4 Reasons to Skip A Car Rental and Book a Limousine Instead
When you’re planning out-of-town travel, your first instinct may immediately be to rent a car. But before you do, we would encourage you to weigh the pros and cons of renting a car, versus simply booking a limousine rental instead.
This article discusses everything you need to know so that you can make the most informed decision possible regarding transportation during your next work trip or extended weekend away from home.
Strict Terms and Conditions
When you rent a car, there is more to it than just signing a paper and driving off into the sunset. In fact, all the hoops you’ll need to jump through just to get the vehicle’s keys may be enough to discourage you. You will be required to show proof of driver’s license and insurance upon applying for a rental. Depending on your insurance policy, you may also need to purchase additional renter’s insurance to ensure that you not liable for damages to the rental car, should they occur.
If you are under 21, it’ll be virtually impossible to rent a car. And even if you can, expect to pay a high daily “Underage Driver’s Fee” if you are between the ages of 21-25.
Depending on the rental car company you choose, there may even be even geographic restrictions on where you can drive your rental car.
And this is before you factor in additional ancillary fees like:
- An airport surcharge, if you wish to pick up your rental at the airport
- Daily equipment fees, like GPS rental
- An additional driver’s fee, if the vehicle will be driven by someone other than the renter
- A late fee for returning a vehicle later than contractually agreed (this sometimes can mean paying for another entire day of rental services)
- A drop-off fee for returning a vehicle to a different location than it was rented from
- Gasoline fee for returning a vehicle without any fuel
Because all of these fees vary greatly and are not always outlined in the advertised price, you’ll need to spend time reading through the fine print of the contract before signing.
Limousines are chauffeured, so all of these nuances are eliminated. In most cases, you’ll pay by the hour, so all you have to do is climb in, sit back and enjoy your ride.
Hassle Free Pickup and Drop-Off
Generally, if a car rental is necessary, it’s because you’re out of town and have arrived by other means of transportation, usually by plane. While most car rental agencies will provide pick-up options, they often do not deliver, meaning you will have to set aside extra time for travel to the car rental counter to pick up your rental car.
If you book a limousine, as long as you’ve provided all of your flight information in advance, your driver will be waiting for you curbside so that you can hit the road as soon as you’ve grabbed your luggage. This is especially critical if you have an important meeting or event to attend soon after you land.
No Need for GPS
When traveling, if you’re like most people, you’re probably going to be unfamiliar with the roads and traffic patterns, which means relying on GPS is a must. For as wonderful as they are, GPS’s can be extremely distractive when driving, which increases the likelihood of an accident.
If you use a limo service, however, your driver will be familiar with the best routes to take, as well as traffic patterns, so that you arrive safely at your destination… and on time.
Parking Headaches Are Eliminated
Parking can be a time consuming and irritating process, and even more so when you’re in an unfamiliar location. Eliminate the hassle of wasting time finding a spot and paying for parking by booking a limo instead. Your driver will drop you off at the front door, and be waiting for you when it’s time to leave.
This benefit is something that cannot – and should not – be overlooked. If you’ve ever had to park a quarter mile away and then hightail it inside a building during the middle of a torrential downpour, you’ll understand why.
Whether you’re going to be out of town for business or pleasure, why deal with the headaches of renting a car when you can enjoy a hassle-free, luxurious experience instead?