Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Chauffeur's Perspective

Your chauffeur’s job on prom night is simply to get you to the big event in a nice limo … right? But professional chauffeurs take the responsibility of transporting prom goers very seriously: to them, it’s like taking care of their little brother or sister for the evening!


We recently interviewed BT, a professional chauffeur with over 12 years’ experience, and the veteran of many proms to get his thoughts.

To make prom night hassle free and safe for everyone, BT suggests that both parents and prom guests play an active role in the planning:

  • Be Prepared: provide a list to the chauffeur of the passengers with cell phone numbers and designated parents who will be available if issues arise during the evening. Parents should ask for the name and cell number of the chauffeur. 
  • Plan for Photos: when making a reservation be sure to inform the agent if there is a planned stop along the way to the prom for photos. Stopping for photos may add up to 30 minutes to the schedule and your chauffeur wants to get you to the prom on time!  Ask if there are additional charges.
  • Alcohol and Drugs: did you know a chauffeur can be arrested if minors are found with drugs or alcohol in a limo? If a chauffeur suspects drugs or alcohol in the vehicle they may terminate the reservation and contact the parents immediately to pick up the passengers.  
  • Unplanned Stops: chauffeurs will only drop off passengers at the end of night to the addresses provided on the reservation. Requests for extra stops along the way or to addresses not on the list usually require approval from both the limo company and the designated parents, and may incur additional charges.

Chicago CoachWorks offers quality vehicles at competitive rates in the Chicagoland area. For more information about how we can make your prom a night to remember, call us at 877-831-3193.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Prom – Making Your Night Special


Prom is one of the most memorable events of your school years.  Reserving a limousine can add that special touch to make the evening more elegant and memorable.

Selecting the right limo company is just as important as selecting the right dress or tux for prom night!

How do you select the right limousine company?  The right limousine company offers:
·         Experienced, professional and courteous chauffeurs
·         Choice of vehicles and services
·         Customer service  available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
·         A contract which details your services and rates
When selecting a limousine company you should ask:
·         Type of vehicle: always have the total number of passengers available so the limousine company can recommend the best vehicle for your party size and budget.
·         What services are included with the rate? Some companies will provide “package rates” others only reserve vehicles by the hour. If you prefer a pick up and drop off rate, ask for it.  Keep in mind, some companies may include a gratuity for the driver in the rate, and some charge extra for picking up after midnight or extra stops, so be sure to ask what is included in your rate quote.
·         Do you require a contract? What is the policy for late arrivals, cancellations and changes? Many limousine companies require a contract, read it carefully before signing and ask questions if something is unclear to you.  A professional limo company will take the time to review the contract with you in detail.

Chicago CoachWorks offers quality vehicles at competitive rates in the Chicagoland area. For more information about how we can make your prom a night to remember, call us at 877-831-3193.