International Sport Motors

440 9th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103 US
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European Auto Repair in San Francisco, CA

Welcome to International Sport Motors in San Francisco, CA, the trusted European vehicle specialists in the area since 1980 that you can rely on for all your vehicle’s needs. We understand that your European vehicle is intricately built and requires experience and knowledge to properly repair and service. Our technicians are highly experienced and are passionate about European cars. Vehicles we specialize in include Audi, BMW, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Volkswagen, Jaguar, Porsche, and more.

At our San Francisco European repair shop, our priority is providing you with the highest quality service possible. We are continuously investing in the newest diagnostic technology and equipment, including top-rated Autologic diagnostic tools, to ensure that we are correctly repairing modern vehicles. Our San Francisco repair shop is also family-owned and operated, so you can expect to receive excellent customer service from our staff members. We believe in treating every customer with the same respect as we would one of our family members.

We truly are a one-stop-shop for your vehicle, offering services such as mechanical and electrical repairs, scheduled maintenance, major engine, and transmission repair, suspension repairs, brakes, wheel alignment, tires, and much more. Our shop also has a Collision Department that can take care of all your vehicle’s cosmetic needs from minor fender bender repairs to major collision repairs.

We strive to make your auto repair shop visit as convenient and pleasant as possible, which is why our clean and modern facility offers really nice amenities in our waiting room such as complimentary Wi-Fi, refreshments, and more. When you need European auto care that you can trust in San Francisco, stop by International Sport Motors or give us a call today for friendly service.

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Meet Our Owner

  • Giovanni Palazzo

    Owner

    International Sport Motors first opened its doors for business back in 1980 by our owner and founder, Giovanni Palazzo. Giovanni, originally from Italy, decided to pursue the automotive industry after graduating from high school. In 1972, he was hired by an Opel dealership in Italy as an apprentice and continued working there for two years. In 1974, Giovanni’s family decided to move from Italy all the way to San Francisco, CA.



    Giovanni’s uncle owned an auto repair shop in San Francisco, and he worked there to continue doing what he loved - working on cars.
    In 1978, he decided to move on and explore other opportunities within the automotive industry. His uncle worked mainly on Domestic vehicles, so Giovanni had a lot of experience with these cars. However, his dream and passion were to work on European vehicles. He found a job at a European repair shop in San Francisco, where he was able to work on a variety of European cars and was shortly after promoted to be a shop foreman and service writer. That was a great opportunity for Giovanni because he learned about the management part of auto repair shops.



    In 1980, he decided to take a chance on owning his own business with a friend who specialized in collision repair. They found a warehouse in San Francisco in which they could share a space, and they ended up working together between mechanical and collision repairs. Over time, Giovanni kept himself trained by attending automotive classes and buying technical books to keep himself and his staff updated with the latest vehicle technology. His goal was to always invest in the latest technology and diagnostic equipment to stay on top of modern vehicles.



    In 1999, Giovanni hired a young technician, Antonio Gamba, as an apprentice. He is still with International Sport Motors 20 years later! By providing training and a foundation on approaching diagnostics and repairs correctly, Antonio has become an excellent technician, and we now rely on him for every phase of the business. He’s an excellent diagnostician and excels in electrical problems and wiring repairs. He is the Master Technician at ISM and has greatly contributed to the success of our shop.



    Giovanni’s son, Antonio, came on board in 2007 and has since taken full responsibility for the Collision Department at International Sport Motors. He has done a tremendous job of helping the shop continue growing each year.



    Whether your European vehicle needs repair, service, or collision repair, you can trust our shop's expertise and customer service. Please feel free to give us a call today or stop by our shop for an unparalleled service!

Testimonials

  • ISM has been servicing our cars for years. They are honest, efficient and thorough. I trust them to always tell me the truth and to complete the inspection and repairs in a timely manner. And the costs are always fair.

  • Outstanding communication

  • Excellent service, dependable and polite personnel. My go to place for mechanical and bodywork.

  • I would highly recommend ISM to anyone looking for a great customer experience. I required a simple service and was turned away by another shop in the area. The folks at ISM took me in without hesitation and even offered me the service as complimentary!

    Allen S. San Francisco, CA, via Yelp on January 2, 2014
  • The fuel problem on my E55 AMG could not be repaired by two MB dealers. The staff at ISM took the time to read a 10 year old bulletin issued be MB about the obscure problem. They replaced the fuel tank and cracked splash bowl and the car is now running perfectly. It changed my mind about buying a $90K Tesla. I would highly recommend their repair service.

Awards & Affiliations

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