"I began going to Houska Automotive shortly after I moved to Fort Collins in the spring of 2008. The crew there is wonderful - efficient, thorough, friendly and quick. The techs always take the time to explain what they're doing, why, and which repairs need to be done right away, and which can wait. An added bonus is that the owners are deeply involved in helping the community. They've donated vehicles to Project Self Sufficiency, which supports single parents trying to find employment, contributed to Project Smile, which provides dental care for low-income elementary school students, and once a year they hold a fun run to raise money for a local cancer center and the National Bone Marrow Registry. It's the best choice in Fort Collins."
"I've been taking my car to Houska's for 22 years. The friendly atmosphere when entering put's me at ease, and I have found their work to be excellent. I trust they will do the job right, and know they stand behind their work."
"I have been taking my car to Houska for years, they have always treated me with great car. I have recommended Houska to all my coworkers. I would not take my car anywhere else."
As our first visit did not go as expected. I found my phone was ringing the next day, with someone who cared. He was quick to make an amazing offer to fix the situation, and I gladly accepted. The work was done fast and very professional like, with all the bases being covered and everything I had asked for. This services has me sold, Id quickly recommend Houska's to any one I talk too!"
I've heard so many nightmare stories about the state run emissions place out near the highway. Well they don't do light duty diesel emissions, so they gave me a list of who does. Houska auto!!
Houska told me 70$ and 30 minutes and it would be done. As I stepped outside for some fresh air I was thinking to my self what would I do for 30 minutes?
Then I saw the complimentary houska bikes, so I asked if I could take one to get some food in old town and they said go for it!! Before I could finish my lunch they were calling saying it was done!
I love biking in fort fun on my own bike, so for someone to loan me their bike when I would have just been sitting was awesome!!!"
"I have been taking my 2 cars here for a couple of years . I see true integrity here, and they are careful to not sell me any un-necessary items . The customer service is really friendly and efficient as it gets . I feel they have great expertise in the diagnostics of my Toyotas , especially my Land Cruiser . Kudos for a job well done !"
"This is such a great, community oriented, local company. I love to support local businesses who work hard and Houska Automotive is a business that I CAN trust! It's hard to find a place that provides quality service, timely and with good integrity. Thanks Houska!"
"I had to have my car towed to Houska after it died in the Auto Zone parking lot. (the starter connectors wore out)
Alan was my mechanic and he is awesome. He spent a ton of time on the phone with me answering my questions, helping me save money and being completely honest with me.
My car is in perfect condition. They did the work quickly without ripping me off by doing unnecessary stuff.
They are a little expensive so make sure you bring in your AAA card for a discount... Though most mechanics are not cheap. Also, they are really busy so expect to wait a little bit longer than at most places.
I am totally satisfied with my experience with them and I will take my car back there when I need it fixed again..."
"I've brought my VW here twice for emissions testing. My car is a diesel so I have to bring it to a shop that does diesel emissions testing. I was here January 2010 and February 2011 for the annual test. The appointments were easy to make, although the test took a little longer than they told me it would the second time (2011). The advisers are friendly and the second one offered me $5 off my emissions test if I signed up for their email list. I appreciated that. My car passed the test both times so I was happy."
"My family has been a patron of Houska Automotive for the last 20+ years and the Houska team has worked on a dozen or more of our vehicles, at least four of which have been mine. The Houska team has always provided my family with high quality work and true customer service, which has kept us returning year after year. The manager, L.J. Houska, is phenomenal to work with, as is everyone on his team. His crew always goes the extra mile and they're an honest, customer-focused, funny, personable and hard working bunch with ties to the community. The reason why this automotive shop has grown so much over the years is because they do great work and they care about their customers. Even though I moved to Boulder, I still make the drive up to my hometown, anytime I need work done on my car, because I trust this team and their work so much that I won't entertain visiting another shop. If you're in northern Colorado and you need work done on a vehicle, I highly recommend Houska Automotive. You'll get a fair price, top of the line work and fantastic customer service, each and every time. Additionally, you'll be supporting a locally owned family business that has served our community for decades."
"I wish to thank Houska for the help and repair work I had done to my truck. I am from out of town and thought bummer, were do I go that I will feel safe and not being taken advantage of. I found Houska---great shop--great people---great service.
I wish to thank George Knack for excellent service."
"As I read the reviews for Houska Automotive it is obvious that many of them were written by customers that have no knowledge or experience with vehicle maintenance and repair.
I am a Service Manager for a Construction Equipment company with 30 years experience in vehicle maintenance and repair. I know what needs to be repaired or maintained and what is a fair price for that service.
I just moved to Ft. Collins and needed work done on my car. I took it to Houska Automotive without knowing anything about them. I was impressed with their facility. staff, quality of work performed and price they charged. I was expecting the work I needed to cost 50% more than what Houska Automotive charged me. I also wondered if they would try to sell me maintenance or repair I did not need right at this time. They only did the work I asked to have done and never mentioned I needed anything else. Then they charged me less than the service would cost at many other shops.
I have never written a review for any business before. After I left Houska Automotive I knew I had found the right place to do all of my work from here on out. I will not go anywhere else!"
"Is there any joy more sublime than a brand-new clutch? Possibly... a perfectly tuned engine.
Houska saved my Jetta. She had slipped her timing chains. I have two jobs; my car is my life. Maybe that's dramatic but some days it seems like all I do is drive to work...drive home. I am so grateful to the gentlemen at Houska for the work they did to restore her to driving like a brand new car. They saved me money, too. Labor came in under quote.
Houska is well-known for giving back to our community, so it gives me that great "Go Local" feeling to support them. I don't feel like I am just throwing my money at some huge corporate logo.
THANK YOU HOUSKA!! YOU'RE AWESOME. MY JETTA LOVES YOU SO MUCH!"
"Outstanding service. I got my oil change done at the new Tire & Oil center. Totally amazing. The finished the work ahead of schedule, washed my car, and had a beautiful carnation for me. The gentlemen behind the sales counter were very respectful and made me feel at ease.
It was a pleasure to see a sales team treat their customer so much like family."
"I can't say enough great things about the people that work at, and run this shop. My sister in law and I were driving from Seattle to Texas, and stopped overnight in Fort Collins. In the morning our car didn't start, and AAA towed us to Houska Automotive. We told them we were passing through and needed the car back ASAP. They said no problem, and went to work. This is despite the fact they seemed super busy.
Once they figured out the problem (distributor), they had the part ordered and fixed within an hour. We were able to head out around 1pm (not bad for breaking down!). Our trip continued as scheduled, thankfully. While we waited, we utilized their shuttle to have lunch. It was very convenient. I doubt I'll ever be back, but if I were I wouldn't hesitate to stop!"
"We have been coming to Houska since we moved to Fort Collins over 13 years ago. They have worked on all of our vehicles (5 and growing). I have found them to be competent, honest and they stand behind their work. They're not the cheapest, especially for routine services(oil changes, etc.) but if you need your car serviced they are among the best and they will work with you until the problem is resolved. The complainers posting on Yelp don't seem to appreciate that modern cars require lots of skilled labor and parts to diagnose problems, and like a person sometime multiple visits are required. They are definitely better than the local car dealers' service departments!"
"These guys know their stuff with cars. They are very good at finding things that need to be done, so be ready to get a list of ways you can spend money - but they won't miss important things. All the work we've had done there has been well done. Use your judgment and choose what work to have done. They will give you a good rundown on your car's condition."
"I have been doing business with Houska for the last 10 years. We have had our share of ups and downs but overall, they take great care of our vehicles. Just had a new transmission and work done on the front end of my '97 Power Stroke, and it running like a champ! I trust the mechanics and the guys up front, as they have been honest and reliable. I will continue to take my vehicles to Houska."
"Houska automotive is completely unlike any other auto shop in Fort Collins (or anywhere), they are a real family right here in Fort Collins and they treat our community the way any small-business should.
The guys at the shop do a great job, they are honest, nice and treat every customer like their number one customer. They are speedy and I have never had any repair issues.
I have been going to their annual 5K every year for a while now, the Houska Houska 5K, and not only do the Houska's do great work for your vehicle, they also bring a community mind-set to their business. They give away a vehicle every year to Project Self-Sufficiency. True leaders in the auto industry and the community in general. Support local, support community."
"The guys over at Houska are efficient, honest, and do great work for a fair price. I've always had good luck with their repair work and feel that I'm getting the straight story and am not being ripped off like many mechanic shops will do."
"I think Houska's is the best repair shop that we have found in Fort Collins. They stand behind their work!"
"These guys are awesome. I paid less than half the price of a place back in Maryland to get an issue I had with my brakes fixed. These guys are honest and don't just want your money. They will do whatever they can to keep you from spending a fortune."
"Staff is always very friendly and accommodating always great about calling to update me on what work needs to be done, what the cost is likely to be, and what the timeframe is going to be. This time, my vehicle was pulled in and finished more quickly than planned to avoid damage to the vehicle during an incoming storm (window was down and wouldn't raise up so could have been a real mess with the rain had it needed to wait until the next day as was planned thank you so much!!!!!"
"Houska Automotive Services is an honest shop. The employees are knowledgeable and friendly. Whenever we purchase a different vehicle, we take it to Houska to have it checked out because we trust them to do a wonderful job."
"Houska came to my rescue when I was in a dire circumstance. In June 07, I was driving from California to Illinois to say goodbye to my terminally ill brother, when my car broke down in Fort Collins, CO. Triple A towed me to Houska's. When I told them my story at 4 p.m., they immediately put my car up on a rack and started working. They had completely installed a new clutch by 2 p.m. the following day so that I could get back on the road as soon as possible. They provided me with a loaner car so that I could find a motel and get meals. (When I called them to report a problem with the loaner car, they drove a new one to me within 20 minutes of my call.) All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Even though I was in an easy position to be taken advantage of, they charged me a reasonable price for the work done, and even fixed an oil leak at no extra charge while they had access to its source. It was a terrible time to have my car break down, but I count myself lucky that I ended up at Houska's. If I lived in the Fort Collins area, they would be my regular auto service. An absolutely top-notch service."
"Houska is a reputable repair shop that guarantees their work. They do used vehicle inspections which is a helpful service. They specialize in Toyotas and other foreign vehicles, but they can fix any brand. They've got a good reputation and a loyal customer base. That says a lot about their consistency."
"Houska has the friendliest and most helpful staff of any auto shop in Fort Collins. They are wonderful!"
"Houska Automotive has been around forever, and once you experience their customer service it is easy to tell why they have stayed in business for so long. The service is always amazing and the staff always does whatever they can to go above and beyond any expectations. The service is always very quick and if anything happens that may make it take longer they stay in great communication with you."
"My first memory of Houska Automotive was going there with my mother, to get her car serviced, when I was still in grade school. Though I won't say how many decades have passed, I'm still going there--now to have my car serviced. Their service has always been exceptional. They have not only provided excellent repair service, but given me a loaner when my car has needed to be in the shop for a while. Someone is always available to give me a ride to work and even return my repaired car to my work. I feel like they exemplify what good customer service is. I like their involvement in the community, too, which makes me happy to spend my money there."
"This is the first time I have used Houska's for repairs as I am new to Fort Collins. They really took care of me by providing me with a loaner van and was patient with me while waiting for my paycheck to arrive. I will definitely recommend them to anyone who needs a quality shop! Thanks guys!!!"
"You guys are great! George was fantastic and offered some advice on how I can contact Nissan to see if they'll help at all with my seat. We've been coming to you guys for years and appreciate the honesty and genuine help."
"We've been customers for over 20 years, and have recommended Houska to thousands of people. Best shop in NoCO."
"Customer Service is and has always been very important to me. The Houska staf went above and beyond. I will be back and will also recommend Houska 's for any auto services. Thank you all. :-)"
"Always good work, the way all businesses should be!"
"Helpful staff and quality work."
"We moved to Fort Collins about 18 months ago. I needed to have my diesel truck checked as part of getting license plates. I took it to Houska's. It was a stroke of good luck. I've been very pleased with the technical knowledge and trust them deeply. I'm glad I found them."
"My family is now moving out of state and are extremely disappointed that Houska can no longer service our cars. Houska has always been great and their customer service is outstanding."
"The Houskas have always had my best interests in mind. During a routine emissions test, they found a problem that had been persistent in my braking system. A different auto shop said the problem was to be expected. The Houskas fixed it and now I won't let anyone else touch my truck."
"We’ve had cars that we’ve bought that had a warranty at the dealership, but we just ignored it and took our cars to Houska Automotive because we’re so happy with the work they do. We’ve been a client of Houska Automotive forever. It started with our parents going to Dennis’ parents because of his good name in the community. We’ve used them exclusively since then."
"Once while heading out on a family vacation the engine in our family car died. In finding this out, Chuck Houska went to our house, got our family’s other car and drove it to us in Sterling, Colorado so we could continue on our family vacation. It’s that kind of commitment to the customer that sets Houska Automotive apart. Dennis and LJ continue that commitment today."
"I want to thank you for taking care of my Toyota yesterday. It is nice to walk into a local shop and be greeted by name; it is even nicer to know that you care about me as your customer and the quality of service I recieve. I am a huge proponent of "customer service." It is too often neglected in today's hustle and bustle life style, but in reality it is the differentiator between a "good" proprietor and a "great" one. Over the years, and especially yesterday, you showed me you are a "great" service shop, deserving of all the accolades you recieve."
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