International Sport Motors

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440 9th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
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10:00am to 3:00pm
7:30am to 5:30pm
10:00am to 3:00pm
7:30am to 5:30pm
7:30am to 5:30pm
7:30am to 5:30pm
7:30am to 5:30pm
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(415) 936-7143

Auto Repair Experience

  • Giovanni Palazzo , Owner
  • Established 1980
  • 2 Auto Repair Mechanics on Staff
  • 1 ASE Certified Auto Technicians
  • 31 Years of Car Repair Experience


International Motor Sports is a family owned repair facility that was established in 1980 by Giovanni Palazzo. Giovanni is a very experienced automotive professional who has spent the past 33+ years building this RepairPal Certified repair facility into a qualified customer friendly place for you and your car. The automotive team here is comprised of factory trained European vehicle technicians who strive for the next level by continuing to attended some of the best automotive training available. Proper tooling and dealership level computer diagnostic equipment help to ensure that your vehicle is repaired in the most professional manner. They back their work with a 24-month / 24,000-mile warranty. IMS is conveniently located in the SOMA area of San Francisco close to public transportation. Low cost rental vehicles are also available for your convenience as well as a clean comfortable waiting area.


Auto Repair Experience

  • Giovanni Palazzo , Owner
  • Established 1980
  • 2 Auto Repair Mechanics on Staff
  • 1 ASE Certified Auto Technicians
  • 31 Years of Car Repair Experience


  • AC/Heating
  • Alignment
  • Check Engine Light
  • Classic Car Repair/Restoration
  • Collision Repair & Paint
  • Diagnosis
  • Hybrid/Electric
  • Muffler & Exhaust
  • Oil Change & Lube
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Scheduled Maintenance
  • Service & Repair
  • Timing Belts
  • Tire Sales/Repair
  • Transmission Repair
  • Vehicle Detailing


  • AAA Member Discount
  • Car Wash
  • Financing
  • Free Estimates
  • Military Discount
  • Open Saturday
  • Rental Car
  • Se Habla Espanol
  • Senior Discount
  • Shopping Nearby
  • Shuttle
  • Towing
  • Warranty Accepted
  • Wireless Internet


Makes We Serve

  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Jaguar
  • Land Rover
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mini
  • Porsche
  • Smart
  • Volkswagen

Message from the Shop

International Sport Motors has been performing professional auto repair, auto body and collision repair for over 35years.

Top-Quality Auto Repair Diagnostics

International Sport Motors uses the world-class Autologic Diagnostics Software for vehicle diagnosis.

Best Warranty in the Automotive Industry

We have a lifetime warranty on all paint, auto body, collision repair and a 3-year / 36,000 mile warranty on all mechanical repairs.

AAA Approved and more...

Our auto repair shop is AAA Approved. All of our mechanics are ASE,and I-CAR certified. We also have the highest rating offered (A+) by the San Francisco Better Business Bureau.

Auto Collision Insurance Claims

We offer great discounts on collision repair work that can be applied towards your auto insurance deductible. We also offer one-day claim approval, provide free estimates and work with all auto insurance carriers.

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Overall Rating

28 Verified Reviews

Customer Reviews

Verified CustomerFebruary 14, 2014

Friendly, fast, reliable.

Verified CustomerFebruary 12, 2014

They perform the job well and truthful to the customers.

Verified CustomerFebruary 04, 2014

I am not from SF but was traveling when my fuel pump went out on the bay Bridge. They were welcoming and helpful.

Verified CustomerFebruary 04, 2014

Excellent service.

Verified CustomerJanuary 29, 2014

Strong customer service, I was kept apprised of the issues and cost associated with fixing them throughout. They performed very extensive research on the problem while working on it on a database so they were able to precisely troubleshoot and quickly fix the issue. Giovanni was exceptionally helpful and professional in his style.

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Verified CustomerJanuary 25, 2014

Outstanding customer service.

Verified CustomerJanuary 25, 2014

Everything was great, and the owner is very honest.

Verified CustomerJanuary 21, 2014

They are always great.

Verified CustomerJanuary 21, 2014

Giovanni was curtious, professional and honest. My vehicle was repaired perfectly. They even washed it, outstanding...

Verified CustomerJanuary 16, 2014

I have been very happy with the service that I received from International Sports Motors and will continue to use their services.

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Verified CustomerJanuary 16, 2014

We first took one of our cars (Porsche) to ISM 6 years ago for body work..were very pleased and now all 3 cars have had body work and all other repairs there. Found them to be honest, courteous, very responsive and work was high quality and done promptly. Enough said?

Verified CustomerDecember 16, 2013

The service was great. The staff is compassionate. The work done on my car was top-notch. They worked with me as they worked on my car. I will be bringing my car back!

Verified CustomerDecember 11, 2013

Dependable service, done right the first time at a reasonable cost.

Verified CustomerDecember 10, 2013

Good work, honest, and they warranty the work. Job always done on time.

Verified CustomerOctober 30, 2013

Very good service and quality personal.

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Verified CustomerOctober 28, 2013

Great job, very professional people.

Verified CustomerOctober 26, 2013

Honest service at a good price.

Verified CustomerOctober 25, 2013

Professional service - excellent communication.

Verified CustomerOctober 25, 2013

Thorough. Though it was a difficult to diagnose problem, team continuously followed up via phone to help with any issues. Definitely earned their labor time.

Verified CustomerOctober 16, 2013

They were very helpful, explained the work to be done. Were cheaper then the dealership and did more work for the money, also completed it in a timely manner.

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Verified CustomerOctober 10, 2013

Excellent customer service.

Verified CustomerOctober 10, 2013

They kept my car almost two days, but they could not repair it. They told me that the car needs a new computer. So they simply started my car and I drove home from San Francisco to WA state. I could not start it next day. I took my car to my mechanic. They only changed a battery. My car runs nicely since then. International Sports Motor charged me $715 for checking, testing for two days. I don't understand that they charged me that much without fixing it.

Verified CustomerOctober 09, 2013

The service was poor and extremely slow. I was told it would be completed in less than one day, and in reality it took THREE. This wouldn't have been that much of an issue if I hadn't informed them that I don't live by the bay. I live two hours away, and I couldn't afford I stay in the city. They told me they would accommodate me and get it done first thing Monday morning. Which was not the truth. Whenever I called to get an update, they were vague and rude and careless. On top of that, I paid them to fix an issue and they didn't actually fix it. Two weeks after the "repair", the issue returned. I've never been so enraged at a business before. Basically I spent $150 for them to keep my car for three days, not fix it, and be be stranded in the city and had to miss two days of work.

Verified CustomerAugust 27, 2013

They were very complete and professional.

Verified CustomerAugust 19, 2013

Very nice and efficient service, and good workmanship.

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Verified CustomerAugust 15, 2013

I really enjoyed the service provided and would absolutely recommend ISM. However, I feel it may be more expensive or specialized than many of my acquaintances may need.

Verified CustomerJuly 19, 2013

I was out of town for about two weeks after I dropped my car off and they held it for me the entire time no questions asked and no extra charge. I really appreciated that as other spots wouldn't do that for me. I also was very satisfied with the warranty on my repair and the price was comparable to market rates.

Verified CustomerMay 31, 2013

Repairs done on time and at cost estimate provided.

June 21, 2011

These guys are the best in The City,
Fair, honest, and they know what they are doing.

May 30, 2011

Giovanni took my car and tranformed it into a new daily driver, it's a 1984 and has never run or looked this good. I was getting ripped off from an independent shop, Auto Sport Haus and now have found a shop (ISM) that can do Body work, Mechanical and all the in between work. Giovanni even let me bring in a few parts and only charged me to R&R them. I like his honest approach and will now take my other cars to him. Stay away from shops that don't give you a written estimate and charge you up to 50% to 100% on parts like A.S.H. did. They (A.S.H.) should not be in business.

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April 28, 2011

We have used International Sport Motors previously for both cars and have had good service each time. For me good service includes being accommodating, proactively keeping me informed about progress and likely times of completion. The maintenance and repairs are done right first time without reason of taking the car back a second time. We're sticking with them.

April 26, 2011

I had my car in International Motors twice in the past year, and to say I was happy with the service I received would be an under-statement.
I have Giovanni to be extreamly frank and helpful. During a recent visit he found found that work carried out at another garage to be unsatisfactory. He personally contacted the garage, told what was wrong and brought the car to the other garage to have the problem resolved.
That is what I call excellent service.
Mant to thanks to Giovanni and all the team.


February 17, 2011

I had my BMW 740il towed to ISM on a recommendation (ignition lock/tumblers unexpectedly seized up). The team at ISM were all very pleasant & helpful, from the front office to the shop floor. The quality of work on my car was top-notch, used genuine BMW parts, but saved me money by by having lower--and much more reasonable--labor rates versus traditional BMW delaerships. Their communication & follow-through could serve as a textbook example of "how-to-do-it-right" in any industry. I highly recommend them and will be bringing my car back in the future, as I witnessed evidence of great mechanical & body work being performed on several other brands of vehicles.

February 09, 2011

They were introduced to me by a good friend and have treated me like family ever since. I can't say enough good about them from the smily and resourceful girl that checked me it, the kind mechanic that drove me to the car rental and the owner Giovanni that guided me through the work performed. I feel I can trust them and that is the single most important thing I look for in an auto repair shop. Thank You!

February 09, 2011

I've been coming to ISM for a number of years. It started with my previous car, a 1985 Alfa Romeo GTV6. I have always found Giovanni and the rest of the staff to be courteous and professional, as well as providing good value. Necessary repairs are explained clearly and honestly. ISM continues to be my preferred choice for auto repairs.

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January 15, 2011

Top Notch service and communication!


January 14, 2011

My most recent experience at I/S/M had to do with a Disturbing front end make matters,
it was only "some times".In the last few couple of hundred miles or so it had become more frequent
and louder.All the popular MBZ Exclusive shops said;It could be this it could be that,maybe a
major front end repair and on and On.No one but Giovanni took the time to listen to Me(I'm not
very mechanical minded).Giovanni drove the car with me until the sound was duplicated,then had
it put on the lift and he and the Tech looked for a simple answer first;something loose.Bingo
a loose bolt.Giovanni believes in doing the basics first;to Identify "The Problem",not the
possible or even probable problem.This save the customers like Me money.

January 14, 2011

I wanted to thank International Sport Motors for the fantastic repair/paint job of my 2002 BMW 540. I was rear ended on the freeway, and Giovanni Palazzo (the owner) was able to repair my car to "like new" condition. The car looks like it did when it was brand new! I would also like to state that the service and professionalism of the entire staff needs to be applauded. International Sport Motors worked with my insurance company and resolved all the issues to bring my car back to pre-accident condition. Thank you ISM!

December 12, 2010

ISM's customer service is excellent. The special $20/day rate with the nearby Enterprise Rental is a great help, and they drop off/pick up from there. I also like how they can communicate via e-mail, including sending you soft copies of quotes.

December 10, 2010

They were very easy to work with. I set things up over the phone first and then brought my car in. I was actually surprised at how quickly they got back to me with the good news that my car was already done. I'll definitely go back and use them again.

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November 14, 2010

Giovanni and his team are the best. I've gone to him for engine and body repairs for many years and have never been disappointed. He has my full recommendation.

November 13, 2010

What can you say about International Sport Motor. They are the best from the customer service to office staff and everyone in the shop going above and beyond. This is the only place that I would take my care or reffer anyone to.

November 12, 2010

I went to ISM for the first time two weeks ago to receive a diagnostic for my driver side & rear passenger window. After returning today Nov. 12th to have the parts installed. All I can say is outstanding!! The Customer Service was excellent from all ends, from the Management, Customer Service Reps. to the Service Mechanics. I traveled from San Leandro, Ca because I could not find a shop that I could count on in my area. They were fast, efficient and polite. I couldn't be happier anywhere else. I will continue to use ISM in the near future, because they are dependable.

November 12, 2010

I have taken my can into ISM several times for repair work. Everytime they have done an amazing job. Giovanni and his stall are very knowledgeable. Great people!!!!! I highly recommend them.

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