Knowing what to ask when renting a bus can save you time, headaches and money. Keep reading to find out more.
What To Ask When Renting A Bus For Your Vacation
Before you go on your trip or special occasion, here's what to ask when renting a bus.
Should You Get a Party Bus Rental or Charter Bus?
Choosing whether to rent a charter bus or party bus isn't easy. While both types of buses seem like the same things, they are actually not. Party bus rentals feature benches as seats. Benches usually lack armrests and other features that keep passengers separated. Charter bus rentals often come with bucket seats for comfort. The seats typically have armrests, head rests and other features that keep travelers comfortable. Charter buses and party buses also differ in how they are made. The interiors of party buses generally come with open spaces, which riders can dance or move about freely. The buses may even come with poles, bars and fridges. Charter buses tend to be more elegant inside and outside. The buses generally have sleeker lines than party bus rentals and may feature logos of on the exterior. Both types of buses come with air conditioning. But you want to make sure that the air conditioning covers the entire vehicle and not just parts of it. This includes any bathrooms and diaper changing stations on the bus. Depending on where you plan to travel or spend your special occasion, the weather can become very warm and uncomfortable. If the vehicle does not have full AC, select something else. If you plan to travel long distances or for several weeks, you probably want to choose a charter bus rental. You want your travelers to be as comfortable as possible.
Should Your Party or Charter Bus Rental Have Special Features?
There is nothing more frustrating that buying or renting something in the wrong size or with the incorrect features, and thos includes bus rentals. Your bus rental should have enough room to comfortably hold everyone in your group, including infants traveling in car seats. In addition, the bus should feature passenger seats that automatically or manually adjust to your guests' comfort levels. For instance, if you plan to travel with men or women who are above average height, the seats should allow them to have plenty of legroom when needed. Because party buses come with bench seating, you might not have these features available to you. In this case, a charter bus rental is your best bet. Your bus rental should also feature a large lavatory or bathroom. A larger size can accommodate your fellow travelers' special toiletries, medications and other necessities with ease. If someone uses a wheelchair or walker to get around, the bathroom door and bus aisles should be wide enough to accommodate their sizes. Both party and charter buses can have this feature, so it is a good idea that you consider the safety of the bus instead. Charter buses can come with safety belts, which are very important when traveling with kids and older adults. Other safety features should include low door thresholds and wheelchair accessible ramps.
What Else Should You Know About?
When renting a party or charter bus, you want to find out how long you can keep the vehicle for your needs. You can usually keep party bus rentals for several days before returning it to the operator. You may be able to keep a charter bus for as long as you need it. Of course, you must give the operator an itinerary that includes where you plan to travel to, how long you plan to stay and when you plan to return. Keep in mind that if you go over the times listed on your itinerary, you may need to pay the extra costs. Your bus operator may also request that you obtain insurance for the rental or pay extra for it. It is important to protect everyone traveling in the bus during accidents, including the driver. If you plan to travel out of state or long distance, you may need to obtain a $5 million policy to cover the trip. However, you want to discuss this matter in greater detail with the rental company right away. The policy requirements can vary from company to company. In addition to obtaining an insurance policy, you generally need to pay in advance for your charter or party bus rental. Most companies require a down payment within a month, or 30 days, of the actual rental date. It is a good idea that you pay the amount as soon as possible to reserve your rental. If you change your mind or plans, contact the rental company immediately. Remember, there may be other groups or families that need your bus. Most bus rental companies have special cancellation policies in effect. You may have the option of canceling within a certain amount of time without penalty. If you cancel after the time period passes or very close to your rental date, you may need to pay a small fee. It is a good idea that you read over the rental company's cancellation policy carefully before you sign up for services and always think about what to ask when renting a bus.