Nothing beats the feeling of rolling up to a party venue in a limousine, and many choose to hire limos for their special occasions. Whether it’s to celebrate graduation, a bachelor/bachelorette party or to treat a loved one to a special trip.
When planning to hire a Black Escalade ESV limousine, for example, there are a few things you should check before making your decision. Here are a few tips to make sure you get the most from your experience:
- Check and compare prices
It’s best to not leap in and rent from the first rental company you find, for it is your occasion and you want it to be special, and another company may be able to offer you what you are looking for but for a fraction of the price.
- Beware of peak hire times
Take your time and weigh up your options before you book, but bear in mind that there will likely be peak times for limo hire, including around the times of proms or graduation ceremonies, where companies may experience big demand. In this case, if you know what you are after, it can be worth booking early, so leave yourself plenty of time during the planning process and try several limo hire companies to check availability.
- Research and review
If you’re looking for rental companies online, look for their testimonials on their website and ensure you check their credentials before you commit to a hire. Do a little research on the company, including customer testimonials and ensure that you are sure before you commit, for it’s better to be prepared in order to avoid unsatisfactory service.
- A picture tells a thousand words
Check the company’s website to see if they have photographs of their vehicles available on their site. It can be worth paying a visit to their offices as well in order to check the vehicles in person, especially if you’re unsure about them, maybe because of slightly grainy photographs on their website. If you do visit the site, take the opportunity to give the limos a quick look over, making sure to look out for any damage they may have, or if they’re covered with advertisements, and don’t commit to a hire if you are not satisfied with what you see.
- How much up front?
Check how much they want for a deposit, and their hourly rates for the service. Bear in mind that limo companies are paid by the hour, so it’s up to you to ensure you and your party are ready to depart at the allotted departure time or you may find yourself facing some overdue charges.
Be aware also that companies may charge you for cleaning up the interior of the limo after your hire, particularly if one of your guests has vomited on the inside during the night, so it can be worth making sure your party is on their best behaviour.
- What’s included?
How much bang do you get for your buck? Many companies will offer additional extras as part of packages, whether it’s champagne and canapés during your trip or a mini fridge for chilling your own drinks. When looking for a 62 Maybach, make sure you enquire as to what’s included but also how much it will cost to add extras, some of these extras may take a little longer to prepare before you set off.
- Timing is everything
Limo companies will normally spend a couple of hours beforehand preparing your vehicle for the evening, and as such may charge a minimum charge in order to include this. Hiring a limo at weekends can be a little more expensive, so if possible try to schedule your event and hire on a weekday to help save yourself some money.
It is essential to be on time, for whilst you’re keeping your limo driver waiting at the end of the night it could be costing you extra, so ensuring you’re ready on time is one way of ensuring that you don’t increase the cost. Whilst traffic may be a factor for the driver, not being ready on time can prove to be expensive for your hire.
By ensuring you do plenty of research and checking that every detail is to your satisfaction you can help ensure that you get the most out of your limo hire for that special day.