Paul Avenarius Found His Dream Truck at Runde’s!


Paul and Kate Avenarius picked up their new truck today at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, and it’s one that stands out from the crowd!

The 2015 Silverado 1500 Z71 4WD LTZ Crew Cab has black out rims, black Chevy bowties, as well as a bedliner.

“It’s the dream truck,” Paul said. “It’s the black rims, the accessories, all the options that we wanted. It’s seven years in the making.”

Before this, Paul was driving a 2007 Chevy Silverado he bought at Runde Auto Group.

The couple, who live in Peosta, have two daughters: Addison, 7, and Makenna, 3. Addison was at school while they picked up the truck, and Makenna colored with a Runde pen as she waited.

Paul and Kate said the girls are a tough crowd since they are attached to their old vehicles.Paul and Kate Avenarius

“She does not want me to get a new truck,” Paul said. “It’s the first and only car they’ve known me to have.”

Their salesperson was Jake Meyer.

“He was easy to deal with,” Paul said. “When we were looking for this truck, we were told to look other places too. We called and after just the phone call, it was done with. We ended up right back where we started.”

Paul and Kate have bought several vehicles from Runde’s.

“We like you guys so much that next time I need a car, we will be over here,” Kate said. “You guys are awesome. We don’t have to deal with any sales pitches or pressure. We recommend Runde to everyone we talk to who is looking for a new car.”

Runde Auto Group Supports VetsRoll!

2014 Group Photo

Runde Auto Group is proud to be a supporter of VetsRoll!

Called “sort of like a ground version of the wonderful Honor Flight program,” by co-founder Mark Finnegan, the program takes WWII veterans, “Rosie-the-Riveters” (women who worked to support the war effort stateside), and veterans through 1963 to Washington D.C. by bus.

Cy Finnegan

Cy Finnegan

Mark and John’s father, “Cy” Thomas Nicholas Finnegan, was a WWII Navy veteran. He passed away after a battle with cancer, never having gotten the opportunity to see the memorial that was built in honor of the WWII generation.

“We wanted a special way to honor and remember him,” Mark said.

And so, VetsRoll was born. This year they will take their 1,125th veteran on the bus trip, free of charge. This trip will include 370 people from 19 states.

“It’s become my life’s work,” Mark said.

The four-day caravan from May 17-20 includes 10 buses and 1 luxury motor coach, plus a wheelchair lift support van.

While they usually leave out of Beloit, this year they will depart from Rockton. Their first stop will be Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. Then they will head to Arlington National Cemetery where the gates will be open for all the busses.

“That’s quite the honor,” Mark said.

On the way back, they get a state police escort from Pennsylvania back to Beloit.

Bus CaravanOverall, the trip includes visits to:

  • Dayton, OH Wright-Patterson AFB Air Museum
  • National Marine Corps War Memorial
  • Korean, Vietnam and Lincoln Memorials
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
  • WWII Memorial in Washington
  • Welcome home celebration

For more information about VetsRoll, visit

Saluting from Bridge

Water Arch

A Pair of Cruzes for This Pair


Troy and Jennifer Kost, of Le Claire, Iowa, arrived at Runde Auto Group in a Chevy Cruze, and left with another Cruze!

They purchased a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 1LT from Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, IL.

The white sedan is the couple’s first vehicle from Runde Auto Group, but their second Cruze.

“We are going to start our own fleet,” Jennifer said, laughing.

Troy drove a Cruze as a rental car a few times and said he wanted his own.

Jennifer said the vehicle passed her height test:

“Whatever car he likes, I have to sit in it to see if I can see out of it,” she said.

She also was happy it was an automatic so she didn’t have to worry about shifting while driving and also paying attention to her children in the backseat.

Their salesperson was Donavon Nelson, of Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, IL.

Happy motoring, Troy and Jennifer!


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