09 Apr 4 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN BOOKING A PROM LIMO
PROM IS A MAGICAL TIME; GET THE LIMO YOUR TEEN DESERVES
So the time has finally arrived: the time when you will plan for your teen’s prom night, helping them organize their transportation, which friends they will go with, which dress or tuxedo they’ll wear and where they’ll spend their after-prom festivities. Of course, your kids are ready to strike out on their own in a lot of ways, but when it’s their first prom, a little guidance is always a good thing, for both parents and teens.
One of the concerns for parents when it comes to their teen’s prom night is transportation. Statistics offer alarming, and disheartening, figures in regards to vehicular accidents on prom night, and many parents want to ensure that their teens are as safe as possible throughout the evening.
The easiest, and most agreeable way, to accomplish this is to do a thorough search for a great transportation company and know which questions to ask about their services.
Here are a few vital questions to ask your teen’s potential prom limo company.
1. ARE YOUR CHAUFFEURS PROFESSIONALS?
A professional chauffeur is much different than a contracted driver. A mere driver is often someone who is hired out by a transportation company to handle your teen’s prom night on a one-time basis. That driver will likely not be background-checked or have any real affiliation with the company or its policies. Beyond filling a time slot and collecting a check for their services, you can’t expect a driver to do much more than drive.
A chauffeur, on the other hand, is a licensed, professional employee of the company he or she represents. The potential chauffeur must go through an extensive interview process, including a thorough scope of his or her driving record, as well as a background check and an intense familiarization with the company’s policies.
It’s safe to say that hiring a company that staffs only professional chauffeurs is your best bet when it comes to your teen’s prom transportation. You’ll get so much more than a driver when you seek out companies who hire professionals.
2. DO YOU HAVE MEMBERSHIPS IN ORGANIZATIONS?
One way to know that you’ve chosen a transportation company that you can trust is that they have memberships in certain organizations. These organizations hold companies accountable for their chauffeurs, their customer service, their billing processes, and much more.
Membership in organizations like the National Limousine Association and the Better Business Bureau denote a concerted effort to be accountable to the industry, and also guarantees that the company you’ve chosen has good reviews and has provided clients with great experiences.
When it comes to regional organizations, for companies in places like Long Island, membership in the Long Island Limousine Association is also a strong indicator of legitimacy and trustworthiness.
3. HOW MANY VEHICLES COMPRISE YOUR FLEET?
When it comes to choosing a prom vehicle for your teen, it’s always good to have options. Peruse the company’s fleet online before considering them as a candidate for your teen’s prom night transportation. A company that has a slim fleet might already be booked up. They also might only offer vehicles that your teen doesn’t like.
A variety of limousines, including the traditional stretch limousine, stretch SUV, mini coach and executive buses are good options to have available, especially if your teen wants a huge group of their friends to accompany them in the vehicle.
4. HOW EARLY DO I NEED TO BOOK?
This is information that is vital to ensuring your teen gets the car they want with the company you trust. Early booking times vary from company to company, depending on the size of the company’s fleet and the reach of their affiliate network. You may book as early as two or three months in advance, especially if the company is anticipating heavy reservations during certain times of the year.
Don’t be afraid to ask these questions when looking for your teen’s prom transportation. It’s important that you find a trustworthy company that offers the vehicle or vehicles you teen wants. Creating a great prom night is easy when you have all the right elements in place. Here’s to a great 2015, for both parents and teens!
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