Country Cruisers Car Club Hosts Annual Cruise and Show

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Schedule

Friday, Aug. 11: Show downtown at South Franklin St. from 5-10 p.m.
Games, food, and trophies.

Saturday, Aug. 12: Car show line-up starts at 2:30 p.m. at EZ Pickin’s.
Cruise starts at 5 p.m. and ends at the Bacon ‘N Hops Festival in downtown Manchester. Live music by Time Machine.

Sunday, Aug. 13: Car Show at the Delaware County Fairgrounds from noon to 3 p.m. (registration 8 a.m. to noon).
Awards presented at 3 p.m. Entry fee $15, spectator fee $2.

Runde Auto Group is a proud sponsor of the Country Cruisers Car Cruise and Show in Manchester, IA!

The annual event, set for Aug. 11-13 this year, features vehicles of all makes and models, games, food, live music, and more.

IMG_1815“It’s usually a nice laid back show,” said Sean Dailey, salesperson at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and member of the Country Cruisers Car Club. “We do ours at the fairgrounds to give people a little more room to move around.”

The cruise on Saturday will cover about 75 miles in Delaware County. Vehicles of any year, make, or model are welcome at the cruise and show.

IMG_1813Awards are given in 44 categories, including Best Paint, Ladies Choice, Best Engine, Low Rider, Street Machine, Corvette, 2000 & Up Pickups, and more!

“We give out about four times as many awards as most shows,” Sean said. “We give out about 110 trophies the whole weekend.”

See all the award categories here.

The Best of Show winner gets a professional photo shoot by Kevin McCusker Photography and they are featured on the T-shirt the following yeIMG_1812ar.

The Country Cruisers Car Club, which organizes the cruise and show, has about 40 members. They are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year.

 

“We have monthly meetings and we try to get together as a club for outings, shows, breakfasts, or lunches,” Sean said.

 

IMG_1814The club is brought together by their love of vehicles and also by a mission to help area organizations.

“Everything we do is charity-driven,” Sean said. “We give a lot of money to the Special Olympics and Operation Santa Claus. We gave away $3-4,000 last year.”

Learn more at the Country Cruisers Club website.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor & 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Earn Cars.com Accolades

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Cars.com has announced the winners of its annual Best of Awards!

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica was named Best of 2017, and the Ford F-150 Raptor was named the Best Pickup Truck of 2017. Runde Auto Group is proud to have both in stock!

“We are excited to name the all-new Chrysler Pacifica with our highest honor,” said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com editor-in-chief, in a press release. “The Pacifica impressed our team of experts on so many levels. This van is a must-have for families who are looking for a perfect blend of comfort, room and convenience. The new Pacifica has all that and adds polished road manners, innovative twists on the family-friendly features and loads of style.”

The Cars.com editorial team tests each car for three key criteria to determine the winners: quality, innovation, and value. In pickup trucks, the team also tests for power and capability.

Interested in driving one of these vehicles? Shop at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester, 1221 W. Main St., or at RundeAutoGroup.com!

Introducing Runde Auto Group’s Newest Salesperson: Dave Walser

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There is a new smiling face at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester!

Dave Walser, of Graf, IA, has joined the sales team and can help you with any of your vehicle needs!

A native of Dubuque County, Dave has been in the automotive business for about a year. He enjoys pairing customers with vehicles that fit their needs.

“I really get a charge from the smile a customer has when they are driving away from the lot after the sale,” Dave said. “I strive to keep that customer’s smile on their face throughout the ownership of the vehicle.”

Dave graduated from Iowa State, so he is a big fan of the Cyclones, as well as the St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings. He and his wife, Theresa, have been married for 33 years. They have three children, Anna, Samantha, and Jacob.

One of Dave’s favorite vehicles is the Dodge Grand Caravan.

“My wife and I have owned four different Grand Caravans,” Dave said. “We have used them in all kinds of applications, like using it as an enclosed pickup to haul ‘stuff,’ family events and outings, sporting events, and errands.”

Here are some fun facts about Dave:

  • He went to grade school (up to 4th grade) in a one-room school house.
  • He was part of the first graduating class to go all the way through Stephen Hempstead High School in Dubuque.
  • He was formerly a Dubuque County Fair Director for 9 years.

Dave looks forward to providing great customer service at Runde Auto Group.

“If you do that extra step, that added value for the customer adds to the dealership and gains the customer’s loyalty,” he said.

His advice for vehicle shoppers is simple: ask questions — he is more than willing to answer them!

“Do not be afraid to ask any question or have the answer repeated if you do not understand,” Dave said. ” The message must be clear and there are no bad questions.”

You can contact Dave at dwalser@rundeautogroup.com or 866-580-9767.