By Steve Barnes on 08/21/12
Dallas Limo prices are based on number of hours, days of service and time of year. No matter what vehicle you choose, Dallas limo rates are set by these factors. Although this system may sound simple, many companies exercise complicated billing practices that include hidden fees and surcharges.
Sample Dallas Limo Prices:
- Town Car – $59 – $75hr
- Mercedes Sedan – $75 – $85hr
- Standard SUV – $75 – $85hr
- 15 Pass Van – $75 – $95hr
- Super Stretch Limousine – $75 – $130hr (most popular)
- Super Stretch SUV – $145 – $175hr
- Ultra Super Stretch Hummer SUV – $155 – $175hr
- Limo Party Bus – $150 – $300hr
Typical Limo Service Billing Practices:
Weekday Vs. Weekend Limo Rental – Just like hotel rooms, Dallas limo rates are based on seasonal and daily demand. Expect to pay 10% to 20% more on Fridays & Saturdays.
Hourly Minimums – Dallas limo prices usually include a 3 to 5 hour minimum charge. In other words, if you use a limo for one hour, you’ll still need to reserve and pay for 3 to 5 hours. During busy periods (i.e. prom, holidays etc.) minimums can be as high as eight hours.
Gratuity – Almost all Dallas limo service companies automatically charge a 15%-20% gratuity. If the chauffeur is exceptional, you should add another 10%.
Distance or Travel Time – Many Dallas limo companies charge from the time a limo leaves their garage to the time it returns. The time from the garage to the pickup location is called “travel time.” In order to simplify billing, most companies just add an extra hour.
Additional Time – This one happens often because many Dallas limousine clients underestimate the fun they will have and want to continue the party. An overage occurs when a limo goes over its reserved time. Most Dallas limo companies will continue the billing in 1-hour increments. Make sure that you understand how much per hour and if additional hours are available. If you don’t reserve the time they may have another client scheduled. You would be surprised on the amount of Dallas limo reservations that “start” after midnight.
Tolls – Any charge incurred during a trip is usually added to the bill. One charge most clients are unaware of is the airport tax. If your trip begins at the airport, expect the limo price to include this additional charge.
Surcharges – Most companies charge a 10% administrative surcharge. This charge helps with the price increases in automotive and workman’s compensation insurance. In recent years, many companies have also added a 5% fuel surcharge.
Tax – Dallas limousine prices are typically exempt from sales tax. Your bill may include numerous fees and surcharges, but it shouldn’t include a sales tax.
Confused Yet? Don’t be. At Limo City Inc. we keep it simple. Just give us a call for a free quote 214-361-5643.