A limo, anyone?

Not many are in the market to rent a limo or party bus.

Bur for those who are — say to go in style to prom or a wedding — the Minnesota Department of Transportation has plenty of advice.

Don’t just choose a limo service based on price alone. The cheapest deal isn’t necessarily the best quality, nor the safest ride, according to MnDot’s Mike McKay whose office regulates more than 400 limousine operators in the state.

McKay and MnDot are recommending renters do their homework and ask questions. Lots of questions.

So clear your schedule. This is going to take some time. They recommend you:

–Check for online reviews of the business.

–Check with the Better Business Bureau for complaints.

–Check with MnDot to make sure the operator is licensed and has liability insurance, both of which are required in Minnesota.

–Figure out how many people are in your group. That will determine the type off vehicle you need. Then ask to see the vehicle.

–Get a signed contract.

–Read the contract carefully. Make sure it includes cost, the deposit required, refund and tip policies, pick-up and drop-off times, arrival and departure sites, the specific type of limo you want and the services expected.

But there’s more.

MnDot says renters should also ask to see copies of the vehicle’s most recent annual inspection report, the limo operator’s certificate, certificate of registration and the identification of authority card (I don’t even know what that is).


For those who do rent a limo, they warn that the State Patrol routinely inspects limos and party buses on prom nights. If alcohol is found in these vehicles with only minors, the driver is supposed to return them to the original pick-up site.

For more questions, call MnDot’s Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations at 651-215-6330.