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
Marco has been with us for 10+ years as shop foreman. He is ASE Certified under car Specialist. Also he can communicate with any of our Spanish speaking customers. For some odd reason, our older women just love Marco. He is married with 3 kids, 13, 12 and 2. As a family they love road trips and barbecuing. Marco also plays in a heavy metal band.
Michael “Mike” Cieply
When Mike is asked, how long he has been working on cars. His answer is, as long as a wrench fitted in his hand. Seriously, he has been a full fledge technician for 11 years. Why does he like being a tech? Loves his paycheck and fixing what other people can’t fix. And He Can. He is building a full race car. He loves camping, off road. He has a son, Jonathon 8 years old. Johnathon during the summer comes to work with him some days. He also at 8 wants to follow in his dad’s foot steps. He will help us in the office when he is here.
Dylan “Dillard” Wiley
Dylan is our certified Lube Tech with many other abilities. He sees himself in the next 5 years of being a full certified ASE Tech and owning his own house. He is married to a beautiful lady and has 3 Boys ages 6 months, 2 and 7. He like Basketball and martial arts. The family loves to host parties, picnic, cooking and eating.
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.
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.