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Bringing Business Home Campaign Spotlights Special Friendship

By houska | October 16, 2019

LJ Houska and Chuck Esch were recently interviewed by the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce as part of their Bringing Business Home Campaign. The campaign showcases community members whose lives have been positively influenced by their employment at a local business. We’re appreciative that the Chamber included Houska Automotive in their campaign and put …

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MOONSTER

Sign up for the Moo-nster Match October 26!

By houska | October 16, 2019

It’s that time of year, when ghosts and goblins appear and trick-or-treaters revel in all the Halloween festivities! There is one Halloween event we want to make sure you’re aware of because it is tied to a very special cause. It’s the Moo-nster Match at the Morning Fresh Dairy Farm. Our friends at Morning Fresh …

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Where to Find the Best Fall Colors Around Fort Collins

By houska | October 1, 2019

Fall is here! With that comes the beautiful splendor and abundance of gold and red colors along the mountainside. Lucky for us, we don’t need to go too far to enjoy it. Some of the best fall foliage is not too far away. However, don’t wait too long to take a ride. This is prime …

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GARAGE BAND

Houska Garage Band Success!

By houska | September 18, 2019

On September 7, friends, neighbors, and families came together to eat, drink, socialize–and most importantly–raise money for Partners Mentoring Youth. The annual Houska Garage Band event was lots of fun and a great success thanks to all who participated. Amidst the festivities and dancing to the fun sounds of The Blues Dogs, over $20,000 was …

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10 Tailgating Tips for the Next Big Game

By houska | September 9, 2019

Football season is here! For many of us, that means getting to games early for a pre-event celebration with friends and family. Before the next big game, make sure you’re well prepared. Besides a grill and cooler, here are some items to add to your trunk and a few hacks we think are pretty awesome …

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Tips on How to be an Uber or Lyft Driver with Great Reviews

By houska | August 26, 2019

If you’ve been working as an Uber or Lyft driver you know how valuable reviews are to your business. It’s a great way to make extra money, but you need more than a smart phone and a pleasant demeanor to maintain the business. You need to keep your biggest business asset–your vehicle–in tip-top shape to …

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Houska Automotive Continues its Tradition of Donating a Car to a Single Mom

By houska | August 14, 2019

For the last 10 years, Houska has partnered with Project Self-Sufficiency and the Lagoon Summer Concert Series to help make a difference in the life of a hard-working single mom. Last month, during intermission of one of the concerts, we had the privilege of presenting Meybol and her 2-year-old daughter with a 2008 Hyundai Sonata! …

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Hitting the Road with Your Dog in the Car

By houska | August 2, 2019

Much like a child, there is a lot to think about when traveling with a dog. Traveling by car is probably the easiest and least stressful way to travel, however, a long road trip can bring on some anxiety for you and your dog. Here are some tips to consider before hitting the road with …

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Houska Garage Band Event

By houska | July 31, 2019

The Houska Automotive team is putting aside their tools and clearing out the premises to host their annual Houska Garage Band event. On Saturday, September 7 from 6-9 p.m. the community is invited to join the fun at Houska Automotive Heavy Duty, 1005 Riverside Avenue. Tickets are $35 per person until August 31.  After August …

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Unexpected Ways to Have Fun with Your Car this Summer

By houska | July 23, 2019

We bet you’ve been having a lot of fun with your car this summer. The warmer weather usually prompts outdoor activities like camping and road trips. But there is still lots more fun to be had with your car this season that doesn’t always involve driving somewhere. Curious? Check out these fun ideas. Car Wash …

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SUN DAMAGE

Protect Your Car from Sun Damage

By houska | July 12, 2019

We all know how important it is to protect our skin from sun damage, but it’s also important to protect your vehicle’s interior and exterior from the sun’s hazardous rays and heat. Especially here in Colorado where the sun is extremely strong, if a vehicle is exposed to the sun for a consistently long period …

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Memorable Movie Cars

By houska | June 28, 2019

In lots of movies over the years, cars have played a role almost as important as the actors. They are dream cars for most of us and have become iconic, strongly associated with certain decades and generations. Here are a few of our most memorable and favorite cars from the movies. (visual / photo source: …

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5 Common Reasons Why Your Car May Break Down

By houska | June 10, 2019

While cars may look different on the outside when it comes to color and style, there are a lot of similarities when it comes to the inside–or under the hood. So, there are some pretty common problems as to why a car may break down. You definitely don’t want to be ruining your summer getaway, …

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25 Songs to Blast on your Next Road Trip

By houska | June 3, 2019

Rolling the windows down, feeling the warm breeze against your face and hitting the road has become one of America’s favorite summer traditions. But, it’s never complete without great tunes to keep it fun while on the open road. From some great classics to modern beats, we put together a diverse list of songs that …

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Checklist to Get Your RV Summer Ready

By houska | May 24, 2019

If you’re an RV owner, no doubt you are anxious to hit the road for a long trip in the great outdoors or get to your camping destination. But, your RV has more than likely been in hibernation over the winter months, so you’ll need to give it a thorough run-through before taking it anywhere. …

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INDY 500

Fun Facts About the Indy 500

By houska | May 14, 2019

The much-anticipated Indy 500 is happening on Sunday, May 26. Featuring 33 drivers lapping 500 miles, this is “the greatest spectacle in racing.” If you’re a novice or an expert, here are some fun facts you can throw around while watching the big race with your friends! The first Indy 500 took place in 1911. …

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GRAD LOOKING TO BUY A CAR

Tips for the Grad Looking to Buy a Car

By houska | May 7, 2019

May and June might land in the middle of the calendar year, but for graduates it represents a whole new beginning. For many high school graduates, it might be the last summer at home before heading off to college. For college graduates it is the start of adulthood. That could mean moving into a new …

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CAR SHOWS

Get Your Motor Runnin’ For This Summer’s Car Shows

By houska | April 19, 2019

If you’re a real car enthusiast, there’s nothing quite like getting close and personal to a shiny classic or checking out the newest model of your favorite car. There are quite a few auto shows in the area that will satisfy your passion for innovative machinery and polished new metal. We put together a list …

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SPRING CLEANING

Spring Cleaning Hacks For Your Car

By houska | April 15, 2019

The spring season seems to trigger major spring cleaning. For most of us, that means dusting blinds, banging pillows, and getting the patio furniture ready. We immediately make an effort to spring clean our homes, but what about our cars? Using just a list of ordinary household items, we have some pretty cool tips to …

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POTHOLE SEASON

It’s Pothole Season!

By houska | April 10, 2019

It’s Pothole Season! Know How to Navigate Your Way Around Them Whether it’s rain or snow, heavy wet conditions take a hard toll on our roads. The Colorado spring season brings a mixed bag of precipitation so it’s pretty certain you’ll encounter a few potholes on the road. Sometimes there are so many it can …

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What to Do if Your Car Overheats

By houska | April 2, 2019

As we get into spring and summer, temperatures will heat up and unfortunately so will your vehicle.  Even if your vehicle has multiple heat sensors and computer-controlled electric fans, your vehicle can still overheat. Warning signs of overheating are usually your temperature gauge indicator rising or steam coming out of the front hood. It mostly …

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CREATIVE CAR FURNITURE YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU NEEDED

Creative Car Furniture You Didn’t Know You Needed

By houska | March 25, 2019

If you have an old vehicle that you just can’t bear to scrap, there is a way you can still use it. With a little imagination and DIY skills, you can repurpose some of the old parts into creative furniture. You can’t imagine what’s been done using old engines and coils! It’ll truly be a …

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Is Your Vehicle Ready for Spring Break?

By houska | March 15, 2019

With so much snow still on the ground, you might be itching to head toward warmer weather this coming spring break. Before you hit the road, make sure your vehicle is prepared to get you there. Vehicles take a beating over the winter battling snow and ice. Start with these tips. If you’re unsure about …

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5 Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Fleet on the Street

By houska | February 22, 2019

It’s always important to keep up with maintenance on any vehicle. It helps improve the life span of the vehicle, while also ensuring the vehicle is safe to drive. For companies whose business relies on a vehicle to get a job done, maintenance is even more important. Keeping up with preventative maintenance will keep your …

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7 Reasons to Be in Love with FoCo

By houska | February 12, 2019

We love where we live and work! And that goes beyond the fact that Fort Collins gets over 300 days of sunshine every year, and that the city is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. There is so much more to this great city that brings quality of life and enjoyment to the people that live …

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5 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Driving in a Blizzard

By houska | January 31, 2019

Blizzards sound fun when you’re able to watch it through the window with a mug of hot chocolate in your hands. However, there will be times when you absolutely have to go out in one, or Colorado’s temperamental weather suddenly hits you with heavy snow while you’re already driving on the road. When that happens, …

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Employee Spotlight: Under the Hood with Micah Wakeman

By houska | January 24, 2019

We recognize that it is our employees that really define the culture and excellent customer service at Houska Automotive. They are amazing people with a real passion for what they do. So, we decided to go “under the hood” to give you a closer, more personal look at the people who make us who we …

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Planning to Drink? Make Sure to Plan Ahead

By houska | January 17, 2019

You’re getting ready for a night out to celebrate a birthday or perhaps you’re just meeting friends to watch some football–whatever the occasion–make sure you have a game plan to get home safely after the festivities. It’s never a good idea to get behind the wheel after you’ve consumed alcohol. It not only puts you …

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Support Our Employee Tristan Hibbert

By houska | January 7, 2019

It is never easy hearing about devastating news that affects our community, but when such news is about one of our Houska team members, it strikes an even deeper chord. We are very sad to share that one of our Houska Tire and Oil employees, Tristan Hibbert, was hit by a drunk driver on his …

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Gift Guide for the Auto Lover on Your List

By houska | December 6, 2018

The holiday season is upon us! And if you’re still searching for the perfect gift for the automotive lover on your list, we might be able to help you out. Here are just a few automotive-related gifts that are sure to please on Christmas morning.   For the Safety Conscious… Roadside Emergency Kit – Auto …

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6 Tips to Stay Safe Driving at Night

By houska | November 29, 2018

When the sun goes down, it’s a whole different ballgame on the road. Night driving poses its own set of challenges compared to driving in daylight, so it’s best to be extra cautious. At Houska, our top priority is making sure you get from point A to point B safely, especially at night, so we’re …

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7 Awesome Automotive Pumpkin Carvings

By houska | October 24, 2018

If you’re still trying to decide what to carve into your pumpkin this Halloween, we have you covered. Ditch the ghosts and jack-o-lantern faces for something a little more creative…and automotive-themed!   The Advice Giver Remind passers-by to get their oil changed with this design! Feel free to also explore any other dashboard indicator light. …

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Help Us Save Lives by Donating Blood Oct. 26!

By houska | October 18, 2018

Ve vvvant to take your blood!! All the vampires are coming out this Halloween…and they’re sucking blood for a good cause! It’s time for Houska Automotive’s annual Halloween Blood Drive, and it’s going to be a spooktacular time. All of northern Colorado is invited to come out for the drive on Friday, Oct. 26, 7:30 …

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How to Check Your Car’s…

By houska | September 18, 2018

Think of your car like a child – most of the time they run pretty smoothly, but it’s always a good idea to check them out every now and then to make sure all the nuts and bolts are still functioning properly. It’s always easier to fix a problem as soon as it occurs, rather …

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Celebrate Fall with These 5 NoCo Events

By houska | September 5, 2018

The season of leaf crunching, pumpkin carving and apple picking is upon us! Northern Colorado has always been home to top-notch events year-round, and fall is no exception. So grab your pumpkin spice latte and head to one of these fun-filled fall events in the area:   FORTOberfest – Saturday, Sept. 15 Swing by Old …

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How to Brake Safely In the Mountains

By houska | August 20, 2018

Fun fact: August is Brake Safety Awareness Month! Since keeping you safe on the roads is our number one concern, we thought we’d throw a little info out there about how to actually drive through these Rockies. Because, as it turns out, there is a “right” way to drive down steep grades! Read on if …

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Is Your Child’s Car School Ready?

By houska | August 20, 2018

Somehow these long summer nights are quickly coming to an end. Whether your child is still in high school and just has to drive down the street or is heading across the country to attend an out-of-state university, you want them to be safe, especially in their car. Here is a list of a few …

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Houska Presents Car to Project Self-Sufficiency Participant at Lagoon Concert

By houska | August 13, 2018

Every year, Houska loves to partner with Project Self-Sufficiency and the Lagoon Summer Concert Series to make a difference in the life of a hard-working single mother. On Wednesday, Aug. 1, we had the privilege of presenting Yaricza Serrano a car to assist her on her self-sufficient path. During the intermission of the Lagoon concert, …

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TOADally Kids Houska Garage Band Event: Success!

By houska | July 30, 2018

In case you haven’t heard … the TOADally Kids Garage Band event on July 14 was TOADally amazing! With the help of many wonderful sponsors and volunteers, we were able to raise $24,000 for Project Smile, ChildSafe, Super Hero Underwear, and Coats & Boots. These are all charities that assist children in northern Colorado. You …

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Houska’s Toadally Awesome Garage Band Event: July 14

By houska | June 28, 2018

It’s that time of year again! Time for major fun at Houska’s Garage Band Event to support four local charities including Coats & Boots, Project Smile, Super Hero Underwear, and ChildSafe. This year, the event takes place Saturday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Houska Heavy Duty. At Houska Automotive, we love kids, and so …

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Which Cities Have the Safest Drivers?

By houska | June 28, 2018

Whether you just turned 16 and have that key in hand or you’ve been driving for 60 years, accidents on the road can happen. Of course, the goal is to stay safe while driving, but sometimes we can’t help what the people around us are doing. So which cities have the safest overall drivers? Fort …

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What to do if Your Car Gets Broken Into

By houska | June 28, 2018

With rising summer gas prices, pre-vacation vehicle checks and maybe a routine oil change, the last thing you want to deal with right now is car theft. Unfortunately, July and August are the most popular times for car thieves to steal valuables out of your car… or just the car itself! July has thus been …

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How to Teach Your Kids about Car Care

By houska | June 1, 2018

It happened in the blink of an eye, but suddenly your kids are 16 and driving. This is a skill they’ll use for the rest of their lives, so how do you teach them to maintain their vehicles? Knowing about their car and its required care can save them time and money on expensive repairs …

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Troubleshooting Your A/C

By houska | June 1, 2018

It’s quickly heating up in northern Colorado, and the last thing you want is your air conditioning to go out! Unfortunately, the air conditioning system is just like any other system in your car and can wear down or require a bit of maintenance. Here’s a few things you can check if you think your …

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Road Trip Survival Guide for Parents

By houska | June 1, 2018

It’s about that time of year again. School’s out, the kids (and you) are ready for a vacation! If you have small children (or even big children, let’s be honest), extended periods of time in the car can be tough. Here are our top tips for staying sane on family road trips! Car Games Classic …

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6 Events You Can’t Miss this Summer!

By houska | May 31, 2018

With mountains, rivers, great weather and amazing people, what’s not to love about this beautiful area we call home? During the summer months, everyone is out and about enjoying the best that northern Colorado has to offer. Here are some of the top events that you won’t want to miss!   Taste of Fort Collins: …

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Trivial Pursuit: Auto Edition

By houska | May 10, 2018

Think you know everything about cars? Guess again! See if you know the answers to these car-related trivia questions! Questions: What is Henry Ford most famous for? Which city was the first to use three-color stop lights? What car does Steve McQueen drive in the movie Bullitt? What American city was General Motors founded in? …

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Make a Difference in the Life of a Child at Houska’s Garage Band Event

By houska | May 8, 2018

Houska has always been proud to lend a helping hand to our beloved northern Colorado community. For several years, we’ve hosted Garage Band Events as one way to give back to those in need. This year, we are excited to open our garages on Saturday, July 14 for live music, dancing, tasty bites, a silent …

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5 Spring Cleaning Tips for your Car

By houska | April 18, 2018

Well, it’s finally starting to feel like spring here in northern Colorado! If you’re tired of cleaning out your closet, here are some easy things you can do to spring clean your car. Polish those Headlights Polishing your headlights can make a big difference in your nighttime visibility! All you’ll need is a polishing cloth, …

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 Jumping a Car 101

By houska | April 18, 2018

It’s almost inevitable: someday your trusty car will just refuse to start up, and you may be forced to ask a stranger to come help you jump your car. We’ve all been there! And if it wasn’t your car being jumped, maybe you were the friendly stranger who has come to the rescue. But remembering …

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Free Women’s Car Care Clinic!

By houska | April 3, 2018

It’s time for our semiannual Women’s Car Care Clinic again! This Saturday, April 7, we invite the women of northern Colorado to join us from 10 a.m. – noon for our free car care clinic. We believe that it’s important to know your car and have the skills and education to feel comfortable taking care …

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6 BEST CAR MOVIES OF ALL TIME

By houska | March 16, 2018

America’s fascination with driving fast has resulted in many car movies over the years. If you’re staying in one night and looking for something good to watch, check out one of these top car movies: 1.Thunder Road (1958) This classic black and white film starring Robert Mitchum has it all: action, fast cars and a …

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READY FOR A SPRING ROAD TRIP?

By houska | March 13, 2018

We know the experts will tell you that it’s been a mild winter and snowfall could have been way worse, but let’s be honest – we’re all itching for that warm spring weather to stick around. And after being cooped up in the house for a few months, a spring road trip sounds pretty dandy. …

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6 COLD WEATHER DRIVING HACKS

By houska | February 20, 2018

We may have gotten spoiled with the occasional 60 degree day so far this winter, but this week we’re all freezing our tailpipes off. Don’t let the frigid weather get you down, and instead, try one of these cold weather driving hacks to get you through the next blizzard. 1. Place Socks Over Windshield Wipers …

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BE PREPARED FOR DRIVING EMERGENCIES

By houska | February 9, 2018

Even in the friendly town of Fort Collins, we know that the road can get pretty crazy from time to time. Our number one priority at Houska is for you to stay safe out there, so we’d like to share a few ways you can be prepared for some common driving emergencies.   Avoid rear-ending …

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WHY WE LOVE FORT COLLINS

By houska | February 5, 2018

February has arrived, which means Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. While you’re ordering roses and making reservations for romantic dinners, we’d like to say a few words of appreciation for our beloved hometown. We could fill books with all the things we love about Fort Collins, but here are just a few that …

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SAFELY NAVIGATE A BLIZZARD

By houska | January 12, 2018

We’ve already gotten a taste of snow so far this winter, and Colorado’s snowiest months are just around the corner. To make sure you stay safe out there, follow these guidelines: Check lights, fluids and systems beforehand. You never know when a blizzard might hit or how severe it will be, so be sure to …

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