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
  • Pontiac
  • Porsche
  • Ram
  • Saab
  • Saturn
  • Scion
  • Subaru
  • Suzuki
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo
  • smart


    • Early drop off
    • Shuttle service
    • Free wifi

Other Amenities

Coffee, cookies, loaner car thru rental car company with major services

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"Generally, service and prices are reasonable. I took my car in for an oil change and a new set of tires. As usual, I got a call with other things that should be done. It was recommended that I have my brake fluid changed because there was over 4% water content. This seemed strange since the brake fluid was flushed and replaced at Honda just last November. I declined the suggestion. When I came to pick up my car I asked how the measurement was made and if it was accurate. John offered to show me and we checked my brake fluid with the device. It showed just 1% water content. He apologized and said it was a tech error. My concern is how many of the suggestions for service are not valid causing unneeded service?"
"Wife was told over the phone that she was not able to put in a request for an appointment to have her tire fixed, and to simply bring the car by and leave it and it would be looked at by the end of the day. Next day, I go to drop off the car and was asked by the counter if I had an appointment for our car. I let him know what was said to us, to which I got the blankest stare back and shrugged shoulders and saying that without an appointment no fix could be made. Crazy that I have been coming to this location for over five years with no issues with customer service, but I guess this new batch of people are not in the same category as our old crew. I will NEVER use another Toscalito service center again simply due to the indifference that I felt today."
"I purchased Goodyear tires for my MB ML350. I was assisted by John in the selection of these tires. The selection, purchase and installation were handled perfectly. John also processed my request for a Goodyear credit card and made certain I had all information for the rebate available. This was an outstanding experience."
"I can't understand why customer service is so bad. We used to buy all our tires there; 3 vehicles and a boat trailer, but when I took my wife's car in to see if she had a leak (and she did) they wouldn't help me TWICE. So Big O is now our choice."
"Recently the "Check Tire Pressure" warning popped up and my tire guage wasn't helping diagnose the problem! I put air in, but it didn't register....I stopped by Toscalito, by then it was lunchtime, and requested assistance. These men couldn't have been nicer and more helpful! Manual came right over to my car, took the pressure (his guage worked!), filled my tires, and gave me a new plug for one tire that was missing one! Then he asked me if he could reset the computer, so it wouldn't keep showing the warning sign!!!! And, all for free...yes, free! He also informed me that if I ever needed help to come in and he would be happy to check the problem! I don't usually write this kind of review, but these guys were so nice and helpful I just had to let others know!!!"


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