Runde Auto Group Vehicle Accessories Gift Guide

As you start your Christmas shopping this year, keep in mind that vehicle accessories, like floor liners, cargo organizers, and bike racks, make great gifts!
We’ve compiled some ideas below and we hope it helps you find the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list!

For pricing, inquiries, and orders, call our parts departments at the below numbers:
• Runde Chevrolet, 866-735-5200
• Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC, 866-576-0797
• Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 866-580-9767

 

Floor Liners

Floor MatsAll-weather floor liners are the perfect gift for Midwest drivers. These removable liners keep the salt and snow off a vehicle’s carpeting and make clean-up a breeze!

Floor liners offer coverage around interior trim, driver pedals, seat tracks, and door sills — much more than a typical fabric floor mat.

Pictured: Chevrolet Accessories Front and Rear All-Weather Floor Mats in Black for 2016 Chevy Cruze. Part #39052638

 

 

Cargo Management

There are plenty of options to manage inside and outside cargo for camping, sports, roadtripping, or even just a grocery run.

 

Cargo Net

Cargo Net

Helps secure items in your trunk
• Weather-resistant
• Includes retainers

Pictured: Chevrolet Accessories, Cargo Net in Black. Part #19244271

 

Molded Cargo Area Tray

• Molded from flexible, skid-resistant durable rubberChrysler Cargo Area Tray
• Protects against spills, dirt, grease, and grime
Install/remove in seconds for easy cleaning

Pictured: Chrysler Accessories Cargo Area Tray, Molded. Part #82214116

                       

Bike RackBikeRack

• Holds two bicycles
• Easily installs on your vehicle’s hitch receiver
• Carrier tilts away from vehicle for access to rear cargo area

Pictured: Chevrolet Accessories Hitch-Mounted 2-Bike Vertex Bicycle Carrier in Black by Thule, Part #19331866
Roof rack
Roof Rack
• Accommodates bike, ski, watersports, and luggage carriers
Mounts to the vehicle’s roof
Pictured: Jeep Accessories Roof Rack. Part #82212352

 

Electronics

 

Tablet HolderTablet Holder

• Added convenience for rear passengers
Made to enhance your vehicle’s functionality
Pictured: Universal Tablet Holders, Part #19331588

 

 

Rear Seat DVD Player

Ford Rear Seat Entertainment• 10.1-inch screen with 1024×600 resolution
• Accepts USB and HDMI (Type A and C) inputs, providing a direct link with smart phones or tablets
• Monitor includes DVD player
• Lightweight, adjustable mounting system is compatible with most Ford and Lincoln vehicles with two post headrests
• Easy-to-use 16-button remote control with magnetic remote control holder on master monitor
• 3.5 mm jack for earbuds or headphones
• Two 1.5w external speakers on monitor
• Unique mounting allows for easy removal and installation in more than one vehicle

Pictured: Ford Rear Seat Entertainment – Portable Single DVD Player,
Part #VHJ5Z-10E947-A

 

Exterior Accessories

 

Assist steps

Assist Steps

• Makes it easier to get in and out of your vehicle
Textured step surface can help provide increased traction and accessibility, even in wet and muddy weather
• Made to withstand the elements

Pictured: 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 Crew Cab 4-Inch Round Assist Steps in Chrome Part #22805436
Mounted Aluminum Tool Box
Aluminum mounted tool box
  • Weather resistant to help protect your tools
  • Locking mechanism for extra security
Pictured: 60-Inch Side Mounting Aluminum Tool Box by UWS® A Division of Thule® in Bright Finish – Associated Accessories. Part #19332288

 

Splash Guards

Splash Guards• Helps deflect stones and other debris
• Helps reduce mud and slush build-up on running boards or step bars
• Enhances truck’s appearance
• User-friendly kit features pre-punched holes and all hardware required for installation.

Pictured: Ford Accessories for 2017 Ford F-150, Splash Guards, Gatorback by Truck Hardware, Rear Pair w/F-150 Black Decal. Part #VHL3Z-16A550-H

 

 

Truck Camping Tent

SportzTent

  • Sleep comfortably above the ground
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Sewn-in floor
  • Large interior area with over 5.6 of headroom
  • 2 side vents and 2 large windows with middle divider to allow for optional ventilation
  • Rear access door allows you to access the truck’s cab for additional storage
  • Color-coded pole and sleeve system allows for fast, easy set up
  • Full rain fly to protect you against the elements
  • 4′ x 4′ shade awning secures to tailgate allowing it to be set-up anywhere
  • Interior pocket keeps your gear organized and off the floor
  • Includes expandable carrying bag for storage

Pictured: Ford Accessories Sportz Truck Camping Tent – Styleside 6.5 Bed. 
Part #VAL3Z-99000C38-B

For pricing, inquiries, and orders, call our parts departments at the below numbers:
• Runde Chevrolet, 866-735-5200
• Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC, 866-576-0797
• Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 866-580-9767

 

210,000 Miles and Counting: Rodney Coohey’s Chevy Silverado 3500 Keeps on Trucking

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Rodney & Kim Coohey, of Cascade, IA own this ’15 Chevy Silverado 3500 that has 210,000 miles.

Rodney Coohey got his 2015 Chevy Silverado 3500 SRW 4WD Dbl Cab LT from Runde Chevrolet in 2014.

Fast forward 210,000 miles (and counting!), and it is still running as good as new. He has done almost exclusively routine maintenance, including oil changes, tire rotations, new tires, and one air filter on the vehicle.

This is his fifth Chevy 3500 since 2007.

odometer“I just don’t have issues with them. I’m probably jinxing myself doing this,” he said, laughing.

Coohey is the owner of two businesses, Midwest Patch, which supplies bagged cold patch to cities and counties, and Hi-Viz Safety, which sells safety-related items like signs, barricades, clothing, and more.

He hits the road most days at 3 or 4 in the morning and puts thousands of miles on his vehicle.

“I can’t afford to be broken down — I’m too busy,” he said.

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“I always pull a trailer or I have a heavy payload in the back of the truck,” he said.

Other than following routine maintenance schedules, Rodney doesn’t have too many tips for how to keep a vehicle running so well for so long.

“I go for fuel mileage,” he said. “I’m always on a time schedule. I never use the cruise. I get in it and I drive it.”

He gets the oil changed whenever OnStar tells him to, typically every 7,000-10,000 miles, and rotates the tires with every oil change.

“The service department is just incredible at Runde’s,” he said.

4 Tips to Shine Some Light on Night Driving

LIGHTS! Check them… all.
The only thing that’s combating you from a wide, clear, range of vision is the darkness. It’s very important to make sure that the sword you are using to tear through that darkness is effective. Check all of your lights for clarity and proper functionality – head, tail, braking, turn, fog… the whole nine yards.  Slap on those hazards, get out and see if all your lights are flashing correctly. If you are without friend/human companion you can check to make sure your brake lights are working by backing up towards a reflective surface (building, window, etc.) and see if you can see your brake lights in the reflection. You may also consider getting your headlights properly aimed. Poorly aligned headlights can blind other drivers and limit your road visibility.  If you’ve had any accident damage to the front of your vehicle, it could have taken one or both of your headlights out of alignment and it’s best to get that checked.  That’s something that the Runde’s Service Department can check for you very easily.

If your headlights are hazing, take them in to get cleaned!  We have headlight buffing kits here in the Runde’s Service Department that can make your headlight cover look like new.  cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by puuikibeach

The only thing in front of your face should be the windshield.
You better not be checking out the score of the football game on that smartphone when you are driving at night … as if there weren’t enough distractions already on the road. How about we keep the amount of things that can get us into a wreck at a minimum, ok?

Caution.
Use it. Reduce your speed, increase your awareness of objects around you and increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. This will give you extra time to react if the vehicle in front of you does something unexpected.

Vision not what it used to be?
We all get older and things don’t function quite like they used to. Yah, it stinks, but we must properly adjust our slowly diminishing features, such as vision, to adapt to night driving. If things are starting to become blurry or hard to see at night, go in for an eye exam. If  you already have glasses, you may consider adding an anti-glare coating to your lenses to reduce the amount of glare from lights. I know my first pair of glasses did not have the anti-glare and it was horrifying driving at night… It seemed like flying saucers were everywhere because the light would stretch out horizontally from the center of oncoming lights. I added anti-glare to my next pair of glasses – no more aliens.

We might as well add a #5 tip:  When you’re driving through densely populated neighborhoods with lots of kids at night, drive slowly.   With visibility decreased at night, you never know what or who could be running out into the street chasing after a stray ball or frisbee.  I remember years ago when I lived down in Florida, I would always drive down the same street every evening around 6pm to get to work and even though the speed limit was 35mph, I (like most of the traffic) always drove around 45 to 50 because it was never really monitored by police.  It was a fairly busy street that went for a couple miles with lots of houses on both sides and I never gave a 2nd thought about speeding to get to work until … one night around dusk I was speeding along as usual and I started to notice home-made signs posted in people’s yards.  I had to slow down to read them.  The signs said, “Slow down!  She was only FIVE.”  It’s years later and that still sticks in my mind whenever I drive through city neighborhoods.  It’s always better to be safe than sorry.