The South Lake Tahoe location of Christensen Automotive was the original business founded by Rich Christensen in 1998. Our one-stop Tahoe car repair shop has been providing our quality services for almost 20 years! South Lake Tahoe is our most seasoned shop and can handle many different jobs from the basic oil change to major car repair jobs on most vehicles!
You can visit the store at 2614 Sussex Avenue, South Lake Tahoe CA, 96150. You can also call us to schedule an appointment at (530) 544-9940.
What Our Happy Customers are Saying
Was driving across the country when our car started having trouble. Called them up and was able to have the car looked at and fixed the very same day. Fantastic staff and professional service. Nick was very friendly and helped make what could have been a very bad experience into a positive one. Many thanks to Christensen Automotive. Would absolutely recommend to anyone! – Danimal D.
Thanks Jerry and Nick. My wife and kids had transmission trouble while on vacation. I wasn’t able to be with them because of my work schedule. Jerry and Nick were very helpful with checking the oil level and topping it off for her. In the end the car needed to go to the dealer for warranty. But just to be able to trust that my family was getting the help they needed is a huge deal for me and I really appreciate companies with that kind of integrity. I would recommend them to anyone just based on their honesty. Thanks again guys. – Adam L.
Thank you Nick and friends!!! My entire dashboard went out, and I was recommended to this place. It was fixed within a short time, and the fee was very impressive. I will return, but hopefully, not too soon! Thank you again Nick. – Roberta B.
Meet the South Lake Tahoe Team
Matt Jenkins – Store Manager
Matt Jenkins is from Carson City, Nevada, and is one of our newest Service Advisors. He has been in the automotive industry for ten years and came into the Christensen Automotive family after Jerry Stevens approached him. His wife and family are his biggest accomplishments. He enjoys being with family and his dogs on the weekends. He also enjoys fishing, camping, and working on my property building and adding on to his home.
John Menje – CA Certified Smog Technician
ASE Certified Technician A1, A3, A5, A6, A7, A8 and L1
John started working for Christensen Automotive in 2003 and after a short stint in Carson City, he is enjoying serving our great customers at “The Lake”. He has been fixing cars since 1992, giving him over 20 years of experience in the trade. His previous work experience at Shell of Los Gatos and Randy’s Auto Soquel has helped him learn everything he needed before joining us in 2000. Cars have always been a passion for him since he was 15 years old, plus he was good at it.
His biggest accomplishment is his overall career and success. His standing within the company for 19 years with Christensen Automotive is one to be proud of.
On the weekends you will find him hiking, snowboarding, and sailing. John is ASE certified in L1, A8, A7, A6, A5, A3, A1, and a partridge in a peartree.
Matt Vane – ASE Certified Technician
Matt is another local of South Lake Tahoe, and we have been privileged to work with him for over two and a half years. Before that, he was a mechanic at Tahoe City Auto Repair. Starting there in 2014, he has gained experience and knowledge to help you with all your car needs. He wanted to help people keep their vehicles on the road as safely as possible. This lead him to become a mechanic for Christensen Automotive. His biggest accomplishment is graduating from UTI as a Nissan specialist.
Dirt biking, snowmobiling, and camping are where Matt will be on the weekends.
Matt is ASE certified in A1, A6, and A8.
Jesus Grajeda – Auto Technician
Born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, Jesus started his career in high school through one of his classes. He wanted to fix other people’s cars and trucks which eventually lead him to want to become a technician. He became an auto technician in May of 2020 for Christensen Automotive. Jesus says his biggest accomplishment is working for a great company and in a shop where he loves what he does.
On the weekends he enjoys spending time with his family and wife. You will find him playing soccer, shooting, and playing pool in his free time.
Zach Dempsey – Auto Technician
Zach is from Roseville California and started his career in 2004 in the ROP program at his high school. His grandfather was a mechanic and Zach grew up under the hood with him, which lead to his passion for cars. He says “becoming a mechanic seemed like a natural progression”. He enjoys spending time with his kids along with dirt bike riding, and fishing.
Zach is Master Toyota Certified, Master ASE Certified, and Master Hybrid Toyota Certified.