Limousines are icons for elegance, luxury and class. When limos come cruising down the street, it's inevitable that heads turn. Limos come in all shapes and sizes. Below are quite possibly the top 10 most unique and extraordinary limousines in the world.
Chrysler Prowler Limo
The Chrysler Prowler Limousine is the only one of its kind. There's space for two passengers at the front and space for four at the back. With suicide rear doors, front doors that open like a lambo and a hard top with sliding ragtop, this limo is definitely a head-turner.
PT Cruiser Wedding Limo
Like a modern cinderella-style carriage, this wedding limo is fit for royalty. More than enough for a bride with an extra long wedding dress, this limo is build with a stretch out PT Cruiser with a luxurious high-ceiling cabin in the middle. Inside, you'll find even more classy elements including champagne flutes and custom curtains made to fit the unique curvy windows.
Mini Cooper XXL Limo
Built in LA, this Mini Cooper is a whopping 6-meters long. For extra support, a third rear axlew as added to give the Mini 6 wheels in total. Mini Cooper’s 6-meter long Mini Cooper XXL was built by a specialist coach builder in Los Angeles. To accommodate the extra body length, the vehicle is supported by a third rear axle that has two additional wheels. The most interesting part about this limo that sets it apart is the pool in the back. Yes, I said pool.
Chevrolet Corvette Limousine
It took 7 months to create this limo, stretching a regular Chevrolet Corvette t a length of 220 inches. In the middle you'll find large gull-wing doors that open up to the main section of the passenger cabin. Featured inside are a stainless steel ceiling, fiber optic lighting and four flatscreen tvs, among other things.
Not only is this one of the most unique limousines, it's also one of the most unique vehicles, period. It's a limousine that has a motorbike for the front. Built by Wildlife Tours, this extraordinary limo seats eight people. Riding in this vehicle is definitely an experience to remember.
Porsche Cayenne Limo
This elongated Porsche Cayenne Limousine can seat 12 people and is the epitome of class and style. The passenger area has five LED Tvs, a touch screen control panel to control the sound system with a capacity of 8500 soungs, climage controls, lighting controls and a full-length mini bar.
Triple Axle Hummer H2 Limo
It's the behemoth of limousines. This triple-axle 8-Wheel Hummer Stretch Limo like a nightclub on wheels. It's got not one, but two VIP lounges, lit up floors and ceilings and a beefy sound system to match. With a fuel economy of 5 miles to the gallon, this limo is one mean, gas-guzzling machine.
Ferrari 360 Limo
Behold, the world's one-of-a-kind stretched Ferrari F1 360. Some say it's the most high tech limo ever built. The original vehicle cost 120,000 pounds and the owner spent an additional 200,000 pounds on top of that to stretch it out using genuine Ferrari parts. It's one of the world's fastest limos with 400 BHP.
2014 Range Rover Limo
Jet doors, pearl white paint, fiber optic lighting and a killer sound system... what's not to like? Party with 18 passengers in this classy stretch Range Rover. The interior features minibars, refreshments and a dance club atmosphere.
Lamborghini Aventador Limo
Last but certainly not least, this amazing limo is powered by a roaring 6.5 liter, 700 horse power V12 engine. This amazing limoCars for Stars is the company behind the Lamborghini Aventador Limo, which is powered by a 6.5 liter, 700 hp V12 engine. The Lamborghini Aventador Limo has four scissor-style doors, plasma screens, audio inputs via iPod docks and a stunning surround sound system.
Watch as the guy at Top Gear are challenged to Frankenstein their own home made limousines out of regular cars. In this episode we've got a 1993 Fiat Panda, a Saab 9000 and others.
After putting together their creations, their DIY limousines get put to the test which involves being shot at with paint ball guns and a turning challenge.
Watch and see which limos make it through the tests and which ones crumble into pieces.
No need to worry about your limousine breaking into pieces when you travel with VanCity Limos.
Consistently voted number one ski resort in North America by major magazines, Whistler Blackcomb is visited by over two million people who travel from all over the world to enjoy the world class ski and snowboard slopes. For Whistler, a relatively small town of only 10,000 permanent residents, that's a very impressive feat to pull off. In one year, Whistler Blackcomb receives over 30 feet of snow over 8 thousand acres of trails, providing a winter sports paradise for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.
When traveling in from all parts of the world, most travelers fly in and arrive at YVR Vancouver international Airport. From there, Whistler is about 135km north of the airport. Now, there are a variety of ways to get there---everything from hitchhiking, taking a bus or taxi, to chartering a plane or helicopter. Yes there are many ways to approach this. Let's rule out the hitchhiking, because we consider it a little dangerous (though not illegal to up the Sea to Sky Highway), and let's also rule out chartering a plane or helicopter, because the majority of people heading up to Whistler just wouldn't do that. Let's approach this from a practical perspective for the average majority of people looking for transportation to get up to Whistler from the airport or from somewhere in Greater Vancouver in general. Let's look at the three most common means of transportation that people heading up to Whistler will take: a limousine service, a bus or a taxi. Each has its benefits and the most practical choice varies between each situation. To define "practical", let's look at the cost and convenience of each method.
BUS TO WHISTLER
A bus ticket up to Whistler from Vancouver will cost you about $70 per person, which isn't too bad. Convenience-wise, taking a bus isn't ideal. You'll need to reserve your bus ticket in advance, and then you'll need two potentially find your own transportation to get to the bus station before the designated departure time. Once your gear is loaded onto the bus, the ride is actually quite nice since you're high and elevated giving you a nice view of the Sea to Sky Highway and the seats are usually quite clean and comfortable. But in
If you need to take a taxi to get to the bus station, that's going to add onto your overall cost. Likewise, when you arrive in Whistler, you'll be dropped off at the bus station there. To get to your final destination whether it's a hotel or a different part of Whistler village, you'll again need to transfer your gear and find your own transportation. Taking a bus up to Whistler is pretty common, as it's one of your more affordable options. However, let's take a look at what a taxi or limousine service has to offer.
TAXI TO WHISTLER
The cost of your average taxi from Vancouver to Whistler will cost you about $300 one way. Unlike a bus, the cost of taking a taxi is per-vehicle with a maximum capacity of 3 people plus gear. So, if you're heading to Whistler with two other friends, or some other number divisible by 3, it'll cost you about $100 per person. If you're travelling with one friend or by yourself, that price goes up significantly to $150 or $300 per person, respectively. Ouch.
Convenience-wise, the taxi is a pretty good choice. Unlike taking a bus, you don't need to find or pay for your own transportation to the bus station or bending your schedule around the bus' departure time. You can call a taxi within the hour of whenever you want to leave, and a taxi will come to your location on your schedule. It doesn't get much more convenient than that. The same goes for where you get dropped off. Where you get dropped off is your choice. You can get dropped off right at your exact destination without having to transfer you and your gear from the bus station to another vehicle.
LIMOUSINE TO WHISTLER
Ok, last but not least, let's take a look at using a limousine service and see if a limo is ever a more practical choice than taking a bus or taxi. Because limousines are commonly used for special events like weddings, proms or graduations, most people assume that a limousine service is basically never that practical and should be reserved for those special events when there's a need for luxury. Well, that actually may not be true in some cases. A limousine service can, in fact, be a very affordable and convenient choice.
Let's talk about convenience first. Like a taxi, and unlike a bus, the limousine will come to your location on your schedule to pick you up and will drop you off at your exact destination. You will have to book the limousine in advance, as you would with a bus, but with a limousine service, you can expect much better service than you would with a taxi. Limousines will come with professional chauffeurs who will open doors for you and load/unload your gear for you. When you get inside the vehicle, you can expect it to be clean, fresh, comfortable and include some free refreshments.
The beauty of a limousine service is that you can fit a lot of people in their vehicles. And when I say "their vehicles", I don't just mean the traditional stretch towncars. Limousine service companies will typically have many vehicles to choose from---everything from a towncar, luxury SUV, stretch SUV limo and passenger vans. With the larger vehicles, you get the best of both worlds where you can fit a lot of people like a bus, yet like a taxi, you pay on a per-vehicle basis. So yes, taking a 10-seater limousine by yourself would be highly unpractical (though you'd have more leg room than you could shake a leg at). The key to making a limousine service the most affordable and convenient way to get to Whistler, is to go with a larger group of people that fills up the vehicle. For example, you can take a classy stretch SUV to Whistler with a capacity of 10 people and all their gear for about $700. Fill it with 10 people and that works about to $70 per person---about the same as taking a bus with all the added benefits of taking a limo. Some companies will even offer you a handsome discount if you book the return trip with them as well. Our friends at KJ Limousine Services will give you up to $100 off when you book your return trip at the same time. That makes it cheaper than taking the bus. You definitely can't beat that. Check out their promo video for this year:
So the next time you're heading up to Whistler with a group of friends, think about taking a limousine maybe. It might just save you all some money and it'll make the ride there that much more memorable.
Bustling YVR Airport
With over 17 million annual passengers (or over 40,000 passengers a day!) making their way in and out of its terminals, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the second busiest airport in Canada. Close to 1000 flights go in and out every day, flying to all parts of the globe with non-stop flights to Asia, Mexico, Europe and the many parts of the United States.
Growth at YVR
YVR has experienced many expansions and improvements in the past, such as the terminal renovations completed for the 2010 Winter Olympics and the Canada Line transit system. Currently, work is happening in a large lot just east of the airport where a high profile luxury outlet mall is being constructed. It is scheduled to be completed in Spring of 2015, will be given the name "McArthurGlen Designer Outlets", and will be the first designer outlet in the Vancouver Metropolitan area. Shoppers will be able to peruse luxury name brands such as Versace, Michael Kors, Paul Smith, Armani, Gucci, and more. The outlet will be sure to draw a lot of shopping traffic, offering luxury brands at prices up to 70% off, year round.
Sea Island, where the airport and up and coming luxury outlet are located, will become a location that brings through an increasing high density of people. Don't be surprised if you find yourself heading through there in the near future. Don't be surprised if you find yourself heading through there in the near future. The question is... how will you get there, and how will you leave?
Taxi or Limo?
Unless you're renting a car, getting picked up or taking public transit, your only two other options are to take a cab or a limousine.
Instinctively, most people default to simply taking a taxi to and from the airport. However, many have never compared the two side by side. And if you're one of the many, you may be pleasantly surprised that a limo can often be cheaper than taking a cab.
Yes, cabs are great for all your last minute transportation needs, on short notice. You can simply step out of the airport, flag a taxi down and hop in. So getting a cab can be convenient at first. However, when you consider the fact that taxis generally are the cleanest of places, drivers may be a little less than polite, and the cab fare can be higher than that of a limousine, suddenly there's a little more to consider.
When booking a limo, it's true that you'll have to reserve and arrange for the limousine service beforehand. But once you've done that, the rest of the experience is rather pleasant.
Riding A Limousine TO YVR
After booking your airport limo, your chauffeur will arrive at your doorstep 15 minutes prior to your arranged pickup time. You will be created politely by your driver, who will then carry and load all of your luggage for you, open your door to be seated in the clean luxurious interior of the limousine, and finally, offer you some refreshments to enjoy on the way to the airport. Until your arrival at the airport, your only job is to kick your feet up and relax. Once you arrive, your limo driver will park at your designated terminal, unload your luggage for you, and send you off with a smile.
Riding A Limousine FROM YVR
If you're flying into Vancouver and require transportation to your hotel or home, your chauffeur will "meet and greet" you as you exit the terminal in the baggage claim area. Your chauffeur will be dressed formally holding a card wiht your name on it, greet you with a smile and handle/load your luggage into the limousine for you. As always, your driver will open your door for you and offer you some refreshments to enjoy while on the way to your final destination.
Sure, taxis don't need to be scheduled before hand and you can just wave one down when you step out of the terminal. But do you really want to forego all the benefits of being chauffeured around in your own luxury limousine?
So what's it going to be... Taxi or Limo?
With its beginnings dating back to the 1960s, the Town Car has earned a
reputation for being an iconic symbol of class, luxury and prestige. The Town Car is Lincoln's flagship vehicle and has been around for many years. Despite receiving many improvements over the years, the Town Car maintains a classic look that has gone mostly unchanged over the years. Today, it's arguably the most used chauffeured car model in North America. So what is it that makes the town car so special? How and why is it considered to be such an icon of luxury?
It does its job exceptionally well
The Town Car was created to fulfill one goal and one goal only---to
transport its passengers to their destination as comfortably and smoothly as
possible. Its key to being the king of comfort is its extremely generous and spacious rear compartment. The Executive L model boasts a 6 inch wheelbase extension which allows for an amazing 47 inches of legroom. (just under 4 feet!). The generous space doesn't stop in the passenger compartment. The trunk also offers a massive amount of space at 21 cubic feet. That's plenty of space for the luggage of its passengers. Town Cars are also fantastic for avid shoppers.
(Business) Man's Best Friend
Town cars have become the go-to you go of choice for thousands of busy business people every day. In the past limousines and town cars were reserved and use only by the privileged few. Today, limos and Town Cars and are an excellent alternative to taxi service. Town Cars come out on top when it comes to safety, reliability and comfort. The extra perks of refreshments, excellent chauffeur service and free magazines don't hurt. A Town Car will cost more than a taxi, but you'll be surprised at how comparable the rates are.
If you've never had the privilege of riding in a Town Car. We highly recommend you try it out so you can experience firsthand what makes the Town Car the "King of Comfort". Contact us if you're in the Vancouver BC area and we'd be happy to set you up with one.
1. Make Sure Your Party Size Will Actually Fit Comfortably in the Limo
There is nothing worse than getting all dressed up for your prom or wedding and then be forced to be packed like sardines. If it’s a special enough day to warrant a limo then make sure you will fit in it! When you're buying a tent and it says it can fit 10 people, usually that means you can fit 10 people all lying side by side, shoulder to shoulder. Yes everyone fits in the tent, but it's probably not a very cozy situation. Limos are similar. Packing a 10-person limo with 10 people shoulder to shoulder is alright for shorter rides. But, if you're in for a longer ride or just want maximum comfort, you may want to upgrade to a larger vehicle.
2. Make Sure You Book an Appropriate Vehicle
There are so many different types of limos out there now that cater to every type of event. Do you want a sleek, elegant and classy limo for your wedding or do you want an eye catching and humongous party limo for your prom? Both will give you very different experience so do the research and check out the vehicle first!
3. Ask For The Driver's Business Card
Trust me, it’s an exciting day for you. You’re getting married, going to prom, going on a trip, going out to party---it is very easy to forget details like who your driver is and where he’s supposed to meet you after the party. Get his card so you’ll have his name and number. It will be that much easier to find him when you’re half drunk or almost passing out from exhaustion at the end of the night.
4. Make a Plan
Before you start your trip or event make sure the driver knows all the details. Where are you going and how long you're going to be there for. Is that your final destination or are you making multiple stops? Will he be waiting for you somewhere or dropping you off? Remember, you might have hired a limo so that you can drink to your heart’s content. Make sure the driver knows where to deliver you to at the end of the night before you get so inebriated that you can’t communicate what you want. It will just make your night that much smoother.
5. Don’t Smoke in the Car
In many place it is illegal to smoke in a limousine. Many companies forbid it as the smell lingers and will often damage the car and the reputation of the company. If you do smoke, you may very well be charged a damage fee. If you need to smoke, simply ask the driver to pull over.
Enjoy the experience. Your driver will open the doors for you, he will unload and load your luggage, he will bring you anywhere you want to go. It’s your special night. Enjoy it.
7. Turn on the Tunes
Bring your own DVDs or music. Many limousines, from sedans to stretch suvs and party buses, come equipped with mp3 player docking stations and or DVD players. If you’ve got a long trip ahead of you, bring your favorite movies and dvds. The driver might have a few of his own but you’ll be happier with music you prefer.
8. Request Liquor Ahead of Time
Typically most limousines don’t carry liquor unless otherwise specified.
Any questions? Don't be afraid to ask! Your chosen limousine company wants to please you. They want you to have a wonderful experience so if you need anything else... ask! If you want to propose to your girlfriend with flowers, balloons, a red carpet, champagne in ice, just ask for them. You may or may not have to pay a fee but it will be much more convenient letting the limo company deal with those issues.
“What should you look for in a limo company?”
Do a google search for “limos” and your search will turn up countless companies that service your city. The list can be exhausting to deal with especially as you try to sort out other details for your special occasion.
I’ve summarized what I think are the best tips below on finding the best limo company for you:
1. Take the time to see the vehicle
If you are going to spend the money to get a special car for a major event then PLEASE check out the car in person first! Many times websites will stick a top of the line glamorous limo on their site but the reality will shock you! Limos will show their wear and tear after numerous party nights too and you don’t want to welcome your bride or prom date with a weary faded limo instead of the elegant and sleek limo you promised her.
Take a couple of minutes and read the reviews about the limo company. Use Yelp or other local review sites. Or post it on a local chat group. It is definitely worth taking the time to see if other people had good, bad or catastrophically awful experiences with a limo company before signing on.
3. How long have they been in the business?
Although much could be said for going with the newest company in the hopes that they have the “newest” limos - take heed. Often times they might lack experienced drivers or have poor contingency plans for emergencies. That being said, old companies might very well have worn down limos unless they have been successful in this business (hopefully in those cases they would have maintained their limos well). Hence the reason I have #1 at the top of my list. MAKE SURE YOU SEE THE VEHICLE FIRSTHAND!
Gone are the days when limos were used for weddings, proms or graduations. Now people use limos to go to the spa, for airport pick ups, bachelor parties, bridal parties, business clients etc. The variety of limousines has likewise expanded to stretch limos, shuttle buses, party buses, stretch SUVS and many more. Take a look around. The larger and more successful companies will obviously have more of a variety which will be more likely to meet your specific need.
You are entrusting the safety of your loved ones on a very important day to a perfect stranger. Make sure that stranger is a licensed experienced driver! Does the company have liability insurance? Are they prepared for emergencies of any kind? Are their vehicles up to date with security and safety standards? Trust me - if you are renting a limo for a special occasion - you do not want that momentous day to turn into a “stranded by the side of the road in my wedding dress” type of day.
And last but certainly not least is the cost. Get multiple quotes if you can. You’d be surprised at the range in prices with different companies. But also be careful that you get a full detailed breakdown of all the costs. Limo companies (like airlines) are very good at adding surcharges and additional costs.
That’s it! Hope you find those 6 tips useful. Best of luck choosing a limo for your special day! If you haven't already, why not check us out while you're here.
When you're paying your hard earned money for a luxury service like a limousine rental, you expect to receive top-notch service and vehicle.
Many customers simply aren't aware of how to validate whether the company they've hired is delivering on their promises or not, until it's too late; you're stranded on the side of the road on your way to the airport, or you find out after an accident that the limousine's license has expired.
To ensure you're getting the excellent service that you expect and deserve, you need to pay attention to these 3 things:
1. Licensed Limo
First off, this is rarely something to worry about (as most companies wouldn't dare put a limo vehicle into operation without being licensed) but this is something that's important to quickly verify before you head out. Even if it's the limo company (and not yourself) that would be incurring some charges if they're caught, you want to know that you're not in a vehicle that is just waiting to be pulled over to the side of the road by the police at the most unfortunate time---that unfortunate time being while you're way to the airport to catch a plane, or you're rushing to catch a special concert/event, or any other time-sensitive issue.
2. Excellent Condition
Limousines, by their elongated nature, are more prone to being worn down or damaged due to all the extra weight and pressure being exerted on the vehicle, while having the same wheel support as a typical sedan. If you're able to, verify with the company that the vehicle you are renting has no more than 300,000km on it. The lower the odometer, the better.
The other thing to check on the inside of the limo is that all the air-conditioning outlets are in full working condition.
Before moving to the exterior of the vehicle, the last thing to check is that all the interior lights are in working order. These lights include the bar lights and fiber-optic lighting
Finally, moving onto the exterior, be sure to check for any damage or rust on the body of the limo. A couple minor nicks and scratches on the bumpers is quite normal. Anything more significant should not be there. You're paying to be transported in supreme style---any significant/obvious dents are unacceptable.
3. Spotlessly Clean
Every limo rental should be spotlessly clean inside and out. Most importantly, the interior should look and smell like it's brand new, since this is where you'll be spending most of the time.
Ensure that carpets have been vacuumed, glassware is free of fingerprints, and that it smells great inside. Again, anything less is just unacceptable.