Swallow Your Pride or Lose

Posted on June 25, 2009 by LCT Magazine

“Rage against the dying of the light.” — Dylan Thomas
NO GIVING UP: What do you do when the end is near? I have heard about many companies that have shut their doors and have moved on. I think though that this should be the last course of action. There are those operators out there that will still entertain conversations of consolidations and mergers. I believe that the problem is that many people do not want to admit failure. The problem is that if you put your pride before good business sense, you hurt more than yourself. Many of the companies that have closed employed chauffeurs, dispatchers, and car- washers. 
The first step should be to let your competitors know that you are open to selling or merging. Companies have some value beyond just shutting down. You invested in your toll free numbers, yellow pages ads, websites, etc. These all could be sold to a competitor. 
I have heard of deals where the owner stays on and maintains his accounts while bringing in new business on a commission basis. There are many ways to structure deals. But walking away isn’t the answer. 
Be open-minded when negotiating. I have heard of lots of folks who stopped negotiating viable deals and have just walked away only to close their doors a few months later. 
I spoke to an operator this week who said he would love to have a Chicago location. A South Florida company is looking to consolidate companies. There are many out there. Send me an email if you are in a buying or selling mode, or post on this blog and we will try to hook you up with people who are receptive. We as an industry need to work together to remain strong. Don’t give up.
— Linda Moore, East Coast Editor 
View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More LCT Blog Blog Posts

March 8, 2017

Immigration Issues Can Hit Limo Operators

Illegal or not, immigrants in one California region spend hard-earned money on renting stretch limousines.

March 1, 2017

Did The Dent Fairy Come To Visit You?

Unlike the tooth fairy and baby teeth, the dent fairy never runs out of vehicles.

February 15, 2017

My Unofficial International LCT Show Agenda

The suite parties, charity fundraisers, and off-the-grid get togethers round out a complete global industry trade show.

February 14, 2017

How To Practice Common Sense Customer Service

It's one of the most important and difficult qualities to hire for, since it emerges in unexpected situations on the job.

February 1, 2017

3 Big Fouls From My First Uber Rides

Operators don't have much to worry about if TNC drivers keep acting like this.

See More

Facebook Comments ()

Comments (0)

Post a Comment



See More

LCT Store

LCT Magazine - May 2017 $12.95 Post International LCT Show Issue COVER STORY: * Best Operators of 2017: Their Winning Secrets Revealed * *


Experience the three annual industry events for networking for business, showcasing vehicles and products, and getting the tools for success.

Read About Your Region

What’s Happening Near You?
Click on any state to see the latest industry news and events in that region.

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment



Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Metro Magazine

Serving the bus and passenger rail industries for more than a century

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

Please sign in or register to .    Close