Introducing our 2017 Prom Special!

#TBT: 1989

Limousine Road Trip to Las Vegas and Los Angeles

Greetings from Santa Ana, California!

Team VIP is looking to make some changes and maintain momentum, so we decided to make a road trip to some of the biggest markets in the country. When examining what to do next with our business and how to best meet our clientele’s demands, we assess company needs as well as the market, and from there make a calculated decision on what to do next, if anything.

First stop: Las Vegas!

Upon our arrival amidst the glittering lights of Sin City, we decided to tour The Strip and the surrounding areas to see what clients use for their transportation to the convention centers, casinos, hotels, and McCarran Airport. As we observed, we took notes on the standards and equipment used by livery companies and resorts which successfully serve the market in Las Vegas. The area is dominated by the classic stretch limousine, stretched SUV limousines, and the occasional vehicle we are unable to describe…except in terms of outlandishness.

After Las Vegas, we continued on to southern California to do some more investigating, where some of our clientele travels from on a regular basis.

We have continued conducting business while en route and away from our home base. We continue to stay dedicated to our clients regardless of location and duties, so all of our efforts are ultimately focused on serving whoever steps into our vehicles.

Depending on which generation you live in, greater Los Angeles is either home to Lionel Ritchie,, and Ben Affleck, or it’s home to Cameron Dallas, Sean O’Donnell, and Zac Efron. Either way, the cars around here are exquisite, exclusive, and elegant. Knowing where the industry is headed allows us to bring the best back to our clients in the greater Salt Lake area.

We first made a visit to a manufacturer based in Anaheim. They are an up-and-coming company compared to some of the main industry players, but they are leaders in terms of execution and technology. We like creating relationships with ambitious companies that have an appealing product, so we decided to take a look. The company owner kindly showed us around their facility, including some of the under-construction projects and a prototype going to the LCT Show in Las Vegas. This showed us what can be done and is being done for our clientele as well as among the industry leaders.

This manufacturer then showed us a completed show car which happens to be among the very first of its kind. They let us turn it on and showed us the new technology and interior, which was beautifully appointed, easy to use, and came equipped with the latest materials and designs.

Afterwards we visited another company in the City of Industry that specializes in customization of a variety of vehicles. The owner here also took the time to show us around the manufacturing facility, displaying the steps of the process and special procedures to make a better product. At the end of our tour, the owner took us out to his show car, which featured a gullwing door and custom interior fittings. We love seeing things that wow us!

Adding a Chrysler 300C to our fleet was an exciting step towards further changes at VIP Limousine, but our company goes beyond just our vehicles. The VIP treatment is what comes first, regardless of scenario, and we like to see what others are doing in the most important markets so we can not only live up to that commitment, but also raise that standard across the board to the best of our ability.

We look forward to implementing what we’ve learned back home in Salt Lake City. Thanks for following our journey on the road!

Why should you use VIP Limousine?

At VIP Limousine, we are committed to giving our clients VIP treatment every step of the way. The most significant–and important–part of that commitment is to ensure your safety at all times while traveling with us. First and foremost, we look to make sure that everything with each journey goes right. However, if something does go wrong, we want to make sure that everybody is protected. In order to do this, we not only train our chauffeurs to drive professionally and safely, but also take a myriad of precautions with our vehicle safety.

It’s our policy to regularly inspect each of our vehicles, from our Chrysler 300C all the way up to our white Hummer H2 stretch limousine. We do this to stay in compliance with regulations, but our primary motivation for carrying out these inspections is for you.

Every time a vehicle leaves our warehouse, it undergoes the equivalent of a pre-flight check for problems and other abnormalities. This includes everything from the functionality of windshield washer nozzles to the headlights, from the seats to the brakes. Our professionally-trained mechanic also performs regular inspections on the drivetrain and electrical systems, replacing or updating parts sooner than required to ensure maximum safety.

At the heart of each of our vehicles, though, is a manufactured car or SUV which came from a factory. Because of this, we also pay careful attention to any guidelines and notices from these manufacturers. If something comes up beyond our control, including recalls, we address it immediately, because we will not compromise on the safety of our clients and our drivers. In the worst case scenarios, we substitute an upgraded vehicle which meets public as well as internal standards for safety.

Why do we mention this? An analysis of competition, plus investigative reporting, reveals what clients need to know when they take a ground transportation vehicle of any sort to any destination. All of the vehicles in our fleet are chosen with their safety in mind, including the government- and independently-tested crash tests. Each one of our vehicles passes these tests and exceeds the minimum safety standards required.

At VIP Limousine, we understand that the transportation industry is changing. However, we refuse to compromise on the standards of safety for our clients, because passengers are the most precious cargo of them all. Whether you are in a sedan, SUV, Sprinter limo, or a stretch, you deserve to know that your entire journey will be a safe one.

Testimonial Tuesday: Saving the Prom

#testimonialtuesday: "I was scrambling to find a limousine 3 days before prom, and after calling around, booked with another limo company because they were a tad cheaper…big mistake! The day before the prom, the company called us and said their limo needed repair, and they would call me back in an hour to find another vehicle to accommodate us and never did. I called @viplimousine801, and they 'saved the day!' They booked a limousine for the group, and were more than accommodating when I changed the pick up time (2 times) because the 'kids' plans kept changing. The driver was extremely friendly and professional. He was great to the kids, and helped make their prom night a memorable one. I would definitely use #viplimousine again." -Cynthia #slclimo #slclimousine #utahlimo #utahlimousine #limousine #prom

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Our New Journey with Antique Limo of Utah

Today, the team at VIP Limousine stepped back in time to 1936, the year of manufacture of Antique Limo of Utah’s beautiful Cadillac Fleetwood sedan. This machine is truly stunning inside and out! Operated by Bill and Brianna Platt, this company provides a truly unique service in northern Utah.

The owner, Bill, bought the vehicle and rebuilt it from the inside out, maintaining the image and feel of the decade. On the outside, it is standard classic Cadillac. It starts with the gleaming hood ornament atop the old-fashioned side-opening hood: outfitted with the original Fleetwood badging, it opens to reveal the throaty, beating heart of an engine, rebuilt to modern standards but keeping the traditional sound. Pearl white paint, shiny chrome, and radial whitewalls complete the exterior look with the original Cadillac wheels.

Then, Bill and Brianna revealed the real magic to us all inside the Fleetwood by opening the heavy suicide doors. This interior was unlike anything we had ever been in. The car has the original dashboard with the enormous gauges, simple controls, and polished wood veneer from edge to edge. The seats, door panels, and headliner are all in a posh deep red velvet which exudes luxury, especially when on the cushy, spring-loaded seats. The original door handles, window winders, interior lights and switches, and the wood veneer around the window frames were simply exquisite details.

Bill then took the time to show us the party pieces of the Fleetwood, which were custom-fitted: twin televisions behind a locking panel, and then below those behind another door were the head unit for the stereo and DVD player, coupled with champagne flutes and a bucket for ice. Few things are more indicative of luxury than hidden items for enrichment of the traveling experience.

Bill and Brianna then offered to take us for a ride. Now THAT was a treat. The glorious old engine roared to life, with Bill vigorously turning the large original steering wheel to maneuver us out of the parking lot…while explaining that the vehicle does not have power steering, making it a driving gymnasium. We were astonished by how easily it drove, too! It had no trouble keeping up with the traffic in Salt Lake, even passing a few other cars with ease. But you don’t normally drive a classic like that; we took the time to meander and simply cruise.

Combined with the cushy seats, great legroom, and the original suspension, we simply floated down the road. Bumps, undulations, and potholes didn’t upset the Fleetwood’s composure in any way, nor did we particularly notice them either. As Bill pumped through some light 1930s music, Brianna further set the mood by providing us with small brochures explaining some of the vehicle history and specifications from 1936, but this also included some cultural statistics and information from that year regarding costs of living and hit music. It was a seriously cool touch to an already unforgettable ride.

As chauffeurs, we’re not used to actually being driven ourselves, but we’re extremely grateful to Antique Limo of Utah for this cool experience. There’s nothing like a classy ride with presence, and this company definitely provides that experience! Bill and Brianna were great to us, and we immensely appreciated their time.

At VIP Limousine, we love developing relationships with other local companies inside and outside of the transportation industry. Not only do we eat at local restaurants, such as the El Paisa Grill where we met with them today, but we also love to experience what a local business such as Antique Limo of Utah can provide. With a beautiful vehicle and a unique product, we look forward to developing and continuing a relationship with our new friends in the limo business!

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