a limousine, always make sure you know exactly what you are getting.
In any competitive market, varying prices between providers usually
means a significant difference in either the product, a company's
overhead, service levels, insurance coverage, or any combination. In essence, you
usually "get what you pay and ask for."
Simply being told an "10-passenger limousine" is not enough.
Many small companies utilize earlier model limousines. This may work
for you and generally can land you a better price, however, we
suggest that you ask many questions like mileage, condition,
color, company policies, insurance, etc. If in doubt, ask for current pictures or better yet, see
the car in person. The
price is usually relevant to what you are getting! There
numerous Lincoln Limousine body styles on the market in many colors! Make
sure you know what you are getting!
If you are looking for a wedding limousine for only 1 hour,
you will have to do some searching. Many successful companies simply will
not do it because of high cost considerations, vehicle prep time,
and driver salaries. Keep other considerations in mind
such as a late ceremony ending, pictures with the vehicle, etc. that
will lead to costly overtime !
Many companies will also
require a cash deposit or credit card guarantee to hold your reservation. This deposit is usually lost
if you cancel your reservation in an untimely manner.
Ask your service what their cancellation policy is for your
booking and get it in writing!
Online Reviews. In today's e-world, an online reputation can be
established and checked with little effort. Companies that are
concerned about their online reputation are the ones that you want to do
Lastly, it is important to ask your provider questions about how they do
business to make sure that you are dealing with a professional and
legitimate organization. Here are some queries that we may
What is the chauffeur uniform policy for your event?
What are the company's office hours and how can they be reached after
hours in the event of a last minute change, etc.?
Can they provide references relevant to your event?
What type of organization are you dealing with? The limousine
industry is lightly or NOT regulated in some states, and in some cases,
your "limousine company" is simply an individual with a vehicle.
Are they un-incorporated or an established corporation? Do
they have a vendor's license? Commercial Insurance? Business Sense?
5) Make sure you ask your
service provider questions about the car that are relevant to the event.
For instance in an August wedding you
may want to verify that the limousine’s air conditioning is properly
working or that you will get a white car.
NOT MAKE THESE MISTAKES!
absolutely sure to
verify that the service provider is properly LICENSED and INSURED
COMMERCIALLY. Here are the
three things to verify to assure that your operator is a legitimate
commercial limousine operator in Ohio and that your charter will go smoothly and
1) Ask your provider if they
OWN the limousine or if it is being chartered on behalf of someone else.
If they are not the owners but rather a broker, MOVE ON. There are too many assurances that
you would have to verify to make sure that it is being properly
2) By law, any limousine under
15 passenger in Ohio must have MINIMUM commercial
insurance coverage of $1.5 million. (More for larger
limousines or party buses) Without this, an operator
cannot get proper livery or commercial licensing in Ohio. Insurance that is not
designed for commercial vehicles or Heaven forbid no commercial insurance at all could leave
you and your guests in deep trouble in the event of an accident. Do not be afraid
to ask your limousine service to fax you proof of commercial insurance
coverage or present it upon pickup and do not be afraid to ask HOW MUCH
liability coverage is provided for your charter.
If your operator cannot provide proof of proper levels of COMMERCIAL insurance, DO NOT
3) Make sure your operator uses a
charter contract or charter agreement with confirmation of your rental. A legitimate limousine
operator must keep records and collect and submit sales tax in the state of Ohio.
This tax must be listed separately on your charter agreement and cannot
be "included" in the price. If you are not presented with a
proper charter agreement upon pickup, you are not dealing with a
shopping around and have fun! Limousines
are no longer considered only for the rich and famous!
They are a safe and economical way for groups to celebrate any event or
enjoy a night out with a guaranteed safe return home for you and your
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