View Full Version : Questions for the pros???????

November 17th, 2002, 06:24 AM
I am wondering what you guys think of buying an older Limo that needs some work as a start in this business. The car in question is an '88 Cadillac with a good motor and drivetrain. The exterior is in fair condition and needs a paint job. The interior is OK.

I can buy this car for a thousand dollars. Would this be a decent way to start or a headache waiting to happen? The main clientelle would be small-town bar hoppers. This would not be my main source of income, just something on the side for my wife and I to play with. If it takes off we would move up to a newer car. Well whatcha think?? http://limos.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

November 17th, 2002, 06:25 AM
I think you'll need lots of Advil

Matt Harrison
AAA Guaranteed On-Time Limousine, Clinton NJ

November 17th, 2002, 07:02 AM
Do you say that just because the age of the car?

November 17th, 2002, 09:16 AM
ive started with 1989 lincoln and things are going well, i also only do this part time at the moment, a newer and bigger car would be better, but i'm still doing well now.
i'm in thet uk though and i'm not sure how older cars are thought of in the rest of the world.

where in the world are you from?

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November 17th, 2002, 09:22 AM
Do you have a business plan? Have you scoped out the startup costs, operating costs, maintainance costs, etc? Have your insurance lined up? Have you determined your rates & how many rides required per week to turn profit enough to save up to buy that new car you mention?
There is a lot more thought required than just buying a $1000 car and seeing if it takes off.

November 17th, 2002, 09:48 AM
We started in 1990 with a 1978 Lincoln 54" 6pack (we still have it by the way, can't seem to bring ourselves to sell it, so it moulders, unused) and grew to the present 2 sedans, a 6pack, 4 8packs, 2 10packs, and a 12 passenger stretch Navigator. So, if it's not your primary source of income, and you don't go too bogo on your advertising, you should be OK as long as there isn't much competition from newer cars. We found we went out more by being the first company to offer overly loud stereo systems and lasers and such. Pretty soon, our 12 year old (at the time) limo was going out more than new limousines. We directly catered to the nightlife market, and a couple years back we achieved a level ( business as well as patience http://limos.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif ) that we want to switch to more corporate and sightseeing business.

One thing we've come to note about the industry up here: It seems to be polarizing like the states finally. Sedans and 8packs being the most rented, followed fairly closely by the extremely large vehicles. The days of 6 and 10 seaters are coming to an end.

November 17th, 2002, 10:22 AM
Developing you very own Book Of Business and subcontracting to those who have the work are key.

Dean Schuler

November 17th, 2002, 02:26 PM
David aka: LA Limos, your post is inspiring. Im thinking about buying it now for sure. Kind of like playing the lottery, if ya dont play you CANT win. Ill be asking more questions Im sure, so thanks in advance for any help you can offer!!!

November 17th, 2002, 09:14 PM
I started 3 years ago with a '85 Caddy 6-pac. With a car this old, be sure it is MINT (not just ok) in condition. I drove for the previous owner so I knew the car... it had a new motor, body was great (did need to do a "little" work to get it where "I" liked it) and the inside was a REAL LIMO (Real wood & leather accents w/ velvet seats). It is now one of 3 limos I run, and it still turns heads. Yes, it can be done, but like Matt said, you'll gonna need a lot of Advil.

Patty _ SC&L

November 19th, 2002, 09:20 AM
what is Advil ?

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November 19th, 2002, 02:03 PM
Translation ASPRIN

November 20th, 2002, 06:35 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Dick Hall:

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