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The Best in Bay Area Luxury Ground Transportation

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on May 17, 2021

After the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the monumental announcement to rollback and relax coronavirus mask and social distancing restrictions for all indoor and outdoor activities, residents across California and the rest of the country simultaneously sighed a breath of relief as it appears that the end of the pandemic is finally here.

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What to Expect From Your San Francisco Limousine Experience

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on August 29, 2012

If you’ve ever rented a limousine in the Bay Area, you probably have a good idea of what riding in a limo is like and how much fun it can be to share with friends and family. However, if you have not yet had the chance to ride in a limo here or anywhere else and you’ve been thinking about renting a limo for an upcoming event, we thought we’d provide some insight into what it’s like to rent a limousine, party bus, limo bus, bus charter or other type of luxury ground transportation from us. You can expect the following:

  • Your limousine to arrive on time, every time
    You can expect your Bay Area limousine and chauffeur to arrive at the arranged address on time, every time. Unlike some of our competitors in the San Francisco limo market, we take a great deal of pride in our punctuality and promise to arrive at the agreed-upon time. In the very rare event that something unexpected occurs and we will be a few minutes late, we will let you know as soon as possible.
  • A professional chauffeur
    You can expect a knowledgeable, well-groomed, polite and professional chauffeur to drive you and your guests to your destination(s), open doors for you at every stop and treat you with respect at all times. We know that the quality of our guests’ experience begins and ends with the chauffeur, and each must pass a rigorous screening process before they are allowed to drive our guests.
  • Affordable rates
    The Bay Area limousine market is quite competitive, which is good for us, as it inspires us to improve our guests’ experience at all times, and is good for you, as it keeps costs very affordable.
  • A clean and very comfortable ride
    Our guests know that they are not the first people to rent one of our luxury vehicles, but they should expect the vehicle to look as if they are the first. Each of our vehicles is thoroughly cleaned after every rental, and we have multiple teams check each other’s work so that nothing is overlooked.
  • Outstanding customer service
    From the initial phone call to the moment you are dropped off at the end of your experience, you can rely on us to go above and beyond to ensure that you and the rest of your party have a thoroughly wonderful time. When our guests have special requests, we make every effort to accommodate them and make their experience extra special.

There are plenty of limousine services in the Bay Area, but we’re confident that once you have reserved a limo, party bus or other vehicle through us, you’ll rely on us again and again for all your luxury transportation needs. For more information, just give us a call at NLS Limo at 800-339-8936. We look forward to hearing from you!

Prom Kids Stranded By Unethical Limo Service

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on July 1, 2012

A limousine company that billed itself as “the largest limo company in the United Kingdom” earned notoriety of an entirely different kind recently when it stranded 12 kids who had reserved a limo with the company for prom transportation. National Limousine Hire, supposedly based in Sussex, is now under investigation by law enforcement agencies for planning and executing a nationwide scam that left hundreds of prom kids without limousine rides on the biggest night of their young lives. The unfortunate kids and their parents also have nothing to show for the deposits they paid to reserve their prom limos. One angry parent complained via email to an English limousine website about the scams.

She wrote, “I have today discovered the shocking news, my daughter and 11 friends have been left without a limo tonight. I am trying hard to find another company which could take them but with 4 hours notice it’s not looking good. They are all upset and £220 (around $350) out of pocket.”

National Limousine Hire offered a brief statement on their website, which reads: “Unfortunately, due to the economy, National Limousine Hire has been forced to cease trading with immediate effect.”

Upon further investigation, this statement rings a bit hollow, as the company began operations in December 2009 and stopped conducting business in August 2011. However, the guests who were stranded and scammed by the limo service reserved their prom limos in January and February of 2012.

Regular readers of our blog know that we post stories like this on a regular basis. Our primary goal is to inform and alert prospective clients to exercise care when choosing a limousine service here in the Bay Area or anywhere else. Another goal is to make them aware that the vast majority of San Francisco limo companies, including Nationwide Limousine Service, are ethical and dedicated to providing their guests with fun, luxurious and affordable limos, party buses, VIP vans, classic cars, shuttle buses, luxury coaches and other types of transportation.

If you would like to reserve one of our San Francisco limousines for prom transportation or another special event and want to make sure that you and your friends and family members won’t be stranded, call us at NLS Limo at 800-339-8936 today to reserve your vehicle. We have proudly served Bay Area residents for years, and our reputation for superb customer service, ethical business practices and dedication to our clients speaks for itself. Call us today for the best selection of San Francisco party buses, limos and other vehicles at the best rates in the area!

Rolls-Royce Recalls Ghost Models Due to Overheating Problem

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on December 14, 2011

In a most unexpected and unlikely move from an automaker known for its superb craftsmanship and unparalleled quality, Rolls-Royce recently announced a recall of some of its 2010 Ghost models for a potential heating problem in the cooling systems. Rolls is recalling 589 Ghost models built between September 2009 and September 2010 and equipped with turbochargers due to a circuit board on an auxiliary water pump that can overheat, smolder and potentially catch fire in the engine compartment. It is very, very rare that Rolls-Royce has a problem with any component of its luxury vehicles, but Rolls told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the smallest potential for fire was enough to voluntarily issue the recall.

Rolls said that the auxiliary pump cools the turbocharger on some motors during operation and continues to operate when the car is turned off. In some Ghost models, the overheated circuit board can cause the pump to fail, creating the potential for fire as the heat builds up. Rolls admits that it has not heard of any fires due to overheating pumps but is proactively addressing the problem. Ghost owners can return their autos to the dealer to have the pump replaced for free and can contact the automaker at 877-877-3735 for more information.

We suspect that one of Rolls’ parts suppliers has some serious explaining to do, as this automaker will not look kindly on a vendor that makes the brand look bad under any circumstances. Any company wishing to do business with Rolls must endure a very thorough vetting process to ensure that their standards for quality are consistent with Rolls’ decades-long reputation for excellence.

We do not currently have any of the recalled Rolls-Royce Ghost models in our fleet of luxury vehicles, but we do offer a few vintage Rolls limousines that are in no danger of having their circuit boards recalled! These beauties from the 40s are short on electronic gadgets, but very long on style, luxury and an unmistakable sense of elegance. If you would like to rent a San Francisco vintage Rolls-Royce from our selection for a wedding, anniversary, birthday, sightseeing tour or another special occasion, please call us at NLS Limo today at 1-800-339-8936! We promise the only recalls you’ll have to endure with our antique Rolls limos will be recalling what a wonderful time you had riding in them!

Illegal San Francisco Limousine Companies Caught in Surprise Inspections

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on October 29, 2011

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), responding to a rising number of complaints about illegal Bay Area limousine companies, cracked down on illegal operators picking up fares at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), other California airports and the City of San Francisco in August. The CPUC sting operation made an impressive number of arrests, and the state agency issued a recent press release that outlined some of the arrests in the area. Of particular interest to Bay Area residents and legal San Francisco limousine services such as ours were the following excerpts from the CPUC press release:

  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO), August 4, 2011 – CPUC staff, the CHP, SFO Airport Police, and SFO Landside Operations conducted a joint surprise passenger carriers inspection. Approximately 84 vehicles (limos, buses, and shuttles) were pulled over for the inspection. The CPUC inspected 82 vehicles, issued one Misdemeanor Warning (operation with a pending CPUC permit), and issued 36 Notices to Correct Violations (vehicles not filed with CPUC, waybills, vehicle ID, and possible workers’ compensation violations). Subsequently, the CPUC suspended 11 carriers for engaging employee-drivers without procuring evidence of workers’ compensation insurance coverage.
  • San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), August 9, 2011 – In late July, two investigators from SFMTA, Investigations and Regulatory Affairs Taxi Services, contacted the CPUC requesting that a CPUC investigator ride along with them to observe the problems of charter-party carriers acting like taxis at some of the major hotels in San Francisco. SFMTA had received complaints from taxicabs that the hotels’ doorman is redirecting hotel guests to the limousines staging nearby. SFMTA reported that the violations involving limousines acting as taxis occur between 10:30 a.m. and noon when guests are checking out and heading to SFO. A CPUC investigator rode along with SFMTA investigators and observed four charter-party carriers operated without a valid permit. An investigation will be initiated on these carriers.

Here at NLS Limo, we take the safety of our guests and the reputation of our industry very seriously. That is why we work hard and invest the resources to ensure that our CPUC licensing and compliance is always up to date, that our drivers are fully screened and licensed, that our vehicles are insured and maintained in top condition and that no expense is spared in making sure that our guests have a safe and wonderful time. We’re not the only San Francisco limo service that works this hard to ensure that we meet all CPUC regulations, but we may be the only one that provides outstanding customer service at low, affordable rates. If we sound like your kind of Bay Area limo provider, please call us at 1-800-339-8936 the next time you would like a limousine or any other type of luxury ground transportation to help you celebrate a special event.

San Francisco Neighborhood Guide: Pacific Heights

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on February 20, 2011

If the name Pacific Heights evokes mental images in your head of an upscale, privileged San Francisco neighborhood with grand old homes, incredible views and old money, your assumptions are absolutely right. The first generation or two of Pacific Heights residents were captains of industry, successful retailers, politicians and other moneyed, well-to-do types at the top of the social order. Suffice it to say that Pacific Heights was the place to live in San Francisco if you had the means. This neighborhood provides some of the city’s best views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay, and it is a must-visit destination for most of our city’s millions of visitors each year. This neighborhood was one of the first to have service from our city’s famous cable cars, and they continue to transport San Franciscans to this day.

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