Truckee’s Auto Doctor and Auto Guardian spread holiday cheer |

Truckee’s Auto Doctor and Auto Guardian spread holiday cheer

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Auto Doctor owner John Lamoreux’s sister took a trip to Disneyland, and after experiencing the new Cars Land there, the shop’s staff was inspired to build a similar tree — but not manufactured.

Justin Minyard, Sawyer Ballister and Cindy Lain — all Auto Doctor employees — built the tree. The Auto Doctor tree is made from recycled tires. The star was built from chains at the shop.

Another star shines bright: The Auto Doctor has decided to give away a free — yes, free — used vehicle to a family in need.

According to Lain, Lamoreux tried to sell the Chevy S10 Blazer twice, and got close, but it didn’t sell. She said Lamoreux decided it was meant to be that he donate the vehicle to a family in need, in keeping with his commitment to community. “He has a good heart, I admire how he does anything in his power to help people,” said Lain.

The four-door Blazer is in great shape for its age, maintained by the Auto Doctor, with 160,000 miles and good tires.

“It has room for a family of four, with another little one in the middle,” said Lain.

Auto Guardian Towing, a AAA company located in the same building, just announced the company would add a one-year AAA membership for the winner of the vehicle.

“We’re just trying to do what’s right,” said Auto Guardian Team Lead Alan Blakeley. “We’re friends with the people at Auto Doctor, and thought they (the car recipient) should have a AAA membership.”

Local folks in need should write Auto Doctor a letter telling them their story and why they need the car. Community members may also nominate a family.

“I know it’s going to be hard to choose,” said Lain. “But it’s a good thing to do.”

Drop all letters off at the Auto Doctor at 12000 Pioneer Trail in Truckee by Monday, Dec. 23. Call 530-587-2178 for more information.

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