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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 [...]

2020 Bolt Increases Range by Nearly 10%

Electric vehicle offers EPA-estimated 259 miles of range on full charge
The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt will offer an impressive EPA-estimated 259 miles of range on a full charge! This is an increase of 21 miles over the previous model years. “The Bolt EV set the benchmark for long-range, affordable electric vehicles, and we’re excited to raise the bar by offering nearly 10 percent more EPA-estimated range for the 2020 model year,” said Tim Grewe, director of Global Battery Cell Engineering and Strategy, in a press release. “At Chevrolet we’re constantly listening to customer feedback and we heard the desire for more range. The team worked diligently to find ways to improve battery energy, giving customers the confidence to go more than the extra mile.” To accomplish this goal, Chevrolet’s battery engineering team improved the energy of the cell electrodes by making changes to the cell chemistry. That way they didn’t need to change the physical battery pack or the way it is integrated into the vehicle [...]

2020 Corvette Pricing Announced

Mid-engine sports car starts at $59,995
Chevrolet has announced pricing on the 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray! This mid-engine sports car, which is capable of 194 mpg top track speed, can be purchased for starting at $59,995. “Most people thought when we moved the Corvette to mid-engine it would no longer be attainable, but we knew we couldn’t mess with a winning formula and the 2020 Stingray proves it,” said Brian Sweeney, Chevrolet U.S. vice president, in a press release. The 1LT will start at $59,995, the 2LT trim package will start at $67,295, and the top-level 3LT trim package on the 2020 Corvette Stingray will start at $71,945. “We’ve packed a lot of performance into the Corvette Stingray at this price when you consider an eight-speed dual clutch transmission, Small Block V-8 and engine-mounted dry sump oil system are all [...]
Brandon Goranson, a technician at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester, recently completed his Senior Master Tech certification 🎉 Only 2% of Ford techs in the Chicago region achieve this feat, which takes 673 hours of training! Brandon, who is from Greeley IA, has worked at Runde’s for 8 years. CONGRATS, Brandon!   Pictured L-R: -Greg Runde, Owner -Aaron Dalrick, Ford Technical Field Operations, Field Service Engineer for the Midwest Region -Brandon Goranson -Summer Penney, Service Manager -Jeff Runde, Owner -Rod Peterson, Process Manager

All-Electric F-150 is Coming!

Ford released a sneak peek of an all-electric Ford F-150 prototype towing more than a million pounds!
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You may have noticed many vehicles on the Runde Auto Group website labeled Service Loaner Special. These are vehicles that were part of our service loaner fleet, so they were loaned out to customers who had their vehicle in for service. They are mostly used locally and have about 2,000 to 3,000 miles on them at the time of sale. The benefit of purchasing a service loaner is that you can save up to $2,000 ON TOP of all the typical rebates that come with a new vehicle! If you are in the market for a new vehicle and are interested in the extra savings that a Service Loaner Special affords, shop our [...]
Real Prices We pride ourselves on being upfront and honest, which starts with the way we price our vehicles. Our website clearly lists the price breakdown for new and pre-driven vehicles, always including Runde Savings. You get our best price from the start, with total transparency! No Hidden Fees Most dealerships charge you to do your paperwork. These documentation and prep fees, which often aren’t mentioned until you are signing paperwork, can add up to thousands of dollars. At Runde Auto Group, we never charge documentation or prep fees. No Pressure We will provide you with all the information you need, and answer any questions you may have, but we will not pressure you into buying anything.   Four Locations Near You You can [...]
Please join us in welcoming Shawn Cooper to the sales staff of Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC in Platteville! Shawn, who is from Newport News, Virginia, spent eight years in the United States Navy as an airplane mechanic. He has been working in the automotive industry ever since. He loves the opportunity to meet new people each day and build relationships with customers. “I believe educating people on car buying is one of the most important aspects of the job,” he says. “I’m not here to just sell a car, I want customers to understand what they are buying and the value of the dealership.” When he isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his five sons, bowling, watching movies (especially Marvel), and hiking. He also is fascinated by military history. “I love military aviation,” he [...]
The mid-engine Corvette will be revealed via livestream on Thursday, July 18, in Orange County, California! The livestream opens at 9:30 p.m. on July 18 and can be accessed through media.chevrolet.com/nextgenCorvette​. The stream will include Corvette video footage, a hosted pre-show, and the reveal presentation. It will be available for viewing across the globe. “There is a large contingent of Corvette fans across the world waiting for the reveal of the Next Generation. We’re happy to give these fans, and all sports car enthusiasts, a way to see and learn about the vehicle at the same time as those participating live in California,” said Barry Engle, executive vice president and president, the [...]

2020 Shelby GT500 is the Most Powerful Street-Legal Ford Ever

The vehicle will produce 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft. of torque
“If you’re not first, you’re last.” The all-new 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the most powerful street-legal Ford ever, lives up to that Talladega Nights motto. Producing 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft. of torque, the vehicle can reach 60 mph in the mid-3 second range, according to CNBC. A quarter-mile takes it just under 11 seconds to complete. According Ford’s short and sweet press release, it will be their most powerful street-legal car yet with the most power- and torque-dense supercharged production V8 engine IN THE WORLD. The third generation GT500 also has a carbon fiber track package without a rear seat to reduce weight. The vehicle should be arrive at dealerships this fall. View Runde Auto Group’s inventory of new Fords here.    

America’s River Fest is Set for Summer

Annual concert festival will feature Clint Black, Steve Miller Band & more
Runde Auto Group is proud to once again be a title sponsor of America’s River Festival! The annual event will be held June 21 and 22 in the Port of Dubuque. Performers will include Clint Black, Pure Prairie League, the Steve Miller Band, and more! Plus, we will be handing out a FREE T-SHIRT to the first 1,000 people in the gate on Friday night! Here’s the schedule: Friday, June 21 Elizabeth Mary – 7 p.m. Blackhawk – 8:30 p.m. Clint Black – 10 p.m. Saturday, June 22 Pure Prairie League – 7 p.m. Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives – 8:30 p.m. Steve Miller Band – 10 p.m.  Buy Tickets

2021 Trailblazer Introduced

Sized between the Trax and Equinox, this SUV will have plenty of room for personalization
Another Chevrolet nameplate from years past is making a comeback! General Motors recently debuted the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer, a small SUV that is sized between the larger Equinox and the smaller Trax. While product specifications are not yet available, the vehicle will include an RS trim with a standard two-tone roof. “The Trailblazer’s great design enables more personalization,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet passenger car and crossover marketing, in a press release. “Trailblazer is a continuation of the design language for Chevy’s crossover family and extends our momentum into one of the industry’s fastest-growing segments.” Standard active safety features will include Front Pedestrian Braking, Automatic Emergency Braking and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. It also offers optional Adaptive Cruise Control – Camera, Rear Park Assist [...]

Don’t Be Fooled by Four Square

This sales technique is meant to confuse car buyers
Ever seen one of these before? If you have ever shopped at most other car dealerships, you have. In the automotive business, this worksheet is known as “Four Square.” It’s sole purpose is to distract you from the most important part of a vehicle purchase: the price. Car buying involves a lot of numbers, and this system preys on the customer’s lack of detailed knowledge and their reluctance to admit they don’t understand. Here’s how it typically works: The worksheet’s four boxes are filled in with a handwritten trade value of your current vehicle, price of the vehicle, downpayment amount, and monthly payment. The last two will be much more than you want to start with in order to begin the negotiations. Notice there is no line-by-line breakdown. Once you have told the [...]
Please join us in welcoming Jon Heller to the sales staff of Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC in Platteville! Jon, who is from Stockton, IL, lives in Dubuque with his fiancé Brenna and son Arlo. Before joining Runde Auto Group, he was a Volkswagen service advisor. “I have grown up around cars my entire life,” he said. “My father rebuilds old Toyota pickups as a hobby and at 19 years old I crossed over to the dark side of Volkswagens, I currently own 15 or so.” In his spare time, Jon keeps busy with collecting and working on Volkswagens, going to car meets/gatherings, spending time with his family camping, snowboarding, kayaking, and anything outdoors. They also have a small photography business called Fokus’d where they showcase cars, sports, and family moments.
Please join us in welcoming Barry Funke to the sales staff at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester! Barry is from Greeley, Iowa and now lives in Manchester. He previously worked in the trucking and auto detail business. “I’ve been a car guy all my life,” he says. “I have always enjoyed cars and trucks, new and old, and I love meeting new people.” He especially loves classic muscle cars and old pickups of all makes – his favorite being the 1970 LS6 Chevelle SS and 1986-1987 Chevy square body pickups. In his spare time, Barry enjoys racing of all types – Nascar, motocross, sprint cars, dirt late models and mods. “I enjoy going to the races or just watching them on TV,” he says. “I also enjoy Harleys – I [...]

Take a Test Drive in a New Ford to Support Maquoketa Valley FFA!

Ford's Drive 4 UR School program donates $20 for every test drive
What: Runde Auto Group’s Drive 4 Ur School test drive event When: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 Where: Maquoketa Valley High School in Delhi Join Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in supporting the Maquoketa Valley FFA Chapter during this year’s Drive 4 Ur School test drive event! Ford will donate $20 for every test drive (up to $6,000) at the Drive 4 UR School event, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 at Maquoketa Valley High School in Delhi. “This event is such a fun, easy way to help your community,” said Aaron Young, sales manager at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester. “Plus, it is always fun to take a new Ford out for a spin!” [...]
Please join us in welcoming Chris McGrane to the sales team at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque! Chris, who was born and raised in Dubuque, has 14 years of experience selling Harley-Davidson motorcycles. He also spent 16 years in management at UPS before joining the sales staff at Runde Chevrolet. “It was the people and the way they do thing’s here at Runde’s that made me want to join this team,” Chris said. “They are honest, straight forward and they make the process quick and easy, which is what people want. Other than that, I mean who doesn’t like a new car?” In his spare time, Chris enjoys family time with his wife Angie, daughters Emily, 18, and Tana, 12, and his 13-year-old son Brayden, as well as home projects, and [...]
The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, set for Wednesday to Sunday, April 24-28 in downtown Dubuque, has extended the festivities to cover five days! “We needed another day to fit in all the great panels, screenings, and events we have planned,” said Susan Gorrell, executive director of the festival. More than 20 features, 20 documentaries and 70 shorts were named Official Selections this year and will be screened at 10 venues in downtown Dubuque. There were over 700 submissions from over 50 countries, including Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, Cuba, New Zealand, and more. Film Schedule >                                            Watch Nominee Trailers >                    [...]
Roger Brown
Please join us in welcoming Roger Brown to the sales team at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque! Roger, who was born and raised in Dubuque, has been working in automotive sales for 12 years. “I started in 2007 working in sales,” he says. “I have always been a techy, so the internet side of vehicle sales was a natural fit for me. I have been doing it ever since.” He enjoys seeing all the new technology in vehicles and has gotten to be a part of the automotive industry’s shift toward the internet. “I have seen the vehicle purchase experience change since 2007 in a good way for shoppers,” he said. “The internet provides several tools to help research their perfect vehicle. I am always here to help sort through that information!” At RundeAutoGroup.com, you can fill out an online trade evaluation, online credit application, [...]
Taylor Whittle
We are pleased to announce the addition of Taylor Whittle to the sales staff at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester! Taylor, who is originally from Volga, IA, lives in Strawberry Point with his wife, Ellen. Before working here, he was a sub-contractor doing mostly roofing and siding. “Automotive sales always seemed like a relatively fast paced position, which is something I desired,” he said. “The position is also one where each day brings new challenges. Every day is different, which I enjoy.” His favorite vehicle, other than his trusty 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix, is the Ford Raptor. Taylor is looking forward to selling from Runde Auto Group’s large inventory of new Fords, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram, as well as used vehicles. “My experience here so far has been a very good one,” he said. “Everyone [...]

Federal Tax Credit Changing for Chevy Bolt EV & Volt

Purchase before March 31 to be eligible for the full tax credit of $7,500
Looking to purchase a new Chevrolet Bolt EV or Volt? Now is the time – before the federal tax credit changes! In order to be eligible for the full federal tax credit of $7,500*, the vehicle must be purchased and delivered by March 31. After that, the federal tax credit amount will go down to $3,750* *Each person’s tax situation is unique. Consult your tax professional prior to claiming any tax-related credits.   Click here for more information • Shop Runde Auto Group new Chevy Volts The Volt is a high-tech plugin hybird that offers efficiency, state-of-the-art technology and safety features. 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery Voltec® electric drive system [...]

2019 Ford Ranger Has Arrived at Runde Auto Group!

The previously discontinued mid-size truck has been re-invented inside and out
The all-new 2019 Ford Ranger has landed at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester, IA! This mid-size pickup truck was unfortunately discontinued in 2011, but now the engineers and designers at Ford Motors have given this popular nameplate a whole new look for the 2019 model year and buyers are extremely excited about it. “Ranger has always held a special place in the hearts of truck fans,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing, in a press release. “The all-new Ranger is designed for today’s mid-size truck buyer, delivering even more utility, capability and technology for those who blend city living with more off-the-grid adventures on the weekend.”
Best Dealership Dubuque - Best Fest Contest winner
THANK YOU to Dubuque area residents for voting us Best Car/Truck Dealership & Best Place for Auto Repair in this year’s Best Fest!   Runde Auto Group has been voted Dubuque’s Best Dealership in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 as part of Hospice of Dubuque’s Best Fest Celebration. Best Fest is a local event that is put on by Hospice of Dubuque where Tri-state residents in and around the Dubuque area are asked to select their choice as the best business in various categories such as: Best Grocery Store, Best Fitness Center, Best Ice-Cream Shop, Best New Restaurant, Best Place for Lunch, Best Golf Course, Best Place to buy Furniture, etc.   Check out the complete list of Best Fest Winners in each category. This year Runde Auto Group was humbled as Tri-State residents again selected [...]

Run4Troops Debuts New Course & Half Marathon

Event supports tri-state military, past , present, & future
Run4Troops is set to take place on June 29, 2019 and Runde Auto Group is proud to once again be a major sponsor of this worthwhile event! This year, the point-to-point, chip-timed Boston qualifying race, will debut a new out-and-back course and a half marathon! Proceeds from Run4Troops, set for June 29, 2019, directly support tri-state military, past, present, and future. “Our objective is to give all participants an opportunity for a great experience and raise some money for a great cause,” said race director Connie Hodge. Over the years, they have dispersed more than $105,000 to local military causes. More than 6,500 runners have participated in the event from 46 states and nine countries! Proceeds are donated to organizations including the Veteran’s Freedom Center, University of Dubuque ROTC, National Guard, University of Dubuque Veterans Center, American Red Cross Readiness Unit, and more. [...]
Chicago Auto Show website banner
Our Runde employee, Joe Gourley, was on location at the Chicago Auto Show on Friday! Here are some pictures from his visit.   The Chicago Auto Show takes place in the McCormick Place civic center on the southern portion of Downtown Chicago near Soldier Field and the Field Museum. The Auto Show features domestic & import cars, trucks, SUV’s and vans as will as not-yet-released concept cars. In all, approximately 900-1000 different vehicles are displayed at this event annually. It’s a great place to take your family, but remember that the best time to go is early in the morning on weekdays. If you go on a weekend, you can expect to see tons of people there and lines for some exhibits can be extremely long. So try go early on weekdays, if possible, to avoid the large crowds.
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