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AWD, FWD, 4WD & RWD: Decoding the Alphabet Soup

A guide to choosing a drivetrain that best fits your needs
When you live in an area like the tri-states where winter makes traveling tough, a common question among vehicle buyers is which drivetrain is best for their needs. The differences between all-wheel drive (AWD), four-wheel drive (4WD/4×4), front-wheel drive (FWD), and rear-wheel drive (RWD) can be confusing. Front-wheel drive is exactly what it sounds like, the engine’s power is routed to the front wheels. Most sedans are front-wheel drive. Rear-wheel drive, which is typically used in high performance vehicles and trucks, sees the engine’s power routed to the rear wheels. It provides better traction if you are pulling a heavy load, but provides less traction on slippery roads. On a performance vehicle, RWD helps to improve handling by balancing the car’s weight evenly front to rear. Four-wheel drive provides heavy duty traction [...]

Tips for Traveling with Pets

How to keep your furry friends safe and happy, and your vehicle fur-free!
  Whether you are taking Fido to run an errand, bringing Garfield to see the family over the holidays, or toting the whole gang on a roadtrip, you want to make preparations for your pet’s comfort and safety. Many of our staff members have pets of their own, so we asked them for their best tips! Safety When pets are not properly restrained, they can roam the vehicle, causing a distraction. Some states even require that dogs are restrained during travel. Luckily, there are many options, including harnesses and restraints, pet carriers, and cargo barriers. **Never let a pet ride in the front seat as they can be seriously injured or killed if an airbag deploys.** Runde Chevrolet salesperson James Mahoney uses this pet seat belt to travel with his two-year-old husky/lab [...]

The Blazer is BACK

All-New 2019 Chevrolet Blazer has landed at Runde Chevrolet
The Blazer is back! The first all-new 2019 Chevy Blazer has landed at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, IL and it is a STUNNER. The much-loved vehicle from the past has a dramatically different look this time around. The five-passenger Blazer is larger than the Equinox and smaller than the Traverse. There are hints of the Camaro sprinkled throughout the vehicle —  from vehicle’s stance, its squinty headlights, and even the dash. Offered in models ranging from the sporty RS to the upper-level Premier, the vehicle will offer unique design elements on each model to appeal to a variety of drivers. It is offered with an Ecotec 2.5L four-cylinder engine and a 3.6L [...]

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.

Travel Back in Time at the Film Festival’s Annual Fundraising Gala

The event will reminisce on the romance and glamour of the fabulous forties.
The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival will once again put the “fun” in fundraising with its third annual gala, set for Saturday, February 16 in the Harbor Room at Diamond Jo Casino. “As Time Goes By: A JDIFF Hollywood Night” invites you to walk back through the romance and glamour of the fabulous forties with a nod to Casablanca’s Rick’s Café along the way. The suggested attire will be 1940’s vintage glam – reminiscent of the Bogart, Bergman and Bacall era. The event will include a silent auction, live auction, and plated dinner. Peckosh Pediatric Dentistry will be hosting a complimentary cocktail hour from 6 to 7 p.m.  Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and $900 per table of 10. Proceeds directly support the [...]

To Lease or To Buy, That is the Question

It's a matter of deciding which best fits your budget, needs, and preferences
There are so many options to pick from when looking for a new vehicle: Sedan, SUV, or truck? Two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive? What color? What trim level? One of the questions you might come across while vehicle shopping is whether you should lease or buy. Leasing offers you lower monthly payments with the choice to turn a vehicle back in at the end of the lease, or to buy it out. This means you are driving a new car under warranty for the majority of your lease. “Leasing has gotten more popular over the years,” says John Riley, sales manager at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, IL. “When you lease, you have options at the [...]

Symphony’s Ultimate Rock Hits Concert is Jan. 18 & 19

Runde Auto Group is proud to be the exclusive sponsor of this event!
  Ready to rock in the new year? The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra will again join forces with local rock bands to present a symphonic rock experience! The Ultimate Rock Hits Concert is set for 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Mississippi Moon Bar in Diamond Jo Casino. Runde Auto Group is proud to be the exclusive sponsor of this event!    The concert will feature chart toppers from the 1970s to today. Previously they have performed covers of legendary songs from groups like Aerosmith, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin. Performers from local bands will include Joie Wails, Boogie Monster, Few Blind Mice, Tete [...]

It’s a Jeep, It’s a Truck … It’s a GLADIATOR!

Jeep introduces all-new 2020 Gladiator, available in mid-2019
Is it a Jeep? Is it a truck? It’s BOTH! The all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator, set to arrive in dealerships in mid-2019, is a bit of a hybrid between a Jeep Wrangler and a pickup truck. The vehicle is a reincarnation of the Jeep Gladiator truck built from 1963 to 1987. (Check out this history of Jeep trucks) The new mid-size pickup offers best-in-class towing (7,650 pounds) and 4×4 payload capacity (1,600 pounds), as well as composed on-road driving dynamics and passenger safety. The truck is at home when its off-road thanks to Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4×4 systems, third-generation Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lock electric front and rear-axle lockers, Trac-Lok limited slip differential, segment-exclusive sawy-bar disconnect, and 33-inch off-road tires. It will be available in four trims: Sport, Sport S, Overland, and Rubicon. “Unquestionably a truck and instantly recognizable as a Jeep, the all-new 2020 Gladiator is the ultimate vehicle for any outdoor adventure,” said Tim Kuniskis, [...]

Ram 1500 & Jeep Wrangler Win Big in Motor Trend Awards

Ram 1500 named Truck of the Year, Jeep Wrangler takes home SUV of the Year
Motor Trend recently announced its 2019 “Of the Year” award winners and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had a big showing! The 2019 Jeep Wrangler was named SUV of the Year, while the Ram 1500 was named Truck of the Year. “The Jeep Wrangler and Ram 1500 are significant products at FCA; concurrently winning Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year and Truck of the Year titles is a proud accomplishment, and a testament to the capability and determination of our employees,” said Mike Manley, Chief Executive Officer of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, in a press release. The awards also recognized the late Sergio Marchionne, former FCA CEO, as the 2019 Person of the Year. Winning vehicles are chosen after weeks of testing on how each contender measures in design advancement, engineering excellence, efficiency, [...]

All-New 2020 Chevy Silverado HD Revealed!

Named the most capable and advanced Silverado ever, the 2020 Silverado HD will arrive at dealerships in mid-2019.
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD will debut in February 2019! The most capable and advanced Silverado ever, it will also be the third all-new Silverado model from Chevy in just 18 months. “We know the needs and priorities of heavy-duty customers are different than those of either light-duty or medium-duty customers,” said Jaclyn McQuaid, chief engineer, Silverado HD, in a press release. “As such, we built a heavy-duty truck tailor-made for them that has more differentiation than ever before from light-duty models, offers advanced towing technologies to improve towing confidence, and includes new features such as the integrated Bedstep, which makes it easier to access the bed while pulling a fifth-wheel trailer.” Built in Flint, Michigan, the 2020 Silverado HD exterior shares only the roof with the Silverado 1500 – every other piece of sheet [...]
The staff of Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester came to the aid of a feathered friend today after it flew into the dealership’s showroom windows. This beautiful cardinal was sitting on the cement by the door after its fall. “I scooped him up and he sat in my hand just looking dazed like he didn’t know what was going on,” said Keeli Runde, the office coordinator and title clerk at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. After a few minutes, she took the bird behind the dealership and held it near a tree branch. “He climbed up by himself and then sat there for a little bit,” she said. “When I went [...]

Join us for the Runde Holiday Bake Sales Dec. 12 & 13

Event expands to include sales at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque & Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC in Platteville
Runde Chevrolet is excited to announce its FIFTH annual Holiday Bake Sale! Plus, Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC in Platteville is joining in to host its first Holiday Bake Sale this year! Each year, our generous staff members prepare delicious baked goods that we sell in the showroom. All funds raised (PLUS a match by Runde Auto Group) are donated to help a few local families in need have a brighter holiday season. Last year’s East Dubuque bake sale raised more than $2,500, which was then matched by Runde Auto Group. The money was donated to help six families in the East Dubuque School District and benefited the East Dubuque Food Pantry. We are hoping to continue the momentum this holiday season. Please join us at the sale closest to you: Wednesday, Dec. 12 in [...]

Drive Through a Winter Wonderland at Reflections in the Park

Last year's event saw nearly 14,000 vehicles drive through the park.
The 24th annual Reflections in the Park is back! The lights festival that raises money for Hillcrest Family Services saw a record-setting year last year, raising more than $148,000. Nearly 14,000 vehicles drove through the park. “The event absolutely could not happen without our amazing volunteers,” said Darlene Bolsinger, Reflections in the Park coordinator. “Their time, talent, and dedication is outstanding.” Open 5-10 p.m. daily Nov. 22 through Jan. 1 at Louis Murphy Park in Dubuque, this year’s event features many new light displays. Runde Auto Group is a proud sponsor of the Silverado display! Santa will be on hand every Monday in December before Christmas to distribute candy to the youngsters. [...]

Community Support Truck Hits the Road for Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Genny Ginter continues tradition, expects to serve over 2,000 people this year
It’s that time of the year again – time for the Ginter Family Thanksgiving, now called the Dubuque Community Free Thanksgiving Dinner! Genny Ginter stopped in today to pick up the Community Support Truck and start preparations for the 57th annual event. They will be serving 88 25-pound turkeys to more than 2,000 people this year – including making deliveries to sick, shut-in, and elderly people in the community. The tradition was started by Genny’s late mother, Donna Ginter. “We were at 2,100 last year, so we are shooting for 2,200 people this year,” Genny said. “We start cooking the turkeys on Monday.” The sit-down dinner will be 12:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving – Thursday, Nov. 22 [...]

Happy National Name Your Car Day!

Cars.com lists most popular vehicle names from survey
What do you call your vehicle? If you are like most people, you refer to it as “Baby,” or some other two-syllable name beginning with a B. In honor of “National Name Your Car Day,” Cars.com surveyed drivers, finding 53 percent of American drivers who name their cars use a name starting with the letter B. Of those drivers who name their vehicle, 70 percent are men. * According to the survey, these are the top 10 most popular car names: 1. Baby 2. Betsy 3. Ruby 4. Betty 5. Beast 6. Max 7. Bertha 8. Pearl 9. Frank 10. Christine Is your vehicle’s name on the list? Tell us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! *Information from WSPA.com.
Chevrolet’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign is back for the eighth year to help finish the fight against breast cancer! Runde Chevrolet is proud to once again participate in this important program. Who do you drive for? Join Chevrolet and #TeamRunde in the fight against breast cancer this October! For every post on Twitter or Instagram that uses the hashtag #IDriveFor October 1-31, Chevrolet will donate $5 to the American Cancer Society (up to $400,000)! PLUS, if you stop in to Runde Chevrolet and take a photo with our #IDriveFor sign, you will get a couple free PINK Runde koozies! Nearly $10 million has been contributed to the American Cancer Society since the start of this program in 2011.
We are pleased to announce the addition of Adam Millman to the staff of Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC in Platteville! Adam, a Dubuque native, has spent the bulk of his career in supply chain management. He is familiar with sales, having worked in both the insurance and automotive industry. “I enjoy helping customers find exactly what they’re looking for and looking out for the customer’s best interest before, during, and after the sale,” Adam says. In his spare time, Adam enjoys cooking, fishing, hunting, watching sports, and woodworking. He was once an Iowa state bowling champion! Adam has always had an interest in vehicles. His favorite is the Chevy Tahoe because of its versatility. If you are in the market for a new or used vehicle, give Adam a call! [...]
This is the first of a series featuring staff members from the four Runde Auto Group dealerships. We hope you enjoy learning more about them!   Some people collect photographs to remember specific moments in their lives. Nate Elder, reconditioning manager at Runde PreDriven, collects shoes. He has about 25 boxes of unopened shoes in his closet at home right now – some have been there for years. “Each one has a story and a memory attached to it,” Nate said. “I have a pair that I bought in 2003, that’s one of my older pairs.” He recently opened a pair of DC Pure XEs because he had worn out the DC Mikey Moes he had been wearing. Working in the PreDriven washrack area [...]
The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is HERE! One hundred years after the first Silverado was delivered in 1918, the next-generation Silverado was created with feedback from more than 7,000 customers on what they wanted in their next truck. “With the all-new Silverado, we’ve taken the best truck on the road and made it even better,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain in a press release. “It has a longer wheelbase, more passenger and cargo volume, and yet, thanks to our mixed materials strategy and mass reduction expertise, the new truck is 450 pounds lighter than the current model.” The Silverado’s grille and headlights are completely refreshed, and Chevrolet is stamped across the truck’s rear bumper. [...]
Dubuque nonprofit Opening Doors aims to take care of women with no place to go while helping them to get them back on their feet. “Opening Doors’ story started in 2000 with a homeless woman on a park bench with no place to stay,” said Ann Lorenz, development and marketing director of Opening Doors. “Since that time, we have empowered over 3,300 women and children, teaching them life skills to help them build a brighter future for their families.” Opening Doors, which operates Teresa Shelter, Maria House, and the Francis Apartments, provides shelter and life and job skills training for women in the tri-state area. Maria House provides transitional housing for residents up to two years, while Teresa Shelter offers short-term emergency shelter services and an extended stay program. Opening Doors opened the Francis Apartments last [...]
We are pleased to announce the addition of Mike Mullahey to the sales team at Runde PreDriven in Hazel Green! Mike, who grew up in Dubuque, has lived in the Chicago area for the last 23 years. “I started at the Auto Auction in 1994 and have been selling cars for the past 20 years,” he says. “I’ve always had a passion for cars and people.” In his spare time, Mike enjoys listening to music and spending time with his family, especially his two nieces, Makayla and Lily. His favorite vehicle is the 1969 Plymouth Road Runner, which was his family’s first car as a child. So far he is enjoying his new position and looks forward to providing great customer service at Runde PreDriven. “It means you treat people [...]
Jim and Angie Mullen, of Mays Landing, New Jersey, flew in to pick up their 2017 Chevrolet Express 12-passenger van from Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque! The couple worked with nine dealers in their area, but none had a van with the features they were looking for. “This van had all the options I wanted, which was basically all the options,” Jim said. “It had the locking differential, a cold weather package, and a six-way power seat, which comes in handy since Angie is a much shorter person than I am.” They appreciated Runde Auto Group’s transparent and understandable sales process, along with salesperson Tim Loso’s helpfulness along the way. “He was very easy to work with and even got us an interest rate that was better than our bank got us,” [...]
  Voices Productions has taken to the streets of Dubuque once again to add color and life to buildings around the city. Last year, the organization suspended its 11-year tradition of Millwork District gallery shows to embark on a public art project. The result was 18 large scale murals. See the 2017 murals here. The group is setting out to complete nine more in 2018, bringing the total to 27. So far two are in progress or completed: one on the Steve’s Ace Hardware building at 200 S. Locust St., and one at 1638 Central Ave. Many others are planned for Central Avenue. “The difference between this year is that property owners are reaching out to us, asking to participate in the mural initiative by requesting a mural on their wall and offering to pay for it,” said Sam Mulgrew, president of Humanities Iowa and one of the five directors of Voices Productions. The murals [...]
Please join us in welcoming Brian Oswald to the sales team at Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC in Platteville! Brian moved to Platteville from Cuba City a year ago. He previously worked in the mortgage industry. “I have always wanted to sell cars and trucks,” he said. “You get to meet a lot of people and I have always heard Runde’s has a great reputation.” He is excited to sell from Runde Auto Group’s inventory of more than 1,650 vehicles. “I have always tried to make sure the customer has a positive experience and I pride myself on delivering great customer service, which means helping people meet their needs in a way that is efficient, pleasant, and informative,” he said. In his spare time, Brian enjoys coaching basketball, playing tennis, watching all sports, traveling and reading. [...]
Chevrolet is bringing back the much-loved Blazer, but with a dramatically different look. “The Blazer has attitude,” says John Cafaro, executive director of Global Chevrolet Design, in a press release. “It looks commanding on the road, while fulfilling the promise of versatility at the heart of every Chevy crossover and SUV.” The five-passenger Blazer is larger than the Equinox and smaller than the Traverse, offering consumers a mid-size choice in Chevrolet SUVs. Offered in models ranging from sporty RS to upper-level Premier, the vehicle will offer unique design elements on each model to appeal to a variety of drivers.
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