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Friday, April 19, 2024

Ride of a Lifetime

Five years ago, Evansville resident Mike McCutchan was looking for a career change, so he could spend more time at home with his family and maintain approximately the same income.

McCutchan, who was a general sales manager at Patriot Auto Group, agreed to take over ownership of Brad Sullivan’s SUV Limousine service in 2010.

“I always had a passion for vehicles,” says McCutchan, who is a graduate of North High School and Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. “I wanted to trim my hours back so I could be at home with kids and family and watch them play sports. Brad said I could have both those things, and still be able to live my life the way I was then.”

With the help of his wife Melissa, a University of Indianapolis alumna who is originally from Freelandville, Indiana, McCutchan worked part-time at SUV Limousine while continuing to work at the car dealership until 2013.

Since then, McCutchan has focused his complete attention on the luxury service provider by updating his fleet of limousines from five to 12. The limousine package is popular for transporting clients to weddings, proms and formals, bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthdays, sporting events, concerts, and more. Each vehicle includes leather seating, fiber optic lighting, stereo systems, bars with stemware and beverage napkins, and more.

SUV Limousine also introduced a corporate client sedan operation, which is where a majority of their business comes from. Through this service, drivers shuttle clients to and from the airport, meetings, restaurants, events, and more.

“You can’t make all of your money on Saturday. You have to find other ways,” says McCutchan.

SUV Limousine clients have included several celebrities such as Aerosmith, who requested six limousines, Daymond John, Kid Rock, Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson, Calvin Klein, Queen Latifah, and more.

“These larger companies out of Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York will not work with you, unless you provide the utmost professionalism,” says Melissa. “They are huge companies with huge clients.”

SUV Limousine has up to 20 drivers available at any time with two that are fulltime. Pricing varies by each client through vehicle choice and time used. The business customizes packages to each client’s needs on an individual basis.

“What sets us apart is there are things that happen with these vehicles all the time, and a lot of companies are going to let these things go as long as they can because it’s expensive to maintain,” says Melissa. “That’s one thing we pride ourselves on. The maintenance on our vehicles is meticulous. Our quality of our vehicles is the utmost. Our drivers are the absolute best.”

But what the McCutchans are most proud of is their charity work. SUV Limousine donates limousines to local high schools’ special needs proms, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Challenge Baseball League, nonprofits, and more.

“We truly are about providing transportation for a once-in-a-lifetime event,” says Melissa. “We pride ourselves on making their day more special.”

“Without the people of Evansville, the mechanics, detailers, friends, family, local area businesses, this business would not be possible,” says Mike.

For more information about SUV Limousine, call 812-401-2822 or visit suv-limo.com.

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