Hourly Limo Rental Guide
What You Need to Know Before Renting.
Here are some critical guidelines to follow to ensure your party or special event is dazzling success!
Looking for the “Best Price”? You may be disappointed.
The biggest error you could make when shopping for a limo rental 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 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 chauffeurs with poor hygiene, dangerous vehicles, late service, and under-insured 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 does not show up. You miss your concert.
Your limousine shows up late. You miss your dinner engagement and Broadway play.
A 1987 model limousine rusting at the seams arrives at your door when you were expecting at a 2003 model. Instead of being lavished in luxury, you are embarrassed.
Your limousine shows up with an unprofessional chauffeur with poor hygiene.
Your limousine chauffeur exercises poor customer service with your company’s most influential client. You loose the account.
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 transport and you are injured. Turns out your service did not have the limousine safety inspected as state law mandates.
Your limousine breaks down on the freeway during transport to the Super Bowl. You and 7 of your friends missed the big game- but you saved $35.00
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 local livery 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.
“The Limo Broke Down!”
Don’t be the unfortunate customer 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 alone is dangerous. Some unethical operators do not hesitate to drop a reservation to pickup a better paying fare.
Charter Limousine Rental Costs -
How it is determined.
To determine the cost of a limousine charter, several factors are used in determining price.
Vehicle Rented: Luxury sedans are the least costly, however can only transport up to 4 passengers. Your cost increases proportionate to vehicle size.
Hourly Rental Time: Limo services charge on a per hour basis. Charges vary from $35/hr upward to $350/hr depending on vehicle time.
Travel Distance: If your transportation involves an abnormal amount of travel time, some services will charge extra.
How Much Does It Cost To Rent A Limo?
Limousine rentals run in the neighborhood of $50 – $300 per hour with a MINIMUM of two or three hours booked. Many companies require a minimum to 2 or 3 hours to provide service, with exception to standard airport service.
Call 301-434-2277 for current prices…
THESE HOURLY RATES DO NOT INCLUDE 15-20% GRATUITY
Do we have to pay for the limo while we attend the concert?
In cases where you aren’t using the limousine during your rental (such as bar-hopping, dinner reservations, concerts, sporting events, etc.) you still have to pay for the rental time, even if you aren’t physically using the vehicle. While you are at a concert, the vehicle cannot be used elsewhere; even when there are 2 or 3 hours in between the and pickup. Some companies sometimes offer a discounted hourly rate when the vehicle is idly waiting outside a concert or sports venue. In addition, if there are more than 4 hours between and pick-up with minimum travel time, some companies may offer a “split” – just a rental to-and-from your destination with no charge for waiting time in between.
Can I Rent A Limo For 1 Hour?
Most companies require a minimum 2 or 3 hour booking to rent a limousine. This is due to the large expense and cost involved in securing and maintaining the vehicles. An 8-passenger limousine can run $60,000 brand new! A one-hour rental is not cost effective because the vehicle is only ‘paid-service’ for one hour; however actual vehicle run time may be more than 2 hours. Other costs which make a 1-hour rental not possible is vehicle prep time and driver salary.
In addition, during prom season, minimum hourly booking requirements for a special charter may increase to 5 to 8 hours due to the overwhelming demand for limousines. You are more likely to get struck by lightning than getting a limousine rental for 1 or 2 hours during prom season.
When Do My Rental Charges Begin?
This varies by company and location. Some companies begin rental charges at your designated pickup time at your pickup location. If you say, “Pick us up at 6pm at 123 Main St”, then this will be the beginning of your rental charge. Other companies begin rental charges on portal-to-portal basis and charge ‘travel-time’. Specifically, your rental time may begin the moment the limousine begins its journey to your first pickup location. Ask your limousine company specifically how they charge. Travel time is usual in rural areas where the closest limousine service may be miles away.
Can We Drink Alcohol in the Limo?
The policy varies with each limousine service. Also, some states and countries have laws which outlaw such use. UNDERAGE drinking is not allowed under any circumstances.
Do We Have to Tip The Driver?
Yes. The standard tip is 15% of the total fare. If you feel your driver has performed in an exceeding manner, you can tip more. Some companies will AUTOMATICALLY include the gratuity (tip) in their total price quote. When making reservations, always ask if GRATUITY is included in the total price. If not, you should budget an extra fifteen percent towards your total bill for driver gratuity.
Call or stop by anytime for more info:
Prince Georges County (301) 937-8613
Montgomery County (301) 434-2277
Guyes’ Limousine Service Inc.
8505 Riggs Rd. Adelphi, Md. 20783