If you look around while you are on the road in the Windy City, you will notice that the majority of the limo rentals in Chicago are SUVs. SUVs in Chicago just took over the business.
A decade ago, most of the limo services in Chicago had stretch limos and sedans. Stretch limos were used not only for proms and other special events, but also for airport transfers to and from O’hare international airport or Midway airport.
Only those who have been in a stretch know that it is not a very comfortable vehicle for a longer ride. The main reason for that it’s the seats’ position. The seats along the windows make a passenger lean sideways towards the person sitting next to him/her, anytime the vehicle stops or accelerates. True, the stretch limos can take up to 8+ people, But…. when it comes to luggage space- Good luck with that! Thus SUVs took over the airport limo service, the long distance limousine service and believe it or not- the sports games and concerts limo services.
Another thing that pushed the stretches away is the way the corporates changed their thinking. If years ago, they used to go from meeting to meeting in a stretch, nowadays it just does not look appropriate. Being in an SUV somehow became the standard of being serious, respected and professional. It shows you really mean it, when a black SUV turns around the corner or pulls up at an office building.
Uber, a company we deeply hate, also helped the SUVs to take over. Most of its drivers purchased SUVs so they be able to do both sedan and SUV requests.
Smart limo owners also bought SUVs for that same reason- not to miss revenue. Also, many Chicago limousine service companies started to offer the sedan orders first to SUV drivers , skipping the sedan drivers. That way the client would enjoy more room and comfort , and still paying a sedan rate. Most of the sedan drivers realized that are being neglected and when the time came to update vehicles, they purchased SUVs.
The limo service is a dynamic industry which constantly adjusts to clients’ needs and preferences. What would be the next trend?! Time will tell!