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There are 36 inches in a yard. 36 is the atomic number of Krypton. There are 36 barleycorns in an English foot. In the year 36 AD Emperor Kuang Wu Ti of China defeated the last of the warlords and reunited the country. In a perfect five star triangle, the angle of each tip measures 36 degrees. The probability of throwing double six on two dice is one in 36. William Shakespeare wrote 36 plays. And for those of you familiar with the Pittsburg Steelers: For many years, if you saw the number 36 it meant that The Bus was coming. Of course remember that 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 = 36. What’s all the hubbub about 36 ? Well Chevrolet recently announced that they have achieved an impovement on the fuel ecomony of the 2008 Chevy Cobalt. Now any LS or LT [...]
All of your staff @Runde was very helpful. I felt very relaxed as they tried to fit my needs. I wasn’t pressured into buying a vehicle that wasn’t right for me. I really appreciate your time and service. Keep up the good work.  Brittany Conrad of Dubuque, IAI have purchased a lot of new and used vehicles in my 64 years but, I have never been treated with as much respect and courtesy as I received from all the folks at Runde’s. I will do all my service work at this dealership even though it’s 35 miles from my home and there are several places in my town to have service work done. I have already and will continue to refer friends and family to Runde’s. Dianne Brady of Maquoketa, IA Our Sales Person was extremely helpful and courteous! He made finding and purchasing the right vehicle hassle-free and timely. I will be recommending Runde [...]
According to the New York Times: Ford Motor Co. is selling its luxury brands Jaguar and Land Rover to Tata Motors Ltd. in India. This was announced last week and will undoubtedly expand the Indian car company’s marketshare around the world. Of course it will also give Jaguar and Land Rover the badly needed funds to refresh and expand their vehicle offerings. The sale had been on the drawing board for months as Ford was seeking money to fund its turn-around plans. Check out the full story: Click Here. This is great news for Ford buyers as the company will be able to narrow their focus and devote the new funding to research and ultimately cut the lag time in between model change-overs. In fact, Ford has now resolved to remodel their vehicles every three years. Derrick Kuzak, vice president of Ford global product development, recently [...]
I came across this today and found it to be very interesting. Technology of the future that may not be so far off in the future after all. What if the cost of refilling your car was less that a dollar. No I’m not talking about electric cars that you have to plug in for 24 hours.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztFDqcu8oJ4&hl=en&fs=1]       Who would have thought that it was a Frenchman that came up with this? Well this former Formula One engineer may have something here. Completely powered by compressed air in carbon fiber lightweight air tanks. Could be revolutionary. Could be just yesterday’s news by the time tomorrow rolls around. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
  “Clean and smooth transaction in everyway! Thanks!” Geoff Cox of Stockton, IL“Wayne Konrardy is an excellent professional sales consultant. He answered all our questions. We felt important and pampered. We loved his laid back professional personality. We will recommend him to everyone.” Mary Laugesen of Dubuque, IA “Rob did a very nice job. It was very busy that day, but he answered all of our questions and treated us very well.” Nick Kremer of Cascade, IA “Probably one of the best buying experiences we’ve had. It was the best vehicle orientation we’ve ever had!!” Dan Kautz of LaPorte City, IA  
Working for a GM dealership, the benefits of the GM Certified Used Vehicle program is something that has become permanently chiseled in our minds. But for customers who don’t deal with this stuff everyday, GM vehicle certification may seem a somewhat foreign term. So I thought I’d take up a little space here to go over the ins and outs of what a GM Certified Used Vehicle actually is.To even be considered for the GM Certified program, a vehicle must be 2003 model year or newer, with fewer than 60,000 miles. These are vehicles that either meet GM’s rigid standards for quality or they won’t be certified.     GM Certified Used Vehicles (Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac) are available at Runde Auto Group, and all feature: 100,000-Mile/5-Year Powertrain Limited Warranty — Now, [...]
Mandy Augustin of Dubuque recently picked up her new ride that she bought at our Chevy store in East Dubuque. She really wanted to get going to enjoy her new set of wheels and the warm spring- like weather, but we appreciate the fact that she took a couple minutes to chat with us. Runde Auto Chat: What kind of car did you buy? Mandy Augustin: A 2002 Ford Focus. RAC: Where’s the first place you’ll take you’re new car? MA: Home. RAC: Do you think your car is male or female? MA: Definitely female. RAC: Will you give her a name? MA: Don’t know yet … undecided. RAC: What’s the best thing about your new ride? MA: It’s mine! RAC: Do you have a favorite spot in the Tri-State area? MA: Anywhere by or on the Mississippi River. RAC: If [...]
  Frank Oresnik of southeastern Wisconsin achieved a major milestone on February 9, 2008, when his gas-engine 1991 Chevy Silverado pickup with a reached 1,000,000 miles on it’s odometer and the truck still has it’s original engine. Frank had a camera crew and local radio stations capture the event. He passed the million-mile mark in southeastern Wisconsin while on his way back home to Catawba, located in the north in Price County, about an hour west of Rhinelander.   GM is now featuring Frank and his truck, which he calls “the old girl,” in a National commercial that you can view below. Frank bought his truck in 1996 with only 41,000 miles on it and has since used it for his personal business delivering seafood and steaks around the upper Midwest. Oresnik credits his 1 millionth mile to his regular oil changes — he said that the truck has had over 300 oil changes in [...]
“We have purchased three new vehicles and several used (from Runde’s) and have been more than satisfied. We have recommended Runde’s to several people and will continue to do so.” Jim Muir of Epworth, Iowa “I’ll be sixty this month. I bought my first car in 1967 (Chevy Camaro) and through the years have bought several new vehicles, but never have experienced such an awesome dealership. Thanks so much.” Don Myers of Dodgeville, WI “Flop (nickname for Mark Fleege) is absolutely the best salesperson Runde could ask for! He is the most helpful, kind, DOWN TO EARTH person who immediately makes a person feel welcome! I never once felt like he was trying to ‘sell’ us anything. He is not the typical salesman. There really should be more of that style salesperson around. He definitely made my purchase an enjoyable one! I will be back [...]
The retro look is now back in full force as Dodge will soon unleash the Challenger SRT8. The new Challenger will compete head-to-head with the Ford Mustang in the retail muscle car market. And not too far off in the future, Chevy will release their all-new Camaro that will hint back to the ’69 Camaro of yesteryear. Dodge representatives have not yet announced final pricing for the more-affordable SE and R/T models, but they have said it will be priced to take on the Mustang, which starts at $20,000. This is good news for those who like the look of the car, but aren’t willing or able to shell out the beaucoup bucks that the SRT8 will undoubteldy command. Please feel free to call to the Runde Dodge Store in Manchester at 888-927-2630 for more information about the availability of the all-new Challenger. Dodge has already sold more [...]
IntelliChoice.com is an online source for automotive ownership cost and value analysis. It can prove to be an excellent tool for people who are considering buying a vehicle. Intellichoice rates the overall value of a vehicle and in doing so they factor in all costs involved with buying and maintaining that vehicle over a five year period. They predict the overall cost of ownership of vehicles over a five year period of time.What a great tool because, it goes beyond what a car costs at the time you sign the paperwork and write the check. It allows you to look into the proverbial crystal ball predict how much you will have invested in your vehicle over the long haul. A former collegue of mine once commented on how nice this was and wouldn’t it be neat to have a site that could show you how much your house was going to end up costing after [...]
      My winning the lottery fantasies have recently ended with the Corvette ZR1 … or rather, my driving off into the sunset in a ZR1. It’s just dream for a lot of folks right now because the ZR1 is still in pre-production, but for some like me it might remain a dream for a long time to come due to the premium price tag that will accompany this beast of a car. I’ve watched this video countless times and each time the car goes by and sounds like a jet it never ceases to plaster a smile on my face. Check it out.    
Those of you who have driven past Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque since last fall have probably noticed that it has been under some minor construction. The building has been redesigned both inside and out to put it up to code with the current standards of Chevrolet. Some enhancements that have been made are: a more easily accessible service area with multiple service reception desks, new sales offices, a cozy waiting area with internet access and a 50″ wall-mounted flat screen. The next time you’re in need of a new car or service for your current car, stop by and check out Runde Chevrolet. You’ll definitely like our attitude [...]
1. The Suzuki Corporation will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2009. Today it is one of the largest manufacturers of motors in the world. The company employs over 45,000 people worldwide and their vehicle sales annually surpass the sales of many other renowned companies like BMW, Mercedes and Saab. In fact, Suzuki actually outsells Mazda, Subaru, and Porsche combined.   2. The founder of the company, Michio Suzuki, started off in the silk industry building the highest quality textile looms in the business — he built them to last. When he becan to search for something fresh to focus his efforts on, he looked to transportation. His son, Shunzo, took off with this idea and built a small motor that was attached to a bicycle. This soon evolved into building motorcycles.   3. Ichiro Suzuki has had over 200 hits in each of his seven seasons playing [...]
Keith Pickel stopped by Runde Chevrolet today to pick up his new 2008 Silverado K1500. Keith is from Platteville, WI and he drives vehicles for a local business. We chatted with him for a few moments before he took his new rig home to show his wife.Runde Auto Chat: What’s the first thing you’ll do with your truck? KP: I’m going to Chicago tomorrow to show the truck to my son. RAC: How often do you usually get a new truck? KP: About every 4 years. RAC: What did you think of the whole truck buying process here at Runde’s? KP: It was the best deal I got … I really liked it. RAC: What’s you’re favorite place to eat in the area? KP: The Three Mile House just up the hill. RAC: Are you tired of all the snow yet? KP: Heck yes. Who [...]
Runde’s first Hybrid Tahoe is currently on the lot and available for test-drives. Several of the staff members at Runde Chevrolet have driven the vehicle and were impressed with the fit and finish of the vehicle. This is something that GM certainly didn’t rush to get out on the market. They really did their homework and took their time in the development stages and the result is an extremely q uiet, fuel-efficient, full-size 4WD SUV that looks like it should cost about $10,000 more than the list price.CLICK HERE for a VIDEO WALK AROUND of the new 2008 TAHOE HYBRID ! The first thing that struck me was the exterior look of the Hybrid. It has a real upscale look with unique and refined aluminum wheels and it can easily be identified as a hybrid — mainly due to the fact that it says [...]
This is Lori Schoenberger who manages the Runde PreDriven Service Department. She is shown here proudly displaying the arrangement of flowers that was given to her by her sweetheart for Valentines.      Sue Hanger is one of the Accountants for Runde Chevrolet. Her husband Kevin had this lovely floral display shipped in from Paris … well maybe not quite that far. It’s clear that Sue is still Kevin’s #1 Valentine and vice versa. Lisa Rigdon wasn’t about to be shown up on Valentines Day by her co-workers. Lisa handles vehicle titles and works out of the Runde Chevrolet upstairs office. Her husband put a smile on her face with this decadent bouquet of flowers.
 If you already own a vehicle that is E85 compatible, I’m sure that you’re well-versed about the benefits of the fuel. E85 is a fuel made from a mixture of 15% regular gasoline and 85% Ethanol that’s made from corn or other grains. This fuel is great for our local economy because it uses corn as a component. It also helps our national security by decreasing our dependence on foreign oil. You must have a vehicle designed to work with E85 however. The 10% Ethanol blend, or E10 as it is sometimes called, is fine to burn in all late model vehicles and has been available for quite some time at the pump, but an E85 compatible vehicle can burn the higher concentration of 85% Ethanol. This is because E85 vehicles are produced with specialized fuel system components designed to handle E85 as well as an engine management enabled to deal with the different properties [...]
  This is something really neat that Runde Auto Group wants to share with you. Shauna Fleming has created a website that helps put normal US residents in touch with military troops. Her unique website is calledAMillionThanks.org, and what she is doing is nothing short of amazing. Shauna is a high school student from Lutheran High School in Orange, California, and she started a national campaign to collect and distribute one million letters of appreciation and emails of thanks to our current and past military service members. Shauna was originally challenged by her father, Michael, to get her school to do something positive for the military men and women serving our country. Her efforts have grown exponentially as she has reached a national audience via the internet and she has done a world of good in the few short years that her site has been up and running. A Million Thanks is a year-round campaign [...]
Today we found ourselves digging out of yet another snowstorm as Mother Nature decided to blanket our area with a foot of snow. It was actually a very pretty day, until you had to get in your vehicle and actually drive someplace. Whether you were heading to work, to the store, or to get your taxes done — the roadways proved treacherous as plows couldn’t keep up with the rate the snow was coming down. As of right now the storm that hovered over the Tri-State area for most of Wednesday is now heading in the right direction — away from us. Almost all schools were closed in the region today and many people were sent home from work early, but overall the Missippi Valley area coped admirably with day’s abominable weather. It’s closing [...]
The Tri-states Volume Leader for Many Years Equals… Volume pricing and everyday low prices Best selection in stock Ordered Vehicles arrive sooner Better ability to locate, if needed Easy, Flexible Financing with Low Rates and Great Terms We Will NOT Add Hidden Documentation, Prep, or Get-Ready Charges. We Offer a Wide Array of Car and Truck Accessories. These are Offered as an Option, Not Required. SERVICE to Back Up the Sale FREE loaners or pickup and delivery Factory trained technicians Extensive parts inventory High customer satisfaction ratings LARGE Used Car Inventory, Our Used Car “SUPERSTORE”, and Used Car Specialists [...]
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