Get to Know Our Staff: Nate Elder, Shoe Aficionado

 

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Nate Elder, Reconditioning Manager at Runde PreDriven

This is the first of a series featuring staff members from the four Runde Auto Group dealerships.
We hope you enjoy learning more abou
t 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.”

shoesHe 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 means his shoes get dirty and wet – so he is very aware of that when choosing shoes.

“I went through the collection probably a half-dozen times to decide what I could wear for work,” he said.

The collection started when he was helping a friend move years ago who had stacks of Sketchers boxes full of shoes.

“He explained that he would buy back-up pairs of shoes so that when he wore them out, he had new ones,” Nate said. “That made a lot of sense to me.”

So Nate now does the same. He typically won’t wear a pair unless he has a back-up pair.

“It makes it easier for me to wear them, knowing I still have a pair that’s perfect,” he said.

Most of his collection is made up of DCs, Adidas, and Vans. He also has a pair of Ferrari Pumas with a story behind them.

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Ferrari Pumas

“I’ve only worn those one time when I went to Las Vegas with my dad,” he said. “I got to drive a Ferrari 9 laps around the track.”

Nate says his friends and family sometimes give him a hard time about his passion for shoes, but he enjoys when he has a pair no one else does anymore.

“One time I had a pair of Dave Mirra Signature shoes and I walked into Reality Check and the guy behind the counter looked over and said ‘Are those Dave Mirras? They look brand new!’ I had just taken them out of the box. It validated this for me.”

When he is buying a pair of shoes, Nate said he is partial to blue, but he just decides based on what stands out to him.

“I could go two years without buying any shoes, or I could buy 1/2 dozen or more in one year,” he said. “It just depends on the styles that came out that year.”

Nate said he doesn’t purchase shoes to save and sell later.

“I plan on wearing them all eventually,” he said. “At this point, I might be 70 putting on a brand new pair of DCs.”

Welcoming Mike Mullahey to Runde PreDriven’s Sales Team

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We are pleased to announce the addition of Mike Mullahey to the sales team at Runde PreDriven in Hazel Green!

Mike, who grew up in Dubuque, has lived in the Chicago area for the last 23 years.

“I started at the Auto Auction in 1994 and have been selling cars for the past 20 years,” he says. “I’ve always had a passion for cars and people.”

In his spare time, Mike enjoys listening to music and spending time with his family, especially his two nieces, Makayla and Lily.

His favorite vehicle is the 1969 Plymouth Road Runner, which was his family’s first car as a child.

So far he is enjoying his new position and looks forward to providing great customer service at Runde PreDriven.

“It means you treat people how you would like to be treated and try to help them the best that you can,” Mike says. “Buying a vehicle should be simple.”

You can reach Mike at mmullahey@rundeautogroup.com or by calling 866-396-6832.

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.