Whether you want to send your daughter and a dozen of her friends to prom in style and safety or you're getting married and want to be sure the wedding party arrives at the venue on time and in the lap of luxury, you can't beat a stretch limo. Limousine rental takes away the hassle of multiple cars, confusing directions, and designated drivers. Plus, you and your fellow passengers will feel like celebrities when heading to your big event. But with dozens of transportation companies offering limo service, how can you select the best one for your group and your occasion? Take into account your budget, your group, your event, and the experience you want to have en route.
Before you call to learn more about a specific limousine service 's offerings, think about what you need and want from the experience. How many people will be in the limo? For optimum comfort, book a vehicle that can seat one to two more people than you'll have. Do you want multimedia, such as satellite radio, TV, or a DVD player? Do you want a party atmosphere in which case a Hummer limo with colored lights, a bar area, and room to dance might be best or the elegant, serene ambiance of a vintage white limo? Do you need space for luggage? All of these considerations will affect which limousine company you hire, because their fleet may or may not be able to accommodate you. These decisions will also affect the cost of the limo rental.
How much have you budgeted for your limo service? Do some research to see if that budget is even reasonable for limo rental in your area, or if you need to move money around or downgrade to a town car. And don't make a beeline for the company offering the lowest price until you know exactly what you're getting for that price. Some transportation services have a base price that seems cheap, but once you add on the various extras you need an extra hour of service beyond the minimum, multiple pickups and drop-offs, etc.that price could soar above the competition. Also ask about fuel surcharges and whether a tip for the driver is included. And, of course, be aware that the swankier the vehicle and the longer you reserve it, the more the ride will cost.
Some limousine companies offer special packages for weddings, proms, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and other special events. Mention that you need a wedding limo and you might get a good deal with a few extra perks thrown in. Other companies, however, will jack up the price once they know you're planning a particular event. Also note that you may need to book weeks or months in advance to get the exact limousine you desire at the exact date and time you need it. Your event date isn't flexible, which means your preferences for vehicle and cost might have to be.
Driver Qualifications and Registrations
You can't underestimate the importance of safety when you're hiring someone to drive a large group of people to an event. Your limo company should prominently post its licensing information on its Web site, or freely volunteer that information when you ask. All drivers should be well-trained and licensed for chauffeur service in your state and local area. If the company you're considering isn't willing to give you access to its qualifications and safety record, look elsewhere. It isn't worth taking the chance on an unqualified driver.
When someone else is doing the driving, you can relax and enjoy your day or night, worry-free especially in the comfort of a luxury limousine. For your wedding day, party, or night on the town, you can't beat the feeling of pulling up to the venue door in a limo. Your group will thank you for making getting there almost as fun as the event itself.
Kelly Robertson is a transportation expert and a senior Internet marketing strategist for the SEO firm Prospect Genius.
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