If you want to live big for just a little while, there’s no substitute for hiring a limo. Here’s what you can expect to pay for a limo in Atlanta as well as some tips on how to make sure you get the most for your money.
If you want to live big for just a little while, there’s no substitute for hiring a limo. Here’s what you can expect to pay for a limo in Atlanta as well as some tips on how to make sure you get the most for your money. In a town the size of Atlanta, there are dozens of limo operators. If you are considering hiring a limo, this leaves you with a huge selection of different types of limos and a wide range in the quality and rates of the limo operators. You may find that you can ride in a limo for less than you thought. Limo ratesThe factors that most affect the price you’ll pay is the size of the limo and the vehicle type. The Atlanta limo rates below include the hourly rate plus the tax, tip and other charges because limo operators often require each.- Stretch 6 passenger limo: $80 to $105/hour- Stretch 8 passenger limo: $100 to $110/hour- Stretch 10 passenger limo: $105 to $135/hour- Stretch 14 passenger limo: $150 to $160/hour- 6 passenger SUV: $90 to $130/hour- 14 passenger Stretch SUV: $170 to $230/hourKeep in mind that limos typically have an hourly minimum of four to five hours. This is often negotiable. Consider the cost per passengerIf you have a large party and are willing to split up the cost, limos aren’t as expensive as you think. Generally, they come out to about $10 to $15 per hour per passenger. In most cases, limos will cost more than it would cost to divide the group up and take cabs. But, of course, there are other benefits. You won’t have to wait for a limo. You get to ride together. You can usually drink in a limo – try that in a cab. Plus, you’re riding in style.EventsAtlanta is a convention town with a full roster of professional sports teams. Large events can affect the availability of limos and prices may increase. If you know you will need a limo during a time that coincides with such an event, book it early.Check up on the limo operatorNot all limo companies are alike and we certainly advise against choosing a limo company based solely on their rates. This will likely result in your disappointment. You’ll want check that the limo operator is licensed and insured. Follow up on a few references from past customers. Also check with the Better Business Bureau about past complaints about the limo operator. You can quickly do this by going to www.atlanta.bbb.org What's included? Talk with the limo operator to determine exactly what items will be included with the limo and what items you’ll need to plan to bring. Some operators provide it all while others provide very little. You may be able to get a better deal if you stock the bar yourself.The limoBefore you make a deposit, you’ll want to be sure that you’ve agreed with the limo operator about the make, model and year of the limo you'll be hiring. You’ll also want to discuss the limo’s condition and the included amenities. If possible, arrange to see the limo before committing to hire it.The DriverEven with an incredible limo, a poor driver can ruin your experience. You’ll want to make sure that the driver is experienced and knows his way around Atlanta roads and traffic. If possible, let the limo company know what your itinerary will be ahead of time so that the driver can make sure he is prepared for the route.The Contract Once you’ve determined the details of your arrangement, be sure to get it in writing. Most limo companies should have a standard contract that includes the following:- Limo’s year, make and model- Pickup and drop off times- Rates including gratuity and other charges- Deposit and required cancellation fees- Company’s liability in the event that they are unable to provide the service outlined in the contractIf you don’t find each of the above items in the contract, have the company write it in. Of course, you’ll want to retain a copy of the contract you sign.