Godandi & Sons, one of the latest companies to join the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association is truly a family affair.
The company, a Mexico City-based luxury car service, is currently owned by Salvador Garcia, but was founded in 1952 by his father Severo, who had originally moved to Mexico City as an orphan Prior to founding the company, he was a taxi driver in the city. After picking up a few tourists and driving them to their hotels, Severo felt compelled to become a tour guide and show them the city. And thus, a taxi business was born.
In 2000, Salvador saw an opportunity to capture an opening in the market: He began investing in Lincoln Town Cars, and the rest is history. Since then, Salvador, with the help of his sons, Yoalli, Nikan and Franz, has transformed the company into a luxury car service.
Now, Godandi & Sons offers Mercedes-Benz sedans, BMWs, Jaguars, Cadillac Escalades and limos. Because its clientele enjoys such luxury service, the company takes extra security precautions, including licensed, on-guard security chauffeurs. Salvador emphasized they’ve never had an issue with security, but it tends to make clients feel safer, as they’re often familiar the stereotype that Mexico is a violent country.
Godandi & Sons recently joined TLPA in an effort to expand its global reach. Currently, the company has connections in most of Latin America, and now is focusing on the U.S.
“I really want all of the TLPA members to know they have a reliable partner in Mexico,” Salvador said. “TLPA is providing us a great opportunity to expand our network of business partners, and these educational opportunities and meetings give us the knowledge to overcome some of the issues we’re all facing in the transportation industry, which has changed so drastically.”
Interested in joining TLPA? You can do so here.