If you are looking for a chauffeur in and around the Glasgow area, then come to Mercedes Wedding Cars. Not only do we drive for weddings, we also supply cars with chauffeur for corporate, business, parties and sporting events too, including golf and football.
But hiring a chauffeured service is not something you do every day; we outline the service you can expect as well as a little of the history behind chauffeuring.
Where does the term chauffeur originate?
Not many people realise that the term comes from the very early days of steam power. It is the French term for ‘stoker’, a job done by many in the early ages of steam. A stoker was the person who threw coal on to the fire, creating steam that pushed the train along. When petrol and diesel engines came along to fuel cars there was still need for a ‘stoker’ to heat the components that fired the engine, as the ignition at this point had not been invented. As technology increased and new inventions came about, the chauffeur role changed from starting the engine to driving the car as well.
Not only did a chauffeur drive, but also maintained and repaired the vehicle, two important roles that some chauffeurs still carry out today. The car became more common place is society but only amongst the confines of the rich in the early 20th century. Many families employed chauffeurs to drive and maintain their precious vehicles but many commentators at the time suggested that these “young men” needed better training and preparation for their roles.
Wedding car and corporate car hire firms have to meet various legal requirements in order to operate, including maintaining the conditions and standard required to meet insurance and legal obligations. High quality car companies will also train their chauffeurs in a variety of topics and subjects, including giving a high level of customer service.
Chauffeurs are expected to have a high level of knowledge of the vehicle they are driving and in many cases, are expected to perform basic maintenance services on the vehicle. This in itself will ensure that the customer receives a high standard of service as the vehicles are looked after well.
Many companies, such as Glasgow based Mercedes Wedding Cars, requires their chauffeurs to have a high standard of dress, with smart suits, tie and sometimes a ‘cap’ being the industry standard. Being chauffeur driven is not the same as taking a taxi. The journey should not be rushed but a smooth, gentile transition from place to place.
Chauffeurs are also expected to be discreet, yet attentive. They will open the doors for their customers on arrival and departure. Many chauffeurs will also keep the car clean and tidy between ‘jobs’ as well as during the day.
Chauffeurs will also be responsive, within reasons to a customer’s requests and will also have a good knowledge of the area in which they will be working. Most chauffeurs will check details and maps before taking to the road with a client.
If you are looking for a high quality chauffeured service, whether for a wedding or another event, then consider the high quality chauffeur driven vehicles provided by Glasgow based company, Mercedes Wedding Cars. With modern, luxurious vehicles, this company has experience in dealing one of the best chauffeur driven services in Scotland.
Mercedes Wedding Cars provide discount chauffeuring services across Scotland including: Glasgow East, Glasgow North, Glasgow South, Glasgow West, Cumbernauld, East Kilbride, Livingston, Motherwell, Falkirk.
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