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Old August 20th, 2012, 10:38 PM   #1
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Limo -.-

I just started a Limousine Service and would like any and all suggestions/opinions/experiences etc.... that you can share involving anything to do with Limousines, Hospitality, Travel, Business, etc.

Keep it simple if you can

My rates are $85/hr 2hr minimum.

I have a 10 passenger black/black hardtop/-dark gray/black interior

1999 Lincoln Towncar loaded to the max.

DVD/Radio - Intercom (single button page system - just pick it up press a button and let the driver answer - wireless), 3 self draining coolers, full bar, wood grain tissue boxes, three bench seats (one lay down ), playstation 3 (wireless controllers - tons of games) - Rear a/c control, moonroof, and some more

I wanna get one of these =0
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Old August 21st, 2012, 08:04 AM   #2
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The state has a list of regulations you must meet before they'll issue plates.
One of the biggest is insurance, and you must have a safety inspection.
In Chicago, the car can't be more than 4 years old.
Check the local laws for open booze in the car - they're all different, and make sure everyone's over 21.
I'd be going over a 13 yr. old stretch with a fine tooth comb, with lives at stake, especially frame, suspension, and brakes.
From experience, a 8 door stretched Pontiac wagon doesn't stop when full - don't cut corners!
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Old August 21st, 2012, 09:57 AM   #3
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Stick with shuttling people back and forth to the airport, or weddings. Stay away from Proms and school events so you don't have to mess with underage drinking.

I've heard a lot of bad things from the whole two limo drivers I knew. People do NOT treat your stuff with respect. Attitudes change in the ruse of a limo. People "get stupid" because they momentarily lose all responsibility once inside a limo.
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Old August 21st, 2012, 06:47 PM   #4
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thanks for the input guys. good to know about chicago not allowing service vehicles to be more than 4 years old.
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Old August 21st, 2012, 08:03 PM   #5
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I believe that's only Chicago licensed cars - not sure about suburban, though.
The difference can be pretty tricky, as if you get it wrong, they can impound the car!
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In Chicago, the car can't be more than 4 years old.
Who told you that ??
http://www.absolutedreamlimos.com/showcase.htm

I think you're confusing it with Taxi's.
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 10:38 AM   #7
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I just started a Limousine Service and would like any and all suggestions/opinions/experiences etc.... that you can share involving anything to do with Limousines, Hospitality, Travel, Business, etc.

Keep it simple if you can
Other than my father having a part time gig working for a few limo companies back in the 80's which consequently made me rather smitten with 80's Ford Panther cars (& most later ones) as much as I'm smitten with Oldsmobile's ...

I can't really help you.

I would like to offer this simple advice tho :

Put the condom on before you have sex ...

As the time for seeking out birth control advice is not after the deed has already been completed.

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Old August 22nd, 2012, 09:13 PM   #8
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Limo's are controlled by the same crap as Taxi's - I owned and operated for 12 years.
Yearly inspections, insurance regulations, Chauffers license for city drivers, ALL the BS associated with it!
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 10:56 PM   #9
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I'm beginning to think I'll just sell this car (limo) and go buy a 442.....=D I'll be much happier spending my money on gas that way.

I doubt I'll lose any money selling it due to the fact I gave 2k for it. I'm sure it'll sell for at least 4k or more.
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 11:14 PM   #10
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How many people are in the market for a run of the mill Lincoln Towncar stretch limousine? Are you sure you can get $4k? Why didn't the guy you bought it from get $4k? How long did he have it on the market for?
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 11:37 PM   #11
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I grabbed it at a dealer auction......It needed a new battery, front bumper put back up into place and ball joints, and a gasket on an exhaust flange. I honestly don't think I will have a problem selling it for at least what I have into it.

In my signature the car in the background is a '98 mercedes e430 (275hp) loaded.

I have someone waiting for it be finished getting painted and they have offered me $5500 for it.
I only paid about $2300 for the car and it's immaculate except for needing to be painted.

I'm not the type of guy to do shoddy work like these fly by night places - just trying to earn a honest living doing what I love.
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 04:55 AM   #12
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If you have a passion to own/operate a limo service then I suggest you pursue it. Don't let local laws get in your way. If Chicago doesn't allow older limos then register your business in a city that does. Perhaps one of the suburbs has more lenient laws.
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It's Chicago...cant you just pay someone off.....or have a bunch of dead people vote to change the law?
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Old August 24th, 2012, 08:35 PM   #14
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It's Chicago...cant you just pay someone off.....or have a bunch of dead people vote to change the law?
I wish it were that easy.
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