Blackout Wednesday - Consider the Livery Option

Posted by Michael Foilb on Wed, Nov 05, 2014 @ 03:27 PM

Blackout Wednesday

You know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday but are you familiar with Blackout Wednesday? It’s the night before the Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving eve has become associated with binge drinking because very few people have work on Thanksgiving. Plus college students all over the country come home to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with their families. They get together with old high school friends in their hometowns and over indulge in alcohol consumption.

The day gets its name because folks are "blacking out", which is memory loss due to excessive alcohol intoxication. In many parts of the country Blackout Wednesday is the most popular bar night of the year, ahead of both New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day. Which leads to this night being one of the top drunk driving night of the year in some cities. Authorities report the day has become one of the deadliest nights of the year for young adults.

So whether you’re a participant or a parent of a college student home to party with friends please be extra safe. Even if you’re not drinking, the guy in the other car may be drunk. If you don’t have a designated driver please give us a call to set up transportation for a safe night out.

We can provide Party Buses, Limos, Mercedes Sprinters and more.

Le Limo 508-842-4790 or email us at [email protected]

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Issues with Rogue Car/Limo Ride Apps

Posted by Michael Foilb on Mon, May 05, 2014 @ 03:27 PM

The new hot "trend" in the transportation world is the proliferation of rogue app ride-service companies. But while these companies are winning customers, they are stepping away when problems arise with their clients. When you hire their service, whether it’s a sedan or a limo, your payment goes to the app company, but to quote one of the bigger companies:

The provision of the transportation services by the Transportation Provider to you is…(an) agreement to be entered into between you and the Transportation Provider. Uber shall never be a party to such agreement.

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So you book your ride and then the app company, the company that picks your driver, then tells you that they “shall never be a party to such agreement!” They’re saying they'll set up your ride, but they’re not responsible for it. That’s like the going to the hospital and having administrators say, “We’re not responsible for anything that happens between you and the doctor.”

So what do you do if something goes wrong? While negative incidents and lawsuits begin to pile up in the future because of the lack of proper insurance, driver qualifications, and vehicle safety, where does that leave the customer? There have been multiple reports of criminal charges against drivers. Do you think the app company is going to help you?

In Boston a licensed taxi cab medallions is valued at $600,000. Is it reasonable that these app companies don’t have to compete in that same space? Uber in Boston has been issued a cease and desist order by Division of Standards of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts which stated “until the National Institute of Standards and Technology has guidelines in place for GPS location technology,” the company cannot provide their application to the public.

Uber has ignored the state order.

In Cambridge, Uber drivers have been issued citations for operating an unlicensed livery service and for using a measuring device not conforming to state standards.

That said, there are several high quality livery companies that do take bookings from the rogue app companies. Just make sure you know what you’re getting. With the new ride share programs, anyone with a driver’s license and insurance can accept work from the app folks.

At a recent industry conference, one limo company president said, “I never thought the government would allow these companies to operate with commercial insurance policies. These companies will look you in the eye and lie (about their operations) and they haven’t come forward to be fully transparent … we have to get the facts out there,” he added.

Industry insiders predict that when the government sees that these rogue app companies operate illegally, don’t have the proper insurance or licensing, they will realize that they made a mistake and there will be changes.

So far there has been no intervention and no enforcement of law, so these companies are operating without proper insurance; they do not have driver training requirements or vehicle safety standards. There are DOT, DPU and MassPort guidelines designed to protect the passenger. There are rules about passenger limits, emergency escape hatches, fire extinguishers, drug testing, OSHA guidelines and more. Le Limo abides by those laws. We have professionally-trained drivers who are randomly drug screened. The drivers are our employees and they are in the sedans, limos and party buses that we own.

Without change, there will be a race to the bottom with price wars and no standards. We would like to think that safety and professionalism will be a key component of making sure limousine companies work the way they are supposed to.

Even though you don’t expect to be involved in an accident, make sure that you’re making smart safe choices when you get a ride.

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Information Your Limo Service will Want from You

Posted by Michael Foilb on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 @ 02:38 PM

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Getting the right limo often depends on making sure you give the limousine company all the proper information. Here’s a list of the facts we recommend you have prior to calling to make a reservation.

  • They need to know the type of event. Do you want to hire them for a Wedding, Bachelor/Bachelorette Party, Airport Transfer, Point-to-Point Transfer, Night Out, Birthday Party, Sweet 16, Tour, Casino Trip, Concert, Prom, Meeting or  Special Event. Some rentals have minimum hour requirements and some are just a set fee.

    This information helps the company plan your trip. They may offer Scavenger Hunts for a Sweet 16 or Bachelorette Party. They may offer red carpet service for the bride. There could be special comp packages at casinos or VIP treatment packages and free passes at night clubs.

  • Tell them the date of your event and how long do you need your rental to be. The date is important even if you’re just looking for quotes. The company can only quote based on vehicle availability. As you plan your excursion, consider the time you want to be at your final destination. You need to consider the drive time when planning your length of service requirements.

  • Determine how many people will be traveling with you. This will affect what type of vehicle you can ride in. While switching from 12 to 13 passengers sounds simple enough, you’re likely to have to change from a limo to a party bus with that extra passenger. There are two considerations. First how many people can the vehicle legally hold? The Department of Transportation sets this guideline and it is strictly enforced. Secondly, how many people fit comfortably? If you’re going to be in the vehicle for a long time, you may want to ask about the "suggested" passenger count.

    Here are all the types of vehicles available:

  1. Sedans (mostly Town cars but sometimes Chrysler 300s, recommended for 1 to 3 travelers)

  2. SUVs (good option for those traveling with lots of luggage, they can hold up to 6 Passengers)

  3. 6 Passenger Limousine (Seats 4 comfortably)

  4. 8 Passenger Limousine (Seats 6 comfortably)

  5. 10 Passenger Limousine (Seats 8 comfortably)

  6. 12 Passenger Limousine (Seats 10 comfortably)

  7. 12 Passenger Mercedes Sprinter (Seats 10 comfortably)

  8. 12 Passenger Stretch SUV (Seats 10 comfortably)

  9. 18 Passenger Limo Bus (Seats 16 comfortably)

  10. 26 to 28 Party Buses (Seats 24 to 26 comfortably)

  11. 35 Passenger Trolley (Seats 33 comfortably)

  12. 36 Passenger Shuttle Bus (Seats 36 comfortable)

  • Decide what amenities do you need. If you planning to bring a DVD to watch on the flat screen or an iPod to listen to, etc., ask the limo company if they can accommodate those requests. Consider all the details for your ride. Do you need ice, bottle water or glassware? Ask if they can offer what you need.

  • Be prepared to pay if you want to reserve. Almost always you have to put down a deposit in order to hold the rental. Unlike hotels or airlines, there’s not waiting list or stand by passengers waiting to use the transportation if you cancel. The limo company needs your commitment or they risk losing other rental opportunities for the vehicle. You can typically pay with cash or credit card and the balance would be due at the start of your ride.

The reservationist is there to help. Just give them all the information so that they can help you make the best choice. Consider Le Limo, we strive to help you Return to an Era of Unparalleled Luxury. Call for a "limo consult," 508-842-4790.

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Using a Limo to Make a Great First Impression on a Prospect

Posted by Michael Foilb on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 @ 02:22 PM

You’re trying to impress a client, you need to make a great first impression and your competition is trying to do the same thing. You need to stand out. Not only do you have to dress the part, present yourself with great aplomb and represent your company, you have to know when to go the extra mile in trying to influence your prospective partner.

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When traveling with or hosting a prospect, your obligation, is to ensure that your potential customer travels in comfort and luxury. A major opportunity to making a great impression is to provide executive livery for all their commutes. Whether it’s an airport pick up, a business lunch, a meeting or a dinner, renting a limo is the ultimate opportunity to win new customers.

Do you really want your potential clients to wait in line for a rental car and then have to find their way to your office? Or have them wait in a taxi line hoping they’ll end up in a cab that’s clean and a driver that knows where they’re going?

This is where your distinctive thoroughness can give you a competitive advantage. Surprise your client with car service the moment their plane lands. Have a chauffeur in baggage claim with your prospect’s name on a sign. Give them the benefit of having a professional driver for their traveling. The driver will help them with their bags and make sure they get to the right location in style. Once they’re in the back of a luxury vehicle, they’ll have the opportunity to relax, make phone calls, answer emails or review work. Your clients will be grateful for the service you have provided for them.

Order the Right Car

Consider a luxury sedan, capable of comfortably seating up to three passengers with luggage. Whether it’s a Lincoln or Chrysler sedan, your prospect will love the high-end, pristine feel of the vehicle as they climb in the back. With leather seating, free bottled water and plenty of room to stretch out, their trip to the meeting becomes a treat instead of a chore.

A chauffeured SUV offers seating for up to four passengers and has space for even the most challenging sets of luggage. The pristine black interior with comfortable wrap around seating provides maximum comfort in a relaxed ride.

A stretch limousine is the ultimate in luxury travel for an important visiting client.  A limo makes the ultimate first impression. With its stunning appearance, it offers the utmost in interior comfort. Limos are equipped with leather seating that can accommodate up to 10 passengers. The vehicles have bars with glass stemware and bottle water on ice. There’s a privacy divider to ensure that the passengers have complete confidentiality and quiet in the back of the vehicle. There is also a DVD player and state of the art sound system for those who want to be entertained on their ride.

Impressing a prospect requires a lot of work, planning, proposing, presenting and providing them with the product or service they need. But starting their visit in the lap of luxury makes the kind of first impression that sets the foundation of a successful business partnership.

 

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Do you own your Limos?

Posted by Michael Foilb on Mon, May 13, 2013 @ 01:48 PM

This question is being raised more often because of the proliferation of limo brokers. There’s a whole industry of limousine companies that are really just marketing firms. They promote the service and then hire other companies to do the work.  The brokers aren’t really limousine companies but rather they coordinate and farm out work.

They take your reservation online and on the phone like any limo company. Next they start contacting real limousine companies and look for the lowest cost provider to give the work to. They make money on the spread between your quoted rate and the discounted rate they get from their sub out company.

But when they hire the lowest cost driver, they usually send you the lowest quality rental. They may use older vehicles in their fleet, they are likely to have inexperienced drivers and they are unlikely to have the customer service you need. If anything isn’t as planned, the broker can’t help you, he doesn’t have any limos.

Do you own your limos? Yes, at Le Limo we own our cars. Our fleet of over 30 vehicles includes sedans, SUVs, limos, party buses, Mercedes Sprinters, a classic Rolls Royce and our custom-bulit trolley. If your plans change; if your flight is delayed; if you need to add more passengers to rental…we can usually take care of it for you on the spot.

When you hire Le Limo your job is run by Le Limo. It’s the way we’ve been doing business since 1986.

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Our latest edition, a brand-new 2013 Chrylser 300, 10-passenger. Yes, we own it!

 

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