We, at Chief Chicago Limo, are constantly trying to present you the real picture of the ground transportation industry and help you make the right choice.
Many leisure and corporate travelers are increasingly booking a car service through “global” providers. “Global” because of the coverage area and the one-shop platforms, but in reality those companies are resellers of car services to local providers which have license and fleet , something the “global” operators don’t have. Such falsely self-proclaimed global companies are CAREY, Holiday Taxis, Blacklane, Groundlink, Mycab International and so on….
We would like to explain the advantages of booking directly with a local limo service provider.
- LOWER RATES. Although the “global” or “worldwide” limo companies people book with state that their rates are the lowest, that is NOT the case. Do not forget that in order to cover the booking, they resell it to a local limo service company meaning that there is a third party which needs to earn commission. That commission is often between 20% and 40%. Do the math and you will see how much a corporation can save on ground transportation by booking directly. A leisure/tourist traveler too- the amount of mark up can be spend on other activities during the vacation. Very often there is a forth, or fifth party involved-client to Agent, Agent to one of these “global” companies, “global” companies to local suppliers. Sometimes a “global” company resells the ride to another “global” company. Then the rip off is even bigger. It can be easily done Client-Agent/Agency-Local limo company.
- BETTER SERVICE. Believe it or not you ll get better service by booking directly with a local limo service company. Why? Most of the resellers are known to the local operators with playing games and 0 loyalty and often switch suppliers just to make a few bucks extra, no matter of the high quality of service their clients get. That’s why local limo operators are becoming less attentive to those “worldwide” companies’ clients. Plus that client today is resold to local company A, in two weeks same client might be resold to local company B. When you book directly with a Local limo service company, you ll be taken care better because that limo service company has the opportunity to retain you as a regular client.
- MORE FLEXIBILITY. when modifying, canceling etc. It’s much easier to contact the local provider directly when you need to change your reservation instead of going through the chain of command involved in the process and wait for all the parties involved to respond and the final decision to be dragged back to you. That can take time and you may not have it. Again, because you are not direct client of the local supplier, cancellations and modifications can be very strict compared to that limo company’s regular clients.
Someone may say it’s very hard to find a reliable local limo service company, but in today’s world it’s actually very easy. Just google for such in your area of interest, check some reviews and proceed with the booking. Also many local limo companies have embraced technology as well, so you don’t even have to call to book.
Hopefully our tips will guide you through making the right decision when it comes to choosing your limo, taxi or ground transportation provider around the world.