When choosing a limousine service, there are 3 important things to think about: insurance, chauffeurs, and reputation.
In the limo service industry, like in most industries, you get what you pay for. Some limo companies may run without insurance to save cost, have inexperienced chauffeurs, and/or older limousines. None of these things bode well for your Limo experience.
Insurance is a must
It is in your best interest to ask a limo service to provide a proof of insurance before you rent the limo. Imagine if your limousine was in an accident and you were injured. If a limousine is not properly insured they are not required to cover the costs of your injuries. A limousine company should carry valid, current insurance protection for their fleet and should have no problem showing it to you. A limo company is required by Maine law to carry at least $1 million in bodily injury and property damage liability insurance for a limousine that carries 1 to 9 passengers and $2 million for a limousine that carries 10 to 15 passengers.
Chauffeurs need professional training
There is a reason you are hiring a limo service in the first place. You want your limousine to be on time, exciting and entertaining. Don’t have your experience ruined by an inexperienced and un-safe chauffeur because you chose a mediocre limo service. All chauffeurs should be professionally trained and have their commercial drivers license.
Reputation is extremely important
Limo services out there are known to “farm” their business. That means they don’t actually own their vehicles. They merely take on your reservation and “farm” it out to a local company. You are at high risk if you hire a company like this because once the reservation is “farmed” the company you booked with loses all control over your engagement. Make sure you get references from your limo service to make sure you are dealing with a reputable company.
Check out your Limo Service
It is also a good idea to visit the limousine company before hiring them. By visiting you will see the cars available and will make sure they meet your standards. Some companies are able to charge lower prices because their limos are older and worn-out looking.