Two Vehicles in One Day for Loyal Runde Customers

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Mike and Anita P., of Lena, IL, said they weren’t sure if they were crazy when they left Runde Chevrolet on Tuesday.

“We’ve never bought two vehicles on the same day,” Mike said.

Anita drove off the lot in a red 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab and Mike drove away in a black 2018 Chevrolet Cruze. Their salesperson was Dave Frazier.

“He’s the reason we’re here,” Anita said.

Mike agreed, “He’s just a good guy. We don’t really call anybody else but Dave.”

Mike, Anita, and their family members have bought many vehicles from Runde’s. For Mike and Anita, it’s been mostly trucks.

“It’s been 18 years since we had a car,” Anita said. “We’ve had trucks for a while.”

They still have a 1999 Tahoe that they don’t plan on ever getting rid of. It has more than 180,000 miles.

“Chevys are good trucks,” Mike said. “The original reason I stopped here (in 2005) was they had more new trucks in one place than I had ever seen.”

The couple owns Beach’s Supper Club in Lena, and also have a wide variety of side jobs and activities that keep them busy.

“It’s not very often we aren’t working,” Mike said.

The Cruze was a perfect fit for one of Mike’s side jobs because he puts on a lot of miles, so he wanted great gas mileage. The truck will be Anita’s daily driver since she makes longer trips and feels safer in a truck.

We’d like to thank Mike and Anita for choosing Runde Auto Group. Please join us in wishing them many miles of happy motoring!

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.

Carolyn Rauen Just Won Valentine’s Day

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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!”

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