First and foremost, safety should be the primary concern for you and your guests. Safety is often overlooked. It is highly recommended that the party organizer books a higher capacity limo or bus than the amount of people in the party.

Don’t make a precious mistake. Most people wouldn’t hire the cheapest surgeon, or stay at the cheapest hotel, yet many clients on a tight budget shop for their limousine, bus and/or shuttle service in this fashion. This is the biggest mistake you can make when hiring transportation service for your special day.

Check out the vehicle(s) you plan on renting. Set a time to go and see the vehicle for yourself as many websites will just use generic pictures they found on the internet but they actually don’t have that vehicle in their fleet. A lot of companies utilize older fleets to create a larger profit. Do not fall victim of this business tactic and be surprised on your wedding day or special event when a 1999 limousine shows up at your church when you were expecting a newer, cleaner model vehicle.

Guest transportation is very important and expected at weddings and other special events these days. Shuttle services that pick-up and drop-off your guests at different locations and hotels eliminates getting that unfortunate phone call the next morning that someone did not arrive home safely. It eliminates drinking and driving. It eliminates parking issues. It eliminates guests getting lost and eliminates guests arriving late. Most importantly it keeps your guests together and enhances your celebration. Be sure to plan ahead and budget for these larger vehicles.

Ask about insurance and permits. Unfortunately, the Yellow Pages, Google and other advertising services do not require proof of these documents. Visit www.Safer.FMCSA.DOT.gov and click on “Company Snapshot.” Then do a search for your transportation provider by name. If the company name does not show up, it is an illegal company. Do not do business with them.

Ask about industry associations. Companies who belong to industry associations abide by special insurance regulations and service rules. Help support these companies that give back to the community.

Don’t be the client which gets “the limo or bus broke down” or “we don’t have your reservation” story. Cover yourself by a contract and by shopping smart. Shopping on price alone is dangerous. Some unethical operators do not hesitate to drop your cheap reservation for a better paying job. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon. Ask your wedding coordinator or look at company reviews for recommendations and also what companies to avoid.

Respect the vehicle. Good transportation companies pay high prices for their luxurious rides that they share with you. Treat the ride with respect and common sense. Smoking, vaping, illegal drug use and underage drinking are never permitted in limousines or buses in North Carolina.

Lastly, you had fun and the your service was great. A gratuity tip of 20% is considered normal in the industry.
The limousine and bus industry will always continue to be the safest and most enjoyable way to travel.

Remember... "Life's a Journey, Enjoy the Ride!"

Remember... "Life's a Journey, Enjoy the Ride!"

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