There are certain moments in life that you want to mark as special and one way of doing that is by hiring a limo to transport you around, some of these events could be weddings, product launches or even just returning home from a long business meeting. There is something wonderful associated with driving around in a limo and that is what we are going to talk about, the process of hiring a limo. In the spirit of transparency we are not going to simply tell you which limo to hire that would be biased and crude to say the least. This process that we have developed is going to help you make better informed decisions on which limo company to hire, when you have that information in place you should be able to make a better informed decision.
Finding Limo Companies in Your Community
Start by using the search engines and typing in limo hire to find out who is offering these services in your community. Do not deal with any organization that only has a phone number and address, in this day and age just about every business needs a website including funeral homes but that is a different topic for a different conversation. What you need to do when you have located all of the limo companies that are in the area and have websites is actually visit the website. There are a few elements to look for when reviewing the website.
- Is the website mobile friendly? What that means is you can interact with the website using your mobile phone. Most people use their phones to purchase products and services including hiring a limo so if the limo does not have a website that is easy to access from a mobile phone that could be a potential red flag.
- Does the website have the feature to book a limo now? If it does not it shows that the limo company is not really accustomed to getting on demand calls so that may be a sign that they are not up to date with technology or very busy, in either case it is something to take into consideration.
- Does the website appear to be professionally made? This is more of an artistic question than a technical one but you can tell if a website was made by a professional designer by the way it looks and feels.
While running through these items you should take the opportunity to confirm the limo company is the actual company that provides limo services and not an intermediary. There are some firms that offer limo services but they do not actually own a limo company but are essentially dispatchers that book the limo and take a portion of the fee for their income. This is a perfectly legitimate and common business practice but you should look for actual limo companies that take care of everything from start to finish.
After you have confirmed that the limo company being screened is the actual limo service provider you can take a look at their fleet, it should be very impressive and have a wide range of seating capacities. If you have a group of 20 people then you need limos that can easily accommodate that need and more. The limos need to be newer and look impressive so they give you the feeling of luxury otherwise it won’t feel special. When you have narrowed down the list of limo companies to only include those that have a fleet of limos you actually like the next step is to find out everything you can about these firms starting with verifying they are licensed and insured, who would run an unlicensed and uninsured limo company? It does happen so better to be on the side of caution than to risk it. This information is posted on their website so it shouldn’t be difficult to substantiate. After you have confirmed the limo company is licensed and insured you can look to see whether they have won any industry awards or accolades, this is a great way to identify high quality limo companies. Aside from peer review awards another option is to look at the comments that other customers have left online, Facebook and Twitter are both great sources of reviews but you can also seek out independent 3rd party websites that do not receive compensation to post reviews. To save time what you could do is use the search engines to compile a list of all the reviews in one place, just type in the name of the limo company you are screening. Once this search has been completed you are going to have access to a tremendous amount of information that should help you pick the limo companies with the best overall track record.
Once you have figured out which of these limo companies are actually suitable based on their fleet and reputation you should move forward to the last step which is comparing the rates each of them will charge you for their services. Each limo company is free to charge what they want for their services but you have to confirm the rates and include VAT if that is not already included otherwise you are going to end up paying considerably more than what you originally expected. The last thing is find out whether the gratuity for the driver is already included in the quote or do you give it directly to the driver at the end of the event. When you have worked out all of these items you should be able to identify the top limo company in your area so be sure to follow these tips and you won’t have any challenges.
Article kindly sponsored by Wigan Limo.