Although Elite Chicago Limo has been in business for over 10 years now, we had never encountered a more challenging and frustrating problem. Over the many years of business, our share of customer complaints, mechanical problems, and general service mishaps, all of which were handled in a timely and professional matter.
The aforementioned difficulties were overcome and we survived, but recently, the influx of shuttle and party buses to our fleet has created a problem beyond the scope of our understanding. About a few months ago, our newest bundle of shuttle bus began showing streaks on the windows. At first we thought of it as a simple power wash problem that could be easily taken care of with premium washing supplies.
The streaks suddenly became an ongoing problem as we could not simply get rid of them and they kept getting worse. Before long, wedding parties started to notice them when the party bus would arrive in the broad daylight. We tried everything from Windex and Rainex to home supplies like Vinegar from YouTube video suggestions. Nothing seemed to get rid of the streaks and water stains. We even consulted with the top Chicago glass companies and their best advice to us was applying distilled white Vinegar applied with steel wool.
After nearly a five month long problem, we encountered a solution completely accidentally. While buffing the black party bus for a Chicago area wedding charter, the mechanic accidentally buffed a large portion of the window. Instead of scratching the window, the buffing machine left it spotless clean. It was an instant light bulb and we immediately directed the mechanic to do the same to our white party buses. The streaks easily came off and the solution was staring at us right in our faces.
If you have encountered a similar problem with your shuttle or party buses, write us an email and we will gladly share our recipe for success.
What used to be regarded as the greatest possible transportation expense in Chicago has become ever more affordable. Only a few years ago shuttle buses were more expensive than the most luxurious and “pimped” out party bus today. A party bus that had half the attributes of a converted m1035 shuttle limo bus had a going rate of $300 an hour if not more.
A traditional party bus had bench seating with low back rests, a good sound system, a bathroom, and a few lasers for a lightshow. And not only was that considered an amazing luxury, only a few limo buses were available in Chicago for regular weekend party goers. Attributes like a party strip pole, disco ceilings, tile floors, iPads, and coolers made out of moonlights were unimaginable. But since the most prominent limo and party bus limousine conversion shops have taken over the shuttle bus conversion business, no extra feature appears out of the ordinary anymore.
Chicago limo bus nowadays comes in all shapes and sizes. There is a plethora of buses that are small ten to fifteen passengers vans converted with leather seating. Others convert large coach buses that may seat up to fifty passengers across multiple floors. But the most common limo bus is a GMC or Freightliner up to 30 passenger party vehicle that is perfectly suitable for any sort of conversion. These vehicle types are perfect for any contemporary conversion because of the roomy back and an already built-in steel support for the seating. All it takes to convert one of these shuttle buses is to coat it with plywood for a good foundation and the openness of the space allows for any special attributes to be added.
A disco ceiling, hardwood or tiled floors, and synchronized light shows are relatively easy to compose and build in the mid-size shuttle buses. The traditional seating of a party bus has been thrown out the window and instead, you have curved, multicolor high back, comfortable cushioned seats.