People who decide to buy a limo, either want to start a limo service, or they are filthy rich and they want to show that to everybody by riding in an extra comfortable, 28 feet long stretch vehicle. Buying a limo is a huge investment, and in order to choose the one that completely suits your needs and offers the best value for the money, you need to shop around and analyze offers from big car manufacturers and independent coach builders. In this article we’ve listed some of the basic criteria that you should have in mind, when buying a limo for business or leisure purposes.
Types of limos
Although most people only consider stretched vehicles as limos, limo can be any luxury car with clearly separated driver and passenger compartments, which can take at least 7 passengers.
Most traditional limos have two or three jump seats in the passenger compartment’s ample foot space. They also come with an extra comfortable rear seat row and one or two passenger seats in driver’s compartment. Even famous black London cabs can be classified as limousines, because of their passenger compartment layout. Traditional limousines are mainly rented by executives and other important business people, who want to experience the limousine comfort, but don’t want to attract attention, with riding around in a stretched vehicle.
Stretch limousines usually come with additional 10 feet of length and a long side seat bench. Most stretched limousines can accommodate 10 passengers, and they come with various luxury interior features, including: premium leather upholstery, ambient lights, bar, fridge, etc.
Most people who decide to buy these types of limos, use them for business. Professionals from Avalon Express limo service say that if you want to focus on nightclub partying, you should choose an SUV limo with a separate load bearing chassis, like H2 Hummer or Lincoln Navigator. If you, on the other hand, plan to cover airport, hotel and event runs, you should choose more traditional vehicles, like: Chrysler 300, Cadillac XTS or Lincoln Town Car (you can only buy the used model).
How much stretch should you choose?
Some stretch limousines are made by corporate vehicle manufacturers, while others are assembled and modified by an independent coach builders. These companies buy new cars and turn them into limousines, which means you can choose the length of the stretch as well as the interior features.
You should be very careful when choosing the length of the stretch, because it can affect your service profitability and it can leave you stranded in a narrow street neighborhood. Different states have very strict regulations when it comes to limousine’s length and weight. Before you buy the desired model, you should check whether its dimensions and specs meet local Motor Vehicle Department’s Rules and Regulations.
Most limo drivers who cover airport, hotel and event rides, choose limousines with white or black exterior. These models are also suitable for weddings, proms and business meetings. Drivers who intend to use their limousines for clubbing, can also choose other, less-conventional color designs. For example, drivers specialized for bachelorette parties often paint their limousines in pink. You can also choose a wide variety of patterns that can be applied on limo exterior, including: flames, blue smoke, marijuana leaves etc.
Buying a limousine is not much different from buying any other luxury vehicle. You should avoid used vehicles with short (or no) warranties, even if their price is significantly lower. Also try to choose a vehicle, which is easy to maintain and repair. Buying a used limo requires a serious inspection, which should be conducted by a professional car mechanic. Limousines offer a great amount of comfort and they are culturally associated with wealth and power. Whether you want to buy a limo for business or for your own pleasure rides, you will definitely enjoy rich features this big and comfortable road cruiser has to offer.
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