Here are some of the top things you need to learn before, during renting a party bus.
Top 3 Questions to Ask (before rental)
- Ask what the total cost of the trip, including all fees, is.
Some party bus companies are going to offer a base rate which includes only the rental price and tax. The party-bus driver provides a service. For most areas, there is a service industry standard to tip the driver 15-20 per cent on pre-tax base rate. Some companies also have the number when they quote you initially. Check party buses.
- Ask if they are fully licensed, and have the correct insurance up to date.
It is in the best interest of your groups to inquire about licensing, before leasing from any company. Like all industries there is always someone willing to cut corners for what they do and not get licenses, inspections or proper insurance. You shouldn’t trust any company that would have a problem talking to you about this information. Their operation, without appropriate licenses or insurance, could actually hurt you if the vehicle gets into an accident.
- If you are of legal drinking age ask if alcohol is allowed on the party bus.
Some areas have anti-alcohol laws on Party buses. It is strongly recommended that you ask this in advance, as most consumers assume it is legal and permissible.
Asking ahead of time is in your best interest and there are no surprises on the day of your rental.
- Ask which audio devices are in your rented vehicle.
Each vehicle has its own audio-devices form. Some customers believe there would be an ipod input, mp3 input, cd player, and dvd player in any party bus. That is not the case however because there are still just cd players in some group buses. Make sure you ask for a head of time and don’t have any surprises on your rental day.
Top 4 Things to Ask (rental)
- Ask for phone number for the drivers.
Most companies will gladly provide telephone number to the party bus drivers so you can communicate directly with the driver. Some businesses can allow all correspondence to go through the office so the driver can concentrate on driving the party bus safely.
- Ask the driver who picked you up if the parts of your ride will be the same driver for the others, if applicable.
Most businesses will put the same driver on every segment of your trip. To ensure your party bus rental goes smoothly, it is best to find out the driver and their phone number for the other segments of your trip.
- When applicable, ask the driver what information they have for the other segments of your trip.
Companies are run by humans and mistakes are often made by humans. It is in your best interest to make sure the driver who takes care of your transport is aware of the correct information.
- Are there any further costs that I should be aware of.
Trips sometimes go over the allotted quoted time, which could lead to additional fees. There is also a chance that your group might in some way damage the vehicle, which you want to be aware of immediately. It is highly recommended to talk to the driver at the end of the trip to find out that you will be charged any additional fees, so you can split the costs with your group that night. Going back down the road to your group will be much harder when you see a charge on your credit card in file.