Eric Hirsch has been repairing engines and vehicles since before he had a driver’s license.
“I’ve always loved working on cars, basically I turned a hobby into a career,” Hirsch said.
Now, after decades of working at dealerships in the Bay Area and Eureka, Hirsch has brought his automotive experience to Weaverville, opening Hirsch’s Auto Repair last September at 121 Brayshaw Road, near the Weaverville airport.
Even while living and working along the coast, Hirsch said that for several years he would spend all of his summer weekends out on the Trinity Lake in his houseboat. He had also always wanted to own his own repair shop, and with a cutthroat commercial real estate market along the coast, Hirsch started looking into Trinity as more than a weekend or vacation destination.
Launching the business was a rocky start, Hirsch said. It took him two years to find the right spot, then, just as he was about to open his doors last summer, the county was hit with multiple havoc-wreaking wildfires.
Business was also a bit slow once the doors first opened, Hirsch said, but he hopes to see it pick up more soon as word starts to get out about the shop.
“Around here, a lot of it is word of mouth, getting that name out there,” Hirsch said. “You know, it’s a new guy in town, and a new shop, and people gotta be able to trust you.”
Hirsch’s Auto Repair offers bumper to bumper repairs covering everything outside of wheels and tires, and looking forward, Hirsch also hopes to one day offer towing services for customers.
When it comes to repairs, at least, Hirsch doesn’t take sides on vehicle makes or models and is happy to work on anything.
“They’re all the same,” Hirsch said.
With a laugh, he added, “But I’ve always had a Chevy.”
Hirsch’s Auto Repair is open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment Saturday and Sunday. He can be reached at 530-739-2584.