Turning a passion for cars into a business
Automotive providing quality pre-owned cars in Lincoln
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[May 01, 2009]
Tim Beck has been in love with
cars his entire life. He has owned "a lot" of cars in his years.
Beck recently brought life again to the old Amoco gas station at the
corner of Logan and Broadway, just off the square in Lincoln.
Admittedly, three of the late-model vehicles on the lot are Beck's
personal cars, helping him slowly grow an inventory as well as a
Born and raised in Atlanta, Beck has been a Lincoln resident for 18
years and explained how he came to try his hand at entrepreneurship
in Lincoln with his new dealership, Bex Automotive.
He had worked
for FedEx for 15 years but was a night driver and decided he wanted
to see more of his two girls, Tori and Jenna, growing up. The new
business with more normal hours will allow him that.
He also wanted to see if he could take his passion for cars and
turn that into his own business.
Beck is starting out small, currently having seven vehicles on
the lot, and intends to be highly selective of what he offers for
sale. "I don't want to compete with the big boys (the other
dealerships in town), so I will offer cars they normally don't
offer," Beck noted.
Primarily he will stock 2004 and 2005 cars and trucks with price
tags under $10,000, and he promises to back his vehicles. "I know
these cars, and if there is something wrong with one of them, I will
fix it. I want to build a customer base, and that means taking care
of customers. I'm also lucky that I have a really good warranty
company," Beck said. The warranty company offers several plans that
allow for different levels of mileage or time, depending on the
owner's driving habits.
Beck's insurance includes being able to offer auto repair, and he
will make that decision whether to open his business for auto
repairs or not once his business gets off and running.
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However, he does intend to offer detailing for car and truck owners
Beck and his family really enjoy Lincoln, and his decision to
locate here is based on wanting to thrive as both a family and a
businessman in the town he and his family call home. Tim left FedEx
to open his own business, and his wife is supportive, "She's behind
me 100 percent," he said.
Now, as the young man settles in at his new business, he has high
hopes the community will be as supportive as well.
Bex Automotive's hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. till
6 p.m. "But someone can call me if they need to talk about a car,"
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