Ask any one what they think of when they think of a chauffeur and they will come back with answers varying from the smartly dressed unobtrusive driver for lord of the manor, or for the Member of Parliament going about his business. Or perhaps they will think of the chauffeur “Parker” in Thunderbirds, who provided an exemplary service to Lady Penelope. Other people may say that chauffeurs are nothing more than smartly dressed taxi drivers, which in a way they are. But they are first class taxi drivers who offer a bespoke and personalised service, which must meet the needs and desires of each client. After all no two people are the same and the chauffeur service must recognise this and aim to please, going above and beyond the call of duty.
So the question that should be asked when thinking about hiring a chauffeur is; how do I find this angel of the road and make sure that I don’t end up with a cowboy, no better than ringing up my local dodgy taxi company? Not that all local taxi companies are dodgy, or cowboys for that matter.
As with most things, it is best to know what you want what should be provided within the service and of course the cost of the service. Noting at this point that you don’t always get what you pay for.
What do you want should be relatively straightforward, as the hired chauffeur may be needed for a wedding, business meeting, party, or any special event needing a touch of class or sparkle. This is important as the vehicle required and the additional extras need to be clearly conveyed to the chauffeur hire company.
The next item, what should be provided within the service, looks at the attributes which a good chauffeur should have and include having perfect etiquette, in that the chauffeur should refer to you as sir or madam and should open and close doors for you at all times. He or she, as you can obtain female chauffeurs, should be correctly attired, generally regarded as a good quality black suit, with white shirt, black tie and of course polished shoes. He must have a full and clea