Tips & Advice
Are pets allowed in limousines?
In some cases, pets are allowed in limos. Each car service has their own guidelines on pets, so be sure to get clarity before securing a reservation. Also ask about additional fees they might charge and what the policy is on whether they need to be caged or not.
Do limousines have child seats?
Most limousines do not come standard with child seats, but many companies have them available. Do not assume all vendors provide this amenity, check with them prior to reserving a car and find out if they are available and if there are additional charges. Most car services will allow you to bring your own, but it will need to be able to be secured by a standard seatbelt. You should also check if they offer boosters for older children, as well as 5-point harness car seats.
What payment methods do limo companies accept?
Nearly all limousine companies use credit cards exclusively for payments, just like they require a credit card to secure the reservation. You might find some that will accept cash and even a check, but they will be rare. Having the service secured on a credit card prevents the possibility of someone skipping out on payment.
What is the proper amount to tip a limousine driver?
Just like any other service-oriented business, tipping is completely at the client’s discretion. Typically, for good service, 15-20% is a standard tip for drivers. However, many vendors include the tip into the contract, so you do not need to hand over any additional cash. If you do not want this fee automatically included, make sure it is not part of your agreement. If the vendor insists on it or says it is standard, you might want to find another vendor. While you are not obligated to tip, it is very common.
Do limousines allow smoking?
Smoking in limousines is generally not allowed. There are some companies that have specific cars designated for smoking, but most do not allow it. Non-smokers might may want to confirm the car they are securing in non-smoking, just to avoid any unpleasant surprises. If you do secure a smoking car, check the fine print, or ask about any additional fees for cleaning that may be tacked on to smoking cars. Check around if you need a smoking car, it may be hard to find, but they do exist.
Do limousine companies require a security deposit?
Most car service companies require a security deposit. The rates will vary depending on the car, the number of people, and the vendor’s policies. Sometimes these are non-refundable, so be sure to get clarification when signing up. This is a basic practice to cover the cost of any damages to the car or last-minute cancellations.
What amenities are limos stocked with?
When people think of amenities in a limousine, traditionally they are thinking of that stocked wet bar full of ice, liquor, champagne, and crystal glasses for more festive evenings. Many limousines and car services supply that. You can also get dry bars with non-alcoholic drink set-ups. Other amenities can include Wi-Fi, elaborate sound systems, TVs, CD/DVD players, and mood lighting.You can even find cars with hot tubs in certain cities.
How far in advance should limousine reservations be made?
As with anything, it is always best to make your reservation as far in advance as possible. This gives you the best opportunity to secure the vehicle you want, especially if you are booking during a known busy time of year. Some places can get you in a car with only 24 hours advance notice (usually for basics like airport car service) or less, but most suggest booking at least a week in advance to insure availability.
Is there a minimum rental time when renting a limousine?
The minimum when renting a limousine or car service is going to be dependent on the vendor. There are car services that make airport runs and can be had for a minimum of a couple hours. Many have a four-hour minimum, particularly during busy seasons like the Prom and holidays. Some companies begin the clock when the car leaves the shop, others when it picks you up.
How much does it cost to rent a limousine?
There are several variables on cost when renting a limousine, but you can expect to pay a minimum of around $60- $70 dollars an hour. Other considerations include the different types and sizes of cars, the number of occupants, the day and time, and the number of hours of rental. Sometimes longer rentals can mean lower rates. Most rates are hourly based. Whatever your needs are, there is very likely a car service that can accommodate you. Rates might to go up during “homecoming season” and “prom season.”