Luxury Coach & Transportation

December 2018

Magazine for the professional limousine, charter and tour industry.

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MOTORCOACHES: VEHICLE PURCHASING How To Match Minibuses and Motorcoaches To The Right Clientele Tom Holden presented a webinar on making a decision that can help you save money in the long run. By Lexi Tucker, LCT associate editor ILLUSTRATION: ISTOCK.COM/EVGENY GROMOV/KEVIN HAEGELE, LCT ART DIRECTOR factor when choosing between used or new. "You want to be able to match the vehicle to the client type for maximum protability." Some of today's new minibuses are being built to include underbelly storage, much like a traditional motorcoach. Many built by luxury coach builders include high-end reclining leather seats with wood grain armrests. •e starting price on a supersize mini-coach, about 45 feet long, will start at $230,000 and goes up from there depending on what you decide to include. When the time comes to I n September, LCT hosted a webinar with Tom Holden, former general manager of Rose ChauŠeured Transpor- tation in Charlotte, N.C., and now owner of Bus Advi- sors consulting, to show how to get the most out of your minibuses and motorcoaches. Whether you buy them new or used is a decision that must be made based on who you'll be working with. Used Vs. New Minibuses Minibuses are great for local shuttle work, but not necessar- ily high-end corporate work. Holden showed a photo of one built in 2013 that looked new with a great paint job and clean interior. "•at's about $60,000 to $65,000. Maybe it doesn't have outlets and Wi-Fi, but you can always add that in. When you add outlets, depending on what company you're using and the quality of the work you're going to get, you might spend an extra $3,000 to get it wired up correctly with the right inverters." It's not a bad vehicle to test the waters with if you're doing parking lot or corporate shuttles that don't require new vehicles. Return on investment (ROI) is always a big 40 WWW.LCTMAG.COM LUXURY COACH & TRANSPORTATION DECEMBER 2018 Tom Holden, former general manager of Rose Chauffeured Transportation in Charlotte, N.C., and now owner of Bus Advisors consulting, has some great advice to help you get the maximum ROI out of your buses.

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