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Two specialty auto dealers face off on Holgate Blvd

by: RITA A. LEONARD - D & C Motors recently opened a new showroom for pre-owned European cars on Holgate Boulevard at SE 27th. At left is Sales Manager Sam Cercea; owner Daniel Crainic is at right.For eight years, D & C Motors, a high-volume private car dealership on Holgate Boulevard at 4455 S.E. 25th Avenue, has specialized in the acquisition, detailing, and sale of pre-owned European vehicles. The business has grown steadily, and is owned by Daniel Crainic, a 2006 Cleveland High School graduate. D & C employs a staff of eight, and moves about 75 vehicles per month. “We have a passion for European cars," grins Crainic. “We specialize in vehicles from Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and other European nations.”

D & C Motors connects clients with specifically desired high-quality used models that are generally sold at a more competitive price than expected. In April, the company raised its profile considerably, by opening a sleek new indoor showroom two blocks east, at 2627 S.E. 27th Avenue – across Holgate Boulevard from Matthews’ Memory Lane Motors.

The new auto showroom formerly housed C & C Machine Shop, and its remodeling took about a year. The new 11,000-square-foot space features floor to ceiling windows, heating and air conditioning, sealed cement flooring, and brand new showroom lighting. It more than doubles the D & C property.

Sales Manager Sam Cercea reveals, "We offer warranties on vehicles that we sell. We do detailing at the shop, but recommend service to other local businesses, such as Astra Motors on S.E. 18th Avenue. Our most popular models are BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Volvo, Saab, Land Rover, and Jaguar. All out vehicles are handpicked from auctions and local trade-ins. Daniel’s territory is California, and I cover Oregon.”

Both D&C and Memory Lane appear to be complementing each other, rather than competing. But their strip of Holgate is certainly gaining a reputation as a place to go to find very special automobiles.

D & C Motors (also sometimes spelled D & C Motorz) is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am till 7 pm. Call them at 503-896-3902, or go online to: www.dcmotorz.com