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Runde News, Industry Updates & Tri-State Happenings

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.

2020 Shelby GT500 Unveiled at North American Auto Show

Producing 700+ horsepower, the vehicle rockets 0-60 mph in just over 3 seconds
The all-new 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is set to go on sale this fall! With a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine producing more than 700 horsepower, the vehicle is capable of 0-60 mph in just over 3 seconds. “A takedown artist, the new 2020 Shelby GT500 will surprise supercar owners with its Ford Performance racing tech, supercharged engine, and visceral swagger,” said Jim Farley, Ford President of Global Markets, in a press release. The first Shelby GT500 was recently auctioned off for $1.1 million to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Craig Jackson, chairman/CEO of Barrett-Jackson, was the winning bidder. The vehicle is the most powerful street-legal Ford ever with sub-11 minute quarter-mile scores. It has the best cornering and largest brakes of any domestic sports coupe. “With its supercar-level powertrain, the all-new Shelby GT500 takes the sixth-generation Mustang to a performance level once reserved only for exotics,” said Hermann Salenbauch, Global Director of [...]
Choosing a drivetrain for a vehicle you’re looking to purchase can seem complicated.  The drivetrain you eventually select depends on a lot of factors including: the amount of money you’re looking to spend and what geographic area you live in. For those that 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 [...]

Traveling with Pets: Tips that will help keep your pets safe

How to keep your furry friends safe and happy, and your vehicle fur-free!
  Traveling with pets in your vehicle can be a tricky balancing act 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.  Whenever you’re traveling with pets, you should always 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 for traveling with pets! 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 [...]

The Chevy 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 V6 engine, both paired with Chevrolet’s nine-speed automatic transmission. With the 3.6L V6 engine, max trailering is estimated to be 4,500 pounds. Available on 3.6L engine models, Hitch Guidance aids [...]

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 [...]
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