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Master Mechanic makes house calls

“I’ve been a professional mechanic for over 20 years,” says 45-year-old Dave Dreith, owner of 2218 Wheeler Diagnostics and Consulting LLC, based in New Castle.

Up until the summer of 2001, Dreith had spent 19 years employed by public and private companies where he performed specialized maintenance and repair work on heavy trucks, hydraulic equipment, automobiles and motorcycles. He decided to go the distance and earn certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) as a Master Mechanic.

One motivation for becoming a Certified Master Mechanic was so Dreith could start his own private business as an automotive computer electronics specialist. His extensive work experience combined with ASE certification would allow him to solve and repair electrical problems on vehicles ranging from two to 18 wheels, as his business name implies.



“One of the things I’ve always wanted to do is start my own business. I really like explaining things to people. There’s a lot of anxiety in people’s lack of knowledge about these new computerized [vehicles],” Dreith explains.

When Dreith was ready to launch his business in July 2001, he called Joe Livingston, director of the Colorado Mountain College Small Business Development Center (CMC SBDC) in Glenwood Springs. Dreith needed help with the often frustrating legal and tax paperwork that comes with starting and maintaining a privately owned business.



“I knew the SBDC would help a veteran,” says Dreith. “We spent, I think, three hours that first day.”

Besides receiving guidance with forms and legal requirements, Dreith adds that “Joe was able to put it in terms that I could understand. And he’s frank, too. If he sees something that’s not going to work, or that is going to work, he doesn’t pull any punches. I’m a believer in Joe.”

Another area of concern for Dreith was advertising. “He not only analyzed my ad, but I [had] sent out a flyer,” which had not yielded even the 1 percent response expected, Dreith points out.

Livingston advised Dreith to narrow down his advertising to a particular specialty. Dreith decided to portray himself as an expert in diagnosing and repairing automotive computer electronic problems, the area of his profession that he enjoys the most. Dreith’s expertise travels so he can meet with clients wherever they’re located.

After changing his newspaper ad Dreith says he began receiving calls.

Finally, Dreith and his wife, Dorothy Morgan, had to tackle the accounting aspect of doing business. “[Joe] gave me strategies on how to do the accounting, and out of his knowledge my wife and I created a fantastic system in the Excel program that allows me to type the computerized invoice at my work site and the data automatically calculates and places itself correctly into the accounting system,” says Dreith.

Dreith says business is growing mostly by word of mouth. His service is available throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. He is also qualified to inspect vehicles for sale or purchase and to do professional critiques of fleets.

While New Castle undergoes positive changes and growth through revitalization projects, 2218 Wheeler Diagnostics and Consulting LLC contributes to the town’s image and growth by being a successful locally owned small business.

Dave Dreith can be reached at 970-618-9112.


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