Tips & Advice
What is a taxi medallion?
Used to identify an individual taxi, a taxi medallion is a series of letters and numbers that is unique to each cab. It is usually located on the hood, license plate, or roof of the taxi, and it may also be listed on your receipt. Getting this information is essential if you want to follow up with the taxi service about a driver's performance or if you leave something in the cab.
How many passengers can ride in a taxi?
The number of passengers that can ride in a sedan taxi is four or five, including the driver. Minivan and van taxis have more capacity. In many states, children are required to be in a car seat in a taxi, so check with the taxi company beforehand if traveling with a child.
Do taxi cabs accept credit cards?
Taxi cabs usually accept credit cards, and in larger cities like Boston, New York, and San Francisco, they are required by law to do so. Taxi drivers have to pay a small processing fee on credit-card fares, and in some cases, they may seek to avoid this fee by telling you they'll only accept a cash payment. In situations like this, take note of the driver's medallion number and file a report to the agency that regulates taxis in your city.
What are some tips for taking a taxi?
To take a taxi, start by either hailing the cab on the street or booking one online or via phone. It's a good idea to do some online research beforehand to get a sense of how much the fare should cost for your trip, as this may help you avoid being taken advantage of by a dishonest cab driver. Also: It's safest to enter and exit the cab on the same side as the sidewalk.
Is it customary to tip a taxi driver?
Yes, it is customary to tip a taxi driver. The tip amount usually ranges from 15-20 percent of the total fare. When deciding how much to tip, give some thought to the quality of service provided by the taxi driver. A good taxi driver is friendly and helpful, and knows the area well enough to get you to your destination without asking for directions.
Taxi fare is calculated using a meter, which looks at distance traveled and waiting time, and combines these things to generate a fare. Some meters are incredibly sophisticated, offering features such as Bluetooth support for smartphones and tablets, and seat sensors that detect the presence of a passenger.
Can the location of a vehicle be monitored during transport?
The location of a vehicle can be monitored during transport. Many auto transport companies offer tracking services that allow for monitoring a car's journey via their website. If a company doesn't offer online tracking, an owner can receive updates on the vehicle's progress and location by calling the auto transport company.
What is the difference between open and enclosed car transport?
With open car transport, your car is typically moved from one location to the next on an open car hauler. Open car transport is often the less-expensive option, but it leaves the vehicle susceptible to damage from traffic and the weather. Still, know that damage is rarely incurred with open car transport. With enclosed car transport, your vehicle is shipped in a boxed trailer. This shipping method is often used to transport luxury cars, antique vehicles, and pricey specialty cars.
How does a car need to be prepared for transport?
To prepare a car for transport, take photos of the vehicle, and identify any preexisting damage. Later, this will help assess if the vehicle has been damaged in transit. In addition to removing personal items, car owners should remove or disable the car's alarm system, and remove custom products and add-ons like DVD players and GPS systems to avoid theft. Fold in the vehicle's side mirrors, and remove the antenna. Have an extra set of keys, so you don't have to give the carrier your only set. Finally, make sure the gas tank has roughly a quarter tank of fuel. A full fuel tanks adds excess weight, but they’ll need to be some gas in the tank so the car can be driven to and from the shipping facility.
Can the car be packed with belongings while it is being transported?
Your car cannot be packed with belongings while it is being transported. The Department of Transportation bans carriers from shipping cars that are loaded with household items. If a carrier breaks this law, it might be levied with a fine of up to $10,000.