There are a number of points to consider when deciding to hire a minibus in advance but it is of paramount importance that any company you consider for hire is a reputable and reliable company. Recommendations are what I consider to be the gold standard when regarding whether a company can be relied upon to provide a service at an agreed time with the client or customer dependent upon which term is preferential. Ask friends, colleagues and family members if they are able to recommend a company that they have used recently. Ask if the service provided was adequate and most importantly if the vehicle that was being hired was punctual or was late on arrival.
The importance of the service being where it should be at an allotted time cannot be undervalued. If you are going to the airport to take a flight at a designated time you will need to depart at an appointed time.Deviations from these times are uncommon and often result in a late passenger being refused carriage by an operator. Flight operators have minimum check in times for baggage and departure times for passengers.Time is of importance when you are required to be at a certain place at a certain time, a transfer to the airport is only one example when not being punctual would not be acceptable. Therefore it is prudent to make enquiries. You do not want to be late especially through no fault of your own.
Hopefully this could be prevented by booking in advance and booking a hire with a company that has satisfied customers who can vouch for the service that they were provided and are confident enough to recommend that service to another. Local service providers can often be the most reliable and competitive in price. Operators of private hire vehicles are regulated within the United Kingdom by both local authorities and government organisations to ensure vehicles are safe and the drivers of the vehicles are appropriately licensed. If a private hire company is fully licensed it should also be fully insured for the carriage of passengers.
Hiring a minibus whilst abroad or in advance via the internet will make it more difficult to establish whether a company is reputable especially because recommendations will be difficult to acquire from friends and family.In these circumstances it is possibly the best course of action to ask a travel operator if they can recommend a company.
Booking in advance from a reputable operator may ensure that any trip,airport transfer or group excursions are not left waiting but if they are please ensure that you have contact telephone numbers for the hire company and if possible for the individual driver of the vehicle you have hired.