We only sell vehicles that we would be happy to own ourselves. Experience, is our difference.
We have seen many ‘would be’s’ come and go over the time, but we are here to stay.
The Toyshop Automotive started in the suburb of Cardiff in Newcastle, NSW, in 1997. It was a passion for fast, mainly Japanese cars that inspired owner/director Brad Host to start importing performance parts and halfcuts from Japan.
Humble beginnings soon turned into a flourishing business, with larger premises required, and this is where the move to the owned premises in Beresfield occurred in 2005. Here the business progressed into the importation and compliance of Performance Japanese vehicles, including all the popular models of the time. Hoards of Supras, Skylines, RX7s, Silvias, Evo’s, and GTRs have all been imported over the years, amongst many hard-to-find classic Mazda Rotaries as well. And we were very proud when voted “Best Importer” by Performance Imports Magazine.
We felt that we had achieved all we could in that marketplace, so the business then moved away from parts and Japanese vehicles to find a new challenge, and in 2011, The Toy Shop Automotive moved into the compliance business, and specialised in the right hand drive conversion of the Chevrolet Camaro and the Dodge Ram, and importing European trucks.
In late 2015, Brad decided to start with a clean sheet of paper, and have a total re-think as to the direction The Toy Shop Automotive should take.
The Australian car market has seen a huge move away from traditional sedans, stations wagons, and sports cars, with a move in recent years towards 4×4 and SUV’s, and this is now what The Toy Shop Automotive Specialise in.
In addition, it was time to do business smarter and more efficiently: everything you do these days, from banking, to buying clothes, household goods, groceries and your favourite takeaway meal, has all moved to an online business format, so why not the car buying experience?
Everyone leads very busy lives these days, so no one wants the inconvenience of being restricted to geographical locations and traditional trading hours. With the very best digital imaging and videos available, our mission is to make buying a car no more difficult than ordering a pizza!
So the idea was born: to transform The Toy Shop Automotive to an online, ‘viewing by appointment’ business model. This allows us to be flexible to suit you, and your timetable. It allows us the time to get out into the field, and use our 20+ years of experience to hand pick all our cars, from all corners of the country, to bring you the very best examples money can buy. Finance has never been easier or more affordable. Transport anywhere is a breeze, and very cost-effective.
Yes, buying your next vehicle from The Toy Shop Automotive really is as easy as ordering that pizza.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.