Limousines project an image of wealth, success, and fame. But with the growing number of limo service companies these days, one doesn’t have to be ultra rich to afford a limo ride. In fact, you can book a limousine service for a wide range of occasions, such as weddings, corporate events, business travels, bachelor/bachelorette party, and airport pick up/drop off.
In San Diego, limousine service providers can be found everywhere. So, how do you know which one offers the best price, fleet, and overall service? Read on and find out what you must be paying attention to when looking for an excellent limo service.
1. Company’s profile
A reputable limo service company should have a professional website so that customers can find them quickly and know more about their business background. How long are they in the business? What are their offerings and the kind of clients they serve? Another way to know the company you’re dealing with is to check with the Better Business Bureau. See if there are past complaints about their limo service. Do your research before signing a contract because at the end of the day what you want is to get your money’s worth, ensure your safety, and have a memorable ride.
2. Permits, licenses, and insurance
Legitimate San Diego airport transportation companies are required to secure a business license, tax ID number and liability insurance. Similarly, their chauffeurs must be properly licensed. If the transportation company you’re eying does not have the appropriate permits to operate or unable to spell its insurance policy move on to another limo service provider. Your safety should be a primary priority not only for you but most importantly for them.
3. Staff and drivers
Contacting a limo service company would immediately give you an idea about the staff’s level of professionalism. Are they courteous in handling your inquiries? Do they find ways to accommodate special requests or vital concerns? Do they get back to you when they said they would? Additionally, don’t hesitate to ask about their chauffeurs’ proficiency. How familiar are they with the various routes throughout the city? Some clients would go as far as asking whether the company’s chauffeurs go through background check and drug screening, as well as their years of driving experience. You can’t blame them for doing so. Similarly, you can’t be turned down for asking the same questions. It’s every customer’s right to ensure they are in good hands.
4. Fleet types and sizes
It isn’t typical for small and start up limo companies in San Diego to focus on providing only one type of service, like airport transfer. However, more established ground transportation companies usually provide a variety of fleet options, ranging from Town cars to big-sized motor coaches.
Depending on how many will ride in the vehicle, it’ll be helpful if you inquire about available fleet options and sizes. Luxury sedans can seat up to 4 people, while SUV limousines can accommodate up to 6 passengers. A stretch limo is ideal for 6-12 individuals, while a party bus and motor coach are good for 20+ people.
Once you have decided on the type of vehicle, find time to inspect the car. Most companies wouldn’t mind describing every detail of the vehicle for you. Some would even send digital images of the chosen fleet so you can check out the amenities and look of what you’ve pick out.
5. Pricing and gratuity
Rates offered by transportation companies vary according to the type of vehicle and service a client needs. For limousines, the price can be anywhere between $50 and $300 per hour, with a minimum of two to three hours of service. Many companies offer very low hourly rates but charge 15% to 20% gratuity, chauffeur fees, fuel surcharges and other fees that could increase your overall expense. It’s always better to check what are included in the quoted price and learn about the different packages the company offers.