crew to care for, and see for yourself!"
5 star review by Phil Andrew
"Thanks Nate and company, excellent service. Thanks again to Mark for coming off his job to work on my intermittent problem that was occurring when I pulled in. Excellence in communication and diagnostic work,..much appreciated! Aaron D."
5 star review by Aaron Dominick
"I was very pleased with the service I received and also the explanations I received about why the work needed to be done. I also appreciated the breakdown of labor vs materials costs. I'll definitely use them again!"
5 star review by Alexis Ow
"I've been going to Optimal Auto for as long as I can remember. Nate and crew are great people, who treat you fairly and honestly. They dont recommend work that isnt necessary and they do what they say they are going to do. What more can you ask for from your Auto Repair provider?"
5 star review by Stewart Fox
"I have consistently been pleased with the workmanship at Nate's. Not only is the workmanship of the highest quality, but the service at the desk is personal and informative. Speaking with the service reps is like talking with family. I never hesitate in the decision to take my car to Nate's."
5 star review by Tom Postlewaite


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