Welcome to CDE Auto Repair - California Desert Engines

Best kept Automotive Repair secret in San Juan Capistrano!

Looking for a reliable and trustworthy auto repair shop? Look no further! We are a local family owned and operated business that's been around for 25+ years and always happy to serve all your automotive needs We offer all-inclusive service across all major car brands, foreign and domestic, and deliver only the best quality at a fair price. We do everything from oil changes, major services, and tune-ups to classic car modification, engine building, custom aftermarket performance upgrades, classic volkswagon restoration and beyond. Want to throw disc brakes and a blower on your 1950s chevy and do an oil change on your corolla at the same time? Bring it on down!


We are glad you are visiting our website. Here you will find information about our daily work and our services. Our team will be glad to answer any questions you may have.

Our Business

CDE (California Desert Engines) has been doing business in San Juan Capistrano since 1986. 

We are a family owned and operated independent auto repair shop. 

We provide high quality replacement parts and repairs for fair prices, qualified employees and fast turnaround time make us the auto repair shop you can trust. 



It can happen everyday that small or major damages of your car need to be repaired. The unexpected can happen at any time. We can help repair minor or major damage, across a wide variety of vehicle makes. Furthermore, we offer a broad range of original replacement parts and quality workmanship from ASE certified and factory trained techicians that you can trust and rely on.



Thinking about upgrading to get with the current times? We can swap in that disc brake kit you've had your eye on and get rid of those pesky drums for you. Need more power? We can either build you an engine or add some performance bolt ons of your choice. Stiffer suspension? Bring it in. Our guys have many years of experience and a lot of trial and error time. Don't be afraid to ask what size turbo you're going to need for your sr20 240sx swap or what brand headers flow best on a dodge 426 hemi.


Honda, Acura, Toyota, Lexus, Scion, Nissan, Infiniti, Mazda, Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler, Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagon, Datsun, Subaru, mini, Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, Cadillac, etc. We do it all!