How to Make Sure You’re Hiring a Reliable Limo Service

Written by on October 17, 2017 in Featured - No comments

According to IBIS World data, there are 341,767 taxi and limousine services operating in the US. The annual growth of these companies is 6%, so more and more entrepreneurs are looking into starting their own limousine business and getting the share of the cake.

Black limo with driver waiting for bride and groom in front of mansion

With the rise of online commerce, there are even more companies opening every day. However, many of these online-based businesses offer sub-par services compared to the veterans of the industry. And let’s not even mention Uber and similar services here.

Sure, all of this makes it easier for a limousine company to set up shop. But what does it mean for the customer? In most cases, it means that they will have to do their research in order to be sure they are hiring the right service for their wedding, prom, bachelorette or bachelor party, business meeting, sightseeing or whatever reason they are looking to hire a service for.

In this post, we are going to take you through all the steps necessary to find a reliable limo service.

Do Your Research

Fortunately for you, the Internet is available for anyone. At least 85% of limo services own a website, so all you need to do is conduct a simple Google search to find the company you are interested in hiring. There, you should be able to see their price list, the vehicles available in their fleet, additional services and book their service if you’re happy with what you find.

However, don’t end your search there. Of course, they are going to show the client what they want to see. Instead, turn to online review sites like Google My Business to read how other clients rated and commented on their service.

Safety First

The best way to ensure your safety is to check whether the limo service you want to hire has all the appropriate insurance policies and licenses to conduct business. That goes both for the company and their vehicles. You can also ask for the chauffeur’s proof of professional training and their driving record. Make sure the company offers a liability insurance, as a personal car insurance does not cover the client.

Experience Matters

A good merit of a company’s reputation is how many years they have been in business. Unreliable services tend to close faster, while a professional service tends to gain more customers who put out a good word for them. Of course, that does not mean a new business cannot be as professional as an established one. Make sure to ask their staff for references. That should help you get an idea of who you’re dealing with.

Get a Paper Proof

Finally, once you’ve decided on a limo service make sure to get everything in writing. That includes the contract, copy of the insurance, the duration and the cost of their service, etc. Some additional services like drinks, catering or waiting might incur additional costs, so make sure they are clearly stated as well. Ask the company about their cancellation policy and ask for a copy. This might come in handy in case the limo doesn’t show up.

Heading to DC? If so, be sure to check out the reliable, experienced service provided by Presidential Limo.

About the Author

Diana Edelman is an avid traveler who recently spent four years living as an expat. Most notably, Diana spent nearly three years in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she worked with Save Elephant Foundation to raise awareness about the realities of elephant tourism. Currently based in Las Vegas, Diana works in many industries as a publicist, social media expert, content creator and journalist. The founder of Vegans, Baby, you can normally find her hanging out at vegan restaurants around town, exploring the beauty of the desert southwest or camped out at a coffee shop banging on a keyboard. The co-founder of the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective, Diana has spoken at conferences about travel blogging and responsible tourism.

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