Our Story

Gabko commenced as a family operated Automotive Electrical business in the late 1960’s, when Joe Gabko Snr began servicing and overhauling regulators, generators and starter motors in Sydney, NSW for companies such as Bradley Bros and the growing automobile repair industry.  Joe Snr quickly earned the reputation of being the “Auto electrician” go-to-man and hence became the ‘Bosch Auto Electrical’ Agent, for ROBERT BOSCH Australia.

Passionate for his trade, Joe Snr ensured he was at the cutting edge of his industry and was one of the first to embrace new technologies and diagnostic equipment within Australia. As the automobile electrical systems evolved from basic fuel injection to the modern day multiplexed hybrid systems, Joe Snr was contracted by local government departments to undertake auto electrical service and repairs to the states Fire engines, police vehicles, ambulances and council vehicles. He conducted his business with Ethos, Integrity, and honesty. Joe ensured that his passion for his work was passed on to his 10 employees and his son Joe Jnr, who joined the family business as an apprentice in 1983.

Like his father, Joe Jnr also quickly earned a reputation for being at the forefront of his trade. This was earned on his own merits, having being selected as a MVRIC (Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Council) ‘Apprentice of the Year’ 1985/86. Joe Jnr knowledge and skills were held in such esteem that he was quickly ‘headhunted’ by large companies such as ‘Repco Auto Tech’. Always encouraged by his father, Joe embarked on a corporate path within the industry as a representative, writing and presenting technical training seminars for the automotive trade, major dealerships, a major USA race team and later international OEM companies.

Now with decades of experience and service, Joe identified the increasing problems that independent technicians, workshops and even dealerships faced with the unavailability of ‘Quality Test Equipment & Electrical Power Distribution Products’. 

Seeking a solution, Joe partnered with Corey Johnson whose business, marketing and IT background direct the new company to focus on supplying the Automotive Industry with quality OEM produced products. Joe and Corey ultimately establish a reputable company with local, national and international contacts and acquire Australian distributorship with some of the industry’s best international manufacturers.

Gabko continues to lead the industry with the best products, tools and accessories for the Trade, Automotive, Marine, Industrial, Defence, Motorsport, and 4WD. We are happy to assist with all your enquiries.

Thank you - The Gabko Team