The NEW Standard in Personal Insurance

Protecting your family and securing your future.

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Since Woodhouse began offering personal insurance, we’ve saved money and improved coverage for hundreds of satisfied Woodhouse customers throughout the Midwest.

Whether you’re a new Woodhouse customer or have been doing business with us for years, remember to ask for a free quote next time you’re in one of our dealership locations.

Woodhouse Family Insurance offers the following conveniences:

  • Competitive Insurance Quotes – not just the first year, but every year
  • Consultative Customer Service – tailor policies to fit your needs
  • Extended Hours of Operation – on-site during all dealership hours
  • Prompt & Personalized Claims Service – 24/7 access

We offer all lines of personal insurance including:

  • Automobiles, including vintage
  • Motorcycles, including vintage
  • ATV’s, RV’s & Boats
  • Homeowners, Condos, second Homes & Renters
  • Collectibles & Jewelry
  • Excess/Umbrellas
  • Farm/Ranch
  • Life Insurance – NEW!

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Thanks For Making Us #1 Again!

Best of Omaha 2016

Do you remember what it was like when you worked hard on a project and your teacher gave you an “A”?  Nothing is more of morale booster than having someone tell you your hard work has paid off—unless it’s over 20,000 people saying your hard work has paid off. That’s exactly what you get when you receive a “Best of Omaha” award.

The “Best of Omaha” awards began in the mid-80s, sponsored by Omaha Magazine.  It started with just the magazine staff, but was later opened to the public in the mid-80s.  Readers could vote on paper ballots and fax or mail them in.  With a readership of over 115,000 people, Omaha Magazine has a strong base from which to ask the public’s opinion.

The contest began gaining popularity and the magazine decided to switch to electronic voting eleven years ago.  By voting at www.voteomaha.com for a specific period of time (July 1st through September 30th), the contest became more secure and added a sense of validity because the system only allowed one vote per IP address.

Word continued to spread about the honor and prestige of becoming “Best of Omaha,” and businesses thought of creative ways to promote the award, from reminding customers on pizza boxes to dry cleaner hangers sporting the infamous logo. In response, over 424,000 votes were registered across the 176 different categories in the 2012 contest.

Sometimes thought as an advertising ploy, in actuality, two-thirds of the “Best of Omaha” winners don’t even advertise with Omaha Magazine.  The magazine is only the sponsor. They put hundreds of man-hours in to host the contest and declare the winners that the public has chosen.  This fact gives the contest legitimacy, because the people involved aren’t gaining anything by sponsoring it.

“I believe that the contest is beyond us,” said Todd Lemke, president and CEO of Omaha Magazine.  “It has become much bigger than just the magazine.  It started with us just having fun—nowwe can’t seem to put enough copies out there.” The copies he’s referring to are of the January/February issue which lists the “Best of Omaha” winners.  If you’ve picked one up and looked under “Best New Car Dealer,” you’ll find that Woodhouse Auto Family has won for the fourteenth year in a row.  What is it about Woodhouse that the public loves?  Is it the hard work, friendly service or massive inventory?  No matter what you love most about Woodhouse, you’re guaranteed to find it all at any one of our twelve dealerships.

“Woodhouse has really exploded on the marketplace in the last thirteen years,” Lemke said.  “They do a good job and they have the volume…and if there are more satisfied customers, there are more people to vote them the best.”

Woodhouse would like to thank you for voting us “Best of Omaha.” We promise to continue to raise the bar in service and selection.  No matter how many times you come back for a different vehicle or maintenance, we will continue to strive to give you an experience that exceeds your expectations.

 

Getting down & dirty under your hood

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Woodhouse services ALL makes and models at ALL of our locations. This includes Ford, Chevy, Toyota, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Buick, Honda, Lincoln, Subaru, Hyundai, Nissan and so many more! You may be asking yourself, “what is the big deal about that?”  By doing maintenance and light repair on any type of vehicle, we are hoping to make your life a little easier.

We have eleven different locations to choose from; Ford and Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Blair, the new Quick Lane Service Center on 185th & West Center Road, Nissan Service in Bellevue, Chevy-Buick in Missouri Valley, Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Sioux City, and Mazda-Lincoln-Porsche on 66th & L Street in Omaha and Ford South in Plattsmouth. With locations all over the metro, bringing your vehicle in for a quick oil change or some light maintenance has just become more convenient for your schedule.

Woodhouse can do maintenance or light repair for you no matter what type of vehicle you own! Even if you didn’t purchase your vehicle from us, let us win your business by showing you the Woodhouse difference. Whether you need your oil changed or your tires replaced, Woodhouse is the places for all your service needs.

Eleven locations, award-winning service departments and now servicing all makes and models are what makes Woodhouse a clear choice for your next maintenance visit. No matter what part of the metro you live, no matter what type of vehicle you drive, Woodhouse is ready to exceed your expectations!

Woodhouse, Not Just a Country Mile North

Is Woodhouse only located in Blair?

Actually no, you can find Woodhouse dealerships in Omaha, Bellevue, Plattsmouth, Missouri Valley and Sioux City, IA too. Woodhouse Auto Family has grown into 10 Dealerships, 2 Body Shops and a Quick Lane Service Center with a total of over 800 employees.Locations_Header

Blair, Nebraska is “just a country mile north of Omaha.” It is home to the most well-known Ford and Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram dealerships. With over 2,600 new and pre-owned vehicles spread throughout 54 acres on the south end of Blair, it is worth the trip to see!

Our Omaha locations are on 66th & L Street. You can find the only Lincoln and the only Porsche dealerships in Omaha and our Mazda dealership. All three stores are side-by-side on the south side on L Street and carry approximately 350 new and pre-owned vehicles.

Our Nissan store is located in Bellevue, just off of Highway 75 and the Chandler Road exit.  The Nissan store is home to around 40 employees and is the #1 volume dealer in Omaha, Kansas City, and Lincoln. You can find a large selection of around 300 new and pre-owned vehicles at the Nissan store for you to choose from.

Our Chevrolet-Buick dealership in Missouri Valley, IA joined the family in 2008 and completed our line up of the Big 3 from Detroit. Missouri Valley is only a short 25 minute drive north of Omaha or just 15 minutes east of Blair. Over 350 new and pre-owned vehicles in stock, the Chevy store is ready to help you with your next purchase.

Woodhouse Ford South is located in Plattsmouth, NE and opened for business on January 2, 2012. This location sells new Ford cars, trucks, and SUV’s as well as all makes and models of pre-owned vehicles. This store is located at 303 Fulton Ave on the north edge of Plattsmouth, just off of Highway 75 but we are currently finishing up plans to build a new dealership within Plattsmouth.

Last, but not least, we’ve had a new addition to the family over the last year. Woodhouse Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram and Woodhouse Hyundai-Mitsubishi opened for business in January of 2013. These two dealerships are located at 2101 East 6th Street in Sioux City, IA and have over 475 new and pre-owned vehicles to choose from.

To help better serve our customer’s needs for vehicle maintenance, we offer a Quick Lane Service Center on 185th and West Center Road in Omaha.  They can service all makes and models and will get you in, out and back on the road fast.

The Woodhouse Auto Family has added brands while creating one consistent feel for the corporation. It is important that whether you are purchasing a vehicle or bringing your car in for service, that you receive the same experience regardless of which store you are at. It is our goal to continue to grow and we welcome you to any of our dealerships. We truly believe that it will be an experience that exceeds your expectations!

How to Winterize Your Car for Self Storage

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With cold weather quickly approaching, car owners looking to use self storage during the winter months to free up garage space for snow blowers and bags of salt need to begin making preparations for storage.

Whether you’re storing a sedan, a classic car you’ve rebuilt, or a pickup truck, every type of car needs proper winterization before being moved to self storage. This ensures your car is protected from costly damages during its time in storage.

When going through the necessary winterization steps for auto storage, be sure to find a climate-controlled storage unit, thoroughly clean your car, maintain the battery, stabilize the fuel tank, check tire pressure, and prevent rodents from getting to electrical components.

Invest in Climate-Controlled Vehicle Storage

To ensure the best possible protection for your vehicle, car owners should invest in a climate controlled storage until. Not every auto storage facility will offer a completely indoor, climate-controlled storage option; however, if the facility does provide climate-controlled units for vehicles, it’s worth the extra cost.

By keeping your vehicle in a storage environment with a consistent temperature (usually between 55-85°F) and humidity level, there’s less risk of damage caused by excessive moisture and extreme temperatures, both of which lead to rust, paint damage, and corroded parts.

Clean and Cover Your Car

“Vehicles should be washed and waxed to remove the road grit from the driving season,” says Kyle Smith with Hagerty Insurance, a leading insurance provider for classic vehicles and host to the largest network of classic car owners. Smith adds that cleaning your car prevents damage to its paint and parts.

A clean car should also be covered in storage with a “breathable cloth cover to prevent moisture buildup and paint scratching,” according to Smith, who says plastic covers should be avoided, as they trap moisture that can cause rust and paint damage.

Brad Barnes, Director of Corporate Service and Parts at #1 Cochran in Pittsburgh, Pa., says old bed sheets will do the trick, too, if you can’t find a cover for your car. “Any material that’s breathable to keep the exterior covered is always a good idea even when being stored,” Barnes explains.

Click here to read the full article: http://blog.storage.com/storage/winterize-your-car-for-self-storage/

The Making of a Mountain

Everyone knows that the Seven Wonders of the World are, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Pyramids of Egypt, Truck Mountain…wait Truck Mountain?  Anyone who has ever been to Blair, Ne has probably laid eyes on the stunning display of our vehicle inventory.  With approximately 5,500 new and used vehicles just in Blair, we had to find some place to store them all.

In 2003 our Ford and Chrysler dealerships had about 4,000 vehicles and the shortage for space to park them kept growing.  To hold all of this inventory, we started building tiers out of the hilly terrain on the south side of Blair and Truck Mountain was born.  “It was more of a need, which worked into a novel idea,” said Jerry Hughes, Woodhouse employee of 37 years.  It’s not uncommon to find people pulled over to the side of the road taking pictures of it – most people are amazed to see so many vehicles in one spot. Truck Mountain has not only served a purpose, but has truly become a point of pride for Woodhouse.

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Legal Window Tint

Make sure you check the window tint regulations in your state if you are wanting window tint on your vehicle.  There are different percentages of window tint that are legal and illegal.  There’s nothing worse than spending the money to have dark window tint, only to pay a fine and have to remove the tint.  The darkness of tint is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%).  This amount refers to the percentage of visible light allowed to pass through the combination of film and the factory tint of the window.  In Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, and Missouri, the front side windows must allow more than 35% of light in and in Iowa the front side windows must allow more than 70% of light in.  Always ask for the legal tint in your state!

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The Woodhouse “Plane Guy”

If you haven’t seen the Woodhouse banner flying around this summer just you wait, you will.  It has traveled with the Woodhouse Marketing Team to many events and even made it out to North Platte, Nebraska.  It all started nineteen years ago when Dave McCandless approached us to see if we would be interested in having a banner fly over events.  That is how the relationship began.

Dave has always been a man of flying.  He had his first solo flight as an airplane pilot before he even received his driver’s license at age 16.  Dave earned his private license at 17 and started flying banners.  When he turned 19, he earned his commercial pilot’s license and bought his first plane.  At age 21, he learned one of his greatest skills…sewing.

“My mom, Henrietta, used to sew banners for us,” said Dave.  “And when I turned 21, she turned the reigns over to me and said I had to learn how to sew; she wasn’t going to do it anymore.  So I know how to sew too!  I can make banners or fix them.”

Dave’s been flying banners since he was a young man and the joy of flying still remains.  He’s flown over a variety of events such as concerts, parades, the College World Series, Husker Harvest Days, Iowa and Nebraska state fairs and Nebraska Cornhusker and Kansas City Chiefs games.  Dave says when he is up there flying, he gets to feel like he’s part of that event in some way, contributing to the overall tone and atmosphere.  This is one of the many qualities that has made such a great member of Woodhouse Auto Family.

Years later, Dave is still involved with Woodhouse and said he has probably flown over 500 banners for us since he started.  “The people there are just so darn nice,” Dave said.  “It’s like when they named Auto Family, it really does feel like a family, whether you’re doing business with them or for them.”

Woodhouse Auto Family also enjoys the relationship they have created with Dave.  It is very important for Woodhouse to be a part of the surrounding communities and having Dave fly the Woodhouse banner is just another way we can be involved.

So next time you are at an event, look up.  You will probably see the Woodhouse banner flying across the skies.

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#BlairJesse

Jimmy Fallon had been talking about buying a new truck on The Tonight Show for a while. He finally decided that he wanted, a 2015 Ford F-150 King Ranch. So instead of going out to buy one, he brought the sales consultants to him. He invited the top 10 Ford sales consultants from across the nation to New York. On Monday, March 31st, Jimmy Fallon kicked off the contest and introduced each contestant on his show.  Our very own Jesse Gloystein was introduced to the crowd and told the viewers watching to use his hashtag, #BlairJesse.

Tuesday, April 1st was no joke to Jesse. Beginning that Tuesday, 10 Ford sales consultants were on the deck of the USS Intrepid in New York and had to maintain contact with the F-150 truck for as long as they could. The last person to break contact would get the honor of selling Jimmy Fallon the truck.

Everyone at Woodhouse supported Jesse each minute he was there, with photos, posts, and tweets he knew we were all behind him 110%. It was really cool that a Woodhouse employee got to compete in something like this.

We held a contest on Facebook and Twitter to help give Jesse more support during his time in New York. Everyone who used the hashtag #BlairJesse was entered to win a $1,000 gift certificate to Woodhouse. The winners were Ashley Greco and Autumn Varney! Congratulations to both of them!

Thank you again to everyone who helped us support Jesse during this contest. It was greatly appreciated!

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Even though Jesse didn’t end up selling Jimmy Fallon the truck, he still had a great time and said it was a wonderful experience. A later video showed that he lost contact with the truck when he was changing his shoes. “Jesse – You are still number 1 in our hearts!  Way to represent Woodhouse and thank you for being willing to be a part of something amazing!  Your Woodhouse Family loves you!!!” Below is the tweet that Jesse put out after he had found out he was disqualified. 

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Here is the email that Jesse sent to everyone at Woodhouse:

Woodhouse Auto FAMILY,

Thank you Jessica, Lisa, and everyone in marketing for helping/supporting me through this challenge, it was a huge undertaking!

Also, thank you to the Pittack family for all the support, time off, and everything you do for me day in and day out at Woodhouse!

Everyone else –  I appreciate the support through text, phone calls, Facebook posts, and Twitter!  I really wish I hadn’t made that tiny mistake because I felt I could have won!  However, I could feel the support all the way to New York City!  The pictures and videos are amazing and my competition could not believe how much work you all went through.  They said that Woodhouse Auto Family is incredible and I would have to agree!

Believe it or not, most of the other participants knew all about Woodhouse and “Truck Mountain.”  The folks from Ford couldn’t wait to meet the guy from Woodhouse and went way out of their way to become closer to me.  I did my best to represent Woodhouse in the best way possible!

Once again, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all the support!  I will see you all back at work soon.

Thank you,

#BlairJesse

Here are some more encouraging employee photos:

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