Car Service Vs. Ride Share: Why Private Rentals Win Out

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The digital age is one of convenience. Everyone wants the easiest option — even if they have to make other sacrifices as a result. Unfortunately, a lot of people learn the hard way that, in some cases, the traditional route can be better overall. There’s a reason why our Baltimore sedan services have and continue to endure the test of time. Even though ride sharing apps like Uber and Lyft have become extremely popular, there are still several reasons why going with a car service is better for both the customer and for local businesses.


Why Choose Baltimore Sedan Services Over Ride Shares?

  • A Safer Experience
    When you hire a sedan cab service to serve your professional or personal needs, you can rest assured that you will be protected on the road. Although Uber drivers are subject to background checks, that doesn’t mean these third-party examinations are foolproof. In fact, they’re far more likely to miss instances of criminal activity than checks that are executed by government agencies. In addition, Uber’s criminal history window is quite small, meaning that there may be drivers out there that have committed crimes. The same cannot be said of car service employees. Car services also take responsibility for their employees, whereas ride sharing services treat drivers as independent contractors; this removes legal liability and essentially leaves the customer to fend for themselves. Hiring a private car service provides peace of mind and a higher level of professionalism overall.


  • Better Customer Service
    Ride hailing companies may do some damage control after an incident — and that’s about it. If an incident occurs during your ride or your driver never shows up, you may never actually get a satisfactory answer for it. Uber and Lyft are not known for their stellar customer service; in many cases, they may throw up their hands and exclaim that the issues are not their problem. And if they do take action, it’s only because the customer had a subpar experience first. Baltimore sedan services, on the other hand, make customer service an integral part of the business model. We set the bar far higher and make it our mission to ensure our customers are happy throughout the entire process. Not only does this prevent situations from going awry, but it also ensures that if they ever do, we’ll bend over backward to make it right.


  • Support For Local Businesses
    Sure, scheduling a ride via Uber or Lyft requires virtually no thought. But you may also want to consider where your money is actually going when you evaluate your ground transportation options. When you choose a ride share, you’re supporting a huge corporation that doesn’t do a thing to protect its drivers or even compensate them fairly. A lot of drivers who work as contractors for these companies can barely make enough to scrape by. But when you contract Baltimore sedan services, you’re supporting a local, thriving business that takes pride in its vehicles and in the quality of its drivers. Ultimately, that puts money back into the surrounding community and helps other businesses succeed, too.


  • Higher Car Quality
    If you rent a limo, you know you’ll automatically be getting a stylish vehicle — even if you aren’t renting the fastest, most impressive limousine on earth (which can hit 170 miles per hour and measures 20 feet long). But that’s true if you go with a car service, as well. Because we take full responsibility for the upkeep of our cars and purchase quality models, you’ll enjoy a smooth ride and can keep employees and clients happy. Scheduling an Uber ride is a total gamble; since drivers use their personal vehicles, you really don’t know what kind of experience you’re going to get. Do you really want an important investor being taken around in a beat-up Jeep, having to make conversation with an odd-ball driver? We didn’t think so.

Although there are a few advantages to ride sharing, there’s little doubt that Baltimore sedan services offer a higher quality ride and overall experience. For more information on how our car services can help your business, please contact us today.

Renting a Limo? Pump the Brakes Before Making These Mistakes

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Owned by the Sultan of Brunei, the most expensive limousine in the world cost $14 million and is 24 karat gold plated. Of course, there are plenty of affordable limos and limo rental services available, and you don’t have to shell out millions to enjoy the luxurious experience that comes with any limo ride. ‘Why rent a limo,’ you’re wondering? There are countless reasons — weddings, birthdays, corporate events, and more. But before researching limo rental companies, you should be aware of some mistakes that could serve as potential setbacks along the way. With that in mind, here are just a few common and costly mistakes to avoid when renting a limo.


Renting sight unseen

As is the case with any considerable investment or rental, it’s important to make sure you’re aware of what you’re getting before signing any agreements or contracts. Ask the limo rental companies you’re interested in to tour the insides of each of the different models they have available based on your party size and needs. Make sure you also know whether or not the vehicle you saw is the same one you’ll be renting for your event.


Looking for last-minute rentals

It should also come as no surprise that waiting too long to look at rental companies and rates can lead to disappointment. Limo services often get booked long in advance, especially during the busy seasons, like prom season, the summer wedding season, and the holiday season. You can never be too early when it comes to researching prices, availability, and features.


Not comparing features

In addition to comparing features, it helps to answer preliminary questions the rental company may ask to better understand your needs. These questions may include things like, ‘why rent a limo?’ or ‘how many people do you need accommodation for?’ It helps to have these details ready to get a more accurate price estimate.


There are more than 130,000 limousines currently in service around the country, and the majority provide nothing but professional and luxurious service. Still, avoiding these mistakes can save you money and time during the search process. For more information about limo or party bus rentals, contact American Limo.

When Good Limos Go Bad: Signs of a Subpar Car Service

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If you’re planning to rent a limo for an upcoming special event, it’s essential to do your research. You might be inclined to book with a company based on mere name recognition or proximity alone, but that won’t always tell you everything you need to know to have a great limousine rental experience. More than likely, the company you choose for limo services will be well-regarded. But any company that exhibits the following signs isn’t a business you should work with.


No Proof of License or Insurance

When you reserve a limo rental, you should obtain peace of mind that you will arrive to your destination safely. Your limo service should, at bare minimum, be able to provide proof of insurance and licensing for their drivers. Many customers assume that any limo business will have these automatically. But the sad truth is that there are some unscrupulous people out there who would rather try to cut corners and deceive than go through the required processes. You’ll need to make sure for yourself that you’ll be protected during your trip. Any limo company worth its salt will be happy to provide proof of their certifications right away.


Limited Service Options

Every limo rental company operates a bit differently, so not every service can be considered ubiquitous. But one thing you should always have is the freedom of choice. As long as you’re booking with more than enough time to spare, you should at least be able to control the time of your pick-up and the type of vehicle. A limo company that’s totally unwilling to meet your needs from the start may end up being even more difficult to work with in the long run. Renting a limo is a treat, so you shouldn’t be made to feel like you have no say in your experience.


Outdated Vehicle Fleet

Not every company is going to have 20 or more cars for you to choose from — but all of their vehicles should be in excellent shape. Approximately 60% of limousine service companies have fewer than five vehicles in their fleet. You’ll want to make sure that all of them are in great condition. Outdated vehicles can indicate a lack of overall care and could even present safety hazards for passengers. Believe us, you won’t want to deal with car troubles on your wedding day or have your experience tainted by strange rattling noises in your supposed luxury car. Go check out the vehicle fleet in person before you sign a contract to make certain everything is in order.


Lack of Driver Knowledge

Simply put, your limo driver should be a consummate pro. You shouldn’t be worried about their appearance or their behavior. You also shouldn’t have to be concerned about whether they know the correct way to navigate to a given location. A limo driver that makes a wrong turn and ends up in a traffic jam could end up costing you more in the end. And while just about everyone relies on their phone’s GPS app these days, it’d be preferable for your driver to already be familiar with the route; that way, your conversations wouldn’t be interrupted by a robotic voiceover indicating where to turn. While you may not know who your driver is ahead of time, you can certainly inquire with your limo rental service about their hiring processes, how long their drivers have been with the company, and their general policies pertaining to professionalism beforehand.


Poor Customer Service

With any type of business, it’s important to consider their level of customer service before hiring. If they’ve exhibited poor communication skills (e.g., unanswered emails or voicemails, disrespect towards customers, vague answers to questions), you should probably look elsewhere. When your inquiries are ignored early on in the process, it’s never a good sign. Reputable limo rental companies understand how important stellar customer service is. Don’t waste your time on a business that doesn’t. If you observe these red flags, don’t sign on the dotted line; instead, walk away and find a company that will actually serve your needs. To learn more about our services and how we can make your next occasion even more special, contact us today.

Happy Birthday, Sweet 16: How to Plan a Perfect Teen Party

renting a limoKids: they grow up so fast, don’t they? You might vividly remember bringing your daughter home from the hospital, and it seems like only yesterday that she was headed off to her very first day of school. But time has flown by and now she’s nearly 16 years old. In many circles, it’s traditional to celebrate this milestone birthday with a bang.


While there are some parents who are willing to spend thousands on their little girl’s sweet 16 party, most families have more realistic expectations. You’ll want to make this day extra special for her — without going into debt yourself. As long as you cover the basics and make sure her party celebrates everything about your daughter, you’ll be able to throw her a party she’ll never forget. Here are the must-haves for any truly sweet 16.


  • Pick an awesome venue: You don’t necessarily have to book the Plaza to make a great impression. The venue of your choosing can be a local hotel, a movie theater, a favorite restaurant, a local park, or even a nice community center. Wherever you decide to throw the party, make sure you book the venue well in advance. Aim for at least six to eight months ahead of time. That will ensure you won’t have to scramble or settle for your last choice.


  • Finalize the guest list: The reason you decide on a venue first is to ensure the entire guest list can fit inside. If there’s a strict seating capacity, you and your daughter may need to make some tough decisions about who to invite. And even if the venue can comfortably hold hundreds, you’ll probably want to encourage your kiddo to narrow down her choices. She might feel a lot of pressure to invite everyone in her class, but it’s usually best to keep the guest list limited to those who genuinely get along and who won’t cause any drama.


  • Decide on food and entertainment: Food choices (and quantity!) will prove important for teens. That said, you don’t have to go all-out like you would with a wedding. Food choices can be fairly simple and universally appealing. Lessen the potential mess by ensuring most items can be eaten standing up, without utensils. Hamburger sliders or food served on sticks can work well, as can chips and dip, pizza, veggies, fruit skewers, or other small appetizers. For a fun twist, you can serve mocktails or have a sundae bar. You’ll also want to make sure the guests are entertained. You might consider hiring a DJ or even a live band. Many parents will plan to have a sweet 16 at a bowling alley or at a skating rink to ensure the activities are built-in and that no one will be bored.


  • Reserve your limo services: No matter what, you’ll want your daughter to arrive at her sweet 16 party in style. There’s no better way to accomplish that than by renting a limo or securing a party bus rental. If you opt for a party bus, you may be able to offer all attendees a ride. But while limo drivers make approximately 105 trips every week, the seating capacity of these vehicles is typically less. Renting a limo or party bus can add a sense of occasion and excitement. Even if you’re only traveling 10 minutes away from home, being picked up in a limousine will definitely make your daughter and her closest friends feel truly special. As an added bonus, renting a limo can also provide peace of mind for parents.

Interested in renting a limo for your teen’s birthday party? We’ll pull out all the stops to celebrate. For more information, contact us today!