If you’re renting a party bus to have an epic bachelor’s party, impress some important corporate clients, make possibly the greatest wedding entrance of all time, have your child thank you for “a cool birthday party” (which in kid-speak is a compliment of the highest magnitude), or just to hang out and have fun with your friends, renting a party bus is definitely a good idea. Seriously, these things are like clubs on wheels — except there’s no line-up, no ridiculous cover charge, no snarling bouncers, and so on. What’s not to get excited about?
However, just like anything else in life, there are things you need to know before making a decision, so that your choice will be rewarding instead of regrettable. With this in mind, here are three things to keep in mind before renting a party bus:
1. Ask plenty of questions to find the right party bus rental company.
Not all party bus rental companies are created equal. Some are professional and reputable, and will gladly show you testimonials and provide other information to help you make an informed choice (even, frankly, if you decide in the end to go with another option, such as a stretch limo). However, just like in any other industry, some companies can be on the sketchy side. If you get any resistance or push-back to your questions, or they want you to plunk down a non-refundable down payment before they invest time learning about your needs and goals, then keep looking. You’ll be glad that you did!
2. Plan weeks — or better yet months — in ahead.
There’s something else about reputable party bus rental companies, other than the fact that they’re safe and honest to deal with: predictably, they’re very busy! And even companies with large fleets often book up weeks or months in advance; especially around certain times of year (e.g. graduation season, summer weddings, etc.). My advice on this is simple: book early to avoid disappointment, and to ensure that you get can choose from a variety of party bus models vs. a small, limited selection.
3. Registration, licensing and insurance are an absolute must.
This goes without saying — but I’ll say it anyway just in case — any party bus rental company you choose must (repeat: must!) be properly registered, licensed and insured, and provide a professionally-trained driver. The very last thing you want is your exciting excursion to turn into a legal mess, liability nightmare or hazardous accident.
The Bottom Line
As noted, deciding to rent a party bus is a great idea, and it’s not hard to understand why many people who ride one can’t wait to “get back on the bus.” The above tips will help ensure that your and your guests’ experience is positive on every level, and that the only memories you have are happy ones!