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

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
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"These guys are AWESOME! Helped me out in a pinch, I can’t say enough about these folks. There are some good eggs working hard on Sunday at Toscalito’s Lombard tire and automotive!"
"Great service! Pulled in on my way home to check some possibly loose lug nuts after I had my tires rotated somewhere else. They checked it out in less than 10 minutes, everything was fine and they didn’t charge me a dime! Will definitely go back again!"
"These guys are awesome. My other half had a slow leak in her tire. At first they could not find it, but urged me to leave it overnight. Sure enough, they found it and fixed it right away. Nice, friendly and honest guys."
"Warning: this is a long review, but I felt all this needed to be said. I've been going to Toscalito for a couple years now. I was happy with them for the most part. There were always some negligence, but I let them go, because I was happy to find an honest auto shop in the city and the issues were relatively minor. Things such as not entering the correct mileage the service was done on a work order (I did point this out on the next visit after I noticed when I got home), not resetting the oil light (I just did it myself), and not using mats or seat covers in my car during service. That last point actually did bother me quite a bit, because there was always grease on my mats/car seat/steering wheel that I would have to clean after every visit, but I just assumed it wasn't normal practice for them and sucked it up. My last two recent visits are where things went downhill. Both times they recommended I get fluid flushes done that were performed in a previous visit. I keep up with my oil changes and have been getting it changed on average every 6.6k miles, shortly after my oil light goes on. My point is, I'm not driving 20k-30k miles between oil changes. The first time this happened, it was for the transmission fluid. They suggested it be flushed, even though they flushed it the previous visit. For reference, my car manual recommends this being done every 30k miles. I told the tech they performed this in the previous visit, and the tech said they would do it "for free" since it got dirty sooner than it should have, but I found when I got home they never noted they did it on the work order. I checked the transmission fluid and it was clean. Either they honestly forgot to note it on the work order when they re-did it, or it was never dirty to begin with. My most recent visit they suggested I do another fluid flush, this time for the brake fluid, despite me getting this done 6.7k miles ago. When I pointed this out, the tech said it wasn't uncommon for the brake fluid to become dirty quickly. Again, this contradicts my car manual, so I passed. I could go on, but this review is already pretty long, and these events highlight the major issues I have with them. If you need them for a one-off event, like a blown tire, I would recommend them for that, but not as a place to regularly get service done."
"Best experience ever! Nice helpsome guys. We never seen someone so willing. Thank you!"


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