When choosing a local chauffeur service it’s important to keep in mind that not all chauffeurs are the same. As a private hire vehicle operator I’m often asked what makes me different from the other local chauffeur companies. Here are just a few of my thoughts on what separates the good from the bad:
This is one thing that I constantly hear negative feedback about and it’s no surprise. It seems as though everyone I’ve met over the years has had some near miss by other road users when travelling with local chauffeurs. It’s not difficult to identify an unprofessional chauffeur. They tend to be driving their car as though they’re on their daily commute, with little regard for yours or their own safety. I’ve seen them swerve in and out of traffic, speed and overtake at inappropriate times, tailgate other road users and even change lanes without signalling! This is just not acceptable when you’re carrying passengers. You should expect your professional chauffeur to be a safe driver who also shows courtesy and respect to other road users and pedestrians. If your safety is at risk then so is everybody else’s!
A Solid Reputation
The first thing that you should check is the reputation of the company. If they have a good reputation and if their customers have been happy with their services, then it’s likely that you’ll be happy with their services too. One way to find out about their reputation is by reading reviews from other people who have used the company’s services before. You can always ask people in your circle of friends or colleagues if they can recommend a local chauffeur service.
Make sure the company carries out background checks on its drivers. A good company will always want to make sure that they hire only honest and reliable drivers who are experienced and professional. They will also want to know how long the driver has been working as a chauffeur so they can determine whether he or she is suitable for the job.
Once you’ve found a company that can accommodate your needs, it’s time to start comparing their offers. Do some research about their prices and policies. Look at what their customers are saying about them. Call up their customer support team to ask any questions that might not be clear from their website alone. Ultimately, your choice should come down to which company seems like it can provide you with the best value for your money.
If they’re all relatively equal in terms of price and quality, consider paying a visit to each company in person, if possible. In many cases, you’ll have a better idea of how good they are once you meet their staff and see the vehicles they use in person.