Is a Limo Service a Thing of the Past?

Is a Limo Service a Thing of the PastLimousines have always conjured up images of elegance, style, wealth and sophistication in the modern world, and are still selected by customers today to portray the same qualities. However, many companies specializing in vehicle rental have begun to neglect the traditional limousine in favor of fleets stocked with sedans, vans and SUVs instead. This is a real shame because even though these new-fangled vehicles are shiny and have immaculate interiors, they can often lack the character and charm associated with a stretch limousine.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to find a limo rental company that boasts a well-maintained fleet of pristine modern limousines. Limousines found the height of their fame in the late 1970s and were the go-to vehicle for star-studded events in addition to corporate business meetings, but they faced a decline when town cars increased in popularity for day-to-day transportation. Town cars were sleek and well-defined which echoed the luxury that a limousine brought to its customer in a smaller package. Limos slowly started to take a back seat and were requested less often, but having said that, the best limousine services were reserved only for the most special of events and so retained their glamour and exclusivity.

Competition from Town Cars and SUVs

Even though town cars steadily gained an appealing reputation over the traditional limo, exuding prosperity and class, they too were soon to be replaced in popularity by a vehicle that just about every exclusive limo service company offers- the SUV. The SUV is a popular and trendy choice with a younger market than the town car and limo, but now that many millions of Americans are driving these daily anyway they have somewhat lost their exclusiveness. The Cadillac Escalade and the Lincoln Navigator are just two particularly sweet rides that are sure to be requested for many years to come by customers thanks to the space, smoothness and luxury that they give in unending measure. These larger vehicles tower over limos and town cars and have a special place in the hearts of many travellers who are looking for extra comfort in these inimitable vehicles.

When it comes to finding a limo rental service for your big event, having to search around different companies to see which types of stretch limousines they offer can be a real drag. Due to the fact that not many limousines are produced each year many companies will often hang on to older versions that need frequent repairs and have a less than desirable interior. One tasteful limousine you can always count on is the 2015 Lincoln MKT, although there aren’t that many transportation companies that push the boat out and add one of these stunning models to their fleet. This 3.7ltr beast is a classically styled all-wheel drive and sports a V6 engine, perfect for a night out with friends or business associates. It is equipped with all of the latest safety equipment plus a large seating area and entertainment center. Some Limousine service companies have even taken the extra step to add a miniature wireless WiFi routerto their vehicles in the fleet to give business customers access to free, fast WiFi when on the move.

Limos for Weddings

Limo rental may be showing signs of decline over the past few years when it comes to general daily transportation, but when it comes to upbeat and contemporary wedding preparations a limousine is definitely still on the agenda. Limousines are undoubtedly the most spectacular way to arrive in style at your wedding with your friends, family, bridesmaids or groomsmen in tow. It’s clear that Sprinter vans and luxury sedans are finding their place onto the wedding scene, but no other vehicle can get the party atmosphere started for the most special of days in the same way as a limousine can.

The Future of Limos

There is something special about limousines that can’t be done away with overnight, and their unique style and charm will ensure that stretch vehicles will carry on being requested for decades. The traditional limousine has already been transformed in scope when it was blended together with the Hummer, creating the famous Hummer Limo- and later the SUV Limo. This vehicle format took the limousine to the next level, decking it out with plush and spacious seating areas, flatscreen televisions and even Jacuzzis in some custom models. This large and luxurious vehicle has reinvented the way the world looks at limousines and their star potential, so you can bet the limo is set to be reinvented yet again many more times over down the line.

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The Rise and Fall of the Stretch Limousine


Limousines have always held a special place in the hearts and minds of the American public since their inception in the early 20th century. Limousines are a type of stretched saloon car, or a luxury sedan, with a wheelbase and bodywork which has been extended to accommodate more passengers and give them more freedom inside when travelling. The growth of the stretch limo service business really came in the late 70s and early 80s, and became a true status symbol for the new-money types who attended glamorous events in these over-exaggerated cars. Film stars, musical artists and high-powered executives would often be chauffeured to various places in style as they enjoyed the money they were earning.

The Crash of ‘87

The limousine dominated the luxury car chauffeur service industry for decades, however it did start to decline in the late 80s, particularly due to the market crash of ’87 when things took a downward spiral. The American economy slowly began to dissipate, Wall Street executives and bankers were laid off by the thousands and real estate was largely depressed. All of this worked together against the limousine market and people were less eager to reach into their pockets to splash out on such a luxury mode of travel. Due to this the limousine industry took a hit, and sales dropped successively year after year, especially for those who converted Lincolns and Cadillacs into the stretched types.

In all of the major US cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, the demand was greatly reduced. Businesses like the ATC went bankrupt within a short space of time, and others such as Dillinger-Gaines were noticeably shaken by the decline, but diversified rather than folding completely. In the early 90s around 5,800 limos were being produced in the US, down almost 1,200 from a decade earlier.

From Town Car to SUV

After the general limo service took a nose dive and the market recovered eventually, town cars became a more popular option. They were not as flashy or as extravagant as a stretch limo, however they did have an elegance and charm all of their own. Businessmen loved to be driven in a Lincoln town car as it added a great deal more professionalism to their outfit, especially when schmoozing potential clients.

Slowly but surelythe town car became the vehicle of choice for celebrities and city workers; they too began to be fitted with the upmarket technologies often associated with the original limousine. However, in 2011 it was announced that such town cars by Lincoln were no longer in the production cue, most probably thanks to the advent of a new and exciting range of vehicles known as SUVs, or sport utility vehicle.

Town cars became more streamlined and sexy in the early 2000s, with cars such as Cadillac Escalade and Chevrolet Suburban making an appearance on the scene, as well as Mercedes S classes which were sedans built specifically for luxury travel. However, when SUVs like the Ford Flex were released they took over the image of what we think of as a luxury vehicle- and how it doesn’t always have to be a small traditional car that transports us in style.

In 2015 SUV sales were up a large percentage to 32,000, and are now sitting at over 37,000 in 2017. This upward trend has been growing year on year, and now you can buy a variety of SUVs in small, medium or large styles- the ‘over $100k’ market in SUV has grown more than 130% in recent years. SUVs offer drivers both personally and commercially a number of advantages, such as safety in a crash and the extended view of the road.

A New Breed of Luxury Travel

The Navigator was one of the first, in addition to the Mercedes M-Class, that changed the face of luxury SUV travel as an alternative to a limousine service or traditional town cars. After this came the Escalade and the Infiniti, both of which were favoured more highly than long limousines. However, the luxury sedan isn’t quite dead yet, it still has a pulse and now is bought by gentlemen who like a bit of traditional class. The SUV is by far the coolest choice in this day and age, and chauffeur services are adapting to the change well, adding a whole host of them to their offerings, even opting for upgraded models with added luxury.

The limousine service as we know it is slowly dying out, however it is often called for on stag and hen parties, not to mention weddings and very special events such as high school prom nights. The functionality of the size has been called into question and been found wanting, and now the limo is a shadow of its former self yet still pulled out of the closet for the most special moments in our lives thanks to its timeless style and charm.

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