When Size DOES Matter

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There can be a distinct difference is size requirements when it comes corporate transportation versus the needs of a retail client. How a company deals with the differences is usually based on the type and volume of business a company has. For example, a company that focuses on the retail client may have an assortment of “fun” vehicles, whereas a company that deals almost exclusively with corporate clientele would have a more conservative fleet.
In the Chicago limo market, long stretch limousines used to be the norm, but in the last decade (+), more and more have be relegated to the scrap heap in favor of smaller sedans and SUV’s. However, on the retail level, there is still a demand for stretch limousines, primarily for family based transportation. On the corporate side, less is more. The cars have gotten smaller, while the number of vehicle choices is seems to be growing.
It is important to remember another little nugget of truth…the cars will continue to stay small, so travelers must make adjustments to everything from how they pack to the size of their suitcases. If the car is small, the trunk will be small too. Trunk size probably doesn’t mean much to the corporate traveler, but it can make or break a run if a retail is taking all of their personal belongings to the islands for the winter.
Where size may be an issue, being thorough is a must. Explaining that the old industry workhorse – the Lincoln Town Car – with it’s massive trunk and large rear seat is no longer around, and “this is all we have” is not an acceptable statement. As experts in transportation, we should be able to explain why the Town Car is no longer being produced, We should also be up to speed with the virtues of the newer sedans, the luxury, safety, and economy are all factors that make new model sedan attractive alternatives.
Those giant super stretch monsters that were so popular a decade or more ago are in their final stages of death. While there are still people looking for the 18-passenger stretch Hummers, the reality is they are not a sustainable product. The cost to operate a new one far outweighs the revenue it generates. The only workable solution would be to get a used vehicle at an incredibly low price, but that isn’t always a good answer either, because cheap usually means “cheaply made” or messed up.
In the end, size does matter, depending on what you’re looking for.

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Dale Schahczinski
Goal driven team leader, with industry experience spanning all aspects of operations and administration.