A recent survey conducted by credit card giant Visa found that the average cost of going to prom is now more than $1,078. High school proms are certainly some of the high points of a young person’s life, but Visa’s survey found that kids and parents are spending increasingly larger sums of money for clothing, shoes, dinner, tickets, pictures, salon services, limo rentals and other costs.
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!