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Buy A Car, Or Have The Old One Fixed--All At Omega Auto

Posted 8/31/2017

DAVID Long, owner of Omega Auto Clinic, stands in his garage on East First Street flanked by a Jaguar and Porsche that he’s been servicing. DAVID Long, owner of Omega Auto Clinic, stands in his garage on East First Street flanked by a Jaguar and Porsche that he’s been servicing. HALSTEAD—Pretty soon you won’t have to travel far to buy your next Mercedes or BMW. Omega Auto Clinic is just weeks away from its plans to expand to used car sales in Halstead.

“A lot of people who have come in for repair work are excited also,” owner David Long said about his plans to begin selling vehicles. “They’re actually looking for cars and waiting for me to open.”
Omega Auto Clinic is repair shop at 117 East First St. that focuses on minor or moderate repairs to vehicles 1995 or newer. It also provides oil changes and other services. Long’s specialty is European cars, but he also services American and Asian models.

Earlier this month the city OK’d Long to open a car lot at First and Main adjacent to his repair shop. Now he’s in the process of getting his dealer’s license from the state. He expects that to be completed in a couple weeks and to be selling cars by mid-to-late September.

Long will sell domestic vehicles as well as European-made cars.

“There will be a nice little mix of things to try to suit whoever wants to buy a car,” he said.

He plans to have six-to-eight cars lined along the corner. He’ll buy the vehicles from auto auctions in Wichita or Kansas City, and may also accept trade-ins. Prices will range from $5,000 to $15,000, he said, providing Halstead residents with an affordable option close to home.

“There’s a niche there that I’m going to get into for people who are looking to get a car without getting a huge debt,” he said. 

This is Long’s first venture as a car salesman, but while he may be new to selling vehicles, he has more than 15 years’ experience working on them. Seven months ago he opened Omega Auto Clinic at its current location.

“It’s getting close to a year,” Long said with a laugh. “Things are going pretty good.”

Long previously had a shop with the same name along Old Settlers Road in 2012 and 2013 until merging with Becker Repair. He decided to branch out on his own again to follow his passion of servicing European cars.

About half of Long’s business is local and the rest is European vehicles from Wichita. He’s also had customers come from Newton and Salina.

Omega Auto Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and can be reached at 835-3455.