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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 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 an airbag deploys.** Runde Chevrolet salesperson James Mahoney uses this pet seat belt to travel [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
We are pleased to announce that Rick Petitgout has joined the sales staff at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque! Rick has been in the automotive industry for 17 years and has been selling vehicles for 14 years. “It is not a car buying experience, it is a relationship-building experience,” he says. “I’m excited to be a part of Runde Auto Group and am looking forward to many, many, many years of building successful relationships.” Originally from East Dubuque, Rick lives in Asbury with his wife Marjorie, his four-year-old daughter Ariana, and their two miniature dachshunds. In his free time, Rick enjoys golfing, cheering on Notre Dame football, the Chicago Cubs, and the [...]
We are pleased to announce that Dan Pyzocha has joined the sales team at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester! Dan has a background in road construction, but has always had an interest in the automotive industry. “The majority of people rely on their vehicle almost every day,” Dan said. “Vehicles are always going to be our main means of transportation here in the rural Midwest as well as where memories are going to be made. With that being said, buying a new vehicle is a big event to most people and I’m happy knowing that I have the opportunity to be a part of that event.” Originally from Massachusetts, Dan grew up in Dubuque and currently resides in Epworth. He and his wife Angela have two children, Adelynn and Aliyah. “When I married my wife, we decided to both change our last [...]
Schedule Friday, Aug. 11: Show downtown at South Franklin St. from 5-10 p.m. Games, food, and trophies. Saturday, Aug. 12: Car show line-up starts at 2:30 p.m. at EZ Pickin’s. Cruise starts at 5 p.m. and ends at the Bacon ‘N Hops Festival in downtown Manchester. Live music by Time Machine. Sunday, Aug. 13: Car Show at the Delaware County Fairgrounds from noon to 3 p.m. (registration 8 a.m. to noon). Awards presented at 3 p.m. Entry fee $15, spectator fee $2. Runde Auto Group is a proud sponsor of the Country Cruisers Car Cruise and Show in Manchester, IA! The annual event, set for Aug. 11-13 this year, features vehicles of all makes and models, games, food, live music, and more.
Daniel Wahlert always enjoyed driving his late father’s 1966 Shelby GT350. Now he has his own. Last year, Daniel bought a 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 – the same car, just 50 years newer. A service consultant at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, Daniel’s love of vehicles was comes from his dad. Jim Wahlert was an avid classic car collector.   “Out of all the cars he had, the ’66 Shelby GT350 is my favorite to drive,” Daniel said. The 1966 Shelby has a Holman Moody engine with 356 horsepower and dual 4 BBL carburetors. Jim bought it in August of 1978 and had it restored 19 [...]
Daniel Wahlert always enjoyed driving his late father’s 1966 Shelby GT350. Now he has his own. Last year, Daniel bought a 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 – the same car, just 50 years newer. A service consultant at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, Daniel’s love of vehicles was comes from his dad. Jim Wahlert was an avid classic car collector.   “Out of all the cars he had, the ’66 Shelby GT350 is my favorite to drive,” Daniel said. The 1966 Shelby has a Holman Moody engine with 356 horsepower and dual 4 BBL carburetors. Jim bought it in August of 1978 and had it restored 19 [...]
We are proud to welcome Rick Valcin to the sales team at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, IL! Rick has been in automotive parts sales for 1 1/2 years. He has a degree in Sports Marketing and Management from the University of Dubuque. “I chose automotive sales because I grew up around cars and love learning about them,” Rick said. His favorite vehicle is the 1969 Chevy Chevelle because of the old body style. Rick is from the Caribbean Island of Saint Lucia and moved to Dubuque in the fall of 2013. He and his wife, Nadyah, have two sons and a daughter. While studying at the University of Dubuque, Rick became the 2014 NCAA Outdoor National Champion in pole vaulting [...]
  Kai Spande, manager of the Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, spoke Friday at the University of Northern Iowa! James Mahoney, a salesperson at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, attended the event with members of the Key City Corvette Club. “It was really cool,” James said. “He gave us some insight on the factory and while he couldn’t give us too many details, he said they will be switching up things on how they build the 2018 vehicles. They will be shutting down the factory for a little bit to re-vamp it.” The event attracted about 50 people, many of whom arrived in Corvettes. Corvette clubs from Cedar Falls, Dubuque, and Cedar Rapids were invited, but the rainy weather kept some of the sports cars in garages.   [...]
Runde PreDriven hosted a goodbye gathering for Reconditioning Manager Gary Reiter today. The is Gary’s last day of work after working at Runde PreDriven for 10 years! His daughter arranged for him to be dropped off in a limo this morning so he could arrive for his last day in style. “When it showed up, I thought, ‘They are going to think I am crazy!'” Gary said. He said he will miss all the people working here after he retires, but he is looking forward to retirement. He and Sue are planning a trip to New Orleans. Nate Elder, who has worked at Runde’s for 16 years, will be taking over the [...]
Happy 2017! This year we are celebrating 90 YEARS of Runde Auto Group! Runde Chevrolet was founded by Alfred Runde in 1927 and it has been Runde family owned ever since. The business has grown to four dealerships in Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Runde Auto Group sells new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles, as well as various makes of PreDriven vehicles. The business is overseen by five Runde brothers, Tim, Greg, Jeff, Ron, and Mike, who are each actively involved in the day-to-day workings of the dealerships. Alfred’s great-grandson, Jacob Puls, became the fourth generation to join the family business in 2015. On our website, www.RundeAutoGroup.com, you can view [...]
What: Runde Chevrolet’s 3rd annual Holiday Bake Sale When: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 Where: Runde Chevrolet, 780 IL Route 35 N, East Dubuque Why: All proceeds are matched by Runde Auto Group & donated to local families. Runde Chevrolet is excited to announce its third annual Holiday Bake Sale! Each year, our generous employees 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 bake sale raised $784, which was then matched by Runde Auto Group. The money was donated to help 3 families in the East Dubuque School District. We are hoping to continue the momentum this holiday season. Please join us on Thursday, Dec. 8 in the showroom of Runde Chevrolet, 780 IL Route 35 N, in East Dubuque. The sale will run from 8 a.m. to 7 [...]
There is a new smiling face at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester! Dave Walser, of Graf, IA, has joined the sales team and can help you with any of your vehicle needs! A native of Dubuque County, Dave has been in the automotive business for about a year. He enjoys pairing customers with vehicles that fit their needs. “I really get a charge from the smile a customer has when they are driving away from the lot after the sale,” Dave said. “I strive to keep that customer’s smile on their face throughout the ownership of the vehicle.” Dave graduated from Iowa State, so he is a big fan of the Cyclones, as well as the St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings. He and his wife, Theresa, have been married for [...]
Matt Nemitz may be new to Runde Auto Group, but he is no stranger to automotive sales! Matt, who recently joined the sales team at Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC in Platteville, has been in the auto industry for six years. “I love meeting new people and learning the products,” Matt said. “I have been a car guy since I was a child. I love old muscle cars and trucks!” Born and raised in Lancaster, WI, Matt has a large close family and two daughters, ages 4 and 7. He enjoys spending time with his family, motorcycling, boating, and camping. Matt said he is enjoying his first weeks at Runde Auto Group and he looks forward to serving the Platteville and surrounding communities. “Great customer service is all about the customer, not the sale,” [...]
There’s a new face at Runde PreDriven in Hazel Green! Please join us in welcoming Tim Crawford to the Runde sales team. Tim, who is from Dubuque and lives in Galena, is familiar with selling a different kind of product. “I used to own a retail gift store in Galena, so I’m excited to use my skills from that and shift my focus to automotive,” Tim said. His favorite part of sales is meeting new people every day. He said he looks forward to providing a great experience for vehicle shoppers. “Customer service means great service before, during, and after the sale,” Tim said. He has always had an interest in vehicles. His favorite is the Ford Mustang. “It’s a classic and it was my first car,” Tim said. When he’s not at the office, you [...]
Where in the world is Wayne Konrardy? This month, he’s on the Dupaco website! Wayne, a former Runde Chevrolet salesperson, is an avid world traveler. Seeing his smiling face on the Dupaco website recently made us wonder what he and his wife Mary have been up to! As we guessed, they have been busy globetrotting since Wayne retired from Runde’s in 2012. Here are just a few of the places he has been since he retired: Washington D.C. Memphis, TN Las Vegas, NV Dominican Republic as a graduation                     gift to his grandson Natchez Trace Parkway down to New Orleans South Dakota Badlands Custer’s Last Stand in Montana Brentwood, TN Ocala, FL Los Cabos, Mexico Italy Louisville Asheville, NC Ireland Phoenix, AZ Mountain Home, ID Yellowstone National Park Seattle, WA Mary [...]
Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC in Platteville is proud to welcome its newest salesperson, Tony Lucey! Tony, who is from Cuba City, WI, worked in the radiology department of a hospital for the past 13 years. He is excited to try something new. “I have always been interested in car sales,” he said. “Many years ago when I began buying cars for my children and of course trucks for myself, I thought it would be a neat job as I love to meet and help people. I love the excitement that customers get when buying a new vehicle. Helping people to achieve something that makes them happy is a great feeling.” He got a fast start, selling two cars in his first week! “The first few weeks of being [...]
This Father’s Day was extra special for Terry and Wes Digman! Wes, a service consultant at Runde PreDriven, got his first win in the Sport Mod Class at the Dubuque Speedway Races on Sunday. “It was pretty huge for my team,” Wes said. “We’ve been so close for so many years and we finally did it.” His father, Terry, helps the team each week and was proud to see his son’s first win on Father’s Day. “He was pretty worked up by the time he got down there with me,” Wes said. Wes has been racing for nine years. “I love the speed and adrenaline and the time that I get to spend with my dad,” Wes said. Wes’ car, #42, is an open-wheel modified vehicle powered by a Chevy 350 engine.  The front stub is from a 1969 Chevelle and the rest is a tube chassis. Terry helps keep the car running each week. “He’s kind [...]
Join us in welcoming our newest salesperson, Hannah Rupp! Hannah, who is from the Cassville/Potosi, WI area, works at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque. Learn a little bit more about her below! How long have you been in the sales business? Since I was very little. I helped my grandparents in their woodworking business. He taught me a lot about sales. What made you interested in selling vehicles? When I was buying my first car, someone told me women don’t do well in the car business. I’m one of those people that if you tell me I can’t do something I say, “watch me”….so here I am! What is your favorite part of your job? Helping people get into a new or new-to-them vehicle. The excitement and happiness that it brings to customers makes [...]
Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester, Iowa, is excited to welcome a new salesperson to its staff: Mike Visnapuu! Mike, who lives in Epworth, has worked in engineering and in the car business in the past. “Cars have always been something I have been into – ever since I was old enough to turn a wrench,” Mike said. “My all-time favorite is the ’66 Chevelle SS396. As for new vehicles, I like the Dodge Chargers and Challengers.” In his spare time, Mike likes to ride dirt bikes, be outside as much as possible, and spend time with his family. He and his wife Kristy have a 4-year-old daughter Emmalyn and a 14-month old son Mason. He is from the Cedar Rapids area. Mike is looking forward to providing exceptional customer service [...]
We are excited to welcome our newest salesperson at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, Jacob Puls! Jacob is the great grandson of founder Alfred Runde, thus a fourth generation Runde. He will be starting his career as Tim Runde’s sales assistant. Jacob recently graduated from Augustana College with a double major in Finance and Marketing, along with a minor in Economics.  Jacob, who played football for four years at Augustana, loves sports. “I am a huge football fan and college basketball fan, but also enjoy watching the Blackhawks and Cubs,” he said. “I have been a Fighting Illini fan since my grandfather Paul Runde introduced me to them when I was a young kid and really follow the football and basketball teams closely. Besides that I enjoy spending time with [...]
Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque is proud to welcome Tim Loso to its sale staff! He will specialize in Chevrolet vehicle sales, as well as Chevrolet commercial vehicles. Tim, who is from East Dubuque, worked at Runde’s while he was in college. He enjoys the car business, especially at Runde Auto Group. “I like the family-owned atmosphere,” Tim said. “I like to meet new people and making connections whether it would be on a personal or professional level.” Tim’s father was a mechanic, so Tim grew up with an interest in vehicles. “I am a third generation Camaro kind of guy,” he said. “I have a 1991 Camaro z28 Convertible.” Tim and his wife of 22 years, Tricia, have four children: Trevor, 17, Tristan 15, and twins Tyler and Taylor, 10. An avid [...]
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