Limo Hire: How to Guarantee a Good Night Out
If you’re planning a big day or night out with a group of friends it adds to the fun if you can all travel together in style. Hiring a limousine is often a preferred option to travelling in a series of cars or taxis, particularly as you usually get to enjoy music and drinks en route!
Hiring a limousine has become a common feature of stag and hen parties and school proms, enabling the revellers to travel to the party venue in style. Limos are also popular for birthday parties and for corporate events, or for transporting a large group on an outing such as a day at the races.
A limousine is defined as an executive car in which the driver and the passengers are separated by a screen which is usually sound-proofed. Limousines are commonly modified with a stretched wheel-base so they can accommodate more passengers, usually between eight and 16, making them an ideal form of transport for party groups.
The interior of a limousine is often lavishly decorated, sometimes with neon lighting, and usually features a music sound system and a complimentary drinks bar to keep its passengers entertained. Some limousines even have TV screens.
Limousines are available to hire in all shapes, sizes and colours ranging from the classic stretch limo such as the Lincoln Town Car or the Dodge Charger to a Hummer or even a Fire Engine. Of course, if you’re planning a girly night out many of the stretch limo models are available in a bright pink colour!
Hiring a limo for a day or night out is straightforward. A simple internet search using key words such as “limousine hire” should bring forth a long list of local and nationwide businesses offering cars and limos for hire. A quick trawl through the list will show you which cars the different businesses have available; usually the website will have a series of photographs showcasing the exterior and interior of the different models. If you don’t have internet access your local Yellow Pages or business phone directory will have listings of limousine hire businesses in your area.
The majority of limo hire companies will ask you to contact them for a quote as the hire charge will depend on which model of limousine you want to hire and for how long. Expect to pay £150 or more for an hour’s hire of a standard stretch limo seating eight or nine passengers; a longer hire period, a larger car to accommodate more passengers or a novelty limo will all cost more.
It’s worth contacting a few different companies to find out what vehicles are available for hire on your required date and how much they would cost. You may find the hire price for a similar stretch limo model is variable amongst different companies. Also, check out any extra perks included in the hire cost such as free champagne or free entry to a nightclub.
If you want to hire a limo for an event such as a school prom make sure you check availability and book in plenty of time. Limo hire companies will get extremely busy at certain times of the year. You may find you can’t get the car that you want if you leave it too late. Teenage boys are likely to be less than impressed if they have to travel to the school prom in a pink Hummer!