Questions To Ask:
Why can't I find a limousine for only a one hour rental?
Most companies require a minimum 2 or 3 hour booking to rent the vehicle. This is due to the large expense and cost involved in securing and maintaining the vehicles. The average limousine can run around $70,000-$110,000 new! A one-hour rental is simply not cost effective because the vehicle is only in 'paid-service' for one hour..However, actual vehicle run time may be more than 2 hours. Other costs that make a 1-hour rental not possible are vehicle preparation time and driver salary.
In addition, during prom or other high demand seasons, minimum hourly booking requirements may increase to 5-8 hours due to the overwhelming demand for limousines. Some companies may offer special exceptions to this rule depending on fleet availability and their current scheduling considerations.
Do I Have to tip the driver and if so, how much?
YES! Your driver is working in the service industry just like a waiter or bartender, but assumes a much more responsible role. The standard tip is 20% 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 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 20 % towards your total bill for driver gratuity.
Can I drink alcohol in the limousine?
Typically yes if it is legal in your area. The laws vary from state to state so ask when you book the limousine. Underage drinking in a limousine is always ILLEGAL, no matter what state you live in and a reputable company WILL NOT allow it. We will not risk losing your charter total and being arrested if this law is violated. YES, It is legal in the State of Tennessee to drink alcohol in a licensed limousine.
We want to rent a limousine to take us to a concert. Do we have to pay for the time while we are at the concert even though we are not using the limousine?
In such cases where you are not occupying 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 though
In addition, if there are more than 6 to 7 hours between drop-off and pick-up and you remain local, some companies may offer a "split" - just a rental to-and-from your destination with no charge for waiting time in between, however this option offers inconveniences such as unavailability to leave things in the limo, leaving earlier than expected, or having the same chauffeur or car upon return. Ask your service provider if they offer a package to accommodate your needs.
If I rent a limousine, when do my rental charges start?
With us, your rental charges begin at your designated pickup time and location. If you say, "Our first pickup is at 6pm at 123 Main St', then this will be the beginning of your rental charge. Some 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 as this might explain price differences. Charges for travel time is usual in remote areas where the closest limousine service may be many miles away.
Wedding rental tips
Wedding rates are usually quoted at a 'package' price. For Instance, "Our 3 hour wedding package is $225 and includes our six-passenger limousine". Ask your limousine company what comes included in the package price. ALL or SOME of the following may be included in the price: