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What to Look For When Renting a San Francisco Party Bus

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on May 26, 2010

Renting a San Francisco party bus for a special event should be easy and fun, but if you or a friend has rented a party bus or limousine before, you know that not all limousine companies take the same approach to customer service. Horror stories about party buses that show up late or not at all are not uncommon. Nor are first-hand reports of party buses and limos that arrive with evidence of the fun the previous renters enjoyed.

In order to save yourself the disappointment of dealing with an unprofessional Bay Area limo company, here are some questions to ask and things to look for the next time you want to rent a San Francisco party van:

Proof of insurance

Most people overlook this aspect of renting a San Francisco party bus. In all likelihood, they won’t need it, but as the old saying goes, “It’s better to have something and not need it than need something and not have it.” A professional Bay Area limo rental company will be happy to provide proof of insurance.

Booking confirmations

After you sort out all the details, insist on receiving a booking confirmation that clearly indicates which type of party bus you are renting, the agreed-upon rate, locations and times for pick-up and drop-off, special requests, deposit amount and other relevant information.

Ask about the company’s cancellation policies

Know what to expect if something unexpected occurs and you have to cancel your party bus reservation. Most San Francisco limo companies will work with you to reschedule or charge a minimal cancellation fee if you cancel before the dispatch of the party bus driver.

Ask about discounts

If you’re renting a San Francisco party bus for a wedding, concert, sporting event or another type of event on a fixed date, you may or may not be able to negotiate a discount depending on a wide range of considerations such as availability, time of year, etc. However, if you can move your event to a Tuesday instead of Friday or the day of the week isn’t important, your San Francisco limo company will probably be willing to offer a discount.


An internet connection and sites such as make it easy to find relatively non-biased reviews of a Bay Area limo company’s service, professionalism, reliability and other important information. However, there’s no substitute for speaking with a former customer. Ask for and expect at least two referrals that you can contact before signing any rental agreements.

Please remember that the vast majority of San Francisco limousine rental companies are professional organizations that make every effort to ensure that each client is thoroughly satisfied with their service. It’s a very competitive industry, and they have a vested interest in making sure that everything goes perfectly with your party bus rental. At NLS Limo, we take a great deal of pride in making sure that each of our guests is fully satisfied with our vehicles, our services and our rates. The next time you need to rent a party bus in the Bay Area, please give us a call at 1-800-339-8936 and find out for yourself why we have become the premier San Francisco limo company.

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