Service Questions

At VIP Limousine, we get a lot of questions about our services and why someone should do business with us. So we decided to make a video about it!

We answer a variety of questions, including:
-Is your chauffeur professionally dressed? Ours come in suit and tie every time.
-Does the chauffeur assist with luggage and doors without being asked? Yes, they are trained to provide a high caliber of customer service.
-Is water available in black cars for no extra cost? Yes, complimentary water is provided.
-Are charging/audio cables provided at no extra cost? Yes, chauffeurs carry their own to adapt to all different kinds of devices.
-Are the vehicles in a state of good repair and look like what was paid for? Yes, they are professionally maintained at standards above what is required.
-Are the vehicles washed by hand? Yes, with special attention to detail inside and out.
-Are the vehicles kept inside a warehouse away from the elements? Yes, they are stored inside an enclosed warehouse.
-Is there a wide variety of vehicle options? Yes, we have everything from luxury sedans to large SUV stretch limos.

All of these are completely fair questions in regards to getting what you pay for in the state of Utah, and VIP Limousine is the only transportation company which can say yes to all of the above questions day in and day out.

However, there are also a myriad of other things which one should consider. At VIP Limousine, safety of our passengers is our first priority each and every time, so regardless of which limousine company you choose, here are some additional details which are worth checking.

One of these is insurance. Livery company vehicles should be properly insured for all jobs advertised, regardless of where they travel. It should also be livery insurance, as opposed to just commercial, because livery is a step up and implies a higher caliber of service. We at VIP Limousine are in line with and exceed insurance requirements in case of the worst.

How about cost? Our pricing is competitive with other providers in the area as well as across the country. In fact, our rates even compete with the rideshare companies, while offering consistent quality, luxurious vehicles, and chauffeurs who know the area like the back of their hand. Furthermore, there are no hidden charges, taxes, or fees; what you see is what you pay.

How about service quality and gratuities/tips for chauffeurs? There are a lot of companies which charge an automatic gratuity for all of their services, often as high as 20%. However, this is the service industry, and we believe that professionals should be compensated based on the service they provide, not just because they checked a box and got passengers from A to B. Our limousine services do not have a gratuity automatically applied. Our black car services also leave room to compensate the chauffeur based on their performance.

Are there any questions you have for us which we did not answer? Please feel free to let us know in the comment section, give us a call, or send us an email.

Holladay. Utah: Our Home, Part 27

Trivia question: what is the longest continuously-inhabited city in Utah since the Pioneers arrived in 1847? Is it Salt Lake City? Nope! Salt Lake was temporarily abandoned after its founding due to a conflict. The longest continuously-inhabited city is that of the City of Holladay, and it’s a beautiful area with which to close out our Salt Lake County city overviews on our blog series.

The redeveloped "city center" of Holladay, with busy restaurants and local shops. Photo credit: Holladay Chamber of Commerce
The redeveloped “city center” of Holladay, with busy restaurants and local shops. Photo credit: Holladay Chamber of Commerce

Holladay was initially settled in 1847 due to the presence of flowing water in what was otherwise considered to be a high-altitude desert. However, it was not incorporated until 1999, but regardless has been considered to be a very important settlement in greater Salt Lake City. Its comparative lushness to the center of Salt Lake meant that it was one of the most important, with streams, flowers, ponds, springs, and land which could be tamed for agricultural use. John Holladay was a Pioneer who became a local LDS Church leader after arriving in Utah Territory, coming west from Alabama, and it is his name which now graces that of the incorporated city.

The natural features in the area are part of what has made Holladay an attractive place to live. Many of the homes here are larger, older, and beautiful. It’s a community which is welcome to any and all, but it’s also very upscale, clean, quiet, and ordered throughout.

This 24,000 square foot mansion is one of the many fine homes in Holladay. Photo credit: homesoftherich.net
This 24,000 square foot mansion is one of the many fine homes in Holladay. Photo credit: homesoftherich.net

The nice feel of the area has attracted more people to the area. Since the start of the new millennium, the population of Holladay has nearly doubled. It’s home to quite a few local businesses, including some very fine restaurants such as Layla Mediterranean Grill and Mezze along Holladay Boulevard.

Set between the Wasatch Mountains, Millcreek, Murray, and Cottonwood Heights, Holladay also has some of the most stunning mountain views around. The Wasatch sits directly behind the city with I-215 running behind it, and it is a gorgeous vista with the tall peaks, green trees, and snow-capped peaks. Looking westward, residents see the Oquirrh Mountains, also typically covered with snow at their highest elevations.

Besides being one of the first areas outside of downtown SLC to be established by the Pioneers, Holladay has another notable first for Utah: the first indoor mall, Cottonwood Mall, which opened in 1962. The area is currently being redeveloped into the next iteration of contributing to the local economy.

Holladay is home to a few people of significance. One of them is Olympian Jared Goldberg, a student at Westminster College whom was raised in nearby Sugar House. Goldberg has competed at events at both the Sochi and Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as an alpine skier.

The other famous resident is former Massachusetts governor, presidential candidate, two-time Senate candidate (as of this writing), and mastermind of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Mitt Romney does live in Utah, specifically in Holladay. Among Utahns, Romney is and continues to be admired and respected, and carries a great deal of influence across the county, state, and arguably the nation. It’s pretty clear that Utah is home to many influential people, and we’re glad to have them in our midst.

With a history stretching back prior to the founding of the state, substantial natural beauty, great neighborhoods, excellent local business, and influential people, Holladay is a fantastic asset to the community of the Wasatch Front and greater Salt Lake City. It’s our privilege at VIP Limousine to serve the city and partake of all it has to offer.

South Jordan. Utah: Our Home, Part 26

At VIP Limousine, we could write seemingly endlessly about our home and how much we love it, including all of the cities in Salt Lake County. We have covered most of it, but there are a few Salt Lake suburbs we still want to write about.

This is a city which has quickly become a key player in the state’s economy for business, education, and residential purposes. It has some beautiful streets which will look even more so when the trees mature. It was the first city on earth to have two LDS temples. While it is newer than many of the neighboring areas, it is also quickly becoming one of the most desirable. This is South Jordan, the up-and-coming new favorite city in northern Utah.

The mostly residential and quiet South Jordan has several surprises in store. This is one of the two LDS Temples within the city limits. Photo credit: pinterest.com
The mostly residential and quiet South Jordan has several surprises in store. This is one of the two LDS Temples within the city limits. Photo credit: pinterest.com

In fairness, like its neighbors, South Jordan was settled by the Pioneers in the 1800s, but it was not incorporated until 1935. Sitting south of the bend in the Jordan River, it is bordered by West Jordan, Sandy, Draper, Riverton, Herriman, and the Oquirrh Mountains. The city began, like so many others, with agriculture being the primary industry and economic anchor. As the Salt Lake area’s population grew and changed, however, this also changed in South Jordan.

The city was ripe for development, so multiple neighborhoods and subdivisions began to spring up all around within its borders. The Utah Transit Authority established a FrontRunner commuter rail station and also extended the TRAX Red Line into the city limits, immensely helping access to and from the area. The District is now a humming multi-purpose mall situated near the heart of the city. Long dominated by the spire of the Jordan River Utah Temple, the skyline is now ruled by its neighbor, the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple, which sits on a hilltop overlooking the city. If there is any indication of a major population increased in part of Utah, look no further than Temple construction within a tight area. The Salt Lake valley has 4 alone, but South Jordan has half of them. Both are beautiful edifices which can be seen clearly day and night from around the valley.

Oquirrh Lake is nestled in the Daybreak development and features kayaking and a host of other activities. Photo credit: daybreakliving.com
Oquirrh Lake is nestled in the Daybreak development and features kayaking and a host of other activities. Photo credit: daybreakliving.com

South Jordan does have a reputation of being a bedroom community for Salt Lake City, and that is certainly true in part. The new transportation links and the freeway and highway system helps to move people to and from their jobs up north. However, the city itself is also becoming a location in which to work, not just live and play. Kennecott Utah Copper has their corporate offices in the city limits within striking distance of the mines. Ivanti, the IT company, Saygus, a smartphone manufacturer, Ultradent, Verscend, and a host of other businesses are all headquartered in South Jordan. Intermountain Healthcare and the University of Utah also have a strong presence, including a branch of The Huntsman Cancer Institute. Also tucked away in South Jordan is the Utah campus of Roseman University of Health Sciences, which has one of the highest-ranked dental schools in the United States.

The Daybreak Parkway TRAX station on the Red Line is one convenient way of accessing the surrounding area, and is at the heart of the Daybreak development. Photo credit: Wikipedia
The Daybreak Parkway TRAX station on the Red Line is one convenient way of accessing the surrounding area, and is at the heart of the Daybreak development. Photo credit: Wikipedia

The big story in South Jordan, though, is the people. The aforementioned dual LDS Temples, The District, and all of the transit lines serve the new and longtime residents of the city, but many are being drawn to the western side, which is home to Daybreak. This beautiful planned community sits at the end of the TRAX Red Line and is home to many upscale residences aimed at families and young people. The amenities include the TRAX stations, SoDa Row, Oquirrh Lake, outdoor recreation and trails, live music venues, and quiet streets with modern houses. It’s the new trending place to be in the Salt Lake valley and offers a slice of downtown SLC living in a quieter setting. Daybreak was started in 2004 and is still growing and building, creating its own identity within South Jordan.

Speaking of people, South Jordan was also the home to Apolo Anton Ohno, the American short track speedskater who rose to great prominence during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Much of his career and training focused on Utah, and he skated for Team USA during the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Winter Olympics.

How's that for a view? The Oquirrh Mountain Temple sits on a hilltop in the middle of South Jordan. Photo credit: ldschurchtemples.org
How’s that for a view? The Oquirrh Mountain Temple sits on a hilltop in the middle of South Jordan. Photo credit: ldschurchtemples.org

With stunning vistas and beautiful developments, South Jordan is becoming the place to be in the Salt Lake valley for living, working, and playing. It’s close but just far away enough to have its own identity, and it’s why we at VIP Limousine love serving there and taking advantage of all it has to offer.