Marty Frank is one of the truly dedicated workers who spends his days prepping and cleaning all of the new vehicles that drive off the Runde Chevrolet lot here in East Dubuque. We interrupted Marty’s work for a few minutes to have him answer a couple of our questions. RAC: What do you do here at Runde’s? MF: I work in the wash rack cleaning up all of the new cars and keeping Lenny out of trouble How long have you worked here? 3 Years and still going What is your favorite part about working here? Any time they bring in pizza for us or put together potluck dinners and that kind of stuff, the food is just so good. Are you originally from the area? Yeah, but I moved here from Santa Cruz, CA when I was 3 Warm California to the cold, frigid, icy Tri-States? What made your family move up here? Well [...]
John Riley, who manages our Chevy Sales Department, received the following email message from one of his customers this week. Hi John: Here’s a few photos for your scrap book. Thanks for all your help with Kathie’s Chrismas Surprise. She had no idea I had made a deal with you for a new vehicle. There was a lot of excitement at the Thor household Christmas morning. Thanks again, Randy Randy Thor of Cuba City, WI surprised his better half, Kathie, with a sophistocated new set of wheels. He grabbed some quick photos of Kathie beside her new ride (my guess is that he didn’t have to ask her to smile). Kathie was completely caught off guard by the 2010 Chevy Equinox that was waiting for her at home and the Thor’s had a very Merry X-Mas. If you have an interest in [...]
Customers often come in after Christmas and ask our Sales Staff how their Christmas celebration was or what they did during the holidays. Well you don’t have to wonder what our Salesmen did this year. This year our sales staff put in a lot of extra rehearsal hours during the holidays trying to get this Christmas dance just right and we shot this video on location up at the North Pole. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-HZMk0eoDU&hl=en_US&fs=1&] We hope everyone out there has a safe & happy holiday season!!!
Here’s what some recent customers of Runde Auto Group has to say about their experiences at Runde. We had shopped around a lot for a vehicle. Of all the dealerships we visited, Runde Chevrolet treated us the best and worked the hardest for us. I have already recommended this dealership to other people. Runde was a very pleasant experience for purchasing a car. The whole time was very professional, caring and easy people to work with through the whole process. Steve Kness – Pearl City, IL First class operation. Enjoy doing business with them in all departments. John Roeder – Roeder Implement Inc. – Dubuque, IA I am very pleased with my purchase from Runde Chevrolet. Gary Bonnet – East Dubuque, IL This was my first experience with Runde [...]
In the car business you often get a mixture of old school thought vs. new school. Yesterday, this really seemed really apparent when we asked one of our senior salesmen to help provide us with a customer of his that we could interview for the blog. His response was: “No. Actually, I can’t wait ’til that thing (the blog) goes away.” In the past couple years, social media has become what it is and at Runde’s we have tried to embrace it for the positive. We run a good business and word of mouth has always been one of the cheapest and best forms of advertising. So we figure, we’ll interview customers and ask them what they thought of their experience at Runde’s. It’s been good for Runde Auto Group and we get to discover a little more about our customers — facets of their lives that may not have normally come to the surface during a normal [...]
Aside from the 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 and the very first 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 ever made, Jay Leno has lots of toys that do things that you probably never even thought were possible. What if I told you that I could clone almost any object under the size of about a yard? Better yet, what if I told you that I could, without any sort of assembly, make the cloned object fully functional as soon as I cloned it? “Bust out the straight-jacket and lock him away?” you say? Well, FYI, all of this is possible and is actually happening at Jay Leno’s garage. Jay has this nifty little scanner called a NextEngine 3D Scanner which will scan an object based on thousands of points and create a 3D model of it on your computer. From there, the Dimension 3D Printer takes the image data given to it by the scan and processes a plastic version of the scanned [...]
We were outside and Carl got out of his old truck… Unlike most people, however, Carl didn’t go running to his new truck in excitement. Instead Carl slowly got out of the driver’s door and gave the truck a sentimental final farewell before heading into the Runde Chevrolet building to finish up the paperwork. I was particularly busy before the interview with Carl Denlinger who was with his mother, Louise Denlinger (both born and raised south of Dubuque) but our chat seemed to put me in a great mood, read on to find see why. Hey guys, while your salesman, finishes up the transaction would you mind sharing your experience at Runde’s with the rest of the world? Sure… and actually our salesman is fixing my old license plate… someone backed into my old truck and it got all [...]
Here is just a sample of how a few recent customers perceive Runde Auto Group … “All employees were very friendly and willing to help. We were very much pleased with our experience with Runde.” John Mitchell Dubuque, IA “I purchased a 2005 Colorado from Alan Kloft, I’ve needed it repaired twice since the purchase. Both times I have dealt with Pat Timmerman… All I can say about the sale and service experiences is AWESOME! You guys are GREAT! Thanks!” Dave Fangman Dubuque, IA “I’ve been buying trucks from you guys for eight or ten years. I don’t do this very often but this is an exception. I just wanted to say that you guys went above and beyond the call of duty while servicing my truck. I had a truck that needed a scratch taken out. When I came in with it my heart just sank [...]
The all new Equinox’s have landed here at Runde’s and they’ve received nothing but great reviews so far. With room to spare, power to go, great gas mileage, and a sleek and appealing design … the all new Equinox is the vehicle to have whether you have a family or just desire a nice ride that will hold a lot of stuff. It will easily store your strollers, bikes and coolers full of food for your trip out to Noah’s Ark this summer. Check out the walkaround below to get up close and personal with the Equinox: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4myXMNj3WBc] If you want more information about how the Equinox can help you and your family get the most out of a vehicle this summer, give us a call at 866-735-5200 and we will be more than happy to answer any and all questions you may have.
Ever wish someone would walk up to you and hand you the keys to a new vehicle? The closest I’ve ever come to hearing about something like this, I previously mentioned when I wrote the annecdote about Doug in our Field of Dreams blog post last year. There’s also that scene from Pay it Forward, where some guy hands Jay Mohr the keys to his new Jaguar S-Type car in an effort to … you guessed it … pay it forward. I was looking at GM’s Project Driveway a little today and I checked it out to see if I might qualify to drive a new state-of-the-art Chevy Equinox fuel cell vehicle. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaZtM2rCozY&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0] Project Driveway is the first large-scale market test of fuel cell vehicles with real drivers in the real world. Because hydrogen fuel cells use zero gasoline and produce zero emissions other than water vapor, they’re definitely much better for our environment in the long run. [...]
Ever wonder how they get those Corvettes (ESPECIALLY the ZR1) so shiny and nice? This video will show you a little behind the scenes footage in terms of what goes into painting one of the most beautiful cars on the road. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaQJB8jbFmA&feature=PlayList&p=AFB9962224D66BA3&index=0&playnext=1]
ZR1 Corvette vs. The Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet strike fighter jet Blue Devil vs. Blue Angel $117,000 vs. $25,000,000 Motor City’s best vs. The U.S. Navy’s finest Click the play button below to find out who wins … [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6muw6pqzk_c&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0]
Check out what we just got in… It’s not exactly Bumble Bee, but it’s just as fast. This is our first Camaro with the manual transmission… Wicked awesome. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29S4mxHjoME&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0] Give us a call @ (866)-735-5200 to put your name on one of the coolest cars out there.
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This past week we had the pleasure of having a customer come in who owns this beautiful ’68 Chevy Camaro. It’s not too often that you see a Camaro of this year in such good shape. While he was here, we let him check out the new 2010 Camaro to get a sense of what the grandchild of his car is like. We all know that cars can’t talk without the aid of Hollywood’s magic. However, I wonder what the conversation would be like if these two could have an actual car-to-car verbal exchange. Take a look at these two together:
He’s that guy. The one that nearly avoids getting into an accident because he’s on his cell phone. In honesty, YOU are probably that guy or girl sometimes yourself — I know I am occasionally. Safety is very important while driving. I’m quite confident that using a cell phone and texting while driving won’t exactly put a smile on your parents’ faces. It’s a good thing that now you can do those distracting activities you find yourself doing, time and time again, without putting your, or any other, life at danger with the Ford Sync. Released in over twelve of the 2008 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles, the Ford Sync lets those who opt for the system to wirelessly connect to their cell phones as well as connect to their MP3/Ipod in addition to several other features. The system is practically hands-free, as almost everything can be activated by voice command, including skipping to your favorite beat on your mp3 player [...]
So often we see television programs overloaded with commercial after commercial. And for about the past 8 or 9 years these same commercials have made their way into the movie theaters just to annoy us when we show up early for a flick. Furthermore, we have have to ask if there is anyone out there who would just like to view a news clip on Yahoo for once without having to watch the preceeding commercial. From the day we posted our first blog entry, it has always been our policy at here Runde Auto Chat to provide you with uninterrupted, good old-fashioned, wholesome, family-oriented blogging. We haven’t cluttered our blog site with unnecessary and unwarranted advertisements until now … [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWKisUSxjXk&hl=en&fs=1] But seriously folks … If you want to buy Big Red, go to Walgreens and get yourself a pack. If you want to smoke a cigarette, go to Walgreens and buy yourself a pack of smokes (provided you are of the legal [...]
Today I sat down with Casey Fluhr, another one of those smiling faces I always see while walking around Runde Chevrolet. In return for all of the warm “good morning’s” and “how-ya-doin’s” he passed my way, I am now sharing him with the world on a relatively new technology I refer to as the World Wide Web. We might as well get right down to it — What do you do here? Service consultant … when you bring a vehicle in, we will check you in and ask you what’s wrong with your vehicle. I write repair orders and talk to mechanics about the vehicle problems. How long have you worked here? I’ve been here almost 16 years. I started out washing cars here as a high school job and then worked my way up to where I am [...]
Every once in awhile you meet someone that can pick you up and make the rest of the day great. The Brosnahan family is consists of these kind of people. Needless to say, they were a joy to interview and an even greater joy to have as a customer. What led you to Runde’s today? Originally my husband, Michael, came in to look at trucks. But we thought about it and we have a Chevy Tahoe that is coming up on its lease and we also have a son who just turned 16 — so we decided to just get another car. Oh, did your husband buy a vehicle as well? Yea, he bought a Chevy Trailblazer and I got a Honda Accord. Is your husband here today? No, he picked up his truck [...]
Autoblog: “Unlike the Highlander, the Traverse actually has some usable space behind its third-row seat. Where the Traverse really shines is its driving dynamics.” Boston Globe: “It’s sophisticated, yet friendly, edgy without being offensive -attractive.” NY Times: “The Traverse‟s steering was more responsive than the Pilot‟s, and its shifts were smoother. While the Pilot felt like a big S.U.V., the Traverse acted like a particularly agile minivan —although G.M. has managed to keep the Traverse from looking like one.” Popular Mechanics: “It looks great, it’s easy to use as a family hauler and, most important to us, it actually provides a rewarding experience from that left front seat.” USA Today: “…the good looks, improved powertrain and straightforward presentation of styling and features make Traverse quite appealing.” [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-PcJJ7zB2o&hl=en&fs=1] AutoWeek: “…the Traverse, which, quite simply, is one of the best vehicles–not just crossovers–on the market today.” Chicago Sun-Times: “The Traverse is a great family vehicle that‟s both [...]
Check out the video below to see what critics are saying about the ’09 Traverse and some of its features. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJVejbwTO54&hl=en&fs=1] To get one of these sweet rides stop by Runde’s or call, toll free, 1800-947-8633 and we will hook you up with one.
Pat Timmerman – one of the longest lasting and friendliest faces around Runde’s. This week we got a chance to pull him away for a little bit to get to know him better. What do you do here at Runde’s? I’m the nut in the squirrel farm! I am the service manager aka “fixed operations” for the four stores. I make sure that customers are taken care of and always have staff in place to accommodate to the customer for their convenience. How long have you been doing this gig? Oh I’m not even sure… lets see… since ’96? yea, since 96 – so about 13 years. One of the originals, huh? You’ve been here so long, have you always been from the area? Yeah, I’ve pretty much always been from Dubuque. I lived [...]
Who doesn’t like reading a good review on something they are thinking of buying? Well, to make things a little easier, Kelly Blue Book released the 2009 best new family vehicles list. This list showcases the absolute best vehicles in terms of safety as well as efficiency and family friendliness. Below are the vehicles Runde offers from the list and a quote from Kelly blue book explaining why the vehicle is one you should buy. #3. 2009 Chevy Malibu “As a fuel-friendly family sedan, the newest Chevy Malibu has some seriously strong credentials. Not only does it offer class-leading fuel economy topping out at an impressive 33 highway miles per gallon, it also edged out the Honda Accord to win our 2008 Family Sedan Comparison Test.” Gas Mileage: 26 mpg (22 city, 33 hwy) #5. 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid “After undergoing a major overhaul for the 2008 model year, the Ford Escape Hybrid is improved [...]