Leveraging Limousines: Limo Renting Guide For Events

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You don’t need a million dollars to experience the thrill, suave, and joy that comes with riding a limo. That’s because you can get a limo for just a few hundred bucks an hour or even less. 

A limo might be just what you need to make that prom grand entrance or for an elegant ride for the bride. Some top-tier managers even rent limos for getting their esteemed clients around.

Whatever your reason, renting a limo doesn’t have to be difficult for anyone, even for first-timers. Right off the bat, choosing the cheapest limo-renting service is something we highly advise against.  In most cases, you end up getting what you paid for.

If you’re looking to rent a limo, then you want the best service at a reasonable price, and we’re here to help do just that. Here is everything you need to know before renting a limo.

All You Need to Know About Renting a Limo

Renting a limo can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time. Fortunately, you have plenty of limo-hiring companies to choose from. The daunting part is picking the right one for your event.

The key to getting stellar service when renting your limo is being well informed. To hire the best limo for your event here’s what to do:

1. Find a Limo Hire Company

Your first step should be finding the company that hires out limos. Sounds easy, but it’s not as easy as you’d think. That’s because there are so many limo hire companies that picking the right one might overwhelm you.

Fortunately, the internet and a few referrals from friends and family is all you need to get the right company. From the internet, you can check out online reviews or check out the company’s BBB rating to know what you’re settling for.  

2. Check the Company’s Credentials

The flashy ads and discounts shouldn’t make you overlook what’s important; the company’s credentials.

By credentials, we mean stuff like a valid business license and registered drivers for starters. Also, it’s important to check whether the company is registered with the National Limousine Association. If the company isn’t a member, then you might want to consider another company.

3. Ask to See the Limousine

You need to know exactly what type of limo you’ll be renting for your event. Some companies go all out in their marketing campaigns, with all types of flashy, sleek limos on their adverts. They then hit you with a rusty limo straight out of the 1980s.

To prevent such ugly scenarios, ask to see the company’s cars first. That way, you choose the exact limo you want for your event. It isn’t uncommon for some companies to rent older fleets for their unsuspecting clients.

4. Make Inquiries About Permits And Insurance

Limo Renting Companies are just like any car hire services and require the necessary permits to operate. Your limo also needs commercial insurance before it hits the highway. Especially since ground transportation has been ever so stringent because of the current pandemic.

So before you sign any papers, make sure you ask about the permits and insurance. Good limo hire companies will be eager to show you how they have all the permits and insurance to win your confidence.

You’d be surprised at how many gypsy limo hire services operate in the country. Steer clear of any company that doesn’t have the required permits and insurance.

5. Sign a Contract If It’s Necessary

It’s always a good idea to sign a contract of service with the limo hire company, especially for major events. When you sign a contract, it means that both you and the company have to deliver on your part.

That means it’s highly unlikely that the limo hire company will fail to fulfill the contract. That means you can rest easy without having to worry about delays or no shows, or it will be a breach of contract. It also means that you have to pay the service fee in full.

When companies present you with service contracts, it means they are confident about getting you a limo. On your part, you should be confident about paying them in full.

6. Be as Specific as You Can

When requesting a limo for special events like weddings, proms, et cetera, try to be as specific as possible with your requirements. That way, your limo experience can be exactly as you envisioned.

Words aren’t enough for most companies, so make sure you get everything in writing. That way, the car hire companies can tailor the limo experience to your expectation. 

If you have a lot of requirements, then you should reserve your limousine way ahead of time. Plus, keep in mind that some bespoke requirements may be a bit pricey. Finally, seal the agreement with a contract, and you’re good to go.

7. Obtain Proof of Inspection

Ensure the limo you are hiring passed vehicle inspection. Don’t take the manager’s word for it; ensure they provide you with tangible evidence for this. 

Also, ensure that the inspection is valid and recent for all limos. A vehicle that failed inspection is dangerous to ride in. It is also very embarrassing when your fancy limo breaks down during your wedding or fails to start on prom night.

8. What Should You Expect to Pay

The ballpark price for renting a limo is between $65 and $250 per hour, depending on the type of vehicle you hire. In most cases, you have to pay a deposit, which should be 30 to 50% of the complete cost. While making your budget, budget for unexpected inconveniences, and don’t forget the tip for the limousine driver.

Rent a Limo for a Memorable Experience

Renting a limo is easy as pie and definitely worth it, especially for those special events requiring travel. Just ensure that before settling on a company that it checks all the boxes. Be on the lookout for packages so you can save and get great deals when renting a limo.

Hopefully, you now know the basics of hiring a limo, now find the right company and hire one to make your events memorable. However, first, take a look at our other pieces for more insightful reads on transportation and event planning.

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