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Right Limousine Choices For The Best Journeys

If you know how to negotiate, you may save a lot of money on a stretch limo rental. Before you are off to opt for the Mississauga Limousine here are the things that you need to know about.

Evaluate Your Finances

A standard limousine (four to six) will cost you between 40 and 80 dollars per hour. A stretch limousine (six to eight passengers) costs a little more, or between 60 and 100 dollars per hour. In both cases, the minimum duration of one hour is four to five hours (although this is usually negotiable). For specialized limousines like Mercedes, Hummers or super-stretch (up to 22 passengers) the costs can reach 3000 $ for the night.

Research, Research and Research

Make sure the limousine operator is licensed and insured. Decide what type of limo you want (standard, stretched, super-stretch or specialty) and length, depending on the event and the number of people attending. What are you looking for, whether it’s a bar, stereo, TV and DVD player, video game system, intercom, sunroof, hot tub, or all that with a bag of fries? Prices may or may not be displayed online. You will have to do some research over the phone to get the best price.

Making a Deposit

Find out about the year and make of the limousine you will be renting, its condition and any additional equipment before posting a deposit. Make sure the deposit is refundable if you are not satisfied with the limo. Many limousine companies advertise one type of car and show up at your doorstep with something entirely different. Most post pictures of their limousines on their website. If quality is a top priority, schedule a tour of the limo company and book the exact limo that meets your needs.

Hire a Quality Driver

This is essential: a bad driver can ruin your evening. Make sure the drivers are experienced, professional and know the area. Provide the company with an itinerary in advance so the driver knows where they are going and what to expect. When the driver shows up, be sure to let them know about your special needs.

Have a Clear Contract

Ask who is responsible for providing the limo with all necessary favors in advance. Some companies will provide you with everything you need; others will wait for you to bring your own. Sometimes you can negotiate a lower rate if you offer to stock the bar yourself.

General Tips:

Check if tips are included in the rate. Either way, you will have to tip your driver so try not to confuse him. Make sure your limousine is spacious enough to comfortably accommodate everyone. If you have six passengers, take a car that can seat eight. If you want strong alcohol, negotiate it ahead of time or plan to bring your own. Ask if smoking or other activities is allowed. Even if it isn’t, most drivers will look elsewhere if the price is right.

If this is truly a special occasion, don’t be stingy. As with most things in life, you’ll get what you pay for: Most high-end limousine companies have premium drivers, vehicles, and accessories.

Try to sort everything out with your driver in advance. He or she is your captain for the evening and can be your best friend or your worst nightmare. Make sure the limousine company and its drivers are properly licensed and insured at the time of your reservation. This will give you the assurance that you are dealing with a reputable company.

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