Carrie Rengers

Autoplex manager moving up the street

The Autoplex at Douglas and Hillside has closed, and general manager Dave McCall is now going to be sales manager at Hancock Automotive around the corner at First and Hillside.

"He and I have been doing business together for several years, and we've often talked about merging because it would benefit... our clients," Howard Hancock says. "So we decided to get together and have him come on board over here."

Hancock specializes in the service and some sales of VWs , Audis and Land Rovers . He handles other makes as well.

"We were just doing a little bit of sales before," he says. McCall is "going to bring his expertise here."

Hancock, who started his business in 1998, now has room for about 20 cars.

"I have an additional lot to the north of First Street that I'm trying to work with the city on."

That would bring his total to 35 or 40.

McCall is joining Hancock immediately.

Off the beaten path

After being home to automobiles for decades, 1510 E. Second St. is going to house a new business in the new year.

"We're not closing, we're just changing," says David Leivian , owner of European Car Co.

He's moving his shop, though he's not sure where to yet.

Leivian can't say who is buying his 11,000-square-foot building, but the deal will close sometime in January or early February.

"We're moving more off the beaten path," he says of his business.

Leivian works on a lot of vintage cars, likes Rolls-Royces .

"We do quite a bit of stuff that's different than just servicing regular cars."

He first went to work in the building in 1975 for someone else who owned European Car Co., back when it was a BMW and Alfa Romeo dealership.

He wants to find another building of about the same size, but Leivian says, "We're not going to be right on a main street (with) a showroom."

He plans to expand into other areas as well, such as renting vintage cars for weddings and other events.

Also, Leivian plans to do more Internet business, including helping people find vintage cars.

"We're very specialized."