Vanguard Motors was founded in 1986 by Gary Grande here in San Francisco. He believed there was a need for an alternative to high priced, impersonal dealer service. Gary and his team stress a high quality, one-on-one level service for your Porsche, BMW, or MINI.

A business IS its people, and Vanguard Motors is proud to employ some of the most highly trained, caring and honest people to ever work on cars. Our experience and attention to detail sets us apart from other shops. The people of Vanguard Motors love their work, and it shows. We employ only highly skilled technicians with extensive experience who receive regular, ongoing training and access to the latest technical information. We keep up with latest service computer technology updates and factory tooling. This extensive in-house knowledge allows us to satisfy your car’s service and repair needs, from scheduled maintenance to complete overhauls.

We are sensitive and committed to protecting our environment. We recycle used fluids and materials as well as purchase products requiring minimal packaging whenever possible to reduce our impact on the environment.

Your car represents a significant investment and proper maintenance will help extend the life of your car and preserve its value. In addition to helping you avoid costly repairs down the road, regular maintenance will optimize your car’s performance, safety, reliability and fuel efficiency.

The tools we have include:

Porsche PIWIS diagnostic and programming computer
Porsche PIWIS2 diagnostic and programming computer
Porsche Durametric scanning computer
BMW / MINI ISTA factory diagnostic and programming computer
Autologic diagnostic and programming computer

Other specialized equipment we use includes:

AutoEnginuity OBDII scanning computer
Hunter Roadforce computer wheel balancer
Hoffman Tire Mounting machine for "touchless" alloy wheel mounting
Robinair Air Conditioning service machine - both R12 and R134a freon capable
Picoscope 4-channel oscilloscope
Snap-on boroscope for internal engine inspection