10 Point Checklist for Using a Limo Service

Beginners Guide on How to Rent a Limo

Whether it be limo rentals for prom or car service to LAX. Renting a Los Angeles Limo for any event can be a daunting task.  There are so many Los Angeles Limousine companies out there, and so many vehicle options that choosing a starting point can be a challenge.

For the Purpose of this article, we will stick  to LA Limo vehicle choices and service types.  Vehicle Maintenance and age are the benchmarks of a great Limo service. All vehicles should be no older than 4 years and maintained in a showroom finish shine at all times. Generally speaking, Limo choices fall into a variety of categories based on what industry insiders call “client persona”.

  •  BUSINESS/CORPORATE CLASS
  •  LEISURE/ENTERTAINMENT
  •  FAMILY/PRIVATE
  •  NON EMERGENCY LUXURY TRANSPORTATION

The Bottom Line: You don’t want to hire a town car service that doesn’t have the capacity to handle and work with different types of clients and vehicles.

BUSINESS/CORPORATE CLASS (3 passengers)

The Lincoln “Executive L” series sedan is the Industry standard – it can comfortably seat 3 passengers, has plenty of room for luggage and offers a luxurious and well appointed ride. Some companies offer extra amenities at no charge, so make sure to check. Top tier limo service providers will offer fresh chilled water, mints, candies and even free Wi-Fi and 12 Volt power charging for mobile devices and Ipads.

Small Groups (6 Passengers)

SUVs work excellent with small groups.  The Cadillac Escalade SUV is considered the creme de la creme of SUV choices. These high end luxury vehicles can accommodate up to 6 passengers and come complete with the same amenities package as the Town car. They are also a great choice for 3 to 4 passengers traveling with large amounts of luggage and cargoas many models have fold down room in the rear. Golfers and PGA tour pros really love the Escalade as the rear cargo space can accommodate 2 fully loaded club bags, with room to spare!

Large Groups (10-14 Passengers)

For Larger groups, the Executive Van and the newer model Mercedes Sprinter limo Van, can hold from 10-14 Passengers. Complete With high ceilings, rear cargo space, high grade leather interior, individual bench-style or captains chair forward facing seats, heavy duty AC and accented luxury interiors

Corporate Groups (24 Passegers)

A favorite of Corporate Executive Travel Planners and Destination Management Companies is the Mini coach or Limo Bus This vehicle can carry up to 24 passengers in style and comfort. Amenities vary from model to model, but most interiors are set up with front facing reclining seats, heavy duty AC, and some come with internal PA systems. Many of these Limo Buses have overhead luggage storage in addition to under vehicle berth compartments.

Event Planning and Conventions (up to 55 Passengers)

For larger groups and convention work the Mini bus is the go-to workhorse of the industry. These specialty coach vehicles can hold up to 55 passengers and amenities vary from model to model, so make sure to check! Many come complete with an on board restroom.  Standard configuartions include high back forward facing seats, heavy duty AC systems and internal PA systems. There’s always plenty of room for cargo with overhead and Under berth luggage storage and higher end models have LED lighted aisle-ways.

Proms, Night on the town & Leisure

The Vehicles most often used with the party crowd that are looking to rent a limo are the 8-10 passenger Stretch Limousines and the buzz worthy Hummer Limo. The standard stretch limousine is a classic Lincoln town car body stretched to accommodate up to 10 passengers with a full list of amenities.  These vary from a fully stocked wet bar with ice and beverages to a complete AV surround sound stereo package. The Hummer Limo will have a larger passenger capacity and a different seating configuration with some additional bells and whistles in the interior lighting options.

Proms, Night on the town & Leisure

The Vehicles most often used with the party crowd that are looking to rent a limo are the 8-10 passenger Stretch Limousines and the buzz worthy Hummer Limo. The standard stretch limousine is a classic Lincoln town car body stretched to accommodate up to 10 passengers with a full list of amenities.  These vary from a fully stocked wet bar with ice and beverages to a complete AV surround sound stereo package. The Hummer Limo will have a larger passenger capacity and a different seating configuration with some additional bells and whistles in the interior lighting options.

Non-Emergency Luxury Transportation

This is a specialized and exclusive chauffeured service that staffs luxury vehicles with Emergency Medical Technicians behind the wheel. The Lincoln Executive L series Town Carcome fully equipped with medical grade O2 and a fully stocked trauma kit. Transportation includes patients coming out of elective procedures, plastic surgery, pain management/Dr’s Appointments, even retirement communities.

Whether your limo service takes you from the airport, to a business meeting, or even to a medical appointment, having a clear idea of the options availabe can help make the whole process of planning your ground transportation so much easier.  Always make sure to ask what type of pricing packages, amenities, and terms of service the LA Limo service of your choice offers.  This will avoid any confusion, hidden fees or service issues down the line.

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