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									Hiring A Limousine

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Summary:
You can ride in just about any type of stretch limo for a lot less than
you'd expect-- if you know how to drive a hard bargain.


Keywords:
limousine,automobiles,business,limousine rentals


Article Body:
You can ride in just about any type of stretch limo for a lot less than
you'd expect-- if you know how to drive a hard bargain.

Steps:

1. Assess your finances. A standard limousine (four to six
passengers) will set you back about $40 to $80 per hour; a stretch limo
(six to eight passengers) runs slightly more--about $60 to $100 per hour.
Both have an hourly minimum of four to five hours (although this is
usually negotiable). For specialty limos such as a Mercedes, a Hummer or
a superstretch (up to 22 passengers), costs can top out at $3,000 for the
night.

2. Research, research, research. Be sure the limo operator is licensed
and insured. Decide what type of limo you want (standard, stretch,
superstretch or specialty) and for how long, based on the event and the
number of people in your party. What are you looking for, whether it's a
bar, stereo, TV and DVD player, video-gaming system, intercom, sunroof,
Jacuzzi, or all of that and a bag of chips. Prices may or may not be
posted online. You'll need to do some phone work to get the best deal.

3. Find out the year and make of the limo you'll be hiring, its
condition, and the complimentary amenities before you give a deposit. Be
sure the deposit is refundable if the limo doesn't meet with your
satisfaction. Many limo companies will advertise one type of car and show
up at your door with something entirely different. Most list photos of
their limos on their Web sites. If quality is a top priority, plan a
visit to the limo company and reserve the exact limo that suits your
needs.

4. Hire a quality driver. This is crucial--a bad driver can ruin your
evening. Make sure the drivers are experienced, professional and know the
area. Provide an itinerary to the company beforehand so the driver knows
where he or she is going and what to expect. When the driver shows up, be
sure to communicate any special needs you have.

5. Ask whose responsibility it is to stock the limo with any necessary
party favors ahead of time. Some companies will provide everything you
need; others expect you to bring your own. Sometimes you can negotiate a
lower rate if you offer to stock the bar yourself.

6. Find out if gratuities are included in the rate; regardless, you'll be
expected to tip your driver, so try to keep it separate.

Overall Tips:

Make sure your limo is ample enough to fit everyone comfortably. If you
have six passengers, get a car that accommodates eight.

If you want premium liquor, negotiate that up front, or plan to bring
your own.

Ask if smoking (or other activities) is allowed. Even if it's not, most
drivers will look the other way if the price is right.

If it's truly a special occasion, don't be cheap. Like most things in
life, you get what you pay for: Most higher-end limo companies have
superior drivers, vehicles and accoutrements.

Try to clear everything with your driver in advance. He or she is your
captain for the evening and can be your best friend or worst nightmare.

Overall Warnings:

Make sure the limo company and their drivers are properly licensed and
insured when making your reservation. This will ensure you are dealing
with a reputable company.

								
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