Born and raised in Switzerland, Toni’s passion for fast cars and anything mechanical started at a very young age. Soon after graduating from high school he proceeded to sign up for an extensive 4-year apprenticeship with Ford Motors, which he completed with honors. As Switzerland is known for, precision, quality, and perfection are among the many traits Toni was trained on, which he embraced and continue to practice. Toni has since worked for Volvo and Kenworth before deciding to try his luck in the US in 1975. Once in the US he landed a job as a full-pledged technician with Import Motors, a Mercedes Benz repair shop in Oakland, where he worked for over 7 years. In 1985 Toni started his own business and opened Star Motors in Benicia, and has been providing Mercedes-Benz service and repair.
Mercedes-Benz & BMW specialist Lukas recently joined the Star Motors team. Lukas was factory trained in Switzerland with a Masters degree in Mercedes-Benz Diagnostics. He moved to the USA in 2000 and has been working at multiple Mercedes repair shops until he joined Star Motors.
"I WILL NEVER GO ANYWHERE ELSE AGAIN! TONI HELPED TURN WHAT WAS AN UNEXPECTED BREAK DOWN (NEVER A GOOD TIME) WHERE THE DEALERSHIP WANTED $2800 TO DO THE WORK TO REPAIR. FINALLY AFTER BEING SO DISCOURAGED FROM THE QUOTE I CALLED TONI AND HE DID ALL THE SAME WORK FOR A FRACTION OF THE COST! HE WAS ABLE TO GET ME IN AND HAD ALL THE PARTS NEEDED TO REPAIR AND GET MY BABY BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN! SHE HAS NEVER RAN BETTER. I CANNOT THANK HIM ENOUGH AND I AM ACTUALLY SO EXCITED TO HAVE A NEW RESPECTABLE, PROFESSIONAL SHOP I CAN GO TO AND KNOW I WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF AND NOT TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF, ESPECIALLY SINCE I AM A WOMAN! THANK YOU AGAIN, TONI...MY ONLY REGRET IS I WISH I HAD FOUND YOU 2 YEARS AGO!"
"I HAVE BEEN A CUSTOMER OF STAR MOTORS FOR 8-YEARS. TONI HAS ALSO TAKEN CARE OF MY MOTHER'S CAR FOR SEVERAL MORE YEARS. TONI HAS PROVEN TO BE MORE THAN AN AUTO MECHANIC; HE SERVES AS AN AUTOMATIVE ADVISOR WHO CARES NOT ONLY ABOUT DOING BUSINESS, BUT ALSO ABOUT INFORMING HIS CUSTOMERS TO ENSURE THEIR SATISFACTION. I AM HAPPY TO REFER BUSINESS TO STAR MOTORS WHENEVER I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY!"