Limousines can make a special occasion even more special and add a touch of class to any event. Early summer is usually peak season in the limo business, that means it’s off-season right now and you may be able to get yourself a sweet deal, even if it’s just for a night out on the town.
Tips When Renting a Limo
1. Travel on weekdays. Weekdays for us are like are like weekends for limo drivers. This means they’re less busy during the week and likely offer cheaper prices. This can save you a lot of money if it doesn’t really matter what day of the week you need the limo.
2. Travel with more people. Almost all limo companies charge you for the car, not by the number of people that will be traveling in it. When you go with a six-, eight- or ten-passenger car, you can split the cost and keep more money in your wallet. Some limo services will also offer a cheaper rate for older cars-just make sure they’re in good condition.
3. Clarify the price. When you travel by plane, you’re not charged for the fuel. But when you rent a limo, you do. This means that the limo service will want to know where you’re planning on going. The amount you’re charged will be based on the number of miles that will be put on the car. Parking and tolls will also be rolled into the price and you will also need to account for the tip. When you call to reserve the limo, make sure you know exactly what the cost will be.
4. Look for trouble signs when hiring a limo. You need to make sure that the company you hire has the right insurance and drivers that are licensed properly. Avoid a company that wants more than half for a deposit. Reputable companies will expect a deposit of 20-50 percent of the total cost. Choose a company that allows you to bring your own drinks otherwise they will charge you a lot for cheap ones. Also go with a company that allows you to pick the car you want before making a deposit. You want a car that looks and smells good!
5. Negotiate the price when booking a limo. Most limo companies charge about the same per hour. The difference is in the car you want and the bells and whistles that are available. Call several companies and get as much information as you can. The price will likely be the same, but the options and how much they cost can be the deciding factor.
6. Limos make a great gift. Consider renting a limo for a group to cover the cost of gifts you would have spent on each individual. For example, book a limo for a group to get a manicure at a local spa for Christmas. When you break down the cost of the pedicure and the limo you can take care of everyone all at once and they’ll love it!