About Du Fresne's Auto Repair
The Story of Du Fresne's Auto Service as told by Nancy Du Fresne Scheewe
DU FRESNE'S AUTO SERVICE, INC started in business December 11, 1968. Originally I was working as a bookkeeper for service stations. We purchased our first Shell station with $10,000 borrowed from my dad's credit union. Eventually, we had 4 Shell Stations. Our growing children both worked at our stations for many years... first cleaning up, then pumping gas, doing the books and finally managing a couple of the stations.
When Shell Oil Co. pulled out of the Portland Market, we had owned an old 2 bay shell station. We remodeled, turning it into a six bay Auto Repair Facility with a drive through Espresso. We wanted to stay in the same area, keeping our long time loyal customers.
We have seen many changes in the automotive industry. We started out doing everything by pencil. Now we have modernized the office and shop employing the power of computers. We have 6 computers supporting the management of the business as well as performing the hi-tech automotive analysis and repair. This equipment helps us do the repair professionally and correctly on the newest models the first time. My employees are always attending seminars, keeping up-to-date with current automotive changes and best practices. Our shop is an authorized DEQ-CERTIFIED VEHICLE REPAIR FACILITY. To qualify, a facility must have the correct equipment and the mechanics must have passed certain tests.
A little about each of our employees
Currently finishing last term at PCC Slyvania Campus for Automotive Technology. Determined and focused to fix older and newer technology with thorough diagnosis and get the problem fixed the first time. Frankie is bilingual in Spanish with English being his first language. Frankie is motivated to grow customer relations with great communication and getting the job done in a timely manner to the customers satisfaction.
Marco Valdez is our Spanish speaking ASE Technician. He plays Guitar in a rock band, has two kids that keep him very busy.
Tee Du Fresne, is our Marketing Manager. She is my daughter and she came back to the repair shop in 2003 after being a finance manager for Toyota. She brings her finance and marketing expertise to our business. Automobiles have been a big part of her life. She would rather be ripping up the dunes and "popping a wheelie" than anything else. She loves her boat and dog, Rodney.
CSR / BARISTA
Bridget Bice is our new CSR/Barista. She has two toddler boys' ages 20 months and 3 ½ years which takes up all her time. She loves to crochet, and sew when her boys let her. She is originally from Anchor Point Alaska, where she enjoyed hiking, hunting and fishing.
He is a long time resident of the Beaverton area. Graduated from Sunset high school and stayed in the area. He brings his 30 years of service writing to DuFresne’s. What a plus for us! Preston is a Avid sports fan. Favorite teams: Portland Trail Blazers , Seattle Mariners and Dallas Cowboys. Preston loves to try new restaurants so when you meet him tell him your favorite restaurant is. Preston has actually wrote service at several dealerships in the Beaverton Area so don’t be surprised if you have met him in the past.
Nicholas Grant, AKA Grant
Grant is a Master Tech. Who use to come here with his Mom when she got her car serviced. Years ago he wanted to intern at our shop. It never worked out for him or us. Now is the time. Grant is a Vegan, and loves to Blues Dancing. And he just bought himself a new toy. A 54 Chev Pick Up.
Nancy DuFresne Scheewe has owned Du Fresne's since 1968, you do the math. Nancy will tell you that she "stays in this business because I love my customers". She enjoys hiking, roller blading, snow skiing, biking, gardening and all of her grand-children. John, Nancy's husband, has a shop at home where he lives, breathes and works on old cars - especially 32 Fords. He does everything from Leading, chopping, body work, paint and upholstery.
Dear Customer: If you have actually spent the time reading all of this, tell us that you have and we will make you the best darn MOCHA or coffee drink of your choice - FREE.