Limo Rental Tips 101: Tips for finding the perfect limo for you
At Santos VIP Limousine Service we can help you find the right limousine or limo party bus for your event. Whether you are planning a wedding, prom or headed to the big game, it is important that you get the best vehicle and service for your money. There are many factors to consider when booking limo service. We hope this limo rental tips guide helps you get the most from your luxury transportation experience.
Know before you go
Getting the right limo often depends on the type of occasion, number of people, number of hours you’ll need and how far you’re going. Most companies will need to know if this is for a wedding, concert, prom, birthday party or maybe an anniversary – and they often specialize in certain events to deliver the best possible experience. The more details you can provide, the better the value and service you’ll receive.
Focus on value: the best service at the best price
Not all limousine services are equal. Price should not be the only factor in your search. Much like renting a hotel, different price points often mean different service levels. It good to have a budget determined ahead of time, but also know what type of experience you want.
Get the right ride
Often times, the right vehicle can make all the difference. A stretch Hummer for your next bachelor party or a classic antique Rolls Royce for riding off in style from the wedding. Ensure that the vehicle your getting has the space, features and look for your next event. Try to book a vehicle that has room for at least one to two more people than are in your party. Some companies provide music (radio or satellite radio), so ask in advance or be prepared to take your iPod or a mix CD with enough music to last the whole ride. Also ask about features like the seating arrangement and luggage capacity for large group vehicles.
Get the whole price
Always make sure you are checking prices that you compare apples-to-apples between services. Each limousine company will generally have their own unique pricing policies. Most companies offer services priced by the hour – but may also offer flat/guaranteed rates for airport rides or sometimes all-inclusive packages. Pay attention to “add on’s” like fuel surcharges or other services fees not included in the base price. FYI, it is customary to tip drivers 15-20% of the base price. Most companies automatically charge a driver tip, while some leave it the customer to decide. Be sure you get the full price up front when weighing your options.
A package is often the best choice for special occasions like weddings, concerts, prom, sporting events or other ride types with a predictable start and end time. Packages will generally provide a set number of hours, in a vehicle that fits your party size and event for a fixed, all-inclusive price. Some companies offer packages for every type of service and most give substantial “bulk rate” price breaks.
Reserve early – especially for big events
Start searching well before you need your limo. For wedding limos, some people book 12-18 months in advance. Other events, like proms, are best to book a limo a few months in advance. In general, it is best to start looking 3-4 weeks before your event. After you’ve selected the right limo service provider, get confirmation in writing. For special occasions, it’s generally a good idea to contact your limo service provider a week before the event, just to ensure everything is confirmed.
The most important thing to consider when booking a limo is safety for yourself and your party. Legitimate limo companies need to be registered with their state (US only), have the proper levels of insurance and be properly licensed. Never book a limo with a company that can’t promptly show you their licensing and insurance credentials – don’t take chances.
Think about all the details of your ride experience. Do you need ice or drinks? Do you have a preferred route for your ride? What stops would you like to make? Providing these details to your chosen limo service provider will help them meet your needs – and do this for the right price.
We hope you found these Limo Rental Tips helpful and good luck planning your event!
The Santos VIP Team 🙂