Choosing the right limo service can be a cumbersome task. With so many companies and cars to choose from, how do you pick the right one? The key is to do your homework. Below are seven tips to select the best limo service for your needs.
1. References and reviews
Check out web review sites like Angie’s List. The best way to learn about a company is to hear from former customers. They can give you a non-biased insight to the service you can expect to see from the organization.
2. Years In business
Business experience is important. There are lots of nuances in coordinating a successful ride. The best way to make sure that everything runs smoothly is to hire a company with in-depth experience in transportation. If you find a newer company that seems to meet your needs, check into the experience of the staff.
There are an abundance of choices for vehicle types, stretch limos, party buses, custom-built trolley, shuttle buses, stretch SUVs and Mercedes sprinters. The average fleet size is five. Smaller companies will obviously have fewer choices and less availability.
4. Review your options in person
If you’re renting for a major event, like a wedding or prom, take the time to see the vehicle you’re renting. Nothing is more deflating than getting picked up in an old limousine or worn and tired party bus. You might be able to get a good sense of the vehicle from pictures online, but make sure to confirm that the transportation you expect is the transportation you get.
Price is obviously a factor. Limousine companies sometimes have layers of fees that they add on to your base rate. You’ll see fuel surcharges, administration costs, tolls and gratuity for the driver. Suddenly, your bill is 30 percent higher than you quote. Make sure you final price is all-inclusive.
One of the best ways to find good limo services is through word of mouth. Ask a friend, relative or co-worker who they might have used and if they were happy with the service. A first-hand referral may be the best way to select a limousine company.
While, it isn’t sexy, it is vital. Check to make sure the company has a valid certification. Do they have liability insurance? Are their chauffeurs professionally trained? Are the vehicles DOT inspected and DPU approved?