There are few instructions for the little things in life—shaving for your first time, paying your taxes, or even simply renting a car for the first time. If you’ve never rented a limousine before, either, the process can seem a little daunting too, but trust us: it’s as simple as can be as soon as you know what to do.
…or, in many cases, what not to do. Many people—even those who have rented a limousine before—make mistakes. Although these mistakes rarely derail a good time (after all, these are limos we’re talking about), sometimes people end up paying too much or not receiving the kind of service they’d hoped for.
You won’t make those same mistakes—at least, not if you read this whole article.
Matching the Limousine to Your Needs
One of the most common mistakes people make is not matching the limousine’s actual size to the size of their party. And the mistake cuts both ways—it’s easy to go overboard and get a limousine vehicle that’s too large just as it is to underestimate the size of your party and end up scrunched together in the end. You don’t want either scenario to take place, so make sure you take a good look at a limousine company’s fleet before you get started.
Whether or not you plan on renting from Marquee Limo Co., you can take a look at our vehicles and our passenger estimations to get an idea of how large of a vehicle you’ll need to fully accommodate your party. Select the vehicle that works best for you and then request a similar vehicle when you talk to your limousine company.
Start with the Amenities In Mind
Different vehicles will have different amenities—if you want your night to go exactly as planned, you’re going to have to start with the end-result in mind. Do you want control over your own music? Then make sure that a vehicle has the right plugin to handle your iPod playlist. Do you want to watch a DVD? Then make sure the appropriate vehicle will accommodate you.
It can’t hurt to take out a piece of paper and write down three or four different things you want out of your limo experience before you call the limousine company. After all, it is your experience—you should customize the order to fit the bill.
Get a Price Quote ASAP
Finally, don’t let incorrect price estimations throw you for a loop. Get an estimate directly from the limousine company by telling them how long you need a specific limousine, and then work from that estimate. It’s tempting to look up the most favorable prices on their website…but sometimes, that’s just not what the limousine company will end up charging you. If you’re hosting an entire party, you may be able to enlist friends to chip in, especially for birthday parties.
Once you know what you want and what to look for, you should have no problem calling up any limousine company and asking exactly for what you want. And remember: it’s their job to accommodate you. If they don’t have what you want, keep shopping around until you find it.