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Tips on Renting a Limo for Your Special Event

Special Event Transportation Tips

Special Event TransportationRenting a limo for a special occasion takes consideration to detail to get just what you want to make that night extra special. The limousine rental business is making a comeback and special events rental is a big part of the upswing in the market.What used to be a status symbol for special events, like proms, birthdays and bachelor/ bachelorette parties is now seen as a safety issue for people under 21 years old. A ten-year high in the prom rental business is credited to the “get tough” drinking and driving laws in the state of Michigan.

What You Show Know

The biggest error you could make when shopping for a limousine for your special event is to search solely on price alone. In the limousine industry, there are many variances of quality and price. Many times a cheaper price will result in a biggest risk for you and your friends. Most customers would not choose a restaurant based on price, yet many shop for limousine service in this way.

When shopping based on price, don’t expect five-star quality service. Shopping based on price leaves you frustrated and disappointed with the experience, and you take a chance on your special event being ruined. Old poorly maintained and dirty vehicles, unprofessional chauffeurs and the chance of being late are just a few examples of “Best price” shopping. The lower the price, the more risk you assume with your transportation plans.

What You Should Check Out For

  • All limousines are required to carry commercial insurance and proper permits.
  • Ask to see these papers. Companies who belong to industry associations usually must abide by special insurance regulations and service rules.
  • Reputable associations include the National Limousine Association (NLA) and the local livery association.
  • Ask for a copy of your contract and get everything in writing. Make sure your contract covers the exact type of vehicle you rented, along with a hourly rental time, travel distance, specific directions to your home and all your locations traveling, gratuity, minimum rental time, and number of passengers.
  • You still have to pay for the limo while you attend the event, and those hours needed to be included in your rental agreement or you might get stuck with finding a way home from the special event.
  • Minimum booking times are usually four hours and can extend to eight hours during peak seasons, such as your event time.
  • Check to see when your rental charges begin. This will vary with each company and location. Most companies begin rental charges at your designated pick up time, at your pick up location. Some companies begin rental charges on a garage to garage basis and charge “travel time”. Get in writing specially how they charge.
  • Underage drinking is never allowed under any circumstances.

Limousine Service Rental Agreements

  • If you’re under 21, take an adult with you or bring home the agreement to discuss it with your parents. Like renting any vehicle, it will require a major credit card to process your application either on line or in person.
  • The vehicle will not be reserved until the signed contract has been received. We encourage you to keep all copies of all contracts.

What Could Happen When Shopping For Limousine Based On Price

  • Your limousine does not show up and you miss your special event.
  • You don’t get the model or color that you ordered.
  • You don’t get the model or color that you ordered.
  • Your chauffeur is unprofessional.
  • Your limousine service is involved in an accident and does not have proper insurance to cover the damages sustained by you and your guest.
  • Your limousine breaks down during the rental time and you will have to call someone to come and get you.

To make your perfect evening more perfect, it’s important to hire the right limousine service. So why not check out Aristocat Transporation, the luxury ground transportation of the Detroit Metro area that provides excellent service from your driveway to the runway or anywhere you need to go. We are one of the fastest growing, most customer-focused, chauffeur-driven licensed luxury sedan companies in Detroit and surrounding suburbs. Established in 1987, we have been providing transportation to satisfied clients for over 21 years.

Posted on September 22nd, 2008 in Special Events, Useful Tips.