Father and son start new automotive business in Steamboat
February 6, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The love of cars runs as thick as oil in Nick Yaw's family.
"My dad opened his first shop in 1969 in California," said Yaw, an ASE-certified master technician. "I started working for him in 1978 when I was 15 years old."
Yaw kept that job until 2006 when he moved to Steamboat Springs with his wife to raise their family in the mountains of Colorado.
"I just love it here," Yaw said. "I love having four seasons, and I love to get outdoors to fish and to hunt."
After moving to Steamboat, Yaw accepted a job with Steamboat Motors where he stayed until 2010 before taking his talents to Black Diamond Automotive where he has worked for more than seven years.
Now, he plans to follow in his father's footsteps by opening his own automotive repair business at 2550 S. Copper Frontage off of Elk River Road in west Steamboat, where he will work alongside his 17-year-old son Parker.
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"Since my son wants to do this, I'm going to teach him a trade, just like my dad taught me," Yaw said. "Which, I think, is awesome."
Nick's Automotive will officially open Feb. 12, offering general automotive repairs on engines, transmissions, brakes, steering and suspensions. The business will also offer tuneups and oil changes for both American and foreign cars. Yaw said he is hoping to eventually add tire changes and alignments as the company grows.
Parker is already working for his dad after school on most days. He will join the business full time after his graduation from Steamboat Springs High School in the spring.
"I'm just really excited, and I just want to carry on the tradition," Parker said. "Hopefully, someday, I will be able to do the same thing for my kids."
For now, the younger Yaw is focused on his classwork and the upcoming lacrosse season. When he isn't buried in homework, he can be found working under the hood of his 1997 Ford F-250 OBS (old body style) 7.3 diesel pickup.
"It looked like an 80-year-old man’s truck," Nick Yaw said. "It had steel wheels, no hub caps, and it was way down low."
Since getting the truck, Parker has added upgrades faster than most performance cars can go from zero to 60. He added a 4-inch exhaust and improved the wheels, tires and bumper. He added a cattle guard, new speakers and a S&B cold air intake system.
He recently installed LED headlights that shine almost as brightly as Parker when he is talking about his prized possession and his love for working on cars.
"That was not cheap," Parker said of the lights. "I'm in debt."
His dad chuckles a few feet away because he knows exactly how it feels to fall in love with a car or a truck.
Nick Yaw said his dad, who is retired and sold his business several years ago, is planning to come to town this week to help his son get the business rolling.
Nick’s Automotive will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
"We felt it was the right time to pursue our dream of passing on my knowledge and skills that I learned from my father to my son so that he can follow his passion," Yaw said.