Operating since 2003, Douglas Automotive and Engineering Ltd is an established business that has been providing quality service since the very start. We always go the extra mile and work hard to maintain our excellent reputation.
At Douglas Automotive & Engineering you will find a dedicated team who specialise in everything automotive. From car restoration, servicing, WOF and general vehicle repairs to full custom fabrication work, panel beating and all general engineering requirements, we've got you covered.
MEET THE TEAM
Lisa originally came onto the team to help her brother Vince manage the office and administrative side of the business after the loss of his wife, and liked it so much that she decided to make her stay permanent. She enjoys getting to work with her brother every day. Lisa loves spending time with her family and her horses to unwind outside of work.
Proud Owner of DAE
Vince had been working in the industry for 15 years doing a wide range of automotive and engineering jobs, here in NZ and overseas.
At that stage it was time to make his own name in the industry with the help of his wife Coralie, they started Douglas Automotive back in 2003, and with the thanks to our staff and his wife the business has grown from strength to strength.
Vince takes great pride in every job that passes through our doors, whether it be a simple oil change or a high end rebuild.
At 18, Vince brought and rebuilt his own ’32 Ford Roadster, that is where the passion for restoration and eye for detail started along with his apprenticeship training from the best garage around - KG McLeod in Dunedin.
Now he has turned his lifelong dream of being able to bring over hand-picked cars from America into a reality. Vince loves building good long term relationships with customers, new challenges, and solving any problem that comes his way.
A mechanic for 11 years, Mike has been developing a love for custom cars over his 4 year span working with us. Getting the opportunity to work on such a variety of specialty vehicles has fostered this passion through all of the new challenges they present. Mike has well earned his position as our service manager - He can tackle any challenge and ensures the flow of our workshop.
Luke got his start through a work experience program at high school and quickly took to mechanics. In his words, he ‘annoyed Vince until he gave [him] a job’, and has since then completed his apprenticeship with us. Outside of work, Luke also takes part in cross country motocross and enjoys working on his G6E and XY Falcon.
Glenn has always had an interest in working with machines, having done everything from installing a V8 engine in a Toyota Starlet to tuning the engine on a record breaking speed boat. His natural talent and eye for problem solving have carried him all the way from work experience at high school to where he is today. Glenn has previously spent 15 years specialising in Auto Air Conditioning, before finding his place here. He now is semi-retired and does the 'odd bit here n there' for us.
Honda Workshop Manager
Stuart has been working on Honda Vehicles for over 37 years! Over that time he has held the position of service and parts manager for over 19 years.
He has represented NZ in an Asia Pacific Technician Competition in Japan - which resulted in NZ coming 3rd!!
Stuart is proud to be a part of our team and continue to provide excellent service and parts to all Honda owners and can assist in the purchase of new Honda Vehicles.
Stuart said his hobbies are HONDA!!
Darrius brings a light-hearted and playful nature to our team - always has a smile on his dial!
He has spent 8 years working on Honda cars and now has joined our team at Douglas in July 2021.
He has a musical talent this fella, dabbling in piano and guitar.
He loves spending his weekends at church and is getting ready for his wedding in 2022!
Honda Sales Ambassador
After making his start in carpentry, John found his feet doing general engineering work with a housing relocation company. John and Vince have known each other for 12 years, and have enjoyed working together for 10 of those. Currently, he is enjoying switching a 1987 C20 Chevrolet over to right hand drive, and can’t wait to get his hands on the next job.
Engineer, Air Con and Auto Sparky and panel beater
Richard brings our team over 25 years experience in many aspects.
He is here to sort any Air Con, Auto Electrical, Panel Beating or Engineering tasks just to name a few.
He's spent most of his life in Rotorua with his family.
Richard enjoys getting out on his KTM and GSXR and mountain biking.
This man of many talents has even built his own custom '65 Triumph Bobber!
MOTORBIKES & RESTORATIONS
Motorbike & Restoration Technician
James has worked predominantly in the Motorcycle industry for over 33 years!
He has worked as a technician and service manager for shops in Rotorua & Taupo. With a large chunk of his work being spent on the big names - Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, Honda and KTM, no challenge has been a hassle.
James spent the late 90's through to 2010 travelling NZ, Aussie and Europe as a Motocross Mechanic also!
When James isn't spinning spanners here, he's doing the same thing at home - he's always owned classic cars and bikes - Preferring to repair rather than replace.
"Do it once and do it right"
Roel has been in the Panel Fabrication industry for over 32 years.
His eye for detail and steady hands has seen him tackle every challenge from major insurance repairs, trucks, bikes, custom cars...you name it.
When Roel is tools down, he enjoys fishing, deer hunting and biking.
We're stoked to have another talented bloke on our team and look forward to growing our new Panel Beating division with him!
Tracee loves being a part of the family business and takes pride in all the work she does.
She's super passionate about health & wellbeing which she brings along with her.
With goals of being self-sufficient with organic gardening, Trac and her son spend lots of time learning about plants.
She also enjoys riding her dirtbike and woodwork - She has even built her furniture at home!
Tracee also shares Vince and Lisa's loves for Fords! (Of course!)