How to Hire a Limo
When you hire a limo for the first time here are a few things to think about which may make things easier for you. Firstly, it’s worth doing a bit of research to get an understanding of what’s actually available out there. A few minutes on the internet will do and should be good fun as it’s pictures of some pretty outrageous cars you’ll be looking at !
Then you’ll need to shop around for quotes to get a better idea of what you can expect to pay before you hire a limo. This will also give you a better feel for the limo hire market and you’ll then know what you really want and be comfortable with your decision. A great way to do this is to complete an on-line enquiry form at www.limoshop.co.uk where you can expect to get back a number of competitive quotes from limo operators near you, wherever you are. In addition you can save yourself a lot of time and hassle chasing individual companies.
You’ll also need to make sure the size of your party is compatible with the seating capacity of the different types of stretch limos. Typically when you hire a limo most are licensed to carry a maximum of eight passengers such as the Lincoln Town Car, Chrysler 300 “Baby Bentley” and the smaller H3 Hummer limos. Once you move up from there you’re looking at the twelve to sixteen seaters such as the Navigator, Expedition and larger H2 Hummer limos. These are a lot more expensive to hire so you really need to keep your party to eight, or take it up to between twelve and sixteen to spread the cost of the bigger vehicles.
Once you’re nearly ready to hire a limo from a particular operator you need to ask him some important questions. Firstly you need to ensure that he is properly licensed. This will mean that he will be running a good ship. In other words his licensing authority should be monitoring him to ensure his vehicles are properly maintained, his drivers are licensed and CRB checked and that his bookings are solid. You should find clear evidence of this on his website, including his limo operator’s licence number.
Another good tip before you hire a limo from an operator is to read any customer reviews you might be able to find on his website or blog whilst making sure they are reasonably up to date. Operators who operate well and fairly should never have any problems if you ask for reassurances. After all, whichever way you look at it, you're parting with a lot of money and all good operators respect that.
Before you actually hire a limo from an operator make sure you’re getting what you see on the website. Good limo operators should always display what they are hiring out to you. You’ll also need to see their terms & conditions, particularly their rules concerning damage or over-runs on the hire. A good set of terms & conditions should be easy to find on a limo operator’s website and should reflect a fair agreement for all parties. In other words it should broadly protect the interests of the consumer and the limo operator and cover most eventualities.
You can get great value for money when you hire a limo if you consider what you want from your hire. The main operator cost is actually supplying you with a gleaming American stretch limo and chauffeur for the afternoon or evening, so if you were to ask him to take you out of your local area into a city, for example, that wouldn’t cost him much more but it would save you the normal cost of transporting, say, eight people door to door to a city and back. That could normally be at least fifty percent of the value of the limo hire. Should you hire a limo for the bride on your wedding day, then if your journey to the church is a short one you could request a second or third run for the bridesmaids, or even the groom and ushers from their pub first ! That way a lot more people can have a bit of fun and finish up with some great memories on the day.
Needless to say, when you hire a limo it’s an important decision and when you look back on it hopefully you’ll have fond memories where everyone will say, “Wasn’t it great when we got that stretch limo for such and such ? Where did we get it from. We must do that again. This time perhaps we could...”
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