Have you ever wanted to rent a limo? Limos are synonymous with luxury and have a fascinating history.
Depending on who you ask, limousines may have been around since the 1800s. Though the vehicle was invented in the 1920s, the idea that inspired it was present in the 19th century.
They were a symbol of luxury since their very conception. The name comes from Limousin, France, a region known for producing luxurious fabrics, to which it gave its name.
One of its many uses was as a curtain to separate a carriage driver from the passengers. When limos as we know them, came to be, they added more space for passengers but kept the concept of separation.
Today, limos are still the height of luxury, so people often rent them for formal events. However, the term limousine or limos may also refer to any chauffeured vehicle used to transport passengers, providing a higher level of service, safety and convenience. Let’s talk about some of the best times to rent a limo in this article.
- Sporting Events
The world has a passion for sports, especially the United States. Many nations get behind their soccer teams, as does the US. But in the US, some of the largest sports events revolve around football, baseball, and basketball. Uniquely in the United States this can happen on both the professional and college level.
This is where the US truly stands out. Most nations don’t take college sports nearly as seriously.
United States college football stadiums consistently rank among the largest in the world, with many of them seating over 80,000 people. Among the issues you might encounter when going to an event with that many people is traffic and parking.
The good news is you can avoid those challenges, and many other issues when renting a limo for sporting events. You don’t have to park, fight traffic, or worry about drinking and driving.
Whether for two to eight passengers or larger groups of 15-50, there are many options for limo rental, bus charters and even luxury sedans and SUV’s.
Also, many states don’t have an open container law for people who rent a limo. This isn’t true everywhere, though, so you’ll need to check the local laws before you plan your trip.
- Your Wedding Day/Honeymoon
One of the most important events where you would a limo is your wedding day or honeymoon. We’ve included them both because they’re very closely related, and there really isn’t any part of the wedding experience where renting a limo wouldn’t be appropriate.
It seems like a no-brainer to rent a limo to your own wedding or honeymoon. You’re supposed to be the center of attention anyway, so why not ride in style and create a lasting memory?
What about your bachelorette or bachelor party? The last big outing as a single before your wedding day. Some even us limousine service for their rehearsal dinner. Often times for any of these wedding events, friends and family come from out of town and a limousine or party bus makes it a fun, safe experience for getting around town or to and from their homes or hotels.
If you’re going to go this route for your wedding day, there are a few things you should ask yourself. The first question is who’s coming with you and your new or soon-to-be spouse?
Do one or both of you have children? If so, how old are they?
Taking younger children in a limo might be difficult, but younger children are more likely to want your attention. Meanwhile, older children will likely be better-behaved and more relaxed, but they’re also far more likely to understand if you want some time alone.
This is an important aspect to consider because you probably won’t get too much time alone on the day of the wedding.
One possibility is to have a vehicle for the wedding couple and your wedding party. This is often done when a limo for shuttle bus is used to drive everyone offsite for a photo shoot. Then you can rent a limo vehicle separately for immediate family.
We know that weddings are expensive. And limos might seem to be an extra cost you don’t want. However with proper planning and using an experienced limousine service that is looking out for your best interests, it can be added convenience for you that allows you to relax more and enjoy your day.
The key is to do it because you want to and find value, not because you feel like it’s expected of you.
- Business Trips
Americans, on average, take 400 million business trips every year. That’s a lot of frequent flier miles! To put that in perspective, there are only 300 million people in the country.
That means that some people are traveling multiple times for business, even weekly. Traveling is a regular part of certain businesses, so it’s likely that a small subset of people are doing the majority of business travel. Road warriors usually always have their necessities pre-packed in their luggage, ready to go on a moments’ notice.
If you’re one of those people who are in a travel-heavy industry, hiring a chauffeured transportation service is a necessity.
Perhaps you’re leading a conference or have an important meeting with a large client. Using a limousine service, means you get back more of your time to focus on what helps you excel at your job and make more money.
It can also help when you’re headhunting or entertaining a potential client. A great experience in a chauffeured car, SUV or Mercedes Sprinter might just be the game changer to closing an important deal.
Plus, they’re a comfortable way to get to know people. A few minutes in the limousine might help break the ice.
You don’t need to worry about a safe journey, either. Chauffeurs are trained and certified professionals who care about your safety, so you and your guests are in good hands.
It’s a fantasy we’ve all had, pulling up to our prom in a limo with the person of our dreams. For the younger crowd, this can be a reality.
If you’re a teenager or the parent of a teenager, it might be worth it to rent a limousine for prom. We encourage teenagers to earn the money themselves, but we understand if you need some help. Limos are expensive, after all. But they make prom night a more memorable experience. Think of the great selfies you can take in your limo!
You can even get a party limo if you can afford it. The great thing about party limos is that they carry large amounts of people, so you and your friends could split the cost. Renting a party bus assures that everyone gets to their dinner and prom event safely, together and on time. Please remember, minors are not allowed to have or consume alcohol on board a limo. There are strict laws and the limo company will not ignore them.
Things to Know About Limousines
As amazing as limousines are, there are a few things to consider when renting one. One of them is the cost. In many cases, limousines may actually be more affordable than taxi or rideshare. And much safer and more professional. When you hire a larger limo or bus, you can usually save even more money per person or couple by sharing the cost. It is as much about the experience and the value you receive for the money you spend.
When choosing a limo service, price is important but so is reliability, quality and experience. Do your research and make sure you hire a professional company with a proven track record. Seek out referrals and don’t just rely on empty promises or deals that sound too good to be true.
Remember you will need to tip your chauffeur. How much you should tip depends on the situation.
Usually, the tip should be around 20%, just like at a nice restaurant. Restaurant servers and chauffeurs rely on tips for most of their earnings and are expected to provide great service. They will appreciate you and take care of you every time you use their services.
More Occasions to Rent a Limo
There are many situations where you might want to rent a limo. We’ve talked about a few of the most common ones in this article, but limos can be used for almost any situation you can imagine.
Using a limo service for airport transportation for business or vacation travel is very common. Going to a concert or for a day of wine tasting are great reasons to rent a limo. Birthdays, anniversaries and graduations are always more fun with a limousine service. Need to get somewhere that you are unable to fly to but is farther away and you prefer not to drive? Use a limo service!
Traveling out of town? Need a ride from the airport in the city you are going to? Or a car service for meetings or the event you are attending in another city? Overland can take care of that! We provide full-service ground transportation management in over 450 cities worldwide.
If you want to know more about limousines and how to get the most out of your transportation services, please feel free to contact us. We are here to help.