Locale: UP Garage – Machida

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If you’re a Japanese car enthusiast, there is one thing you know you’ve always dreamed of doing once in Japan; and that is to visit as many tuner shops and stores as possible.  I’m no different.  I’ve wanted to visit an Up Garage for some time now, and a few months ago I finally got my chance.  For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an affliction towards used parts.  Maybe it’s the history that comes along with them; or maybe it’s because I’m fiscally responsible (read: cheap).  There’s no better place to go bargain hunting for JDM car part goodness than at an Up Garage.

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If you are in Japan, and don’t have a car, than this place can prove to be a tad bit hidden.  The easiest way is to catch the Tokyo Den-en-Toshi Line (東急田園都市線), and get off at Minami-Machida station.  You can find a map on the Up Garage website.  Machida is actually a really cool town to walk around in.

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Once inside, you’re welcomed with the obligatory いらっしゃい! and then immediately thrown into a black-hole of extremely well priced, used and new tuning parts.  Wallets beware.

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Coilovers, exhausts, wheels, sus. tuning, engine mgmt., engines, tranny’s, audio/visual; you name it they have it.  The guy in the background is my buddy Jack.  He will soon be a co-author on this site, contributing much to life in Japan.  Stay tuned!

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Tell me that’s not the best price you’ve ever seen on CE28N’s with tires!  These are 17’s!  This wheel had a few blemishes, but the rest were clean.  Japanese people have a habit of disliking used things.  This is a secret to scoring great camera gear for cheap too.

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How about a set of Advan RG’s w/ tires for a little over $800?  I was so tempted to ship these back to Cali.

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This location had a lot of used RB’s on hand.  I asked one of the ladies working at the counter if they were guaranteed, and she told me everything in the store, mechanical and electronic, have been tested and work fine.  I can vouch for that too, because I walked out of there with a used Navigation system for $40.  It may not be very helpful in Long Beach, but it sure looks cool.

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To say that their parking lot was small would be an extreme understatement.  It’s too bad I couldn’t get full shots of these employee cars, because they were pretty hot.  This R32 was literally on the ground.

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I spotted this Levin in the corner, sporting huge over-fenders and some really deep wheels.  The red color was really unique, but again, no full car shot.  I think it’s time to invest in a wide angle.

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Right next door to this location is the Fly Rat shop and car sales.  I’ll have another ‘Locale’ mini-feature on Fly Rat soon.  Nissan experts!