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.

Meet Tim Meyer of Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque – Fan of Local Business, Likes Music, Loves to Make Customers Happy

Tim Meyer of Dubuque is an old bird when it come to selling new Chevrolet vehicles.  ( By “old bird”, we mean someone who has experience … a multitude of experience).  He recently came on board at Runde’s and has already had the pleasure of helping several wonderful people purchase new vehicles here. Tim has an extensive sales past and has a great appreciation for local business, arts and music. Sit down with Tim for two minutes and you will feel like he’s been your lifelong friend. 

How long have you been in the car business?
26 years.

Are you familiar with automotive industry?
Absolutely, I come from pretty humble beginnings. I’m from an automobile parts family from here in Dubuque Iowa. My father ran an auto parts company called Sieg Dubuque Company. So I’ve been fed and clothed by the automobile, almost all my life.

Silver 2011 Silverado four-wheel-drive with a Z-71 package - Tim's Vehicle of Choice.

What is your favorite part about the business?
My customers, definitely my customers. I have about four thousand sales in my career and maybe about 2,000 – 2,500 customers. I enjoy the customers very much.

What can a customer look forward to when they come to work with you?
I think they would like my kind and polite approach to the automobile sales process and also my product knowledge for all different kinds of cars and trucks. I have financing and leasing backgrounds and schooling over the years in Michigan so I think that I would be a big help to them for calculating payments or making a car affordable and finding the right product.

Kind of the whole package in one then?
Yeah, hopefully.

Do you have any kids?
Yes I do. I adopted two children years ago. Jesse and Megan and I have four wonderful grandchildren from my daughter Meghan.Do you do a lot of activities with them?
I have them over for Sunday dinners usually once a month or so.

Do you have any pets?
I had a Black Lab, Golden Retriever named Shadow that my son gave to me. Unfortunately Shadow passed away in ’07 but I may get another pet, I love dogs and animals.

What are your past times or hobbies?
I like art and music. Right now I have an art project going on working with photograph art. I have an old, old photograph of my grandmother in 1918 with hair down to her knees that I really appreciate and am trying to publish. Otherwise I enjoy poster art from the 60’s and 70’s.

Who’s your favorite artist or where do you grab inspiration from?
I really don’t have a favorite artist. My hero in life is Ray Davies. He’s the song writer for the old rock and roll band The Kinks. He is what I consider “the poet of our time”. So I would say that he would be one of my heroes.What’s your favorite Chevy Vehicle?
I’ve been eye-balling a new Silverado.  I drove one previously as a demonstrator for 20 years or so, so that’s definitely my vehicle. I like to work around my home, so it’s a very versatile vehicle, four wheel drive. Pretty much a big part of my business, so a silver 2011 Silverado four wheel drive with a Z-71 package would be my perfect vehicle.

What’s your favorite restaurant in the Tri-State area?
I like Marco’s and Mario’s. I do like some of the other restaurants, like down at the casino. I think it’s called the Wood Fire Grill. I do like that, they have a good Salmon there. I visit many different restaurants. The food’s great around the Dubuque area.

Marco's - Great Dubuque Food

Apple or Microsoft?
I like Microsoft. Well, I should correct myself there. I really like my Ipod and I like the new forward ways of the Apple Company. So, I probably like Apple a little better even though I initially said Microsoft because I’ve used just a regular HP computer for years. But I plan on going to Apple in the near future as soon as I sell a few more Chevrolet’s.

Dogs or cats?
Dogs, definitely.

Starbucks or Seattle’s best coffee?
I like Starbucks quite a bit.

I know you’re an avid coffee drinker; do you have a favorite kind of roast?
I kind of like a light Colombian coffee.   I like to go to the Kwik Star Gas Station by K-Mart to buy my Coffee.

What’s your most memorable experience in a car or truck?
My trip to California in 1970 after I got out of high school with two of my high school pals. We went to California for 3 months in a 1963 Volkswagen minibus with a roll back roof- that’s probably my most memorable experience in an automobile.

What did you guys end up doing there?
Well, first we went to Omaha and stayed with some relatives and one of my friends. Then, we went to Albuquerque, New Mexico — the first time I have ever seen the mountains and that was neat. We stopped at Colorado, going through the desert and heading to California. We traveled all the way from San Diego to San Francisco before I came home in November. Great experience.

Sounds like a very epic trip.
It was a very memorable roadtrip and I was glad I got a chance to experience the West Coast when was younger. I’ll carry that memory with me for the rest of my life.

What’s your favorite movie?
I’m not a real big movie buff but I did always like the old movie The Big Chill, and some of the movies of the 60’s. Kind of like Bullet, the car movie of Steve Mcqueen.

What’s in the CD player of your car right now?
Pink Floyd. I like a lot of old English rock and roll from the 60’s and 70’s.

Do you consider the glass half empty or half full?
Half full – definitely half full.

Where is the first place you will travel if you win the lottery?
I’ve never been to Hawaii. I’d probably go to Europe too, after that.

Is there anything you’d like to say to your customers?
Yes, I’d like to welcome them here to my new position at Runde Auto Group. My office is here right in the Runde Chevrolet building at the top of the hill in East Dubuque on Highway 35 North. I’m here everyday but Wednesdays and Sundays. I look forward to seeing you all!

Perception is Everything

Here is just a sample of how a few recent customers perceive Runde Auto Group …

 

“All employees were very friendly and willing to help.  We were very much pleased with our experience with Runde.”

John Mitchell
Dubuque, IA

 

“I purchased a 2005 Colorado from Alan Kloft,  I’ve needed it repaired twice since the purchase.  Both times I have dealt with Pat Timmerman… All I can say about the sale and service experiences is AWESOME!  You guys are GREAT!  Thanks!” 

Dave Fangman
Dubuque, IA

 

 
“I’ve been buying trucks from you guys for eight or ten years.  I don’t do this very often but this is an exception. I just wanted to say that you guys went above and beyond the call of duty while servicing my truck. I had a truck that needed a scratch taken out. When I came in with it my heart just sank thinking my new truck is scratched up, but you guys took it out and buffed it to look as good as new.

I just thought I should call and tell you how happy I am. I always get awesome service from you guys, never gave me arguments or anything like that. It is unbelievable how great of service I get at Runde’s, I am the happiest puppy on the planet. Thank you.”

James Burdt
Dubuque, IA

 

“Excellent dealership to do business with.  I was treated much better at Runde’s than I was at Bird Chevrolet.”

Frank L. Meyer
Dubuque, IA

 

“Nice Buying experience.  Good first offer on trade.  Did not require back and forth.”

Dewayne Hatcher
Dubuque, IA

 

“We have bought several new cars in the last five years, and this was the best/smoothest purchase that we have ever done.  We will definitely let everyone know about how great they were to work” with.  Thank you.

Amy Jordan
Dubuque, IA

 

“We were appreciative that there was no high pressure sales pitch offered at Runde.”

Lauri Till-Juergens
Andrew, IA

 

“Everyone there was extremely helpful and friendly.  This was by far the best dealership I have ever dealt with.”

Matt Montross
Marion, IA

 

“Small town dealership with no big city high pressure B.S.  You won’t have to talk to several different people.” 

Monte Decounter
Blandinsville, IL

 

“Runde has always listened to what I am looking for and always followed through with service, solutions, and products for my family.  We live over 100 miles away and will continue to look for help from Runde Chevrolet as we need new vehicles.”

Timothy Johnson
LaCrosse, WI