• Mar 27, 2007
For the six of you that follow Japan's Super GT race series, Autobacs is a familiar name. For the rest of you, it's the Japanese equivalent of Kragen or Pepboys, but with stuff you'd actually want to put on your car.

It seems that Strauss Discount Auto just filed Chapter 11, and Autobacs USA has snatched up its distribution center and the 91 stores that pepper the East Coast. The plan is to launch a new chain, consolidate the companies under the name Autobacs Strauss and begin to make headway into the aftermarket industry here in the States.

Since Autobacs stocks pretty much everything under the automotive sun, most of which is pretty high quality kit, we're a bit excited at the prospects. Especially since the last part we ordered from the Land of the Rising Sun cost less than the shipping charges.

[Source: GTChannel]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      How, per say, would one go about importing auto parts? I really want to start importing outer fenders, grills, lights, and hoods from the production chinese BJ 2000 to sell as a swap/upgrade kit. I think the same could be done with the front clip from the aussie version of the camry, etc.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I belive, in this case, build and they will come. In big cities it will work quite well, but in your outlying rural areas which seem to harbor more foreigner phobias and prejudices it won't work at all. I sell tires for a living and still get people not wanting "jap" tires. Go figure. WWII was how many years ago?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bring the ASL Garaiya here with you autobacs!!!
      http://pjr.s31.xrea.com/images/tokyo-autosalon2003/garaiya-1.jpg
      • 7 Years Ago
      Will you really be able to get JDM parts from this Autobacs Strauss, or will they just sell the same ol' craptastic OEM parts everyone else has?
      • 7 Years Ago
      There is a Super Autobacs in Stanton that's been open for quite sometime out here in Southern California.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have a hard time believing these stores will work OUTSIDE California. The U.S. may have a strong group of people that love JDM, but how many of them can actually afford the best products for their respective cars when all I see is still "all show, no go"? These stores will have to sell parts for SUV's and trucks to stay in business and offer the typical tune-up (I know they do it in Japan) even more over here for idiots that don't know if their car has an I-4 or V-6.

      I always wanted Autobacs to branch away from Cali, now I'm starting to regret that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They carry many popular mainstream "JDM" brands, and they can work with you to get the rare, hard-to-find stuff.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There's one down the street from Knott's Berry Farm here in SoCal. Everyone goes there to meet (Scion's first Saturday of every month) and what not, but nobody actually buys anything there. They say it's an overpriced Costco where you go to find what you want, grab the SKU then go online and get it much cheaper.