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Car Doctor Couple Love Their Work

DALLAS -- Starting a new business can be a scary venture. But a little fear wasn't enough to keep Rick and Melinda Young from opening the Car Doctor at 430 Main St. in Dallas.

DALLAS -- Starting a new business can be a scary venture. But a little fear wasn't enough to keep Rick and Melinda Young from opening the Car Doctor at 430 Main St. in Dallas.

"We had some concerns," said Melinda, a 1997 graduate of Dallas High School. "It was really stressful in the beginning, some days more so than others. But if you don't take risks, maybe you don't get somewhere. If it was easy, everybody would do it."

Rick and Melinda both have backgrounds in automobile repair and actually met while working at a different shop in Dallas.

Rick has almost 12 years of automotive experience and graduated from Ford's Asset Program with a grade-point average of 3.74.

Melinda's father Walter Ruston as a teenager worked in the same building that now houses the Car Doctor. The business then was known as Grub's and Peter's. Ruston went on to own Valley Printing and Graphics in Monmouth.

"My husband always wanted to own his own shop," Melinda said. "We stumbled on this place, and everything just fell into place. We fixed it up and moved out some stuff that wasn't needed. We took this little shop next to us and turned it into an air conditioned so people will have a place to wait if they're getting an oil change or some other short-term service."

Ruston, though, recently visited the Car Doctor and indicated the shop hasn't changed much at all.

"When he walked in, he said it smelled the same," Melinda said. "He said it had that old-time feel to it. That's what we really want. We want people to feel like they have a friend in the auto business. The biggest message we have is that we want our customers to feel comfortable and informed about their car."

The Car Doctor offers complete services for foreign and domestic cars. It is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The phone number is 503-623-8570.

"I knew I would like it," Melinda said. "I love working with my husband. We both have a good sense of humor. We know when to call it work and when to call it family. I never doubted I would like it. There was a little fear of the unknown. But my husband has been doing this a long time. He knows how things should run. It makes a big difference."

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