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


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.

The heavy duty truck gets put to the test daily.20170822_145359

“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.

Carolyn Rauen Just Won Valentine’s Day


Carolyn Kotz Rauen just won Valentine’s Day with the BEST gift ever!

She surprised her husband of nearly 14 years with a pepperdust 2017 Chevrolet Silverado LT Crew Cab!

They had been talking about looking for a new truck for Donald “Frosty” Rauen Jr. this fall to replace his 2011 resized952017021405385695img951562Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab.

“He’s been wanting a new truck for a long time,” she said. “He’s a hardworking guy, he deserves it. He’s a great husband and father. He’s a very giving person and he is always helping everyone else. He’s not the type of person to buy himself a lot of nice things.”

She was considering surprising him for his birthday later this year but decided to instead plan the surprise for Valentine’s Day.resized952017021405323095img951561

“I was nervous I wouldn’t get him what he wanted, so his brothers helped,” she said.

Their two sons, ages 6 and 9, were at the dealership and had a tough time keeping the secret.

“I can’t believe they haven’t said anything,” she said earlier this week.

When Donald arrived home on Tuesday from work, the truck was parked in the driveway with a big red bow on it.

“He had no clue at all,” she said. “He’s still shocked!”





TYME Iron Inventor Gets Her Chevy at Runde’s

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Jacynda Smith, inventor and designer of the TYME Iron, picked up her new 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque yesterday!

She was here with her husband Dan, and children Ariya, 9, and Taegin, 6. The family lives in Bellevue, Iowa.

The Tyme IronTyme Iron is a tool that can be used to curl and straighten hair by just changing the angle that it is glided from the root to tip of your hair. It makes curling hair faster than using a traditional curling iron.

“I used to curl my hair with a flat iron,” Jacynda said. “I tried to teach people but it was really hard for them to learn. At first, I tried to figure out an attachment for the iron. Then we took apart irons…it was basically trying to figure out what would make it easier for them.”LearningTheTYMEIron235x270

The irons are available for purchase at www.tymehair.com. The website also has FaceTime videos showing actual customers learning how to use the iron from Jacynda herself.

“We can teach people over FaceTime,” she said. “Once we start selling them in the store, we lose that personal connection with the customer, so we have actually turned down retail stores.”

This was the family’s first vehicle from Runde Auto Group. Jacynda said she chose the champagne silver Tahoe because that is her favorite vehicle.

“It’s funny, it actually matches the iron, with the gold,” she said. “We had a Tahoe before, I just love Tahoes.”

Her children also approve of the vehicle. They were excited to watch a DVD on the way home with the headsets they got for Christmas.

“I like it because it has seat warmers,” Ariya said.

Their salesperson was Shannon Mulrooney, who Jacynda said was helpful and great to work with.

“When we started this, everyone said it was just like the American Dream,” Jacynda said. “It’s funny we are buying a Chevy because it has always been associated with the American Dream. This feels like a full circle moment — at this time last year we were just trying to get the first shipment of irons out.”

Here’s a video about the TYME Iron: