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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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Chevrolet customers in Dubuque, this article will provide you with some good news. In case you haven’t gotten out of the house yet this year, I’ll point out quickly that gas prices were on a relative free fall during the second half of the year and have recently landed at a cost per gallon that is somewhat comfortable for most folks in the midwest. One Runde Auto Group customer commented, “It’s nice not having to drain my wallet each week at the gas pump”. If you’re one of those whose daily work commute is relatively short, then it’s possible you’ve never really broken too much of a sweat over gas prices. Nonetheless, everyone loves to rant when gas prices are on the rise so whether we admit it or not, everyone cares about the price of fuel in Iowa. Recently a co-worker recently pointed out to me to this website that shows Chevrolet drivers in
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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.
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. [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
Runde Auto Group is proud to be a title sponsor of America’s River Festival, set for June 8-9 in the Port of Dubuque! The party in the Port will feature country stars on Friday night, including Michael Ray, High Valley, Walker Hayes, and Lindsay Ell. Saturday night will include Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, John Kay & Steppenwolf, and Night Ranger! The first 1,000 attendees on Friday, June 8 will get a free t-shirt from us! America’s River Festival 2018 Schedule: Friday, June 8 5 p.m.: Gates open 5 to 6 p.m.: The Struggs at the Coca-Cola Atlantic Bottling Company Regional Stage 5:30 p.m.: Bud Light VIP Zone Opens 6 p.m.: Lindsay Ell on the Main Stage 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Walker Hayes on the Main Stage 9 to 10 p.m.: High [...]
St. Stephen’s Food Bank will have an easier time distributing food after getting a new 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 refrigerated cube truck from salesperson Jacob Puls at Runde Chevrolet today! The vehicle is replacing their 2002 box truck that had a failing refrigeration unit. “The parts for it aren’t made anymore, so every time something happened, they had to find used parts,” said Kathy Hutton, executive director of St. Stephen’s Food Bank. “Last time, it took 12 weeks.” Twelve weeks is too long to wait when the truck has important work to do. The truck helps the nonprofit pick up food donations that they distribute to over 100 partner agencies. St. Stephen’s Food Bank distributed 1.8 million pounds of food in 2017 — up 20 [...]
Deb and Steve Binger, of Black Earth, WI, were excited for the drive home today in a brand new 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Dbl Cab! They bought the vehicle from salesperson Tim Loso at Runde Chevrolet. “We are excited,” Deb said. “Steve kept waiting to pick it up until the snow was gone. He said ‘I’m not driving my new truck in the salt!'” They are replacing their 1997 Chevy Silverado that has 234,000 miles on it — but they don’t plan on getting rid of their trusted old Chevy truck any time soon. The retired couple will use the vehicle as a daily driver and also for trips to their cabin up north. Steve plans to put a topper on the truck so he can fill up the bed. While they shopped around, they returned to Runde Auto Group because of the customer service they [...]
Runde Auto Group is proud to be a driving force behind the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. The 2018 festival is set for April 26-29 in downtown Dubuque. All films are FREE on Runde Free Day, Thursday, April 26. See you at the fest! The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism’s film Los Lecheros will be featured with a special screening at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. The film will be shown at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the Dubuque Museum of Art. Before the film at noon, there will be a chance for mingling with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The event is free.
Runde Auto Group is proud to be a driving force behind the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. The 2018 festival is set for April 26-29 in downtown Dubuque. All films are free on Runde Free Day, Thursday, April 26. See you at the fest! A red carpet screening of the film High & Outside: A Baseball Noir, starring Ernie Hudson, Phil Donlon, and Geoffrey Lewis will close the seventh annual Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at Phoenix Theatres, 555 John F. Kennedy Rd. Tickets are $10 per person. Director Evald Johnson and lead actor Phil Donlon will be in attendance to discuss the film and answer audience questions following the screening. “Events like this are what make film festivals such a great [...]
Chevrolet’s car lineup is getting a face lift in the 2019 model year! The 2019 Chevy Cruze, Malibu, and Spark will feature more sporty styling, enhanced features, and a wider variety of choices on trims, packages, and models. “We are committed to offering consumers a full lineup of products with fresh designs, new technologies and efficient powertrain options,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. Vice President of Chevrolet, in a press release. “The investments we have made in Spark, Cruze, and Malibu will help position the brand for success in competitive segments that still make up a significant part of the total industry.” All three vehicles will include Chevy’s signature lighting on the front and back. The front ends are re-designed, but the vehicles still have their athletic body sides. “The re-styled face of Chevy cars for 2019 is characterized by a family-like appearance, with each model honoring its Chevrolet heritage while showing off expressive designs,” said [...]
Runde Auto Group is proud to be a driving force behind the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. The 2018 festival is set for April 26-29 in downtown Dubuque. All films are free on Runde Free Day, Thursday, April 26. See you at the fest! The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival will bring together several women in the entertainment industry for a panel to discuss their experiences. The free event will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, in the Hotel Julien ballroom. “The entertainment industry is still a male-dominated field, so it is refreshing to hear perspectives from women involved in the business,” said Susan Gorrell, executive director of the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. “We hope this panel will provide an interesting look at the industry and help to encourage women to get involved in filmmaking.” Panelists include: Jenelle Riley, Deputy Awards and Features Editor at Variety Magazine, and two-time Emmy [...]
Leonard Holub, of Janesville, WI, drove away in his seventh truck from Runde Chevrolet today! His latest truck is a 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 Z71 4WD LTZ Dbl Cab. “It’s a great vehicle,” he said. “It’s gets good mileage, it’s dependable, and I love the styling.” Leonard does a lot of long distance driving to and from various farms he owns in other cities. “I’d rather drive this than a car — it is as comfortable or more than many cars today,” he said. Leonard drives two hours to buy his trucks at Runde Auto Group. His salesperson is Dave Frazier. “He’s treated me very fairly,” Leonard said. “He’s honest and has treated me well.” In his free time, Leonard is the president and treasurer of the Blackhawk Toms Turkey Federation in [...]