THE STRETCH LIMOUSINE
When one thinks of limousines, the first vehicle that comes to mind is often the longest type of limo available, called the stretch limousine. In truth, any luxurious sedan is, for all intents and purposes, a limousine. These can be regular commercial cars that are simply of a higher grade than average vehicles. Stretch limousines, on the other hand, are thought of as the limo kings. They have been elongated by the manufacturer during production with the specific goal of achieving the highest-profile look possible, and are intended for very specific uses as opposed to being owned by the general populace.
A stretch limousine almost always has to have its own chauffeur, somewhat because of the difficulty associated with steering such a lengthy vehicle but much more due to tradition and status. They are meant to offer the passengers a relaxing and luxurious experience in the back while the chauffeur, usually wearing an all-black uniform and hat, drives them around, offering company in the form of conversation should the passengers request it.
While these types of limousines are, as their size would suggest, meant to carry several passengers besides a dedicated chauffeur, they can be seen carrying only a single person, usually someone of a very high profile like the president of a state or a very famous celebrity; a stretch presidential limousine with miniature flags of the president’s country on its sides is one of the most well-known types of these limousines. Being the top of the line when it comes to automotive vehicles, stretch limousines will tend to include various extravagant perks as part of their interior, from televisions with audio and video players to mini-bars with fridges.
Stretch limousines are extremely expensive vehicles, far more than even regular sedan limousines, and it is because of this reason, coupled with the need for a chauffeur at all times, that they are usually rented instead of purchased. Of course, there are quite a few extremely wealthy stretch limo owners out there, but the vast majority of the people can only afford to rent one instead.
There are many companies dedicated specifically to providing limousine rental services, and some even specialize in renting limos for particular types of events. These companies usually offer a wide variety of limousines, from sedans to stretch limos all the way to party bus limos. There are a good few occasions that call for stretch limousine renting. A long-established tradition for newlyweds is leaving the wedding ceremony in exactly this kind of limo; prom is another very popular event that calls for limousine renting, as are bachelor parties. Because stretch limousines have so much space and are known for the capacity to carry as much as a dozen passengers, several friends often pool their resources together to share some of the renting expenses. Limousines are usually rented on a per-hour basis, and the limo rental companies offer their own professional chauffeur as part of the renting price. The chauffeur will tend to be very familiar with the city through which he or she will be driving, and can suggest different establishments and locations of interest to clients on the go.