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Tire Sale at Runde Auto Group

Get up to a $200 mail-in rebate on a set of 4 tires!
Tire Rebate
Need new tires? Now is the time! Now through Nov. 30, 2019, get up to a $200 mail-in rebate on a set of four tires from Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear, Hankook, or Pirelli when purchased with a GM or BuyPower Card! Or you can get a $100 mail-in rebate with any other form of payment. Don’t have a GM or BuyPower Card? You can apply for one here. Credit approval is required and terms and conditions apply. Stop in to Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque or Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC in Platteville for details and a rebate form. The form must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2019. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of the rebate debit card. Or you can check out the links below for the rebate form, rebate submission, and to schedule an appointment to get new tires. Not sure if you need new tires? Here’s a handy way to tell if your [...]

Keep the Rust Away This Winter

Wash your car regularly to avoid salt's adverse affects
  Rust prevention is key in the Midwest! While it has been a mild winter so far, there is still salt and brine on the roads from icy days. Both can cause damage to the body and undercarriage of your vehicle over time. But there are precautions you can take against rust and corrosion. Most importantly, wash your car often. There’s a reason you see lines at the car washes in town when the weather warms up after a snow storm. Washing that salt off your vehicle as soon as you can is important — and be sure to choose a car wash that will spray the undercarriage of the vehicle since that will be in contact with salt the most.
Chevrolet factory accessory photos
As you start your Christmas shopping this year, keep in mind that vehicle accessories, like floor liners, cargo organizers, and bike racks, make great gifts! We’ve compiled some ideas below and we hope it helps you find the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list! For pricing, inquiries, and orders, call our parts departments at the below numbers: • Runde Chevrolet, 866-735-5200 • Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC, 866-576-0797 • Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 866-580-9767   Floor Liners All-weather floor liners are the perfect gift for Midwest drivers. These removable liners keep the salt and snow off a vehicle’s carpeting and make clean-up a breeze! Floor liners offer coverage around interior trim, driver pedals, seat tracks, and door sills — much more than a typical fabric floor mat. Pictured: Chevrolet Accessories Front and Rear All-Weather Floor Mats in Black for 2016 Chevy Cruze. Part #39052638 [...]
Rodney Coohey got his 2015 Chevy Silverado 3500 SRW 4WD Dbl Cab LT from Runde Chevrolet in 2014. Fast forward 210,000 miles (and counting!), and it is still running as good as new. He has done almost exclusively routine maintenance, including oil changes, tire rotations, new tires, and one air filter on the vehicle. This is his fifth Chevy 3500 since 2007. “I just don’t have issues with them. I’m probably jinxing myself doing this,” he said, laughing. Coohey is the owner of two businesses, Midwest Patch, which supplies bagged cold patch to cities and counties, and Hi-Viz Safety, which sells safety-related items like signs, barricades, clothing, and more. He hits the road most days at 3 or 4 in the morning and puts thousands of miles on his vehicle. “I can’t afford [...]
Rodney Coohey got his 2015 Chevy Silverado 3500 SRW 4WD Dbl Cab LT from Runde Chevrolet in 2014. Fast forward 210,000 miles (and counting!), and it is still running as good as new. He has done almost exclusively routine maintenance, including oil changes, tire rotations, new tires, and one air filter on the vehicle. This is his fifth Chevy 3500 since 2007. “I just don’t have issues with them. I’m probably jinxing myself doing this,” he said, laughing. Coohey is the owner of two businesses, Midwest Patch, which supplies bagged cold patch to cities and counties, and Hi-Viz Safety, which sells safety-related items like signs, barricades, clothing, and more. He hits the road most days at 3 or 4 in the morning and puts thousands of miles on his vehicle. “I can’t afford [...]
LIGHTS! Check them… all. The only thing that’s combating you from a wide, clear, range of vision is the darkness. It’s very important to make sure that the sword you are using to tear through that darkness is effective. Check all of your lights for clarity and proper functionality – head, tail, braking, turn, fog… the whole nine yards.  Slap on those hazards, get out and see if all your lights are flashing correctly. If you are without friend/human companion you can check to make sure your brake lights are working by backing up towards a reflective surface (building, window, etc.) and see if you can see your brake lights in the reflection. You may also consider getting your headlights properly aimed. Poorly aligned headlights can blind other drivers and limit your road visibility.  If you’ve had any accident damage to the front of your vehicle, it could have taken one or both of your headlights out of alignment and it’s best to get that checked.  [...]
The 2013 Buick Encore has officially been priced! Starting at $24,950 you can take home the new SUV packed with 18″ wheels, full color 7 inch screen, active noise cancellation and a rear-view camera, all included on the base model! Buick announced three other packages in addition to the base model, they are as follows: Going up a level to the Convenience Package that costs $25,760, will score you dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming rear view mirror, remote start, 120-volt outlet & fog lights. Next Level up is the Leather Group at $27,460. It features heated seats & steering wheel, power passenger seat, bovine-sourced upholstery and driver’s seat memory. The last model in the lineup is the Premium Group @ $28,940. This group combines the leather and convenience packages and adds collision alert, rain-sensing wipers, cargo net & mat, lane departure warning, park assist and Bose Stereo. [...]
Ah November – the month of wonder… Imagine my surprise this morning as I was clearing my groggy eyes, stumbling into my kitchen, glancing out the window, to see something that made me second guess if I was actually awake or still dreaming… SNOW. With the change of scenery it’s easy for one to wonder many things… will my car start in the cold? How is my car going to handle with snow on the ground? Am I ready to drive in this stuff for the next couple of months? Easy there… before you call doctor Phil for some psychological help with winter whose, let us help you with some basic things you can check to make sure your vehicle will run smoother than a sled down a snowy fluffy hill this winter. 1. Are your lights in working order? You may just automatically think that all of your lights are working like most [...]
During these hot summer days it’s great to get out and enjoy the weather. Maybe you wanted to go out somewhere but there was no one available to watch over your kids. If you do take your kids with you, wherever you go, please keep their safety at the forefront of your mindset and do NOT leave them in the car by themselves for any reason … not even for a minute. The ambient temperature inside of a vehicle on a 80 degree day can reach up to 110 degrees in just 20 minutes. On average there are 37 infant deaths resulting from being left in hot cars per year. I’ve heard horror stories on the news about infant death resulting from being stuck inside a car and it is something that needs to be brought up and addressed during these hot summer days. GM recently partnered with Safe Kids USA and together they are aiming to increase [...]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B8B_8G9sDQ] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAB0ywVkw7U] Here is a link to another inspiring story of a crash that had a miraculously happy ending:  Click Here If you need more examples there are several other videos you can look up. The point is simple: pregnant women get into accidents too.  It’s something that we don’t really want to hear about, but it happens.  In 2008, over 27,000 pregnant women were killed in automobile accidents. In fact, statistics show that automobile accidents are the largest cause of pregnant fatalities. What is more terrifying than thinking of your unborn baby going through an accident? As far as safety goes, the major focus has always been on infant safety and child seats while the specific safety needs of expecting mothers was perhaps overlooked a bit. That is starting to change, however, as the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM), a group of 11 car companies including GM, Ford and Chrysler, has recently taken interest in progressing [...]
If you’re a parent, you’re naturally going to worry about your kids when they start to drive. Who doesn’t get discouraged when they see another fatality on the news involving teens, beer, and speeding? It’s enough to make any parent want to keep their kid’s vehicle options limited to a bike or the bus … God forbid they ever walk anywhere. But alas, we must face the reality that our kids need to drive — ask any parent who has ever played the chauffeur role. (Note to audience:  In tonight’s performance, the role of the chauffeur will be played by the gal who writes those clever little blog posts.  The role of the kids will be played by the same demanding kids who played the parts last week and the week before and the week before that, etc.)  Enter Stage Right:  My Key. Not the cute little [...]
Sometimes, good things have to come to an end. Not so long from now winter will fall on us and we will be left cold, leaving nothing but memories of nice walks and swims. Seasons change, some people like the change and others don’t.   Regardless of what season you like, you should always keep in mind one thing – check your tires. With a change in temperature comes a change in tire pressure. Air will compress as the temperature gets colder and will expand once it gets warmer. With a tire low on pressure, the sidewall of the tire begins to flex, causing handling problems, wear and reduced fuel economy.  Too much air will cause the tire to wear and possibly even pop, so it’s very important to know when to check your tires and how full the tires should be. How to tell if your car doesn’t have enough PSI: If your car is pulling to one side, [...]
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