Nevada City Auto Service changes owners, moves to Grass Valley |

Nevada City Auto Service changes owners, moves to Grass Valley


What: Nevada City Auto Service

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Where: 12048 Charles Drive, Suite 1, Grass Valley

When she was young, Crystal Short would fix cars with her father.

Growing up “in the garage,” as she called it, Short said she would dream of cars at age 6 — the Plymouth Barracuda being her favorite.

Then, Short would frequent Nevada City Auto Service with her family, so she was delighted when she recently came across the opportunity to own the shop herself. At the end of August, after working for Nevada City Auto Service as a service writer, she became the owner, and recently moved the business to Grass Valley.

Short’s story toward ownership began about a year ago when she walked into Nevada City Auto Service to get an estimate on her car.

It was then that she said Pat Harvey, the previous owner, happened to need a service writer and a mechanic.

Short and her now-fiance, Matt Milhous, took up the positions. After about a year, Harvey passed down the business to Short, who has been operating things ever since.

“It was very nostalgic,” said Short. “That shop just felt at home at that location.”

However, Short said she was forced to move her business from 345 Railroad Avenue in Nevada City to where Volz Brothers Automotive use to operate on Charles Drive in Grass Valley, because she said the property owner no longer wanted an auto shop at that location.

Despite the move, the business runs as normal. They still do full restoration, tire changes, tune ups and basic oil changes, said Short.

She and Milhous hope to remain in the community for a long time, passing down the auto shop to their children. Short said the most important thing for her shop is its integrity.

“We pride ourselves on being the last honest mechanic,” said Short. “We’ll work on the weekends if we need to.”

The couple still sees Harvey, they said, when he swings by to grab power tools. (They even named their dog after him.)

To contact Staff Writer Sam Corey email or call 530-477-4219.

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