Chrome Brightens Return Customer’s Day

Dick R. 2

It was a cloudy day when Dick R. picked up his new 2015 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ FWD, but he was full of sunshine.

He was thrilled as he checked out the added chrome touches on the mirrors, roof rack and door handles, and as he inspected the pinstripe down the side of the crystal red Equinox.

“I think the nice touch of the little extras make it worth it,” he said. “I’m old school, and I was reflecting back on the cars of the ’50s and ’60s and their chrome.”

This is his fifth vehicle from Runde Auto Group, and his third Equinox from the dealership.

“I like the styling, I like the handling, and I like the fact that it’s economical,” he said.

A resident of Asbury, Dick works at a financial institution.

His salesperson was John Riley, and said he comes back to Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, IL, because of the people he deals with.

“The guys are always friendly, they treat you like you should at a business,” he said. “They run it right. They’ve got the ship on the right course.”

Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is Going Green!


Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester is hoping for plenty of sunshine!

The dealership was outfitted with solar panels over the summer and is now running partially on power from the sun.

The panels were installed by Blue Sky Solar in early August.

“I thought it was really great that Runde’s was so forward-thinking,” said Raki Giannakouros, the vice president of Blue Sky Solar. “I would say that now solar is the hot item in Iowa. I used to call people to try to sell solar and now I’m trying to keep up with the calls.”

Manchester Solar 2

There are 80 PV panels on the dealership’s roof. The SolarWorld PV panels, which use mono crystalline cell technology, are made in the USA and are among the industry’s best.

According to Blue Sky Solar’s website, the panels produce electric current when exposed to sunlight. Inverters convert the direct current from the panels to the alternating current that the building uses. The current is then routed to the building’s main electrical panel, which makes it available for use just like energy from the grid.

The panels at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram are projected to put out 28,000 kilowatt hours per year.

With the use of an app, we are able to track the panels’ energy output each day. So far, they have harnessed 4.8 MWh (milliwatt-hours), which is equivalent to 65 trees being planted or a car ride of nearly 10,500 miles!

For more information about Blue Sky Solar, visit!

Runde Salesperson Revs Toward Retirement

Tim Meyer

Tim Meyer

Salesperson Tim Meyer will soon be celebrating a retirement and a birthday all at the same time.
He will retire from Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque on Nov. 4 – two days before his 62nd birthday.
“I’ll have 29 years and 9 months in the car business,” Tim said. “I come from an automobile parts family over in Dubuque, so I’ve been fed and clothed by the automobile industry almost all my life.”
Tim is excited to travel to visit family members, like his brother in Ohio, sister in northern Illinois and his brother in the Chicago area. He also is excited to spend more time with his family members here, including his 2 children, Megan, 34, and Jesse, 32, as well as his grandchildren and friends in Arizona.
Tim started in the car business in February of 1985.
“After all these years, I have over 4,000 sales and probably 2,500 customers, many of them repeat customers I’ve had nice relationships over the years,” he said. “And (I’ll miss) the satisfaction of always delivering the vehicle right. I will miss that. General Motors has been very good to me. The Runde family has been absolutely superb. John Riley hired me and I have a long relationship with John in the car business.”
When considering his most memorable moments with Chevrolet, he said going to Corvette Driving School was among the top.
“That was one of the best days in the car business was going to driving school when they came out with the Corvette that year, the 2005,” he said. “That was a very, very interesting day for me in the car business. I got to drive two Porsches, two Corvettes and a BMW Z4 with a Nascar driver at the Milwaukee race track. We went to school for six hours and then they let us drive these cars. It was really fun.”

Tim's golf cart got away from him at the 2013 Runde Golf Outing!

Tim’s golf cart got away from him at the 2013 Runde Golf Outing!

He also laughed as he discussed the “golf cart incident” from the Runde Golf Outing in 2013. His golf cart’s parking brake failed

and sent the vehicle careening into a creek.
“After that happened, I think it was a big laugh for everybody and everybody was happy that no one was injured. I did break my most favorite Big Bertha club that my brother gave me,” he said.
In the 3 1/2 years that Tim worked at Runde’s, he sold more than 400 vehicles. He still remembers when he interviewed for the job.
“I talked to John first and then I came back over for the second interview and Tim and Greg Runde came in to the office and spoke to me for about a half hour or 45 minutes. I felt they were really down to earth people. They were definitely car people like myself. The memory of those two, Tim and Greg, in my interview and how comfortable I felt at that time, that was a big deal for me.”
He is also proud of his customer satisfaction rating.
“Right now I’m at the 3.99 level, just one tenth of a point away from 4.0,” he said. “I take a lot of pride in my work and our products here and with the help of others I’ve been able to maintain that.”
As Tim looks forward to his retirement, he said he will miss his customers the most.
“I’d like to thank all my wonderful customers who have made my career a very successful one,” he said.

If you’d like to purchase a vehicle from Tim or wish him good luck in his retirement, you can contact him before Nov. 4 by calling 866-735-5200 or emailing


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.