One of the coolest things about being a successful motocross racer is being able to afford some seriously cool cars. From pimped-out trucks, to Lamborghinis and Bentleys; we’ve seen motocross pros rolling in some pretty impressive rides.
A few weeks ago we spent the afternoon at a DUB Magazine photo shoot with Tyler Evans where Tyler was photographed with his favorite rides, including his current daily-driver; a white 2006 Bentley. When we asked Tyler’s agent, Kenny Watson about all of the high-end cars in Tyler’s stable, he told us J Star Motors takes care of them and a number of other moto stars. So last week Kenny took us to check out J Star’s dealership in La Habra, where we met the company’s founder, Jared Merrell…
TWMX: Man Jared, that is an impressive line-up of cars out in the showroom. I think we’ll take the Ferrari home with us. [BRACKET “Laughs"”]
Jared: [BRACKET “Laughs”] Pick one out and we’ll get it done.
Sounds good, but on a more serious note, tell us about J Star…
We’ve been around for about nine years. J Star motors started with basically one car, and now we have about 140 cars in stock. We customize anything from a $20,000 car to a $400,000 car, and we sell anything and everything, from lifted trucks to customized vehicles. We also customize other people’s vehicles. You don’t have to buy your car from us, you can bring your own car in here and we’ll customize it. But we like to offer cars that we’ve already put all the money into so that people can come in and easily finance it as is. That way you don’t have to wait a month or two after buying it while it sits in a shop getting worked on. We try to put together a nice-looking vehicle that is ready to drive off the lot.
How did you end up in this business?
When I was in high school I was buying and selling dirt bikes, three wheelers and quads to make some extra cash. When I got out of school I moved up to buying and selling little Toyota pickup trucks that were like three or four grand. I kept turning a profit and built it from there, moving from a garage to a bigger warehouse, and eventually to this dealership. We’ve also recently opened a second location down in San Juan Capistrano.
You guys obviously specialize in selling high-end vehicles. What are some of the more exotic cars you sell?
We sell anything from a Chevy or Ford truck, to a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, Cadillac, Porches; we sell pretty much everything. All of our cards have low miles and are super clean. We take pride in everything we sell, and we back it 100%.
Is the customization you do strictly interior, or do you do it all?
It’s everything. We’re pretty much a one-stop shop. You can drop your car off and we’ll do engine modifications, interiors, sound systems, lifts, wheel, tires; you name it.
We first saw you guys at the Tyler Evan’s photo shoot with DUB Magazine a couple weeks ago. What is your connection to the motocross industry?
About ten years ago I started dealing with Nathan Ramsey and Casey Johnson, and that evolved into working with other riders. Now I sell cars to Nathan, Chad Reed, Ivan Tedesco, Tyler Evans, Josh Hansen; I’ve dealt with a lot of the riders over the years. Whatever car needs they have, we take care of them.
Sounds like an awesome business to be in. Where can people find more information about J Star and check out some of the cars?
You can go to www.jstarmotors.com, or come by one of our showrooms in La Habra or San Juan Capistrano.
Sounds good, Jared. Now let’s go check out our new Ferarri…