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.

Maryellen and Tim Engelke – The Newlyweds

DSC09574This week I’d like to introduce you to Tim and Maryellen Engelke. Tim is a  is a farmer and Maryellen runs a daycare from out of their farm. They brought with them their two bundles of joy: Christopher and Elsie who were very lively and fun to have around the dealership – a gust of fresh air, as they say. Without any further delay, here they are: the Engelke’s…

What vehicle did you guys buy?
We got a Dodge Caravan.

What led you to Runde’s?
We were shopping online, it seemed like the best deal so we called up and the salesman was very nice and informative on the phone so we decided to give it a shot.

Your salesman was Al Kloft, what you think of him?
He definitely goes to work for you. He cares about his customers. One of the most lively people we’ve ever met.

On a scale of 1-10 what would you give Runde’s?
Probably a 9, they were really busy today so we had to wait a bit, but we were taken care of.

Did they give the kids enough to do while you guys waited?
Oh yes. They gave them footballs and a toy monkey, they loved that. For Christopher to stay still for two or three hours… well it really means that you’re doing something right.

What will you use the van for?
For general use, mostly. Our family is expanding so we will need more space, we have one more coming pretty soon.

When’s the next child coming?
Should be coming right around Thanksgiving.

How long have you been married?
Just under a year. It will be a year in August. This vehicle is one of our first major purchases together.

How are you liking married life?
It’s all good for now… we are still newlyweds… (laughs)

What’s your favorite holiday?
Tim: Christmas.
Maryellen: Easter for me.
Christopher: CHRISTMAS!
Maryellen: Halloween is fun too, that’s when Elsie was born.

What do you guys like to do as a family?
Camping and fishing, just a lot of outside stuff.

Have any pets?
We have a cat and two bunnies. One of our dogs passed away recently.

My sympathies. Do you guys like to watch movies together?
Yea, we like to watch movies sometimes, I (Maryellen) like Sweet Home Alabama. Christopher: My favorite is Star Wars!

Do you guys have a favorite resturant?
Christopher: OH OH OH! MCDONALD’S!!!!

What is one invention you can’t live without?
Maryellen: Probably the computer.
Tim: I’d say it’d be hard to live without power tools for the farm and everything.

That’s all the questions I had for you guys. Thank you very much for your time, enjoy your new Caravan!

Bob and Beth Clemen – Had pets, now kids.


Natalie's artistic rendition of the Suzuki store. Good job Natalie!

The Clemen family happened to be out and about and decided to have a nice little chat with me about their experience they had at Runde Suzuki. The conversation ended up being the highlight of my day.

Hello, thanks for coming. I heard you bought a vehicle from us recently?
Yep. About two weeks ago we got a Chevy HHR.

So how have the two weeks been – what have you been using the vehicle for?
It’s been great! Beth usually takes it to work and back and we’ve gone out to our parents house a couple of times… we will be using it for pretty much everything.

How did your parents like the vehicle?
Well I took my Grandma for a ride –she’s going to be 82 next year in June — and she was like, “Oh this is so much nicer to get into than your old van” so she must have liked it.

How was your experience when you bought your vehicle here?
It was great. Our salesman, Al Kloft, was very lively.

What did you like most about your experience?
Well, I came in and knew pretty much what I wanted and Al transported the vehicle I wanted to the Suzuki store so that we wouldn’t have to travel far to see it. Just great customer service overall.

Well, that’s great! And what is your favorite part of the new vehicle, Natalie?
The window on the top! The car is goood!

Do you like it better than the old minivan?

Are you guys from the area, then?
We are from Dubuque.


Natalie was being quite the little artist while waiting.

What do you like to do in Dubuque?
Umm… We like to go out with the kids.  Natalie’s favorite restaurant is Red Robin.

Do you go out to movies a lot?
We try to. The last movie we saw was X-Men Origins and it was a pretty good movie.

What kind of hobbies do you have?
Bob milks cows… I chase kids…

Do you go on a lot of trips?
No, not really… most of the stuff that we do is visit family. We like to get out on a few summer outings.

Do you have a favorite music group?
Beth: I like Rascal Flatts, I never used to like them until I met him.

What kind of activities do you like?
We go on walks a lot.   We plan on going to the zoo soon…

How long have you two been married?
Seven years in October.

Do you remember your first date?
We met at my cousin’s wedding.  Then my roomate needed help putting up an entertainment center, so I had Bob come over and help… since then we have always made a good team.

So you have two kids, then?
Yep. Just Natalie and Logan, who’s two.

How old are you Natalie?
*Holds up her hand and sticks out four fingers* Four!

Four, wow! Are you going to pre-school?
Yes, it’s good.

Do you guys have any pets?
No, we used to… but then we had a kid.

If you could do any one thing, what would you do?
Bob: I’d go to a Miami Dolphin game.

If you were to compare your family to a sitcom family which one would you be?
I don’t know… I know we watch a lot of the Disney channel, but we aren’t much like any of those families.

If you were to win the lottery, what would you do with the money?
Probably something practical at first like pay off all of our debts and bills.

What makes your family unique?
Hmm… Well I really don’t know many other kids like ours. They make everything unique.

That’s all of the questions that I had, would you like to add anything?
Beth: What do you think Logan, can you say “I love my HHR?”

Thank you very much. I hope you continue to love your HHR!