This Truck Means Business for Galena Couple



Kelly Johnson and her husband Steve came to Runde Auto Group after hearing plenty of praise for salesperson Jake Meyer from their relatives.

“If he can please my in-laws, trust me,” Kelly said about Jake. “My brother-in-law just bragged him up to the high heavens.”

The two, who live in Galena, Ill., leased a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country 4WD Crew Cab for their business.

They own Main Event Hair Salon, in Galena, and Little Keg, a convenience store in Elizabeth, Ill. The truck will mostly be used for work with the convenience store.

“We have to do a lot of hauling, purchasing product for re-sale, and delivering product occasionally,” Steve said.

The two were looking at a Cadillac SUV at a different dealership, but it came down to the experience of driving the vehicle.

“This rides so much nicer,” Kelly said.

She was particular about the truck’s leather interior, as well as getting running boards, mudflaps and a hard Tonneau cover.

“I said as long as I get all the bells and whistles I want, we are good to go,” she said. “I liked the fact that the seating is great. You have so much more legroom in this truck. I’m really impressed with it.”

The couple picked up the truck Wednesday afternoon at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, Ill. Kelly was happy to see how easy the buying process was at Runde Auto Group.

“Jake’s follow-through was great,” she said. “It was just clean and quick.”

Chrome Brightens Return Customer’s Day

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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.”

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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!


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