I was recently in need of a limousine for my friend’s bachelorette party. I found a Groupon for a limo company and it was a better deal then the other limo companies that I called.
What I didn’t know at the time was that in Oregon a company has to be legally permitted in order to carry passengers. I found this out as I was looking for Google + reviews for the company and happened on the Portland.gov website which lists by name, all the legal companies in Portland, Oregon. I will tell you how many later on in the article. But first, I thought to myself, if I don’t know this, how many other people out there are like me and don’t know this either. I decided this was important enough for me to write this blog post to inform the public.
How does a limousine company get legally permitted. In order to be legally permitted, a company must have all of their vehicles inspected. Of course the drivers have to pass a DMV and a criminal background check, the company must carry liability insurance and auto liability insurance. They also must keep their books up to date, any surprise visit from the DMV can result in them shutting down the company if everything isn’t in order.
I don’t know about you but I would rather pay a little bit more for a limousine if it’s a company that is legally able to operate in Portland, Oregon. Okay, I know you are curious by now to find out how many of companies are actually permitted to be giving limousine service to the public.
As of August of 2014 there are 17, yes only 17 LEGALLY operating companies in Portland, OR. I went one step further and did a Google check online, to see how many search results come up when I search “Limo companies in Portland Oregon.” Wow was I shocked. There are a total of 20,800 search results. On the first page alone there were a few companies that are not legally permitted appearing. I was shocked.
What I was happy to see though was the government website with the list of all the legal companies right on the first page!
Bottom line is this. We the consumer, need to be informed. We live in an information age and it is good to do our research. Just because the company is listed on page 1, or 2 of Google does not mean it should be there.
Do your research, dare I say reward one of the 17 companies that are doing things correct. Yes they have taken their business seriously enough to get legally permitted. They make sure their cars are safe, the drivers are safe, so your friends, family, children are all kept safe……..
Curious what company I went with right? Yep I would be too. Click Here to see what company I chose why? Well they have great reviews, they are legally permitted, and their customer service is over the top…… Oh and our limousine… wow, wow was it luxurious; it was sparkling clean, and brand new!!! I found out from our chauffer that the owner David takes great pride in his limos and makes sure he has THE nicest vehicles in all of the US!!! Yeah he has vehicles that are nicer then any other company in the nation. I don’t know about you but that is impressive.