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Old 12-24-2000, 11:19 PM   #1
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Question Performance shop in Mo.?

Just curious if anyone would go to a Subaru oriented performance shop in Missouri? Most likely it would be located just South of St. Louis(approx. 30 miles). I currently live in Oregon, and operate my business (Compass Motorsports) from here right now.
My wife and I are formerly from Festus, Mo.(which is just about 30 miles south of STL.)
We are planning on moving back in about a year, and I am checking to see if there is any consumer interest in a performance shop in the midwest. I have been, and continue to set up contacts here in the northwest. I plan on keeping these contacts and using them when I get back to Mo.
Let me know what you guys and girls think. I'm still pretty new to this self employed business man thing, but I hope to have my skills honed and be on top of the game when I get back.
I am currently a dealer for:
Denso Iridium spark plugs
SPO Motorsports and
Primitive Enterprises
I'm working on others but it's slow going, especially this time of year. I also have some of my own projects in the works. Carbon Fiber gauge surround being the top one. I will let you know about the others later.
Thanks for your time, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
Cya, Gary

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Old 12-25-2000, 10:07 AM   #2
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Well, without being able to give you any promises of just how much business I would be, I can tell you that I think it would be great to know that there is someone specializing in these cars within a day's drive. You'd be about 2-2.5 hours from me, but I'd make the drive to have mods done by someone who understood what they were working with.

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Old 12-25-2000, 11:52 AM   #3
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There is a guy who is going to start up a tuner shop here in KC to cater to Scoobies. He met with Mike Shields at SEMA for help and was getting some backing with some other companies.
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Old 12-25-2000, 04:44 PM   #4
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Merry Christmas all!
Yes I know what all that stuff is. Currently I am the Asst. manager at a small repair shop where I live, I turned wrenches before the promotion to A.M.. We are THE Subaru shop in town. I have a 00'RS, one of our other mechanics has a 98'RS, and the owner has two Brats(80 and 81)plus a 81' 3-door hatchback with the cyclops third light in the grill, he has owned several turbo wagons too. Also the guy who used to own the shop owns two Brats (81 and 85), he still comes in a couple times a week.
I'm seeing a first here in Oregon, a dealership close by has actually struck a deal with SPO Motorsports. They will carry and install his performance parts.(it just happens to be the dealership that I bought my car from)
<"it would be nice to have a shop that doesn't cater to hondas"> I agree 100%, I don't like H-cars solely because they have 95% of the aftermarket support. The other 5% goes to Volkswagens, I believe. I don't plan on stocking anything for the H-cars specifically. But I'm sure I will have some, you know how demand is in the business world.
My purpose in life is geared towards Scoobies and maybe Escorts(another underrated car), but I will be willing to try to work with just about any car. Thanks for your input, your support will be appreciated(it does concern my livelyhood afterall). I look forward to meeting everyone in the Midwest group, and helping you guys when I can. Cya, Gary


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Old 12-26-2000, 12:31 AM   #5
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It would be really nice to have a performance shop that doesn't cater solely to the Honda crowd; from what I've seen and heard, the shops around here tend to do mostly wing/exhaust/bumper work. A friend of mine has an Si and got a Quaife LSD, ACT clutch, and motor mounts installed by a shop that had never heard of LSDs. So, I suspect you'd get a fair amount of work from both Subaru and other car owners if you opened a place here. Good luck, and keep us posted!
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Old 12-26-2000, 06:32 PM   #6
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Hey all, I was kinda hoping for a little more input. Would you use my services? How far would you consider travelling to get to my business?(i.e. Ill. people come down for stuff, etc...)I would be doing installs along with selling parts, How many people would use the install facility? Would you be loyal? For example: If I treated you fair, gave you reasonable prices, and good service(mechanical and customer)Would you stick with me to keep me in business or jump to someone else to save a few bucks?
Sorry for all the questions, just trying to decide if it is worth it to go back to the Midwest and try to have my own business. Or just do the 9 to 5 for someone else. Your input and suggestions are appreciated. Thank you. Cya, Gary
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Old 12-26-2000, 06:51 PM   #7
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I think the useage of the shop would be up to the reputation of the shop, really. I mean, I would drive to Cobb, but just for the fact that he does so detailed and deep of work. I think you'd probably find yourself like an ISR, selling a lot online and getting a bit of actual install buisness. But you'd probably have to cater towards Hondas and such as well, since that is where you'll make a lot of sales and installs since they are so common.
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Old 12-26-2000, 08:15 PM   #8
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I am trying to build some of my customer service reputation here in the club. I try to always be as quick and accurate as possible. I have had no complaints as of yet, and I'm trying to keep it that way. Thanks for your input 8. I hope in the future that you will think of me in the same light as you do Cobb, and will drive down from Schaumburg to visit my shop. Please keep the input coming, it helps out alot. Cya, Gary

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Old 12-26-2000, 08:35 PM   #9
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I guess a lot depends on what you're offering. If you can import all sorts of parts from overseas for Hondas, Subarus, Toyotas, Nissans, Mitsubishis, that will get you a lot of business. If you do engine/tranny mounts for all of those imports, that will get you even more. If you can pull off an entire WRX conversion or do turbo installs on a variety of imports, you'll get even more. I think there's definitely a market here for a real import performance shop, but as soon as you're exclusive and decide to focus on just one manufacturer, you're going to be shooting yourself in the foot. There just aren't that many Subaru owners in the middle of the USA to give you a steady stream of business - but if you do a good job, I would wager that most people (Subaru or otherwise) would return next time they needed something done. We're like that here, you know?

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Old 12-26-2000, 11:20 PM   #10
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I plan on modifying any and all cars that their owners would want to do. I'm just starting with Subarus and Escorts because that is where my strengths lay. I own one of each, and I am modifying them both. I want to stay away from Hondas, but I know deep down that I'll have to do them to stay in business.
I am working on importing some body kits for the Escort and the Impreza. I have a friend who is a machinist, and he is helping me design a strut tower bar for the Impreza,Legacy, and Forester. I'm also working on a weather safe ram air intake that bolts to the bottom of the stock hood scoop. Pretty sure I have the design worked out in my head, just have to get it down on paper, and then get it out in carbon fiber. So I guess you could say that there is a plethera of stuff that I'm trying to bring to the table. I wish money was the same way.
Hebaru I appreciate your input also, I feel that it is helping to put things more in perspective for me. I guess the better question for you guys is, What do you guys want in a performance shop? So that I can better meet your needs. Thanks again for everyones input and advice. Cya, Gary
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Old 12-27-2000, 06:56 PM   #11
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Well, as I stated earlier...if I knew the shop was run by someone who really was an enthusiast and understood my car, I would be willing to make the drive. Mind you, maybe not for oil changes or basic maintenance, but I don't think that's where you're headed anyways! I do agree with the thought that there is some comfort in buying stuff from a tangible business, so you can "check them out" a bit more.

I hope this comes together for you, because I think it's a great idea.
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Old 12-27-2000, 08:33 PM   #12
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Thank you, everyone! Your input is a great help indeed. I like the idea of being tangible so you can come see me and decide for yourself what you think about me and my products.
I like to believe that I am a straight forward guy and that I don't jerk anyone around. Several people have bought plugs from me here in the club and I have had no complaints yet. I hope to continue this level of satisfaction, but only time will tell. You guys can believe that I am an enthusiast, a real CAR NUT if you will.
Also keep the suggestions coming about what you want in a shop. I AM listening and even writing some of this down.
If things work out maybe I can meet some or all of you at the "USA meet". I plan on trying to be there. Thanks again and Happy New Year. Cya, Gary
PS 10TH- If this works? Maybe!

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Old 12-28-2000, 12:00 AM   #13
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sounds pretty good. i think the lack of response to your thread so far comes from the time of year. everyone is on vacation.

i think its a good idea, most of the speed shops around here are domestic only and the import ones only know an impreza from GT2

as far as getting stuff from you, if you are competitively priced for good equipment, i would much rather go to a guy that is tangible instead of off on the internet somewhere.

oh yeah, can i get a job
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Old 12-28-2000, 10:46 AM   #14
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I like the idea of a shop near St. Louis. Subaru owners seem to be spread out in the mid west, so you would have to hondas, mitsus, etc., but St. L. is a good central location.

Top Dog-what is the deal with this shop in K.C.? I havent heard anything about this.

Anyway, the point is, if it comes down to it, Im always ready for a road trip, and I have family in St. L. so that would make the trip that much more worthwhile.
Good luck man!
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Hey 8- Where is the Cobb shop at? Just wondering.
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Old 12-28-2000, 09:38 PM   #15
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Hmm.. although I might not be around central MO for much longer, I hope my $.02 count..
I would love to have a shop with someone like you working there! It's good to see an enthusiastic person, who wouldn't rip you off, offer a good price and a good product, do a good job on your car and even possibly offer an advice or two. Tangibility (does that word exist?) is also a very good thing! Even if the price wasn't THE best around, I'd rather go to a place that'd take *good* care of my car and me as a customer. Others are correct that there will not be a huge demand for an exclusive Subaru mod shop, not just yet.. However, WRX is coming, and, if SOA play their cards right, you might get LOTS of business for them in the years to come. As for location, I think St. Louis would be nice as there are quite a few Subaru owners in that area, as I've noticed.

Best of luck to you in this!
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Old 12-29-2000, 12:50 AM   #16
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there aren't too many of us, but we certianly like to playr with our cars i'm all for it.
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Old 12-29-2000, 07:08 PM   #17
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Yeah, we have a great time "rallying" and even just getting together for food, fun, etc. I honestly can say it's once of the nicest groups of people with one thing in common (at least at first ) that I've met in years. We'll be very supportive of a local shop, and will encourage our friends to check it out... even if they have Hondas!

Oh yes, before I forget, Happy New Year to all... may 2001 be free of ice, obstacles, and drops off the side of the road for all of us!
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Old 12-29-2000, 10:01 PM   #18
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Thanks guys, I really can't tell you all how much I appreciate the feedback and support that you have given me.'sniff,sniff' If things work out, we may be in MO. as early as July 2001. I could be working out of a family members home garage almost right away.
Hope to see you all soon, maybe at the USA Meet! Cya, Gary
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Old 12-30-2000, 12:01 AM   #19
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Good luck, man. Hope to see you out here soon.
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Old 12-30-2000, 02:30 PM   #20
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i can't wait!

happy new year all.
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