Cloud 9 Limos101: Tips for finding the perfect limo for you
Opening your door to arriving in style. Cloud 9 Limo can help you find the right limo or chauffeured transportation option for your event. Whether you are going to the airport, planning a wedding or prom, or headed to the big game, it is important that you get the best vehicle and service for your money. There are many factors to consider when booking limo service. We hope this guide helps you get the most from your luxury transportation experience.
Know before you go
Getting the right limo often depends on the type of occasion, number of people, number of hours you'll need and how far you're going. Most companies will need to know if this is for a wedding, concert, prom, birthday party or maybe an anniversary - and they often specialize in certain events to deliver the best possible experience. The more details you can provide, the better the value and service you'll receive.
Cloud 9 allows you to enter all your trip details to get the most accurate quote online - and only displays limousines that can service your occasion, passengers, and address and meet our strict requirements.
Focus on value: the best service at the best price
Not all limousine services are equal. Price should not be the only factor in your search. Much like renting a hotel, different price points often mean different service levels. It’s good to have a budget determined ahead of time, but also know what type of experience you want.
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Get the right ride!
Often times, the right vehicle can make all the difference - a stretch Hummer for your next bachelor party or a classic antique for riding off in style from the wedding. Ensure the vehicle you're getting has the space, features and look for your next event. Try to book a vehicle that has room for at least one to two more people than are in your party. Some companies provide music (radio or satellite radio), so ask in advance or be prepared to take your iPod or a mix CD with enough music to last the whole ride. Also ask about features like the seating arrangement and luggage capacity for large group vehicles. Not sure which is the best ride for you? Check out our fleet page for vehicle details.
Get the whole price!
Always make sure you are checking prices apples-to-apples between services. Each limousine company will generally have their own unique pricing policies. Most companies offer services priced by the hour - but may also offer flat/guaranteed rates for airport rides or sometimes all-inclusive packages. It is customary to tip drivers 15-20% of the base price. Some companies automatically charge a driver tip, while some leave it to the customer to decide. Be sure you get the full price up front when weighing your options.
A package is often the best choice for special occasions like weddings, concerts, prom, sporting events or other ride types with a predictable start and end time. Packages will generally provide a set number of hours in a vehicle that fits your party size and event for a fixed, all-inclusive price. Some companies offer packages for every type of service and most give substantial "bulk rate" price breaks.
Cloud 9 Limo offers packages for all types of occasions and specially negotiated deals you can't find anywhere else.
Reserve early - especially for big events
Start searching well before you need your limo. For wedding limos, some people book 12-18 months in advance. Other events, like proms, are best to book a limo a few months in advance. In general, it is best to start looking 3-4 weeks before your event. After you've selected the right limo service provider, get confirmation in writing. For special occasions, it's generally a good idea to contact your limo service provider a week before the event, just to ensure everything is confirmed.
Cloud 9 allows you to get quotes and reserve limo rides as far as 24 months in advance.
The most important thing to consider when booking a limo is safety for yourself and your party. Legitimate limo companies need to be registered with their state (US only), have the proper levels of insurance and be properly licensed. Never book a limo with a company that can't promptly show you their licensing and insurance credentials - don't take chances.
Think about all the details of your ride experience. Do you need ice or drinks? Do you have a preferred route for your ride? What stops would you like to make? Providing these details to your chosen limo service provider will help them meet your needs - for the right price. Cloud 9 Limo allows you to provide a detailed ride summary and submit special requests as part of your reservation request.