Many of us have ridden in a luxury limousine for a prom, wedding, or funeral, but it’s OK to rent a limo just for fun, too! Hiring a car to drive you and guests to dinner and a show, a girls’ night out, concert, shopping, sightseeing, or other activity is not only fun, it reduces stress, wear and tear on your car (hello West Side Highway!), and eliminates any potential for drinking and driving. It can also be a lot more affordable than you think. Here are five reasons to feel good about hiring a Hoyt limo for your next night out.
1. Research the company beforehand. Like any other industry, all limo companies are not alike, and choosing the right one could mean the difference between an enjoyable experience, or a nightmare on wheels. Before you make a reservation, check out the company. Go online and search local limo companies. For example, “limousine companies, Fairfield County, CT.” Read some websites, and better yet, call the company. Ask them how long they have been in business. Can they provide any testimonials? Does the company’s insurance policy also cover passengers? Do they belong to the National Limousine Association?
2. Stay within your budget. Know how much you want to spend on a car, but don’t choose a limousine service just because it’s cheap. This may work when booking a coach flight—not so much a limousine. There are other factors to consider, such as a company’s reputation, years in business, toll and tipping policy, and hourly minimum to rent a vehicle.
3. Decide kind of car you want. There are many different types of limousines. Some are basic and others have all the bells and whistles. Are you traveling alone or with a party of people? This, along with your taste and budget, will help determine the kind of limousine you want, whether it’s a regular Town Car, a standard stretch limo, a luxury van for a group, or a specialty Hummer or Mercedes. Ask the company about the quality of their cars, and perhaps ask for a newer model. If you have a certain limousine in mind, make sure the make and model is indicated in your reservation or contract.
4. Ask if the driver is a trained employee. This is an important one. With some limousine companies, their drivers are not employees of the company — they are sub-contractors hired to pick you up at a given time. This is a quality and safety no-no. Make sure the chauffeur that will be driving you is an employee of the company, and has been trained, licensed and insured by that company. Also, that he or she is an experienced driver and knows the area roads and routes. When you make a reservation, consider sending your itinerary to the driver ahead of time with your correct address and time for pickup.
5. Know what’s included in the contract. Like any purchase, buyer beware. Know and understand the terms and conditions of the contract. Is there an on-time guarantee? Does insurance cover passengers as well as the chauffeur? Are tips and tolls included or are they extra? (It is standard to tip a deserving driver.) What about amenities, such as snacks and champagne. Is this included in the price of the car, and will they be in the car when it arrives? Going the extra mile ahead of time will help ensure an excellent experience with your limousine and chauffeur.