About Toscalito Tire and Automotive

Co-founders Ken and Vince were both born in San Francisco and raised in the same neighborhood before becoming business partners in 1971. Ken Toscanini and Vince Ippolito combined their skills, knowledge, enthusiasm, passion for cars, and their names (Toscanini + Ippolito) to create Toscalito Tire & Automotive.

Initially, “the two nice Italian boys” (Ken and Vince), worked together at Shell stations in the Marina and the Fisherman's Wharf area of San Francisco. For years, their stations offered gasoline, auto repair, AAA towing, and car rental to many loyal customers. In 1975, they decided to concentrate on tire sales and auto repair by opening their first Goodyear Tire Store: Lombard Tire & Automotive. Over the years, they opened new shops closer to their homes in Marin: Corte Madera, Ignacio (Novato), Terra Linda (north San Rafael), downtown San Rafael, and then Vallejo.

Ken and Vince liked to describe Toscalito as a family business run by a family for families. They had great pride in seeing all the repeat customers – so many have chosen Toscalito for the past decades and now Toscalito is servicing their children and even grandchildren’s automobiles. Ken and Vince also have many employees that have been with them for over 35 years. As a member of their employees' extended families, Ken and Vince have lost count on the number of weddings, birthdays, christenings, and (unfortunately) funerals that they have attended over the years.

The most difficult and saddest funeral occurred on March 9, 2011, when Toscalito lost one of its founders, Ken Toscanini, after an eleven year battle with cancer. We are extremely saddened by Ken's passing, but vow to carry on his passion for quality and premium customer service.

This is why Toscalito stands out and has thrived for so long: Our staff truly cares and strives to provide car owners with the highest quality customer service, while offering a sense of family and community to customers. It's a level of service and commitment that you can trust. This is how Ken and Vince set up the business and how Vince, now carries on the tradition of delivering a positive, friendly, cost-effective experience. Toscalito is still a Goodyear Tire shop, in addition to offering many other name brands.

Toscalito has always been a proud supporter of local charities and non-profit causes. Through the years, they have supported local schools, the American Red Cross, Feed the Children, and Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity - an organization that offers help and support to local homeless young adults. Over the past 15 years, Toscalito has been a major contributor to a local organization - that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society's restricted fund for Breast Cancer Education and Research. Giving back to the communities they serve is also part of the passion at Toscalito.

Top Services

  • Air Conditioning Recharge
  • Alternator Replacement
  • Brake Pad and Rotor Replacement
  • Catalytic Converter Replacement
  • Scheduled Maintenance Service
  • Timing Chain Replacement
  • Transmission Fluid Services
  • Transmission Repair
  • Turbocharger Replacement
  • Water Pump Replacement

Top Vehicles Serviced

  • Acura
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Jeep
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Nissan
  • Subaru
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen

Services Offered

  • Air conditioning diagnosis
  • Air conditioning recharge
  • Alternator replacement
  • Axle shaft oil seal replacement
  • Battery replacement
  • Brake master cylinder
  • Brake pad replacement
  • Brake rotor Replacement
  • Brake shoe replacement
  • Brake system diagnosis
  • Catalytic Converter replacement
  • Check engine light diagnosis
  • Coolant system flush
  • Diagnose my vehicle
  • Drive belt replacement
  • Electrical system diagnosis
  • Engine mount replacement
  • Engine oil and filter change
  • Exhaust replacement
  • Fuel pump replacement
  • Fuel system repairs
  • HVAC blower motor
  • Hybrid battery replacement
  • Hybrid inverter assembly
  • Ignition system diagnosis
  • Minor/external transmission service
  • Muffler replacement
  • Oxygen sensor replacement
  • Radiator replacement
  • Serpentine / drive belt
  • Spark plug replacement
  • Starter replacement
  • Suspension ball joint
  • Timing Chain replacement
  • Timing belt replacement
  • Tire replacement
  • Tire rotation
  • Transmission diagnosis
  • Transmission repair
  • Turbocharger replacement
  • Valve body service
  • Water Pump replacement
  • Wheel alignment

Vehicles Serviced

  • Acura
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • FIAT
  • Ford
  • GMC
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Infiniti
  • Isuzu
  • Jaguar
  • Jeep
  • Kia
  • Land Rover
  • Lexus
  • Lincoln
  • MINI
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mercury
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Oldsmobile
  • Plymouth
  • Pontiac
  • Porsche
  • Ram
  • Saab
  • Saturn
  • Scion
  • Subaru
  • Suzuki
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo
  • smart


    • Early drop off
    • Shuttle service
    • Free wifi
    • Wait on site

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"Tony and David took great care of me! My tow driver recommended them after Costco didn't have my tire size. They had it and changed it much faster than they originally said. Thanks for the great service!"
"I'm grateful to say I've had incredible service with these folks. They took a look at my tires when I needed some assistance bc the tire place I had been going to didn't respond in a way that endeared me to spend more money with them, and Toscalito helped me understand what was going on so I could talk with the previous tire seller in Marin. I ended up going to Toscalito because they were the best deal and my tires came with a warranty. They did a brake job, it was needed and I was expecting it. And then I had an issue with my front fender dangling under the engine and they put it up, fixed it and didn't charge me. My experience was excellent and I'm calling them first because of their fine service and good attitude."
"Mario was super helpful, explained everything in detail, was super patient with my long list of questions and helped make the process of getting my car fixed a great experience. Thanks so much, highly recommend this place, and great employees."
"With limited options on the weekend to get tire service, Toscalito is probably an okay option for desperate situations, but if you can wait (or do a little research) you are probably better with other less sketchy options. They will try to scam you into buying more than you actually need, and when I visited recently, the guy wouldn't even give me a quote until he had tried to up-sell me on something I didn't need. Even then, he took his sweet time to put in the order so he missed the "cut-off time" so my only options were to leave my car for a couple of days, or buy something substandard. These guys have no interest in helping a driver who knows little about tires (like most), and probably will find a way to scam a few extra bucks off you if they can. Keep looking if you can."
"These guys are bloody crooks, do not take your car here for repair, I went in for a simple coolant hose leak, they refused the diagnose the car that day, which is fine however then they called me back stating it had a water pump issue as well. Then they continued to find problems and asked for more hoses to be replaced. The resulting bill came out to be over $1200, which was not enough for these thieves. When I went to pick up the car, they told me that now my actuator is not holding any charge and they have to jump my battery...mind you the actuator has had no problem. I paid them the initial bill and left with my car with a battery light which will mean that I will need to get that checked and fixed if they tinkered with it. Leaving your car with them will result them in stealing all your money. Be very careful and avoid this place, these are not honest people."


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