How we became Australia's # 1 Supplier of Genuine Second-hand Toyota Parts
Toyots R Us opened its doors for the first time in 2004, supplying Toyota spare parts. Our philosophy from the start was simple. Supply premium quality second hand Toyota parts for current models. We became the alternative to buying the parts brand new from Toyota.
We purchase our vehicles from salvage auctions like Manheim Auctions & Pickles Auctions Australia wide. We target low kilometre vehicles. We do pay a premium price for our vehicles. Although in the long run, the benefits outweigh any negatives.
Our warranty claims are non-existent & our customers are happy. They have purchased Quality second hand Toyota parts that are going to last many years past any warranty period. They know they have got value for their money.
The business grew rapidly, supplying high-quality second Toyota & Lexus spare parts. We were & still are the first call for some of Australia's biggest Toyota & Lexus dealerships when they need parts.
We also began servicing & repairing Melbourne's Maxi Taxis which are the Toyota Hiace. Over the years many of those taxis have been on our hoists for one thing or another. Today, the majority of Melbourne's Taxis are Toyota. From the Toyota Hiace, Toyota Camry, Toyota Prius or the Toyota Kluger we service them all.
Our connection to the taxi industry doesn't end there. We fit out the Toyota Hiace Commuter bus to taxi industry requirements. We install all the seats, seat belts, This includes the installation of the wheelchair lift. The Hiace gets engineered and then sold to one of the many operators in Victoria.
By now we had outgrown the factory in Laverton so we moved the entire operation to 2-8 Cook Street, Sunshine West. The 4WD & Commercial Yard is still there today.
The new factory was fitted out with 3 levels of shelving which includes a lift. The workshop was fitted out with everything you would expect to find in a modern workshop including 11 hoists.
The business carried on, growing steadily.The decision was made to expand the business further to a second location around 2012. Toyots R Us separated the models into two separate yards.
The 4WD, SUV & Commercial Vehicles remained in Cook Street. This meant the commercial vehicles like the Toyota Hilux, Toyota Landcruiser, Toyota Prado. Toyota Kluger & RAV4 as well as all the Lexus SUV like the RX300, RX350, RX450 would operate from the Cook Street Factory.
The Passenger vehicles or the Sedans and hatchbacks moved into a factory on Spencer Street, Sunshine West. Models like the Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Prius, Toyota Yaris & all the Lexus sedans like the IS250. IS300, IS300H, GS450 & CT200
The move included moving the parts which was a massive operation in itself. All the body parts, engines, gearboxes, lights, doors. Everything had to be moved.
Separating the models across the two yards has worked really well. We claim to be specialists as we only deal with Toyota & Lexus models. However, having the two has meant the two teams have become even more specialised. This is definitely the main reason for this.
This is how things stayed. Until an opportunity to purchase some land in Derrimut came up. The land was or is approximately 10 minutes from the 4WD & Commercial yard. The land was purchased & plans were drawn up for 8 purpose built factories. Four for the Passenger Vehicles & Four for 4WD & Commercial vehicles.
Currently, two factories are completed with the remaining six to be completed by the end of 2019. The passenger vehicle yard has been operating from the new factories at 100 Castro way Derrimut since March 2017.
We look forward to having both yards operating from the same location. We are also excited to welcome all our customers to the new yard. The feedback from everyone so far is very positive and it's only a quarter finished. Exciting times ahead for everyone at Toyots R Us.