Reviews and their true value.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Reviews and their true value.
Should you believe all you read? How easy is it for someone to try and tarnish your name without any fear of come back or make your business out to be amazing for financial reasons. The good reviews! Are they from the business owner, family, friends or genuine customer comments? Many SEO companies write reviews for their clients to enhance their Google ranking. How can you tell? You can’t. The bad reviews! Are they from your opposition or just someone you have had a difference of opinion with over something unrelated to your business but they choose to fabricate a bad review. There are of course genuine bad reviews but how do you tell the difference. Most bad reviews will tend to inflate the issue rather than just state the facts. Once again you can’t tell. There are also people who are serial reviewers and get their kicks doing random reviews. A negative review can in fact improve your credibility. It makes your other reviews look genuine. A site with fifty 5 star reviews only may be a bit suspect.
Is a bad review just a customer who did not read the terms and condition or the restaurant’s dress code or the byo rules? When they realise they are wrong the next step is fabricate a story and post it to make them feel better. Most people with a genuine complaint or problem will bring it to the attention of the business owner at the time. This way it can be resolve. Posting a bad review resolves nothing and achieves very little. Don’t believe all you read.
Ken Tolley 23/05/2018
Perth limo prices
Monday, May 21, 2018
Perth Limo prices:
Most issues with pricing occur from not supplying the information upfront. If you live in Mandurah and want to go to CBD say so. Asking how much is you limo for 1 hr is fine but it is never going to be the end price once the location is mentioned. The date and time are important for availability and a booking midweek or in the winter months will always be less than a Saturday in November. It is in you best interest to supply as many details as you can and then there is no dispute after you have paid the deposit and are locked in. When requesting a limo price in Perth please note what is required and what to expect.
Pricing is effected by vehicle types, passenger numbers and length of hire. Whilst all limos will get you from A - B there are many different types and sizes. The cost will always vary so you need to be sure what you are getting prices on. A 10 seat Hummer will always cost more than 10 seat traditional limo. If you are not sure get quotes for both.
Passenger numbers will also have a large influence on pricing. Limousines range from 6 seats to 16 seats. It is always best to include passenger numbers with your enquiry.
The more hrs the hire the cheaper the rate. If possible list you times in detail and date.
Visit the individual websites and ask for a quote nominating the vehicle you are interested in. Many sites show limousines that they do not exist they do not have or access to and are just there to enhance website and the quote may be for entirely different limo. If the quote is not detailed just ask for a detailed quote. There is like any other service industry a few operators that may not supply what you are expecting. This is why it always important to supply all details and have them listed on quote.
Remember your limo experience for the right reasons.
Alcohol and your limousine chauffeur
Friday, April 27, 2018
Limousine chauffeurs and alcohol regulations.
Under the current Western Australian regulations all F or T endorsed drivers must return a zero reading for alcohol when carrying paying passengers. Limousines chauffeurs are often tested at roadside stops the same as any other road user. If however there are no paying passengers in the vehicle the same time BAC rules apply as they would to any member of the Public.
International airline pilots are regulations state
Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 91.17
The use of alcohol and drugs by pilots is regulated by FAR 91.17.
Among other provisions, this regulation states that no person may operate or attempt to operate an aircra
• within 8 hours of having consumed alcohol
• while under the influence of alcohol
• with a blood alcohol content of 0.04% or greater
• while using any drug that adversely affects safety
Does this mean you are safer in a limo than a plane? You can be assured when you travel with Lakes Limousines that our chauffeurs will be sober.
Ken Tolley 13/8/2017
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
By now most people are aware of Uber's involvement in the transport industry. They are currently offering transport that Taxis and sedan type SCV’s would normally supply. Not sure how long before you see Uber limos or Limousines Uber appear. The standard of stretched limousine is very high in Perth and the pricing is very competitive due to over supply of limousines. Unfortunately there is always new operators coming on the scene and they tend to drive prices even lower to get some work. It does not take long and their limos are back on the market but meanwhile they have dragged the prices down with them. Uber limousine would look attractive to people not knowing the industry. It will be interesting to see if they are interested in this highly competitive industry.
Optus Stadium access
Friday, March 02, 2018
Optus Stadium 2/2/2018
Whilst it is early days limousine access to this stadium is very limited when there is a major event on. At this point in time, 2 March 2018 only Taxis have access to drop close to venue. Yes you can sit back relax and enjoy the limo ride be prepared to walk the last bit. Crown Casino is the popular drop off point but the traffic jams make it not very practical.
If you are attending a smaller type of function then your customer can check with the event organizer to see if they have requested vehicle access. Each event is different and vehicle access has to be requested. Events like School balls , corporate functions and exhibitions will be ok but still need to be individually approved at this stage. In time there will be some automatic guidelines we can follow.
So if you are booking a limousine or charted vehicle please do not automatically expect to be dropped at the entrance. Enjoy the stadium but be prepared to walk.
2nd March 2018
Limousine quotes vrs estimates
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Limousine quotes and estimates.
When you request a quote for the hire of a limousine make sure you check the terms and conditions. There can be some confusion between a quote and an estimate. The quote should state a firm price for the hire as requested. Usually it would have pick up times and drop of times or the number of hours the quote is for. There will be a condition about extra time and charge rates. If you are not happy with this don’t book as you may be charged if you run over time. Also be aware if you book for 6 passenger and then have 8 when limo arrives you may be also asked to pay more. Most pricing takes into account the passenger numbers regardless of the limousine size.
Watch out for any company that has in its terms that they reserves the right to charge extra if they have under estimated the job. This is not a quote but an estimate that you are receiving and should be titled Estimate. Beware.
Estimates An estimate is roughly how much the tradesperson or professional thinks the job will cost. They must use their skill and experience to make the estimate. The actual price may be more or less, but it shouldn’t be too much more – it should be within 10 to 15 percent.
A quote is an offer to do a job for an exact price. If you accept the quote, the contractor can’t charge you more than the agreed price. Make sure the quote states if it includes GST. Since the cost of materials and hourly rates changes over time, the quote will only be valid for a certain time period.Make sure the companies or individuas you deal with are well established. Check whether they are a member of a trade association. This may give you a free and independent dispute resolution process to resolve problems or extra warranties if the work is not done properly. Also check their references from previous clients
Source Ministry of Fair Trading
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Perth airport transfers.
We all know about the delays at Perth airport. Late flights are an everyday thing, long delays at Customs and sometimes a long wait for luggage can and will cause you to be late for your arranged transport. Whilst your pre booked transport provider is aware of these delays and allow a small amount of time for these problems they can’t be expected to wait for long periods of time without some payment. Before booking check how many planes are due at same time. If it is a busy period allow some extra time as the Customs line may be lengthy.
Remember you nominate the pickup time not the chauffeur. Most companies will monitor the flight and try and work with it but at the end of the day you make the call.
When booking give your flight details and ask for a pick up at say 30 - 40 minutes after landing or whatever you think is correct.
This way a fairer on both parties.
Please use this link to check volume of expected arrivals.
Good luck with your travel arrangements.
Hiring a limo in Perth
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Hiring a limousine in Perth You may have read we are members of The Wedding Car & Limousine Association and thinking so what! Who cares!
There has been much publicity about unregistered and dodgy people offering cheap limo prices. Some of these actually advertise on the web. If you are unsure ask for Omnibus Licence no, do they have a website? If they only offer mob no and prefer cash on the day. BEWARE. If the hire involves children ask the operator if the driver has WWC accreditation. It has also become common practice with a small minority of Perth limo services to accept your booking then when something better comes along they just ring up cancel your booking using some poor excuse. This can be as little notice as the day before. There is very little you can do at such late notice but chase around for a replacement. You are encourage to report these operators to Ministry of Fair Trading and if they get enough complaints about same business they will look in to it.
Some of advantages of using association members. With association members you can be assured that each member has the correct licences needed to carry out business in this field. Each passenger and their belongings are fully insured. These documents have to be produced upon application to join the association. All vehicles are licenced and have passed their annual inspection. Each member has been nominated by a current member who has vouched for their business ethics etc. Any members not upholding the code of ethics will be asked resign. The association sets the standards and expects all member to maintain them.
Our member's vehicles are always pristine and well maintained. The members also network together and should the unexpected happen (break down) they have other members that they can call on and they will make every effort to help out. The association members are kept up to date with all changes and new regulations.
If you would like to know more about the Wedding cars & limousine Association please view website.
If your inquiry involves children ( School Balls, Birthdays etc ) , insist on WWC accredited chauffeurs. Don't take a chance with your loved ones. Ask to see card at pick up.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
A limousine by definition is a luxury sedan or saloon driven by a chauffeur. Limousine or limo is the description now used to describe a modified stretched version on luxury saloon or sedan and they are usually chauffeured. Stretching limousines is not a easy as just inserting a piece in. Much consideration has to be given to the extra stress on the overall body, brakes, engine and transmission. The vehicles when loaded with passengers plus the addition body work can double their initial weight. Before stretching a vehicle the engineering certificates have to be approved by the relevant governing bodies.
Over many years the Lincoln limousines have proved very popular and were used by several Presidents of the USA. Elvis Presley owned his own private Lincoln limousine.
A Hummer is described as a Sports Utility Truck so whether this is limo or not when stretched is open to debate. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hummer_H2
Perth limo hire safety
Thursday, June 08, 2017
Perth Limousine hire safety
Your safety is paramount.
With Lakes Limousines you safety will be of the upmost importance at all times. Our chauffeurs are very experienced and have the correctly endorsed licences to drive a limousine in Perth. Our Perth limos are fully insured and have correct licences as require for limousines in W.A. Beware of the back yard operators advertising on Face book and Gumtree. Ask the question if you have any doubt at all. We will transfer your group safely and in comfort. Don’t take the chance. Let us be the skipper.
Remember you can have a quality #limousine# at affordable rates with #Perth limo hire# offer. Travel in style, arrive in style and return home on time and most important in safety.
Unregistered charter vehicles
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Unregistered charter vehicles in W.A. 17/05/2017
Beware any vehicle you hire for charter if it does not have registration plates with “CVL” or personal plates with “Small Charter Vehicle” on them in small letters under main name. This is the only way you can be sure at least the vehicle has all the correct licences and more importantly all the insurances as required by Government regulations.
As Uber did not have the correct licences to qualify for charter plates the Department of Transport has allowed the use of standard state plates as a temporary measure to allow them to operate illegally for unknown reasons. This has opened the gates for not only Uber but anybody with a vehicle that has little regard for the law to advertise and carry out transfers without any fear of being caught. These operators tend to use Facebook & Gumtree so always ask if they have an Omnibus licence. They advertised they are licenced but that can be just a driver’s licence. If they only accept cash beware.
In the interest of your safety and your friends don’t be afraid to ask if they have an Omnibus licence. If they avoid the answer or appear upset you asked they are more than likely dodgy. Any correctly licenced company will welcome the enquiry.
Swan Valley Wine Tours
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Swan Valley Limo Tours.
The Swan Valley has many different venues and attractions to fill out a day in the valley. Whilst it is best known for the many different wineries and its proximity to Perth CBD there are also other great places to go. If it is boutique beers you prefer then there are several breweries that have tasting and explain the brewing process to you. Great Northern Distillery has had large selection rum & liquors are your thing. Several places offer cheese tastings and there is the Olive Farm also. Honey and chocolate producers are also mixed among the wineries.
The best way to take valley is by limousine. This way you have control over your day. You can stop as long as you like or move on as soon as you want. With the bus tours your times and venues are not open to change. Many of the buses are not air conditioned and by the end of day it can all get a bit messy.
With Lakes Limousines day in the valley you can pick whatever venues you like and go for lunch wherever you want. You are in charge. Get a group of up to 10 friends together, make up a list of venues and away you go. It is always best to book lunch ahead as you may be waiting for table otherwise. Also check the venues are air conditioned if the warm weather is here. There is plenty of room in boot should you makes some purchases.
Forget the buses and travel in an air conditioned luxury limousine and enjoy you day in the Swan Valley.
Swan Valley Tours
School Ball Limousine Hire
Monday, January 02, 2017
School Ball Limousine Hire:
There are many school balls in Perth through the year. For most students they only attend 1 ball during their school years. This being the case you want to make it a night to remember. For the guys it is less stressfull. Possibly a haircut , hire a suit and maybe look for a partner to invite. For the girls is is a much bigger event and a lot of preparation goes into the night. Of course the hair has to look special. Then there is the the dress or gown that has to be just right as well as the shoes. Also another neccessity is transport. Things to consider before making enquiry are. How many in your group, What is their budget for transport or what is their preference for vehicle type. Too many times a student pays deposit only to find those that were coming have now changed their minds and going in another limo. You need to explain to your friends the commitment and possibly take a deposit. There are many types of vehicles used for balls and the all come at different prices. The buses are the cheapest form but not that popular as you probally travel by bus every day. The most popular are the limousines and the come in many models, sizes, colours and prices. To get you pricing supply pick up suburb & destination. Also if you want a return. Passenger no’s is important. If you want more than a hour on way there say so or else the standard going to ball is 1 hr and stopping off for photos if time permits. Ask what is included in price. When considering photo stop also consider sunset time. It may not be practical. Be sure to get several quotes then make your commitment. If you leave it to late the availabilty will be gone.
At Lakes Limousines we do many school balls. Our pricing is very affordable and we have all you need in the limo for a great night out.
Perth wedding Cars
Sunday, December 04, 2016
Perth Wedding Cars.
When hiring a wedding car or wedding limo in Perth there are few things to consider.
Your budget. What are your priorities? With wedding transport you can spend many dollars on a limo with flashing lights, karaoke, yes a virtual night club on wheels only to find none of these features were required and not used. Do you require an elegant limousine for your wedding or a party bus? A traditional elegant limousine will come far cheaper and will have all you need to on your special day. What colour do you require? There are many choices but nothing beats white for a wedding. Always looks great in the photos and never dates. Passenger numbers? How many passengers and for how long? You may be in limo as a full group for only a few minutes between photos and reception. Having a passenger in the front for a few minutes may be the difference between stepping up in limo sizes and the savings can be large. Check on what is included in the quote and what are extras. Ribbons, glassware & ice, red carpet runners, child seats, eskys & bridal bears on grille. Is bottled water part of the deal? What does the chauffeur wear? Hopefully a suit. If you are unsure ask to inspect limousines and confirm that this is the limo you will be hiring and you are comfortable with operator.
This is your wedding day and having an experienced chauffeur that is flexible will have ensure the day starts out smoothly.
If you require an affordable quote for an elegant stunning white Statesman wedding limousine then give us a call. Lakes Limousines. We are wedding specialists.