Paul Cowden created one of the first gay-owned automotive shops in the Bay Area at 875 Folsom St. in San Francisco, CA more than 30 years ago. Paul got started working on cars of friends who did not know a shop they could trust. Cowden Automotive is a women-friendly automotive repair shop and tire store serving the customers from San Francisco and Oakland and the surrounding areas. We're happy to serve SOMA, China Basin, Noe Valley, Castro, South Beach, Rincon Hill, The Financial District, and Union Square, as well as the entire Bay Area, and Marin and San Mateo Counties. Call us when you need new tires for your car or auto service like brake repairs, replacement of belts and hoses, transmission repair and scheduled maintenance. If your check engine light is on, let out mechanics check it. You can also use our online diagnostic center to troubleshoot automotive problems right now.
We have grown from a one-man foreign car repair shop to an 8,000-square foot, 10-bay facility handling foreign and domestic vehicles. We use parts from:
Our business hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM. Schedule an appointment with us online today, or stop in for a tire price quote. After your repair or service with us, please leave us a review - we love hearing from our customers!
Cowden Automotive's business is built on two basic principles: treat our customers with respect and fix your car right the first time. Those two principles have guided our business for over 30 years and continue on today. At Cowden Automotive, we believe that finding an auto repair shop shouldn't be a challenge. We build strong relationships with our customers and work harder to deliver the best auto repair services in the greater San Francisco, CA region. When you need your car fixed in Oakland, your check engine light decoded in San Mateo, or your oil changed near the bay, come to Cowden Automotive for great service, expert diagnostics, and quality auto repair. Proudly serving San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, San Mateo, CA, and surrounding areas.