• 6 NoCo Organizations Houska is Thankful For

    Posted on 20, November, 2017

    With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Houska would like to take a moment to express our gratitude for our Fort Collins community. We love all the people, places and things that make Fort Collins the choice city to plant our roots, and most of all, we love the phenomenal charitable organizations that look out for our neighbors. Houska is proud to support many causes in the area; here are six northern Colorado organizations that we are thankful for:

    1. Respite Care

    Respite Care has been serving the community for more than 35 years by providing a safe environment for children with disabilities. This incredible organization embraces those who have development challenges and offers them care and interactive experiences to enhance their quality of life.

    2. Project Self-Sufficiency

    Project Self-Sufficiency builds strong communities by empowering low-income, single parents to achieve economic stability. This well-known nonprofit provides opportunities for furthering education so that parents can create a secure life for their families. Houska has a special relationship with Project Self-Sufficiency and presents a refurbished car to a family every year at the Lagoon Summer Concert Series. Check out details on last year’s giveaway!

    3. Project Smile

    Project Smile was formed thanks to the North Fort Collins Business Association and provides dental and vision care for children in need. In their 10 years of serving the community, Project Smile has provided more than 6,000 dental screenings and nearly 4,000 vision screenings. Project Smile was one of the charities benefited at Houska’s Garage Band Event this summer!

    4. Coats & Boots

    Coats & Boots is also fueled by the North Fort Collins Business Association and is another one of the organizations we supported at our most recent Garage Band Event. Like the name implies, Coats & Boots provided high quality coats and boots to children in the Poudre School District who do not have access to decent outerwear. We recently delivered the coats and boots to children at elementary schools in the district, and it was a rewarding experience to say the least!

    5. Garth Englund Blood Center

    As you know, we support the Garth Englund Blood Center through our annual Halloween Blood Drive. This year, we had a record number of blood donors (85 people!), and of course the pirate theme was plenty of fun. Just one blood donation can save three lives, and we can’t emphasize enough how important it is to be a blood donor!

    6. UCHealth Cancer Center

    We don’t need to tell you how devastating cancer is because nearly everyone either has been or knows someone who has been affected by this terrible disease. The UCHealth Cancer Center is dedicated to treating cancer patients in the fullest capacity, and we can’t thank them enough for the work they do in our community.

    This Thanksgiving, take a second to share which organizations in our community you’re thankful for!

  • 10 Most Creative Dirty Car Art Pieces

    Posted on 08, November, 2017

    When the rain and snow start to fall this winter, we know how hard it is to keep your car clean. The last thing anyone wants to do in frigid weather is get drenched scrubbing it down every other week. Instead of battling the dirt, we have another idea…embrace the dirt and make it pretty! While this may be way over most of our heads, we still thought it would be fun to share these examples of the most creative dirty artwork from around the web. And away we go!

    Famous Art-Inspired Masterpieces

    To start things off, we thought we’d share these windows that do a spectacular job of recreating famous pieces of art that everyone knows.

    Photo courtesy: pinterest.com

    Photo courtesy: Dailmail.co.uk

    Photo courtesy: taylorautoglass.com

     

    Holiday Spirit

    Just in time for the holidays!

    Photo courtesy: otherfocus.com

     

    Famous Landmark

    This one would make Gutzon Borglum proud.

    Photo courtesy: guff.com

     

    Someplace Warm

    If it’s cold enough for your car to get muddy, it only seems fitting to channel a tropical theme.

    Photo courtesy: dirtycarart.com

    Photo courtesy: giveitlove.com

     

    People Inside the Car

    These ones get huge props for a little extra creativity.

    Photo courtesy: beyonddesignchicago.com

    Photo courtesy: Dailmail.co.uk

     

    Back of a Truck

    Turns out dirty car art isn’t just confined to back windows.

    Photo courtesy: twistedsifter.com

    Photo courtesy: bbc.co.uk

     

    If any of these are stirring your inner artist and you’d like to pick up a new hobby, check out this bonus video that shows dirty car artist Scott Wade working his magic.

  • Thank You for Making Houska’s Blood Drive a Success!

    Posted on 02, November, 2017

    Having the opportunity to interact with our community is one of our favorite things to do at Houska Automotive. Last Friday, Oct. 27, we hosted our 16th Annual Halloween Blood Drive, and we are so excited to share the results with you!

    The drive brought in a whopping 85 blood donors…our most ever! This year, we channeled a pirate theme, which made for a little fun along the way. We had a great time dressing up in our best seafaring garb, but most of all, we enjoyed celebrating the excellent work the Garth Englund Blood Center does every day to save the lives of people in our community.

    We want to say thank you to everyone who donated blood this year. Your donation is monumental for our friends and family in the community who are fighting cancer, have been in accidents, and are facing other serious illnesses.

    Houska would also like to express our gratitude for Coopersmith’s Pub & Brewing for giving each donor a gift card good for a free pint of beer or non-alcoholic beverage. Your continued support is much appreciated.

    We are so incredibly grateful for everyone who participated and look forward to another great drive next year. Check out some pictures below!

  • 5 Ways to be a Defensive Driver

    Posted on 20, October, 2017

    As the temperature drops and ice starts to appear on the roads, it is important to do a quick review of safe driving habits. Being an effective defensive driver can be a huge help during the winter months. Here are a few tips for you to keep in mind this year:

    Expect Mistakes from Other Drivers

    Having a mindset that expects other drivers to drive poorly can help you be prepared when someone makes a mistake. Many times, drivers will speed through ice patches and lose control of their vehicles or blatantly ignore the rules of the road altogether, endangering themselves and others. It is important to be aware of these drivers on the road!

    Stay Back

    Keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you can help prevent accidents, as oftentimes rear-end accidents happen when the car following behind was too close and could not stop in time. Keep a buffer between your vehicle and others on the road.

    Focus

    In today’s day and age, people seem to do just about everything while driving. Put your phone, coffee, iPod, burrito, etc. down and focus on the road! Staying alert of your surroundings can help prevent accidents.

    Slow Down

    This is even more important when there is snow on the ground! Be sure to slow down, especially when in the city. You never know when conditions will change or if you will hit a patch of ice…and you do not want to be flying down the road when that happens.

    Stay Calm

    When an incident does arise, it is important to keep a clear head. If a car is out of control in front of you, you need to be able to safely pull off the road and out of the path of the other vehicle. Additionally, do not give in to road rage! Getting angry at other drivers can lead you to make mistakes of your own.

    Use these defensive driving tips this year to stay safe out on the roads. Be sure to check that your vehicle is properly maintained and properly prepared for winter.

  • 6 Creative Car-Themed Halloween Costumes

    Posted on 19, October, 2017

    If you’re a bit of a procrastinator when it comes to putting together your Halloween costume (or your kid’s costume), we’ve got your back. This year, your pals at Houska are happy to provide a few stellar costume ideas, all of which – of course – center around the automotive theme. We scoured the web for the best car-themed Halloween costumes…the results did not disappoint!

     

    1. Car Freshener

    Adorable, cozy and wintergreen fresh! What more do you want in a Halloween costume? Photo courtesy AutoCricket.com

     

    2. Stoplight

    Green means go…load up on all the candy you can from your neighbors! Photo courtesy Pinterest.com

     

    3. Pro Racer

    Any guy or gal is ready for the Indy 500 with this outfit! Photo courtesy Pinterest.com

     

    4. Flo from Progressive

    Okay, maybe it’s not exactly car-themed, but it’s car insurance-themed. Plus, it’s just a fun (and easy) idea. Photo courtesy costume-works.com

     

    5. Firetruck

    This one will earn you some major parent points! Photo courtesy pinimg.com

     

    6. Anything from Cars the Movie

    If you stick your kid’s favorite Pixar character, it opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Photo courtesy passionforsavings.com

     

    And remember, have fun, stay safe and eat lots of candy this Halloween.