Why now not shift gears and ‘hitch a trip’ to the wedding venue in a posh automobile to turn some heads? With the likes of Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jeep, and Jaguar only a reserving away, many couples are opting to avail themselves of those options.
So, at your service are car condominium organizations within the metropolis ready to chauffeur you right down to your nuptial. “Nine out of 10 instances, it’s more approximately the rite on a critical day than a consolation. For many, it’s the fulfillment of a wish to reach at their wedding ceremony in fashion while you are the cynosure of all eyes,” says Anoop Jacob, a tour operator of Apple Cars at Kumarapuram. The vehicle apartment carrier has in its stables Audi, BMW, Jaguar, at the same time as it also “sources” Range Rover for clients on request. Anoop says although the enterprise keeps some top rate vehicles under its direct ownership, relying on call for and purchaser preference, the organization “borrows vehicles” from within the proprietor’s “buddy’s circle.”
Santhosh Kumar, the proprietor of Darshan Holidays, who has been in the business for over 14 years, says he keeps a fleet of about 17 luxury motors that he “rolls” across his workplaces in the State. “When no longer rented out, we take the cars for personal use instead of maintaining it parked inside the garage. That manner, the automobiles are maintained in strolling situation all of the time for any short bookings,” says Santhosh.
Since such top rate automobiles are steeply-priced, proprietors are averse to taking undesirable risks. “For luxury vehicles, even a minor frame touch-up can make you dig deep into your wallet. Long-time period tough handling can also create problems at the engineering aspect that shows pretty expensive to restoration,” says Jishnu Shankar, operations body of workers at Southgate Travels at Kunnukuzhy. So the companies mandatorily offer their expert drivers as a part of the bundle. It’s a “win-win arrangement,” as this additionally lays overall responsibility for any damages incurred at some stage in service inside the condominium enterprise, cushioning customers from any legal responsibility.
One partial exception will be the unavoidable floral decoration on the auto if it’s far going for use at the day of the marriage.
“Floral decorations nowadays are stored minimum, and we insist on using handiest vacuum fixtures of bouquets on the car frame, which may be removed with out leaving any stain or scratches. We offer that together with the bundle for a further price. Use of stickers, tapes, and glue are strictly disallowed, and a number of those automobiles also are ceramic-covered to prevent scratches,” says Sujesh Anspaul, proprietor of Wheel Man Tours and Travels at PMG.
Despite a wide variety of picks, the Audi series seems to be popular. “Perhaps, that’s due to the fact Audi is deemed to be more photogenic. Jaguar arguably has a extra masculine appeal, at the same time as BMW is extra sporty. So for a formal occasion like a wedding, Audi fits the bill flawlessly,” feels Anoop. But Sujesh disagrees. He observes that the Merc is pretty sought-after amongst human beings from West Asia. Apart from the transportation issue, luxury automobiles also decorate the glam quotient of wedding photograph-shoots, they factor out.
Bookings may be made after checking availability of a favored automobile. Rates range relying on automobiles, availability and whether or not it’s ‘wedding ceremony season’ or now not and fuel fees are often covered in the condominium charges that generally paintings on the idea of programs.
For sure “excessive-profile” weddings, mass bookings for more than one days are the norm. “On such events, specifically whilst the purchaser is a famous personality, we rent the vehicles on specific terms and situations as they will now not need our drivers,” says Siras M, proprietor of Sree Tours in Kumarapuram.
Customers say they do not mind “splurging a piece” for an event “that happens simplest as soon as in a person’s existence.” Like, Nikhil Ravindran, a techie from Kazhakoottam, who had booked a white Audi A5 for his brother’s wedding a couple of months lower back. “We have a Honda Amaze but my brother, Aghil Ravindran, running in Bengaluru become keen on an Audi,” he says.