Category: Livery Advice

Hiring a Livery Service

Hiring a Livery Service

You can ride in just about any type of stretch limo for a lot less than you’d expect– if you know how to drive a hard bargain.

Steps:

 

1. Assess your finances.

2. Research, research, research. Be sure the limo operator is licensed and insured. Decide what type of limo you want (SUV, standard, stretch, superstretch or specialty) and for how long, based on the event and the number of people in your party. Know if you need to include or exclude a bar.

 

3.  Make the call.  Prices may or may not be posted online. You’ll need to do some phone work to get the best deal.

3. Find out the year and make of the limo you’ll be hiring, its condition, and the complimentary amenities before you give a deposit.

4. Hire a quality company. This is crucial–a bad company can ruin your evening. Make sure to bank on the background of professional companies who provide local drivers who are experienced, professional and know the area. Provide an itinerary to the company beforehand so the driver knows where he or she is going and what to expect.

5. Ask whose responsibility it is to stock the limo with any necessary party favors ahead of time. Some companies will provide everything you need; others expect you to bring your own. Sometimes you can negotiate a lower rate if you offer to stock the bar yourself.  Ask them about the corkage fee (this works with some caterers too.)

6. Find out if gratuities are included in the rate; regardless, you’ll be expected to tip your driver, so try to keep it separate.

 

Overall Tips:

 

Make sure your limo is ample enough to fit everyone comfortably. If you have six passengers, get a car that accommodates eight.

 

If you want premium liquor, negotiate that up front, or plan to bring your own.

 

Ask if smoking (or other activities) is allowed. Even if it’s not, most drivers will look the other way if the price is right.

 

If it’s truly a special occasion, don’t be cheap. Like most things in life, you get what you pay for: Most higher-end limo companies have superior drivers, vehicles and accoutrements.

 

Try to clear everything with your driver in advance. He or she is your captain for the evening and can be your best friend or worst nightmare.

 

Overall Warnings:

 

Make sure the limo company and their drivers are properly licensed and insured when making your reservation. This will ensure you are dealing with a reputable company.


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