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Guelph Gets in The Driverseat

Ground Breaking App Places “Chauffeurs” in Private Vehicles

Kitchener – Southwestern Ontario families continue to benefit from the valuable services offered by Driverseat with the opening of its latest franchise in Guelph, just east of the Corporate Headquarters in Waterloo Region. Driverseat is a unique home-based franchise that provides drivers—or “Coachmen”—to chauffeur a customer’s vehicle when the customer is unable to or prefers not to drive their own vehicle. The one-of-a-kind company now services over 150 communities across Canada and is preparing to launch in the U.S.

The Guelph branch officially opened on Sunday November 1st, and co-owners Mark McDowall and Wendy Cotlear have already been fielding calls and inquiries as customers learn about the opening. “As parents of three girls, we recognize the importance of keeping all families safe, and Driverseat provides the utmost safety on the road,” said Mark McDowall. “But it’s also about convenience…for partygoers, busy parents, vacationers and resourceful executives on the fly.”

Driverseat’s flagship service, Designated Driving, allows customers to use a mobile app (IOS & Android) to order a Coachman to drive them and their vehicle home when they have a medical condition or when they have consumed alcohol. In addition, customers will now have Guelph’s most cost effective and convenient airport transportation option, can book a Coachman to drive an elderly parent and can have their vehicle taken in for oil changes, maintenance or to have snow tires put on.

Co-founder Brian Bazely adds, “With Designated Driving services starting at $25 and Airport Chauffeur services starting at $100 (for a return trip to Pearson), customers will love not only the convenience, but how cost effective the services are.”

Many customers love Driverseat’s Airport Chauffeur services because the fees are usually half the price of traditional taxi or shuttle services. All the customers love the convenience. After driving the customer to the airport in the comfort of their own car, the owner’s vehicle is parked in their driveway until the they return, at which time the Coachman meets them at the their own vehicle, making this the most convenient way to have a vacation.

“Of course, our dedication to overall safety begins with the selection of our drivers, who share our passion for this service,” adds McDowall. “All of our Coachmen have been thoroughly screened and must meet Driverseat’s strict, high standards before getting behind the wheel.”

Driverseat Kitchener has been providing some limited services to residents of the Guelph market over the past year.

“We continue to search for great people to open their own Driverseat franchise.” adds Brian Bazely, co-founder of Driverseat. “When Mark approached us about launching Driverseat in his home city of Guelph, we knew we had a great match. Mark is a seasoned businessman, well connected in the city and understands the power of exceptional customer service.”

The Guelph franchise opened November 1st with Grand Opening Celebrations taking place on November 12th.

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