To get the best price when hiring a limousine is not complicated if you know what you are looking at hiring and how much you are willing to pay. There are several points to consider when you begin your search to hire a limo for your event. Any limousine company will be happy to answer your questions and take you for a test drive.
Before you can start to look for the limousine you want to hire, you must first decide the amount of rental time you need, and the places it will take you and if the vehicle is suitable. This information is important to have prior to making your search because they will ask you these questions at the limo company. Some companies offer package services for events like weddings, birthdays, and other corporate occasions. Be sure to ask the limo hire company about any special packaged offers or additional services they may offer.
Things that can affect the price of the hire include the type of limousine leased, so it is best to have two or three limousines styles in mind that would suit your needs prior to calling about prices. Limousines come in a variety of sizes and lengths. For example, some stretched limos may include Hummer limos, Navigator limos, and Lincoln limos which are more extended. Some companies offer specialty themed limos such as fire engine limos and party bus limos!
The size of the limo depends on the amount of people that you will be traveling with. A standard limo sits 6-8 passengers comfortable, a stretch limo will seat 10 passengers and an ultra stretch limo, such as a Hummer extended limo, seat up to 14 passengers comfortable. The size of the limousine it will also affect price. It maybe cheaper to hire two limos instead of one. So ask for two price quotes to compare prices.
Holidays, such as New Years Eve and Valentine’s Day are often higher in price, so the time when you are hiring the limo also affects the price. It is always cheaper to hire a limo mid-week as opposed to the weekend and would be a better option if the event date was not important.
Many limousine companies set their prices on the number of hours the limousine is hired. The standard time is generally between two to three hours. Time over this set lease period is generally charged at an additional fee rate. Make sure to check on this when comparing limo hire companies. Pick-up, driving destination, and drop off locations are also factors to take into consideration and impact on the cost of the limousine hire. Prices will be lower if you choose a limo hire close to your home or pickup location. Expect additional fees if you are planning to collect other passengers from their homes along the route. When comparing limousine hire companies make sure to ask about any hidden fees. These may include such things as paying for the petrol and the driver’s over time base rate salary if your trip runs longer than anticipated.
If price is an issue, ask the limousine company if they have older limousines available at a lower mirage rate. Older limo’s are likely to be in poorer condition, however, their hire price will reflect this and you may have money left over than you budgeted for.