Keep these things in mind when choosing your party transportation
Choosing wedding and/or party transportation can sometimes be difficult with so many options available. We have gathered a handful of helpful things to remember when choosing transportation companies for your wedding or any other event. Heres what the experts say:
Choose a legal company: Anyone can buy a vehicle and advertise online. Sometimes even a friend of a friend may have a referral for transportation that went well. That doesn't mean that the company is legally allowed to do business in Michigan. Limo and Bus companies are required by state law to adhere to certain safety and insurance requirements that protect you and your guests. What does this mean to you? This means that the state has inspected and approved the vehicles for this company and these vehicles have passed the strict safety inspections required. This also means the vehicles have not only insurance but the insurance required by the state to protect you and your guests. Here are the links to find the legal limo and bus companies in Michigan: Limousine companies: http://mdotcf.state.mi.us/public/licensedcarriers/bycounty.cfm?
Choose local: This might not seem like a big deal but there are a few things to keep in mind about the advantages of a local company. Choosing local means if in the rare event of a break down, a local company will have a replacement vehicle available in a very short time frame compared with hours for an out of town company. Local companies often have local connections with local venues that will work to your advantage. Working with local companies will give you the opportunity to view vehicles in person without traveling. Local companies may also be part of local groups or associations like the Lansing Bridal Association, that require certain standards and ethics that make your task of choosing a company easier.
Inspect the company website: Does the company post actual up to date pictures of their vehicles both outside and in? If not there is most likely a reason they do not. Companies with no real pictures at all are a complete gamble of what is going to show up regardless of what they tell you. Sites with no interior pictures you may want to be wary of, companies should want to show off their vehicles with pride.
Payment: Every company processes and requires payment differently. For the consumers protection be cautious of companies that do not provide receipts or require the full payment amount up front. Ask when booking what is required, some companies only require a small down payment while others may require a larger deposit This could make the difference to you between one company and another.
Choose the right vehicle: All companies advertise a particular seating capacity or range. Keep in mind if a company says 18 passengers and you have 18 people, you may be in for a space surprise when you board. When companies give ranges this gives you a better idea of the suggested amount of people. If your group has on large clothing(prom or wedding dresses) or you have larger than average people you may want to get a vehicle with a few extra spaces to be comfortable. Keep in mind party buses you can generally stand straight up in and by nature have more interior room for moving around than limos. The interior space of an 18 passenger limo is not the same as an 18 passenger party bus.
Ask about any "extra" fees: When getting a quote from a company make sure they are being honest about the charges. If they give you a quote then later you find that they are adding in additional gratuity, fuel, or other charges they should have disclosed that to you in the first place. When calling companies to compare make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Some companies give you a total price while other give you a price and then add on other additional fees. Make sure you ask about "overtime" or "additional" time, in some unforeseen instances you may need additional time for one reason or another. Make sure you clearly understand what the charge will be and how it will be charged so you don't have unexpected surprises at the end of your trip or the next day.
It's your day your way: How flexible does the company seem? Do they require a guest list, itinerary, or other list? Do they have standard company minimums or routes they have to follow that might not be what you want? Ask the booking agent some of these questions as a company that is more flexible is usually more willing to make changes as they occur or work with you if you need things changed suddenly.