Saturday, January 6, 2007

Chauffeured Town Car

Chauffeured luxury sedans, or car service as we call it here, are a fairly common sight in parts of New York City, especially on 5th Avenue in Manhattan where this photo was taken. Out-of-town businessmen and well-to-do tourists usually hire these car services to chauffeur them around town. Local New Yorkers also use them to get to airports because the yellow taxi cabs do not pick up passengers from their homes.

The chauffeur in this photo was waiting for his passenger outside the Trump Tower. You can see a white card with a number on the front driver window. This allows the passenger to identify the car service he/she has ordered because sometimes, there can be three to four similar
looking sedans parked on the street. The average cost for a car service like this is about $60/hour.

Personally, I love car service. They are extremely comfortable and convenient.


Dsole said...

This photo brings Mr Big (From Sex and The City) to my mind!

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Olivier said...

quand on va à new york, il faut faire un tour de ville en limousine. c'est superbe.

when one goes to New York, it is necessary to make a turn of city in the limousine. it is superb.

Felicia said...

Ah, the sweet life! Wish I could afford a limo for my everyday travels - traffic sucks!

Ming_the_Merciless said...

dsole - HA! I forgot about Mr. Big in Sex & the City. Yeah, he always had a car service driving him around.

olivier - Actually, you will see more things if you walk around. The limo service is only great if you don't like crowd and just want to go to specific places.

felicia - I think that is why car service is so popular here. Parking and traffic can be a nightmare.

macky said...

When I have been in NYC, I happen to see many limos. Limos and this service seem to be popular in NYC. Thank you for your informative descirption, as usual!!

Kate said...

Great life if you can afford it. One more blog before I leave tomorrow!! Great shot!!

pcfranchina said...



Ming_the_Merciless said...

macky - the next time you are in NYC, let me know.

kate - have a great trip. I look forward to your Mazatlan Daily Photo.

pcfranchina - I only use the car service like two or three times a year; usually when it's raining outside and I needed to get someone without getting drenched.

Dmitras said...

Nowadays to hire limousine becomes easier and cheaper.
You should just follow some tips about limousine London :
• Always compare prices in relation with the expected service.
• Always check out the year (2-3 years old are the best), make and model of the cars.
• Do not be tricked by the price of the advertisements, as many companies hide extra prices.
• The most simple and standardized limousine service will have the limo, driver and beverages.
• When it comes to the driver, make sure that the service provider will provide a uniformed driver with proper license and experience.
• Did you know that many companies operate without insurance? Ask for details about insurance of the limousine you have interest in hiring.
• Always read the Limousine hire terms and conditions of the companies, so you don't have unpleasant surprises.