We haven’t been here for that long, but the Coast Motor Werk team already loves it in Costa Mesa.
Even though we just moved in over the summer (more on that below), we’ve already put together a list of our top four favorite things we love about serving Costa Mesa.
Things We Love About Serving Costa Mesa
1) Our Customers
There’s one huge reason that Coast Motor Werk has been able to grow from one Orange County shop to four over the last ten years.
Go look in the nearest mirror. There it is!
Customers like you have made all of our success possible since Day One. We can’t say enough about the BMW and MINI Cooper drivers that come and see us each and every day. We love answering your questions about these great cars and providing the information you need to keep that piece of precision German engineering in tip-top shape. Cheers!
2) The History
Costa Mesa has been a great place to live for hundreds of years, dating back to the days of the Native Americans.
After the establishment of Mission San Juan Capistrano, the area was a stopover for Spanish missionaries traveling south in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Diego Sepúlveda Adobe in Costa Mesa’s Estancia Park was built around 1820 and used as a visiting house for padres from the mission. The adobe survives today as the second-oldest standing structure in Orange County.
Fast forward to 1986. Scott Hubbard founded Precision Motors in Costa Mesa as an independent BMW repair shop for local drivers who wanted better service and prices than they got at the dealership. (Some things never change.)
After 29 years, Scott decided to hang up his mechanic’s jumpsuit and signed Precision Motors over to longtime friend and fellow Bimmer enthusiast Ron Inchausti, owner of Coast Motor Werk. Today, the shop still provides the same great service (and employs the same great people) that made Precision Motors great for almost three decades.
It seems like every weekend there’s a reason to get in your BMW and drive over to Costa Mesa. Our favorite summer event in Costa Mesa just celebrated its 125th anniversary – the Orange County Fair. If you haven’t visited the fair to ride the rides, see the animals, and find out what deep-fried treats they’ve invented this year, you’re seriously missing out.
For year-round events, places like the Pacific Amphitheatre, Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Triangle Square offer shows of all kinds, rain or shine.
Let’s be honest – shopping is fun. And Costa Mesa is one of the best places in Orange County to do it.
The obvious choice to start your shopping binge is at South Coast Plaza, the unofficial heart of Costa Mesa.
If you plan on Christmas shopping, however, don’t start your parking space search on an empty tank – no matter how fuel-efficient your BMW is, you’ll probably run out of gas before you find one.
If you’re looking for something more trendy (with easier parking), the city is full of open-air “anti-malls” like The Lab, The Camp and the South Coast Collection (SoCo). But be warned – these places are usually crawling with skinny-jeaned hipsters*.