So, your Friends just put you in charge of finding a limo for Prom!.......Now what?
High School Seniors going to Prom this Spring all over the State of Maryland should read this! Prom Parents too!
High School graduation and Prom Night are 2 of the most memorable moments in your life. You just got nominated to be in charge of setting up luxury transportation for you and your group of friends! Sounds easy, go to the interweb, look at some sites and choose the least expensive Limousine Company for our Prom Night, right? What happens if I choose the wrong company? Bad Limousine or I accidentally get a shuttle bus and not a party bus? Here are 4 tips on finding the best solution for your Prom Night Transportation!
Prom Limo Rental Tip 1- Don’t go it alone!
Prom Transportation should be fun and exciting and most of the time it is. However, this is often your 1st experience with things such as reservations, contracts and decent sums of money. We do strongly encourage you to enlist the help of your Parents or an Adult that you trust to help you thru the contract and negotiating process. They will help ensure that you don’t get taken advantage of.
Prom Limo Rental Tip 2 – Get a firm count on your Party or group size! Biggest tip we can give you!
So, you start calling around and getting prices. Word goes around school and everyone wants to be in your group. Hen 2 people join a different group and 4 more join them and leave yours. We see this happen year after year. Prom Groups start small grow large and get small again or vice versa. Set a number and stick to it. Too many moving parts
Prom Limo Rental Tip 3- Get a deposit not a promise from your friends!
The best way to stay friends and avoid hard feelings is to never let money get in the way of the relationship! Keep this transaction simple and business- like. Require everyone to provide you a good faith deposit to be in the group. Simply state that the Limousine Company requires it from you. We see groups that the person setting up the reservation goes all in on putting up the deposits and guarantees payment for 20-26 Prom goers. Then 10 folks leave and now the group is scrambling because their costs just doubled, and the limo company is holding them to he contract. If this is you, then you didn’t follow tip 1 & 2!
Prom Limo Rental Tip 4- Go look at the Vehicles in Person
Pretty Pictures don’t always tell the story. The web is vast and the opportunities for fraud are tremendous! The very best way to ensure you are getting what your paying for or expecting is to go to the office of the Limousine or Party Bus Company and check out the fleet and meet the people that you will be giving your and your party’s money to . Bring your friends and Family too so that everyone is on the same page! Most if not all reputable Limousine or Prom transportation companies should welcome your visit. If they don’t, then move on and find another company!
Prom Limo Rental Tip 5 – If it’s too good to be true it probably is
Most reputable Limousine and Party Bus Companies are going to be fairly similar in pricing for like days and times, you may see up to a 10 to 15% differential in event pricing at most. If a transportation company is significantly less expensive check to see if the vehicle and services are what you want and expect. Look at reviews see what others are saying about the experience with the company. We hear dozens of stories each Prom Season of inferior equipment or vehicle misunderstandings that have led to disappointment by all the Prom Party Goers. If its too good to be true do yourself and your friends a favor and employ Prom Tip number4!
Prom Limo Rental Tip 6 – Brokers can make you broker…and leave you hanging
What is a broker you say? A Broker is an internet company that sells service for limousines and party buses that does not actually own any equipment and does not really operate anything but a website. They typically operate by beating everyone’s price point and then selling your event to the lowest bidder! The problem is you literally have no idea who is serving you, if they are qualified or operate with integrity. Sheesh. We see year after year lots of disappointment after broker makes commitments to Prom goers then not have any takers for the price point. They attempt to get the Limousine service covered all the way up to the event. When they fail to get your Prom covered by a company with real equipment, they call the week or day of with a story of why they can’t perform the limo service. While you may get your money and or deposit back you will be left scrambling for a ride on your Prom Night potentially.
Prom Limo Rental Tip 7- Make a plan Set a Date to book by Do your homework and choose the best solution not just the best price!
If you take these tips and formulate an action plan, keep notes of who you spoke to, what was agreed to. Ask that all quotes be in writing or electronic form. So much information is out there for Limo and Party Bus Companies it starts to be a blur. Narrow it down to your top 3 companies and go visit them. Keep the plan simple and organized and you will avoid much of the frustration associated with Prom Limousine Rentals.
Call 800-439-2225 or visit Bayside Limousines anytime during the week ad one of our experienced reservationists will gladly help you in planning an Awesome Prom Transportation experience! Hope the Prom Rental Limousine Tips help you make a great and informed choice!