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Matt Gil
Please join us in welcoming Matt Gil to the sales staff of Runde PreDriven! Matt has had a variety of experience in sales, as well as operations and project management. He also has served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT in Elgin, IA! Originally from Idaho, he has lived in Cameron, WI, Elgin, IA, and now resides in Platteville, WI. He is excited to work with customers from all walks of life at Runde PreDriven in Hazel Green. “We are selling a product that has such a high level of emotion and excitement surrounding it,” he said. “We have the opportunity to sell a young person their first car, to sell someone a tool that they can use for farming, ranching, or business, or to sell someone the car they always dreamed [...]
This is the first of a series featuring staff members from the four Runde Auto Group dealerships. We hope you enjoy learning more about them!   Some people collect photographs to remember specific moments in their lives. Nate Elder, reconditioning manager at Runde PreDriven, collects shoes. He has about 25 boxes of unopened shoes in his closet at home right now – some have been there for years. “Each one has a story and a memory attached to it,” Nate said. “I have a pair that I bought in 2003, that’s one of my older pairs.” He recently opened a pair of DC Pure XEs because he had worn out the DC Mikey Moes he had been wearing. Working in the PreDriven washrack area [...]
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. “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 [...]
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. “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 [...]
Runde PreDriven hosted a goodbye gathering for Reconditioning Manager Gary Reiter today. The is Gary’s last day of work after working at Runde PreDriven for 10 years! His daughter arranged for him to be dropped off in a limo this morning so he could arrive for his last day in style. “When it showed up, I thought, ‘They are going to think I am crazy!'” Gary said. He said he will miss all the people working here after he retires, but he is looking forward to retirement. He and Sue are planning a trip to New Orleans. Nate Elder, who has worked at Runde’s for 16 years, will be taking over the [...]
There’s a new face at Runde PreDriven in Hazel Green! Please join us in welcoming Tim Crawford to the Runde sales team. Tim, who is from Dubuque and lives in Galena, is familiar with selling a different kind of product. “I used to own a retail gift store in Galena, so I’m excited to use my skills from that and shift my focus to automotive,” Tim said. His favorite part of sales is meeting new people every day. He said he looks forward to providing a great experience for vehicle shoppers. “Customer service means great service before, during, and after the sale,” Tim said. He has always had an interest in vehicles. His favorite is the Ford Mustang. “It’s a classic and it was my first car,” Tim said. When he’s not at the office, you [...]
We’ve had a lot of oldies but goodies rolling on to our lots lately! Check out these unique vehicles and if any of them interest you, call Runde PreDriven at 866-396-6832. 1968 Chevrolet C20 Reg Cab 3/4 Ton Longbox 2WD (#8J135852) This local trade has a 4.1L V6 engine with a 4-speed manual transmission and 25,111 miles. C20 models came equipped with a 127 in wheelbase with a 8 ft. cargo box Standard features on these trucks included full-width seat with vinyl trim, deluxe air heater/defroster, backup lights, painted front bumper, 2-speed windshield wipers and directional signals. It can be yours for $12,900! ‪ See more photos here: http://tinyurl.com/hm8n6ng 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 Coupe (#0A102251) This Chevelle has [...]
This Father’s Day was extra special for Terry and Wes Digman! Wes, a service consultant at Runde PreDriven, got his first win in the Sport Mod Class at the Dubuque Speedway Races on Sunday. “It was pretty huge for my team,” Wes said. “We’ve been so close for so many years and we finally did it.” His father, Terry, helps the team each week and was proud to see his son’s first win on Father’s Day. “He was pretty worked up by the time he got down there with me,” Wes said. Wes has been racing for nine years. “I love the speed and adrenaline and the time that I get to spend with my dad,” Wes said. Wes’ car, #42, is an open-wheel modified vehicle powered by a Chevy 350 engine.  The front stub is from a 1969 Chevelle and the rest is a tube chassis. Terry helps keep the car running each week. “He’s kind [...]
Andrea Gates, of Cedar Rapids, IA, stopped by Runde PreDriven this week to get a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado K2500HD LT1 Crew 4WD! Andrea’s father, Donald, buys vehicles from Runde’s and recommended salesperson Rick Kragenbring. “He said that Rick always takes good care of him and that everyone up there is super nice,” Andrea said. She purchased the vehicle to be driven by Baker Holdings Company. Her father works for them and has a mini fleet within the company pulling flatbeds all over the country. She is starting her own mini fleet. “I will be the owner of the truck and someone else will be driving it,” Andrea said. “This is my first truck I’ll be having with them.” Depending on how this goes, Andrea said there is a chance [...]
Donald Gates purchased his fifth truck this year from Runde Auto Group yesterday! The Central City, IA, resident stopped by Runde PreDriven yesterday and bought three Silverados: two 2013 Chevrolet 2500s and a 2012 Chevrolet 2500. Those were in addition to the two he purchased earlier this year. Donald works for Baker Holdings and has a mini fleet within the company pulling flatbeds all over the country. “In this business, diesels are a must because of the weight you are pulling and you always have a good selection of those,” he said. Donald’s salesperson was Rick Kragenbring of Runde PreDriven in Hazel Green, WI. “I’ve bought all 5 from him,” Donald said. “I’m very happy with Rick. He does a great job.” He said he [...]
Rob Biggin remembers when he got his first vehicle – a Chevrolet Beretta from Runde PreDriven – in the early 1990s. He has since purchased more than 10 vehicles from Runde Auto Group, and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. “I’ve always enjoyed buying them from Runde’s,” he said. Rob picked up his latest vehicle, a white 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ 4WD Crew Cab, today at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, IL. It is his third Silverado. “I just like trucks,” he said. “I like driving up higher and it’s nice to have four-wheel drive and as a homeowner, to have a box to haul things or to help friends.” Rob lives in Dubuque and is a big fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes. His salesperson is Tim Runde. “He has always [...]
Runde PreDriven in Hazel Green, WI, is proud to welcome Mike Horn to its sales staff! Mike has been in the car business since 1988, mostly as a sales professional. He wanted to work for Runde Auto Group because of its reputation and large inventory. “I have always loved meeting new people and enjoy helping with their transportation needs,” he said. Mike grew up in Guttenberg, Iowa, and attended the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. He has lived in Dubuque since 2005. He has three sons, a daughter, and seven grandchildren. He loves sports and is an avid Chicago Bears, Bulls, and Cubs fan. He also loves cars (as you might have guessed!). “I have always been enthused about cars since I was a little boy, [...]
Shauna Opitz already has a big trip planned for her 2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT2. The Belmont, Wis., resident will be driving it to Virginia when she moves there in January. “So definitely good gas mileage was number one on my list,” Shauna said about what she was looking for in a vehicle. She recently purchased the white Cruze from Runde PreDriven in Hazel Green, Wis. Her salesperson was Ken Wiederholt. “He was helpful,” she said. “I told him the big things I was looking for and he brought up a couple options for me to look at.” This is her first vehicle purchase from Runde’s, but she got her previous car, a Saturn Ion, serviced at Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC in Platteville, Wis. “This is my first time purchasing a [...]
Wes is relatively new to Runde’s but has been a great addition to the team. We decided to get the inside scoop on him and his interests through an interview! Are you originally from the Dubuque area? I am from Cuba City, Wisconsin. I was just looking for a different job opportunity. I got a better opportunity here than where I was working. How long have you worked for Runde Chevrolet and what do you do here over the course of a normal day? Over the course of a normal day, I schedule work and order parts for mechanics. I also schedule appointments for customers and deal with extended warranty companies and try to sell service, obviously, being a service writer. I basically just try to keep the customer happy and coming back. What’s the best part about your job? Helping people is [...]
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.  [...]
Roy Brock is one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. He came in to Runde’s after doing some research for a new truck with his daughter. He ended up with a great truck and a great experience which resulted in him being in a great mood and a willingness to share that experience to the world. What brought you into Runde’s Today? My daughter was looking for a vehicle for me on the internet and she ran across the 1500 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab that was perfect for me. She called up here and talked to Al a few times and told me that I should check out the truck. So I looked it up on the website, thought it looked great and now here I am. How did [...]
If you weren’t able to check out the latest edition of Her magazine in Dubuque’s Telegraph Herald this past Sunday, then you may have missed that Runde’s was voted as their readers’ favorite Auto Dealer. We were thrilled to learn that we had been voted #1 out of all the local car dealers, but we’re definitely not going to walk around with over-inflated egos.  We’ll continue to strive to make the car buying experience here as easy and as transparent as possible for our buyers. A big shout of “Thanks” goes out to Megan Gloss and all the folks at Her Magazine for taking the time to put the contest together and publish the results.   We’d also like to thank all of the Her readers who took the time [...]
Misty Rosebrock and her fiance, Serafin Gonzalez came all the way from Ohio to pick up the Dodge Magnum they would later drive home in. This young couple was happy to be at Runde’s after such a long trip and was even more pleased about the service they received and the vehicle they picked out. They were nice enough to share their experience at Runde’s and a bit about their lives to me before they took the long road home in their new vehicle. Serafin, that’s a unique name, what’s it from? It’s a Spanish name. I was named after the Angel Seraphim. Are you guys married? No, we are engaged, the wedding is next fall and we have a baby on the way. Where are you from? We are from [...]
Diana, Robert and little Poco Hedtke recently moved back from Thailand after doing missionary work for 3 years. After arriving at their current home in Atkins, IA they were hungry to get a Duramax diesel powered truck that suited their needs so that they could hit the roadways for some well deserved trips. There was only one problem for these fine folks – no matter where they looked, they couldn’t find any Duramax that had what they needed at a price they couldn’t argue with. That is, until they found Runde’s website… What brought you to Runde’s today? We have been looking for a Chevrolet Duramax but couldn’t find anything in our price bracket that was available. Then, just this morning, I came across your website and discovered a number of Duramax’s available. How did you end up at our website? I Googled “Chevy Dealerships – Dubuque” and the first one that came up for [...]
Mandi Pedretti from Dubuque, IA stopped in the other day to pick up a vehicle she has been eyeballing for awhile. While she was here and waiting for her paperwork, I asked her if she could share with me her experience. This is what she had to say: How did you find Runde Auto Group? I’ve been over here before and my boyfriend’s parents live in East Dubuque so we drive by here all the time. Did you know your salesman, Al Kloft? No, not before today. How did you end up with Al? I went through the lot a couple of times looking at some vehicles and went home to do some more research online. [...]
I was up at the Runde PreDriven store the other day and I was informed by one of the salesmen that Sammy Hagar was in the house. I thought, ”What an opportunity … we can get a interview with Sammy for the blog … I wonder what he’s looking to purchase?  A Camaro?  A Vette?” I asked where he was.   Chris pointed to Johnny Kramer, who works up at that store and was sportin’ a new hairdo.  It wasn’t the actual Red Rocker, but it was an uncanny resemblance. I took some quick photos of Johnny (You may recall that Johnny was featured previous in a Runde Auto Chat interview back in 2009) and then I went about my business.  A few minutes later there was a big commotion out in front of the dealership as a bus-load of tourists pulled up.  As the tourists filed out of the bus, they began taking pictures of Johnny left and right. They were shouting things like: “Look [...]
Some Runde’s fans can’t resist a chance to be on our blog, like these great folks here.  I was out on the lot taking photos of vehicles last week on a nice sunny day when these customers drove up to me and said, ” Hey, take a picture of me and my girlfriend.”  So I did.  It turned out to be a good photo so voila – here you go.  The people explained that they were looking for a used diesel truck for their son — they definitely came to the right place for a diesel.  So if you know these folks, give them a call and tell them that you saw their photogenic smiles on the Runde Blog.
We sat down for a few minutes and did a customer interview with Dan Schaefer from Dubuque, IA. Dan serves in the Air Force and is now the proud owner of a Chevy Malibu! Enjoy the video! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooqTrYW4APA&feature=player_embedded]
Austin Arensdorff, who lives about 3-4 minutes away from our PreDriven store where he works, took a little time out to do a quick interview. Who would have thought that an epic battle was about to erupt at our reconditioning department in Hazel Green? Austin… like Austin Powers, Austin Texas or ostentatious? Uh, Austin Powers I guess? Groovy baby. If you could be Mike Meyers for a day, what would you do? Spend his money. Grr baby, VERY grr.   So what do you do around Runde’s? I buff cars and do the detail work. Yeah baby!  How long have you worked here? Two and a half years. Shagadelic!!  What would you say is the best part about your job? It’s flexible. That’s important to me since I go to school. Oh smashing [...]
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