Selecting the right NJ limo service can be tricky. Limousines provide an element of class to any occasion, whether it is a corporate event, prom night, wedding, birthday party or even a trip to the airport. However, if the vehicle is dirty or the chauffeur is rude, it can spoil the entire experience.
Because the market is flooded with limo rental companies, you need to do your homework to ensure that you have chosen the company that fits your needs. Following are some tips that will help ensure that you have found the ideal limo rental company.
Ask for Referrals and Check References and Reviews
One of the best ways to find your ideal New Jersey limousine rental company is through word of mouth. Ask friends, family members and business colleague who they have used and what kind of experience they have had. Don’t stop there. Try to find reviews on websites and even ask the company for names and contact information of clients to hear their evaluations first hand. Look for comments on punctuality, cleanliness, the conduct of the chauffeurs, etc.
Review the Company’s Fleet in Person
A trustworthy company will have a large fleet with many different types of vehicles that should include luxury sedans, stretch limos, SUVs, shuttle buses, party buses and similar vehicles. It’s particularly important to check out the company’s fleet in person if you have plans to rent multiple vehicles for a large event.
Ask the age of the vehicles and interview the person responsible for fleet maintenance to discover the company’s policies. Inspect several different types of vehicles to determine their overall condition and cleanliness. If a company only has a handful of old Cadillacs, it’s time to look for another limo rental company.
Check for Insurance and Screenings
What type of insurance the company carries is another important consideration. Find out whether the company is fully licensed and insured. Insurance should cover passengers as well as the vehicle. Check for valid certification and ask if the vehicles are inspected by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Ask how chauffeurs are trained and how background checks are performed. The person behind the wheel is crucial as your safety depends on him or her. Make sure the company provides experienced, well-trained and well-behaved chauffeurs who are well-dressed in formal clothing. In addition, the chauffeurs should also be well-dressed in formal attire.
Packages, Extra Services and Discounts
It’s tempting to want to rent a limo at an ultra-cheap rate, but one of the prime reasons to select this form of transportation is for its luxury aspect. Most vehicles have an on-board bar. Inquire if you can bring your own alcohol, what extras you can get and whether packaged services are available for events like proms. Find out what additional charges may incur if you are running late or need to have the vehicle for a longer amount of time.
If you require multiple vehicles for an event, don’t forget to ask about discounts. Even if you don’t want a lot of additional services, your limo company should provide you with some sort of package or discount offer for such rentals.
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