You have the date, the dress or tuxedo, and the hair and makeup appointments. Now all that's left to do is reserve the prom limousine. For many teens, this is the only way to go. Gone are the days of couples being driven by parents or using Dad's car to get to the most important social event of high school. And while some still would rather go by themselves, a growing majority of students love being driven around in a luxury car.
How To Rent a Prom Limousine
There are many factors to consider before reserving a prom limousine. Jumping into a contract without reading it or even without researching all of your options can be quite costly and may put a damper on the evening.
What Can You Afford?
Whether you and your date will be riding alone or with a group of friends, deciding how much you can afford should be first on the list. Most rental companies require a deposit with a credit card. On the average, a prom limousine can cost anywhere from $50 to $150 an hour. Prices vary greatly depending on these factors:
- The part of the country you live
- The distance and number of stops that have to be made
- Included amenities
- Amount of time you plan to use
- Type of vehicle
Selecting a Limousine
When renting a limo, keep these key tips in mind:
- Ask to see the driver's license and driving record.
- Check out the company's cars before deciding on one; you don't want a 1970s limo showing up when you thought you paid for a 2007 model.
- Get a signed contract. Often, an adult must sign for car.
- Make sure company has appropriate insurance.
- Ask about industry associations. Reputable companies belong to the National Limousine Association and the Better Business Bureau.
- Inquire about the chauffeur's expected gratuity.
Sizes and Types of Limousines
For an idea of what's available, here is a list of some limousine sizes and types:
- For three or fewer passengers, most people rent a sedan, such as a Cadillac or Lincoln Town Car.
- For between six and eight passengers, consider a Metro, Diplomat, Bentley, Cadillac, President, or Grand stretch limousine.
- For between four and ten passengers, try a Hummer, Suburban, Excursion, Yukon, Expedition, or Escalade stretch limousine.
- For 10-24 passengers, consider a Hummer, Suburban, Excursion, Yukon, Expedition, or Escalade super stretch limousine.
- For 14-28 passenger, you'll want a limo coach or limo bus. Also available are passenger vans or party buses for larger groups.
Like regular vehicles, limousines can come many features including the following:
- Professional chauffeur
- Television, VCR/DVD player, stereo
- Passenger privacy window
- Cell phone
- Lighted bar with amenities (limited for prom)
- Supple leather seating
- Hot tub
- Sun roofs
Alcohol and Your Limo
There is a definite benefit to renting a prom limousine. If a teen plans on drinking illegally, then at least he or she won't be getting behind the wheel of a car and possibly getting arrested, into an accident, or worse. However, most limo companies are concerned about losing their licenses or have lost them already during prom season because passengers have smuggled alcohol or other illegal items into the car. Be prepared to have the prom limousine searched throughout the evening.
Prom Limousine Benefits
High school prom has turned into more of a group affair than a one-on-one date between two teens. Limousines give teens a chance to gather together at one person's house and leave and arrive home at the same time. The group of friends is usually together for the entire evening, and everyone knows there is safety in numbers. There is always someone else doing the driving, which can also be a big help. Even if you do get tired by the end of the night, your limo driver will know how to get you home safely.