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A limousine (or limo) is a relatively long luxury car, traditionally black in color. Limousines are often driven by chauffeurs. While some limousines are owned by wealthy individuals, many are owned by governments to transport senior politicians, by large companies to transport executives, or by broadcasters to transport program guests. Many more limousines operate as vehicles for hire, providing upscale competition to taxicabs.

The word limousine is derived from the name of the French region Limousin, where the inhabitants wore a hood perceived to be similar to the profile of the car.

Table of contents
1 Limousine Ownership
2 Limousine Rental
3 External links

Limousine Ownership

For the most part, only limousine service and rental companies own limousines. Even the wealthy who use limos as their main mode of city transportation do not own the limousine -- they contract with a limousine service for long term servies through a lease arrangement.

Limousine Rental

Most in need of a limo look to limo rental companies to provide transportation on a very short term basis. By far, the most common requirements are for airport transportation, proms and weddings.

There are risks associated with renting limousines: Many large limousine services don't own a single car. They operate as brokers or clearing-houses for reservations.

"Brokering" can put you at risk: Limo Brokers do not stay close to the job — they simply transfer your reservation to local companies that pay them for the transfer. You never have any actual contact with the very company whose services you contract for!

If you have any problems brokers have virtually no control and rarely assist you in resolving any issues.

Here's how to spot a "broker" and avoid that risk: Brokers generally make very bold and broad claims -- like "we service 82 countries in over 800 cities." Maybe, but few of any type of company has that kind of global exposure. So, be reluctant with such claims.

If you are using the web to find your service, make sure that during the sign-up process you are actually provided with the name and address of the local limo service you plan to use. The name of the broker is NOT enough.

External links

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