Why You Should Choose Culdesac Chauffeur Service Instead of Uber and Lyft

It's time to address the elephant in the room.

Uber and Lyft instead of a limo

There are several new alternative “sharing” trends.  These are services that let ordinary folks share their homes or vehicle with others on an ad hoc basis – the service provider decides when they want to share. The use of these services is driven by cost, need,  trendiness, and a growing desire for instant gratification. 

Companies like Airbnb cater to travelers and those who want temporary shelter.  Other services, like Uber and Lyft, offer rides to and from local destinations, like getting to and from the grocery store or airport.  Most of these companies penetrated the market by targeting millennials or people on a budget, yet their customer base is continuing to expand as new audiences, such as corporate travelers, consider taking advantage of the lower costs and seemingly simple ease of use. 

However, there are some issues with the Ride-share phenomenon that might make you balance this desire for an instant ride with some other more important factors. Simply put, a cheap ride may seem quick and fun, but when your personal safety and/or legal liability come into question, you may want to pay greater attention next time you’re looking for a ride.

 

Qualifications of Drivers and Vehicles

Uber driver

When you take an Uber or a Lyft, the truth is, yes, you will probably get to and from your destination, but “Who’s driving you?” is a complicated question that customers rarely think about. Rarely have they taken the time to consider some basics – especially regarding the qualifications of their driver.

  • Does their driver have insurance coverage?  

  • What is the condition of the vehicle in which they will be driving?
  • How well (or poorly) do they drive?
  • Does the driver have the experience/training/familiarity to know the best routes to take?   

Unlike our chauffeurs – who undergo extensive screening, training, and constant performance evaluations– anyone can be a driver for either Uber or Lyft with essentially no professional training or experience. And their vehicles do not undergo the same degree of inspection that a standard commercial transportation vehicle would require, as our vehicles do. Just because a vehicle looks good does not mean that it is in good driving condition, with brakes and other safety systems in good operational order.

 It is also important to consider that safety and quality control can be a major question mark with Uber or Lyft vehicles. According to Uber, a “Safety inspection is valid for 1 year after the inspection date.” In the case that something were to happen to the driver’s vehicle in the course of the year after the inspection that could potentially result in harm or danger to a customer, Uber and Lyft have no way of identifying this and suspending a vehicle, putting your safety as a rider at risk.

 

Liability

uber insurance

Insurance is another topic that people rarely consider when hopping into the back seat of an Uber or Lyft, despite how important it really is. Whether you are taking and Uber or Lyft, a taxi, a limo, or even getting a ride from a friend or a family member, it’s important to know whether they are insured, for a lack of insurance could come with an abundance of legal liability in the case of an accident.

With ride sharing apps, whether your driver has insurance, legal, or performance issues, passengers blithely gets into their vehicles – without conducting even the level of inquiry they would before, for example, taking a pet to a veterinarian. Naivety can be expensive.  The most basic problem may be getting lost or arriving late. The more serious issues are safety, both in terms of travel and personally, and liability.   

  • What kind of person is driving?
  • What happens if they decide to be antagonistic or worse?
  • What happens if there is an accident?
  • Who pays the medical bills?  
  • And, if the driver is underinsured and does not have the money to cover damages or potential medical bills, would the passenger become liable? 

At Culdesac Chauffeur service, it goes without saying that all of our drivers are insured and that our vehicles are both commercially insured and regularly inspected. We even own a detailing company, Culdesac Automotive, that performs a full-body detailing of each of our vehicles after each ride to ensure that it is in pristine condition upon client pick-up. And if you’ve used our services, you know that you will never see one of our chauffeurs without a well-fitted, classic black suit.

  

Professional Transportation Service

Without a doubt, safety is our #1 priority at Culdesac Chauffeur service. Clearly, we are concerned about the potential risks of ride sharing. The companies who offer ride sharing are selling trendiness, not quality, and the stories and experiences speak for themselves.

We believe that we are a better choice, and we firmly stand behind that belief. Everything we do is based on providing the highest levels of quality and safety so that each and every passenger can be comfortable in every sense of the word.  

 

Insurance

We maintain the highest commercial insurance coverage available, including Workmen’s Compensation for all of our employees; you are not taking a gamble on an independent contractor, as you would be with Uber of Lyft.

 

Experience

We are a professional and highly-regarded company that has been in business for close to decade. When you step into one of our vehicles, you are treated as a true guest and can enjoy complimentary water, tissues, mints, and even hand sanitizer. No one in Bethesda, Arlington, or Washington DC has higher reviews and ratings for exceptional service. And we see these reviews as a symbol of a duty– that is, a duty to uphold the highest standard of service to every client we drive, without exception. 

 

Drivers

Our 100% employee staff of drivers has had complete background checks, and are skilled, experienced and know the D.C. and surrounding areas well.  They act and dress in a completely professional manner, and we even have a specific group of staff that are qualified for armed diplomatic and government services. Because we’re based in Washington, DC, our drivers are familiar with and regularly service Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International as well as other private airfields, and we understand the traffic patterns and necessary time allotments such that you don’t need to worry when traveling.

 

Vehicles

Our company-owned fleet includes a complete range of vehicles.  We can provide the best in transportation for any occasion or task. We operate Mercedes and BMW luxury sedans, Lincoln Town Car limos and Cadillac Escalade limos, executive SUVs, Mercedes Sprinter limos and vans, party buses, motor coaches, and shuttle buses. We even offer helicopter tours and private jet transportation as well.

Washington DC black suvs

 

Technology

We invest in the best technology to provide the best service to our clients. Whether you are going to a business meeting, airport, a concert or a Redskins game, you can enjoy colorful LCD lights, state-of-the-art audio and navigation systems, as well as in-car wifi upon request.

With all of this in mind, we leave the choice up to you. Next time you are in need of transportation, we hope that you will give us a chance to serve you. Because if you do, we are confident you will prefer the Culdesac experience.




 

Kevin Polite