Looking for the Best Deal?
The biggest error you could make when shopping for a limousine is searching based on PRICE. In the limousine industry, there are many variances of quality and price. All too often, a cheaper price translates into larger risk for you. Most consumers would not choose a restaurant or hotel based on price, yet some people shop for a limo service this way and expect 5-star quality. If you shop for a limousine service based on price alone, you will likely be frustrated and disappointed with your limousine experience. Old, dirty, poorly maintained vehicles, shoddy service, unprofessional chauffers with poor hygiene, and dangerous vehicles, late service, and services are all possible results of a "best price" shopping priority. There are exceptions---however, the lower the price, the more risk you will assume with your transportation plans.
Risks You Take When Shopping For A Limousine Based On Price Alone
Your limousine is late or does not show up. You miss or are late for your special occasion. A 1987 model limousine rusting at the seams arrives at your door when you were expecting a later model. Instead of being lavished in luxury, you are embarrassed. Your limousine shows up with an unprofessional chauffeur with poor hygiene. Your limousine service gets into an accident and does not have proper insurance to cover the damages involved in your injuries. Your limousine drops an axle during transportation and you are injured. Turns out your service did not have the limousine safety inspected as government law mandates. Your limousine breaks down on the freeway during transport to your after prom party. Instead of enjoying the festivities, you and your date have to call a Taxi. Yet, you saved $50.00. Is it worth the risk?
Ask About Insurance and Permits.
All limousines are required to carry commercial insurance and proper permits. Unfortunately, the Yellow Pages and advertising services such as ours do not require the same in order to advertise. To protect yourself from "gypsy companies", ask for these from your selected company.
Ask About Industry Associations
Companies who belong to industry associations usually must abide by special insurance regulations and service rules. Reputable associations such as the National Limousine Association (NLA) and the BC Limousine Association are good indications that your service provider does their due diligence. The Better Business Bureau also is a good research source--complaints about limousine services are not far behind auto mechanics complaints.
Don't be the unfortunate person, which gets the "The Limo Broke Down" or "We Don't have your reservation" story. Cover yourself by dealing with a reputable company. Shopping on price along is dangerous. Some unethical operators do not hesitate to drop a reservation to pickup a better paying fare.