Local woman receives refurbished car thanks to Automobile Giving Program

Joseph Bullington —
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
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Marie Snyder, left, sits in her refurbished 2004 Honda Element for the first time, while Aden McDonnell, owner of Automatic Transmission Specialist in Livingston, and Mark Demaline, right, look on. (Enterprise photo by Joseph Bullington)

A Livingston woman is behind the wheel of a refurbished vehicle, thanks to a new program aimed at giving cars to those who need them.

The Automobile Giving Program was launched recently after Automatic Transmission Specialist, or ATS, of Livingston partnered with other local parts and repair shops, local nonprofits, and the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce to kickstart the program. 

Marie Snyder of Livingston is the first person to receive a refurbished car as part of the program.

The car was first donated by Mark Demaline. Then, Aden McDonnell of ATS and his technicians got the vehicle driving. The parts they needed were donated by Napa Auto Parts and Carquest Auto Parts in Livingston and all the fluids were donated by Whites Alpine Distributing. Next, the car was taken to All Service Tire for a new set of tires. And, finally, it was finished at Old Faithful Detailing.

Finally, McDonnell selected Snyder from among a number of entrants. He plans to keep the program going, give away many more cars to people who need them, maybe even expand.