Owner Spotlight: February '19

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The Batchelor Sisters

Sisters Lisa, Patricia, and Teresa are the proud owners of mulitple classic cars that bear a few decades worth of family memories and stories.

This month, we catch up with the Batchelor sisters, who after a busy two months with Vinty, have plenty of stories and experience from renting their classic cars through Vinty.

The Batchelor Garage

View the car stories below, after the interview section.

The main thing is to have fun. We have had a great time renting these cars, met awesome people, and we are very proud of our gorgeous old ladies.
— Batchelor Sisters

Interview

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you have come to own your classic cars!

  • We are Teresa Pierre, Patricia Batchelor, and Lisa Batchelor who are sisters and owners of a 1955 Century Buick, 1956 Century Buick, 1957 Ford Panel Truck P100, and a 1965 Cadillac Coupe Deville. These vehicles belonged to our Parents, Roscoe and Rosie Batchelor and were passed down to us.

When did you join Vinty and why? How many rentals have you done with us so far? Total income from Vinty so far?

  • We joined Vinty after we stopped by their booth at a car show hosted at the Los Angeles Convention Center about two years ago.  We always wanted to take our cars to the next level to be a part of movies, commercials, photo shoots, etc. and Vinty made that dream possible.

  • So far we have completed a total of four rentals.  The first was a corporate Christmas party with a Cuban theme, the second was a photo shoot for a magazine based in Europe, the third was for a photo shoot to sell a film product that will be based on the 1950s, and the fourth was for a wedding planning company that wanted to showcase an I Love Lucy theme.

  • Total income for the four rentals have amounted to $2,040.00 and this has all been since the months of December 2018 and January 2019.  We’ve been off to a good start since we began accepting jobs.

What do you enjoy most about being able to rent your classic cars through Vinty?

  • We enjoy the fact that we have a professional company that allows us to easily communicate with customers in addition to providing safe compensation transfers from the customers to the car owners.

  • We also enjoy the worldwide stage that Vinty provides where people from all over the world are able to see our vehicles and contact us. Lastly, we are excited that we belong to a group of car enthusiasts who appreciate the beauty of classic cars. Dad would have loved it.

What was your most memorable rental?

  • The most memorable rental was the photo shoot at a mansion in Beverly Hills, California. This was for a photo shoot for a woman’s clothing magazine based in Scotland. I took my eleven-year-old nephew Sam with me to the shoot and of course, he was a hit with the beautiful girls. The owner of the mansion was kind enough to give Sam and I a mini tour and the place was breathtakingly beautiful. We were born and raised in Los Angeles, California and have driven through Beverly Hills countless times and only imagined what the homes looked like on the inside.

What advice would you give to other owners renting their cars through Vinty?

  1. The first rental is always the one that you’re most nervous with because you’re not sure what to expect.  However, each of my experiences have been awesome! I deliver the cars earlier than the requested start time and the customers notice that and respond positively.

  2. Be open to accommodate the customer’s perfect spot they’d like your car to be staged in. I’ve been asked to move it back and forth until they get the right spot and setting.

  3. Vinty gave us a great idea to have a minimum in terms of hours to rent the cars.  At first we were renting them per hour. However, based on the time it takes to clean, shine, and gas it up an hour really isn’t worth the time to take it out.

    “The main thing is to have fun. We have had a great time renting these cars, met awesome people, and we are very proud of our gorgeous old ladies.

    Thanks to our Dad and Mom, Roscoe and Rosie Batchelor.”

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1957 Ford Panel Truck

“Our truck was purchased in derelict condition, and the vision for her was to be used in a side meat business that my Dad owned. We were so little when he purchased her that we were able to stand up in the back of the van and play. Thus she became our playhouse. He restored her to a good condition where she’d be presentable to customers. When he took her away on business we were a bit disturbed. After he passed we had her re-painted, the interior done, and she’s beautiful.”

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1955 Buick Century

“This green and white convertible was purchased brand new off the showroom floor in 1955 by our Dad, Roscoe Batchelor for $4,799.00. She was driven from Los Angeles, CA to Tallulah, Louisiana about three times back in the late 50s where our Parents were born and raised. He met our Mom, Rosie Batchelor, dated her then married her owning this car; brought all three of his baby girls home from the hospital in this car; we learned how to drive in this car around the age of 14. This 1955 Century Buick is priceless to us and if she could talk, what stories she could tell.



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1956 Buick Century

“This Salmon and Cream beauty was purchased in derelict condition by our Dad in 1991. She was so ugly that we named her Josephine only because the name Christine was taken by the devil car featured in a horror movie back in the 70s. She was purchased as a project hobby for our Dad to keep busy after he retired and once my he finished restoring her she turned out to be absolutely beautiful.”


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1965 Cadillac Coupe Deville

“This cream vehicle with navy blue interior was purchased in 1967 the same year our Parents purchased their first home. She replaced the 1955 Century Buick taking my Dad to and from work every day 30 miles one way. He enjoyed the smooth ride, the cool air conditioning, and plush leather seats.”

If you would like to share your cars and their stories, get in touch with us to be featured in the next Owner Spotlight!