Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of vehicles do you offer?
We trust that one of the following vehicle types will perfectly meet your needs:
Executive “Town Car” Sedan – Our most affordable ride, this Town Car class vehicle nonetheless offers the black-car experience you’d expect from a premium private car service. That includes, but is not limited to, All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) and snow tires during the winter months and amenities like leather seats, climate control, charging ports, and Fiji water.
Our quotes for this class of service are generally flat rates for commonly traveled venues, but are usually comparable to UberSELECT or Lyft Lux rates for Utah.
Tesla Model X EV – Travel anywhere, anytime for up to 4 with light luggage or 3 with loads of luggage, in elegant, emission-free style. We love driving this safest car on the road and think you’ll love it too. Its falcon-wing doors, silky-smooth ride, and quiet elegance redefines luxury ground transportation. Seating for one in the front and three in the middle row leaves plenty of space in the spacious rear for your luggage. With a motor on each wheel, this safest-of-all SUV grips the road under any conditions, including the worst blizzards and even spotty black ice. You’ll get all the amenities of the black car sedan plus WiFi, premium sound, a smoke-free guarantee, additional safety features, and a vetted chauffeur.
Full-size Luxury SUV – Travel anywhere, anytime for up to 6 with light luggage in comfort and style. This is a great choice when you want luxury, safety, and flexibility for a ride for up to 6. Ideal for those passengers with families or that otherwise just need plenty of space in a luxury car. A Full-sized Luxury SUV offers the best combination of luxury, roominess, safe handling in snow, safety, and flexibility. Vehicles like a a Cadillac Escalade ESV or a Lincoln Navigator XL will comfortably seat at least 6 besides the driver, with room to spare for luggage and even skis. You’ll get all the amenities of the black car sedan plus AWD and climate-appropriate tires, both of which are required in the winter if your destination is Park City or the ski resorts. You will also get additional amenities as you’d expect from premium class vehicles such as WiFi, heated front and rear seats, a DVD Entertainment System, satellite radio, a smoke-free guarantee, AC power plug, additional safety features, and a vetted chauffeur.
Full-sized SUV – Basic travel anywhere, anytime for up to 7 to Park City or the ski resorts. This is a great choice for a private car when you want a town car class ride, but need the extra safety and spaciousness of a full-sized SUV. Our Full-sized SUVs, such as a Chevrolet Suburban or Ford Expedition, will seat 7 besides the driver. You will enjoy amenities similar to those of the Black Car Sedan, like leather seats, climate control, charging ports, and bottled water.
Fares for this class of service are generally flat rates for commonly traveled venues, but are usually similar to UberSUV fares for the area.
The Fair Fares for this class of service are generally flat rates for commonly traveled venues, but are usually a bit higher than comparable UberSUV or our Luxury SUV rates for the area since you’re guaranteed more luxury, superior chauffeurs, better amenities, and superior spaciousness than with an UberSUV.
Transit Van – A high-capacity van for when you need room for parties of more than 6 but less than 14 in the same vehicle.
The rate for this Van are charged by the hour from garage out and back to garage, with a 1.5-hour minimum. We also have discounted fares for common routes for this vehicle available through our web site.
Sprinter Party Van – Great for larger wedding parties or corporate groups when you want to travel in the seating style and luxury of a large limousine. The Sprinter Van is our most spacious luxury vehicle.
The rates for the Sprinter Van are charged by the hour from garage out and back to garage, with a 2-hour guaranteed minimum.
What are some of the locations you serve?
But here are some of the more common locations and destinations we serve:
Salt Lake Valley
- Salt Lake City Airport (SLC)
- Downtown – Salt Palace, Vivint Arena, Temple Square, LDS Conference Center, LDS Church Headquarters, Grand America, Little America, Monaco, Marriott City Center, Marriott City Creek, Hilton, Radisson, Sheraton, DoubleTree, The Depot, The Complex, The Avenues, fine dining establishments, and anywhere else downtown you need to go
- Sugar House
- Rose Park
- West Valley
- West Jordan
- University of Utah – Huntsman Cancer Institute, Rice/Eccles Stadium, Huntsman Center
- Ski Resorts – Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude
- Marriott University Park
- Goldman Sachs
- Federal Heights
- Emigration Canyon
- Heritage Park
- Hogle Zoo, &
- the This is the Place Monument.
- Cottonwood Heights
- Ski Resorts – Park City Mountain, Deer Valley, Canyons
- Deer Valley – St. Regis, Stein Erickson, Montage, Chateaux
- City Center – Main Street, Treasure Mountain, Marriott Summit Watch, Park City Mountain, Marriott Mountainside, Hotel Park City, Ruths Chris Steakhouse, The Yarrow
- Canyons – Waldorf Astoria, Grand Summit Lodge, Sundial Lodge, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Place,
Silver King, Silverado
- Jeremy Ranch
- Olympic Park
- Gorgoza Park
- Ski Resorts – Powder Mountain, Snowbasin, Nordic Mountain, Eagle Point, Beaver Mountain, and Cherry Peak
- National Monuments – Golden Spike
- Ogden (Hill AFB, Powder Mountain, Pluralsight, etc.)
- North Salt Lake
- Farmington / Lagoon
- Ski Resorts – Powder Mountain, Snowbasin, Nordic Mountain, Beaver Mountain, and Cherry Peak
Utah Valley / Central Utah
- Provo Airport (PVU)
- Sundance Ski Resort
- National Monuments – Timpanogos Cave
- Provo – BYU, Provo Marriott, Qualtrics, Vivint, Ancestry.com, Spring Hill Suites, Marriott Courtyard, Clinicians Report/Practical Clinical Courses
- Lehi – Thanksgiving Point, Adobe, Camp Williams, Oracle, Vivint, Xanga, Traverse Mountain
- Saratoga Springs
- American Fork
- American Fork Canyon (Timpanogos Cave, Alpine Loop, Cascade Springs)
- Pleasant Grove
- Spanish Fork
- Bonneville Salt Flats
- Ski Resorts – Brianhead, Eagle Point
- National Parks (Bryce, Zions, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef)
- National Monuments – Grand Staircase-Escalante
- Nephi (Skydiving)
- St. George
- Cedar City
- Cove Fort
- National Parks – Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef)
- National Monuments – Dinosaur, Bears Ears, Natural Bridges
How far in advance should I make my reservation?
Still, our approach is to broker rides with the best limousine companies in Utah, so even though we require our online reservations to be made at least 24 hours in advance, just give us a call – we pride ourselves on our “Can do!” attitude. So when you need a reservation within the next 24 hours, please don’t hesitate to text or call us at (435)200-3186. Anytime, 24 x 7 x 365. We will usually answer the phone or respond as quickly as possible to texts or e-mail. Utah Private Car chauffeurs will do everything within their power to meet your needs.
What do you mean by "concierge service?"
We may not be super-human, but we are passionate about doing whatever we can to help you enjoy your stay in Utah.
Take, for example, our Private Chauffeur Luxury Tours. We customize every tour to your expectations and requests. That’s why we don’t have scheduled tours or even consistent itineraries. We’ll work with you based on your time constraints and desires to deliver an unforgettable experience. We’ll even find ways to delight and surprise you, unless you tell us, of course, that you don’t like surprises of any kind.
Let’s say you want to forego luxury for awhile and enjoy a great camping experience. Just let us know and we’ll bring the gear. Prefer an RV? Or scheduling your hotel rooms? Enjoy hiking? Rappelling? Mountain-biking? Star-gazing? Snowmobiling? Skiing? Boating? Sightseeing? Hunting? Wilderness hiking? Fishing? No problem – we’ve got you covered with first-class concierge service. All we need is your request.
On every ride, we try to answer all of your question and provide enjoyable conversation, but we also know how to follow your cues if you just want silence and screen time with our in-car WiFi.
So to us, “concierge service” means listening to understand and then acting to serve.
Can you handle our skis and snowboards?
Can I schedule extra stops to pick up other passengers, food, liquor or ski rentals?
We’ll stop for groceries, liquor, ski rental, dinner or whatever you need. To ensure the availability of your driver, please remember to include the stops when you request your reservation, but don’t be concerned if you don’t. Ask us anyway. We generally allow extra time on each ride so we can probably handle your request.
Extra stops or wait times are $25 per 15 minute increment. Please be aware that your final fare may be more than you were quoted if we make stops that were not scheduled at the time you make your reservation.
I'm traveling with young children. Are car seats required?
Utahs’ guidelines specify:
Infants and toddlers must ride in rear-facing car seats, and children who are less than 4 feet 9 inches tall or younger than age 8 need a booster seat. After age 8, children should always wear a seat belt. Children 12 years of age and younger should ride in a back seat.
At the time you make your reservation, help us to help you by making a special request for the car seats or booster seats you will need so that we can bring them with us at the time we pick up you and your children.
What is your cancellations and rescheduling policy?
To facilitate our planning and driver scheduling, our online systems will assess a cancellation fee if you cancel within 48 hours of a scheduled ride. Any cancellations made within 48 hours of the originally scheduled pickup time will be charged to your credit card at the quoted fare, without gratuity. If you reschedule, however, please let us know of your original reservation and we can generally make accommodations.
There is no charge if your flight is delayed up to 30 minutes, however. We ask that you communicate with your driver in the event your flight is delayed or cancelled, even though we monitor your flight, since “no shows” will be charged the full rate. Please see the question and answer on flight delays in the Arrival section.
Do you ever farm-out rides?
Yes, we do. That’s because we’ve found that we can both increase our flexibility and the levels of concierge service we offer you by working with proven, trusted affiliates. The only affiliated limousine companies we work with are those owned and managed by people we know and respect, who have a similar passion for quality service and high standards that we do. In almost every case, we have met, vetted and approved of the chauffeur who will be assigned to your ride.
So rest assured that when you book with Utah Private Car, we guarantee your satisfaction. If we send an affiliated chauffeur to provide your ride, they will have been informed about our standards and our expectations – and if they ever fall short, just report to us the gap between your expectations and our performance and we’ll gladly make it right or refund your fare while putting that affiliate back on probation.
Will someone be waiting for me at the airport when I arrive?
Even if your flight is delayed, your chauffeur will make adjustments in order be sure that someone is there to pick you up later. The technologies we deploy help our chauffeurs track your flight and plan around any delay. The first 30 minutes of delay is on us; subsequent wait times are $25 per 15 minute segment. If your flight will be delayed more than 90 minutes, we’ll probably re-assign your driver and only charge you for one hour of wait time.
In the event your flight is cancelled and won’t be arriving that same day, then we request that you call your chauffeur at your earliest opportunity to find out if they will be able to pick you up at the new time. They will then either change their plans accordingly or coordinate with other chauffeurs as necessary to ensure that there will be someone there to pick you up when you arrive at the rescheduled time.
In the event your flight is rescheduled and you provide us with at least a three-hour notification, there won’t be any additional charges. However, we respectfully request that you be mindful of the impact on our chauffeurs when you decide whether they are deserving of a tip. Again – tips are never expected but always appreciated at Utah Private Car.
Also, please see the answer to “How to I coordinate pickup with my chauffeur?” for additional details.
Do you offer a "Meet and Greet" service?
How do I coordinate with my chauffeur for pickup?
Otherwise, coordinating pickup is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Call or text your chauffeur when your plane lands. The day of your flight and again five minutes before your plane lands, you should be receiving a text with your chauffeur’s phone number. Your phone contact helps your chauffeur plan when to leave the airport staging area appropriately to minimize the time you spend waiting at the terminal.
- Please head straight to the baggage claim area after landing. There are restrooms there while you wait for your bags.
- You might want to inform your chauffeur if you need a refreshment break after landing so he or she can plan timings accordingly.
- When your chauffeur arrives at the door for your terminal, you’ll receive a text informing you.
- If you’re in Terminal 2, they’ll be right outside door 13 for Delta or SkyWest flights, or
- If you’re in Terminal 1, they’ll be curbside outside door 6 for all other airlines.
Please note: You won’t need to cross any streets. Don’t follow signs to “Passenger Pickup” – look instead for the orange signs designating Shuttle or Courtesy vehicles.
- If you encounter any problems after landing like lost luggage etc., please notify your chauffeur immediately so they can adjust their plans and our schedules accordingly.
- Please remember to leave enough juice in your phone to make at least two calls after you land. There will be charging ports in the vehicle – just ask your chauffeur for a charge cord. We have cords for both Apple and Android.
- Please be advised that it takes your chauffeur about 9 minutes to get from the staging area at the airport to curbside, and SLC Ground Transportation Providers including Utah Private Car are not permitted to wait curbside much longer than a few minutes.
- If your chauffeur doesn’t answer your call at any time, try one more time, and then please call us at (435)200-3186 immediately, since something has happened that is outside the control of your chauffeur, and we will take immediate corrective action to ensure that the impact on you and your schedule is minimized.
What if my flight is delayed?
On rides that involve flight arrivals at SLC, since you provide us with your flight number at the time you reserve your ride, we monitor the status of your flight so that even if you’re stuck in flight delay limbo, we will be there to pick you up at the appropriate time.
On rides that involve flight departures from SLC, we assume that even if a departure is delayed, you still want us to pick you up at the scheduled time so you can be at the airport to get the first convenient flight out. So please call your chauffeur at the earliest opportunity if you’d like to reschedule your pickup time.
In the rare case that your arrival time changes multiple times due to weather or mechanical issues, we will do our best to monitor your flight so that we can have a driver at the airport when you land or at least within an hour of when you arrive. We suggest calling (435)200-3186 at your earliest opportunity to confirm alternate arrangements.
For flights that are delayed more than 30 minutes, we charge a $25 wait fee for every portion of a 15 minute period incurred, with a maximum wait time charge of $100. Please use your best judgment on a gratuity to compensate the driver for the time they’ve lost due to any extra wait.
What if I need to change the pick-up or drop-off locations?
Otherwise, just call your chauffeur at the phone number provided on your confirmation, and inform them of your new desired pick-up or drop-off location(s). Your chauffeur will then be able to adjust their schedule accordingly and, if their schedule may not allow them to accommodate your request(s), arrange for another chauffeur to be assigned.
Please be aware that changing pick-up or drop-off locations may change the quoted fare. Just use the site reservations page to get a quote for the new pick-up / drop-off locations.
Are your shuttles shared or private?
With a name like “Utah Private Car, you can bet that all of our vehicles and rides are private, i.e. chauffeur-driven. In fact, we don’t even offer shuttles.
This means that only those in your party and your chauffeur will be aboard. What’s more, it also means that your chauffeur will protect your privacy and the confidentiality of everything you say and do. And everywhere you go. Rest assured that we value your privacy as much as you do.
In summary, we provide direct, non-stop, point-to-point, door-to-door concierge transportation. We pick you up where you tell us and drop you off at your destination. That means no stops while you wait for other passengers to be dropped off before you. The only stops we’ll make are the ones that you specify or that are required by law.
So the best thing about a private car service like Utah Private Car is that you can schedule stops for groceries, liquor, ski rental, a bite to eat, or even if you spot something you want to explore along the way, with no per-stop charge if you’re on an Hourly-As-Directed fare, or a nominal $25 charge per stop up to 15 minutes for all other fares. Ours is a premium service, and we are here to serve you.
What about eating and drinking in your vehicles? What about alcohol on the luxury tours?
We generally provide Fiji water on most rides, and permit bring-your-own snacks and soft drinks as well. We are also happy to stop for fast-food – see the question about on-trip stops in the planning section. On private luxury tours, we encourage eating along the way if that’s what you desire. And, we can also help you find the places the locals frequent when your preferences or fine-dining options are unavailable.
However, Utah has an open container law, so we are unable to provide alcoholic beverages or allow their consumption while on any ride in Utah. On the luxury tours, though, you’re free to bring your own bottles, for opening and consumption any time we’re not in the moving vehicle.
Is smoking permitted?
If you would like a vehicle in which smoking is permitted, however, just make a special request for a smoking vehicle and order a Full-size SUV when you make your reservation. We’ll assign you a chauffeur who smokes and allows smoking in his vehicle.