It's 1955. John Palumbo is a 21 year old student attending Temple University. He's majoring in Military Science with a secondary major in Dental Arts. The son of immigrant parents from Italy, John is a determined and self motivated young man with a solid work ethic.
When he enters his sophomore year at Temple University, John starts looking for part time employment. He finds an advertisement for an open position at a Goodyear Tire Store in Philadelphia. John has never worked with tires before, but he's confident he can learn. The store manager sees "something" in that college kid and hires him on the spot. With the job secured at the 69th Street Upper Darby Goodyear Store, John gets to work.
Proving to be an excellent learner, John quickly climbs the ladder. Within his first year of employment, John becomes the Philadelphia District's go-to guy. Corporate sends him to evaluate and assist poorly performing Goodyear Stores in the Philadelphia region.
John works with Corporate until 1971, when he and his family decide to take out a handshake loan. With the loan, they buy a former gas station in Glasgow, DE. It's in a bad state of disrepair, located in the median of a mostly barren highway. You need to cut through the middle of the surrounding cornfields to see it. His colleagues laugh and think he's crazy for wanting to fix it. The old station needs a lot of TLC, and there's little traffic that comes through the area. Little did they know what John already knew. If you build it (and have the vision), they will come.
In December of 1972, after major renovation, John Palumbo’s Car Care & Appliance Center opens for the first time.
John wasn't relying on the few homes and businesses in the immediate area. He was betting his money on the surrounding towns and numerous developments in progress. These towns were only a few miles away without a reputable, professional tire and auto center available. John knew he could meet that need. He was also betting that traffic on the now famous U.S. Route 40 would increase immensely. It wasn't long before everyone stopped laughing.
Fast forward forty some years later, and John is still at his shop. You can find him in the back office and on the sales floor. His son, Steve, has grown up in the tire and auto service business. Like his father, Steve has chosen this industry for his career. You'll find them both enjoying a chat with customers while still getting the necessary work done.
Don't be surprised if one of them offers to make you a fresh cup of coffee.
Naturally, the tire store and auto service center has grown tremendously since opening over four decades ago. Today, Palumbo's Car Care Center Inc. is THE state-of-the-art tire and auto service center in Glasgow, Delaware.
Palumbo's warehouse has thousands of tires for sale from Goodyear, Bridgestone, MICHELIN®, Dunlop, Kelly, Firestone Fuzion, and other major and private label brands. Most other brands are available for order, and the warehouse gets them faaaaaast. Best of all, you can browse over 3,500 passenger tires online, or call for more information on tires available for other vehicles.
Need good car service? We offer complete automotive service to keep your car, light truck, and SUV dependable. See us for engine diagnostics, shock and strut replacement, brake service, engine tune-ups, radiator service, wheel alignments, and much more. All automotive technicians are ASE Certified and we're one of only two ASE BLUE SEAL CERTIFIED shops in Delaware.
Want to maximize tire life? Palumbo's has you covered for tire service. We provide mounting and installation, computerized wheel balancing, tire rotation, and flat tire repair (we only use the vulcanized patch/plug method). Our tire technicians are Tire Association of North America Certified. In addition to standard tire maintenance and repair, we offer nitrogen tire inflation to help improve fuel economy, tire life, and handling.
For extra sensitive vehicles, we offer a Laser Harmonics Graphic wheel balancing service. This type of wheel balancing, while a little more expensive, can remove annoying vibrations and shakes. We feature the only balancing system of its kind in Delaware and Northern Maryland for this service.
All repairs are covered by Goodyear's Nationwide Tire & Service Network Warranty.
While we service your vehicle, relax in our clean and comfortable waiting area. We offer executive work space, premium digital HD cable TV, and free wireless internet. For your little ones, we have books, toys, coloring pages, and of course, The Disney Channel.
The knowledgeable team at Palumbo's Car Care Center, Inc. can perform many tire and automotive services in short time, with same day service available in many cases. We also offer on the spot 6 months No Interest Financing (when paid in full within 6 months).
Visit us today and say hello to John, Steve, and the rest of the crew. Don't forget to ask for that cup of coffee, although they’ll probably beat you to it!