Contact & Booking

The Hippie LimoSeasonal Availability

Because of the need to preserve our classic Samba from the damages of winter weather, the Hippie Limo is only available from April 1 through October 31. We provide services primarily in the following counties: Denver, Boulder, Broomfield, Adams, Arapahoe, and Jefferson. Other areas are also open to consideration.

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Booking

You’ve checked out our Limo Packages & Rates page for weddings, proms, concerts and the like as well as our Beer, Wine & Spirits Tours in Boulder and now you’re ready to book a ride in our vintage Wayback Machine. Advance booking of at least two weeks prior to an engagement is preferred, though it may be possible to accommodate shorter time frames of even just a few days notice. Contact us to find out our availability. Remember, we have a six passenger maximum.

All packages require a $100.00 non-refundable deposit to guarantee availability. Final check payments must be received no less than 10 full business days prior to service (allowing the check time to clear our bank). Cash payments should be made upon arrival at your pick up location prior to service and placed in an envelope bearing the client’s name.

Gratuities are always appreciated but never required or expected.

If you are interested we have an article to help clients get an idea of general limo pricing and services in the Denver and Boulder area so you can see some of the choices you have and how the Hippie Limo stacks up. The article is titled Denver & Boulder Limousine Options, Rates, and Advice for Weddings and Special Occasions – Making the Decision.

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Travel Charges

Unless otherwise stated or arranged, the following base travel charges are included in all packages:

  • Denver Metro Area: Driver travel to the first pick up location and return to garage from the final drop off location if both locations are within a 30-mile radius of our garage ($1.00 charge for each additional mile). Click here to see a map of the local free service area (highlighted in white). We are only able to service locations within a 50-mile radius of Denver’s city center. Click here to see a map of our regional service area (highlighted in yellow).
  • Mountain Areas: Driver travel to the event location if within a 1-hour drive time of Boulder’s city center ($1.00 for each additional minute of mountain travel to the event location).

**Additional fees and surcharges may apply for services outside our operating area or beyond our standard offerings.**

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An Important Note on Alcohol

Please understand that we cannot serve or allow alcoholic beverages in the Hippie Limo. Having a few drinks before you board or while you are out is more than fine by us, and we certainly like helping those who have indulged themselves to refrain from driving and enjoy their jovial mood. That being said, the Hippie Limo is not a choice for any outings where the primary goal is to be raucously intoxicated. If you and your group are looking for a “party bus” experience, there are several limo services in Denver that can meet your needs.

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An Important Note on Safety and Avoiding Damage

The following rules will apply while you are in the Hippie Limo for both the safety of the passengers and the prevention of damage to our Samba. Passengers will be held responsible for any damages:

  • Seatbelts must be worn at all times while the vehicle is in motion or the engine is running
  • Seatbelts for this vehicle are the same as airline seatbelts (which were all that was available in 1965 in Germany) and I will instruct you accordingly in their use
  • No hands, feet, heads, or other parts of a body may be held outside of the sunroof while the vehicle is in motion or the engine is running
  • Passengers should not open the doors from the inside or outside as they are old and prone to breakage unless operated with great care and experience
    • This being said I will show you how to operate the doors in an emergency so you may exit under your own power
  • Passengers should never lean up against the vehicle because of the chance that sharp or protruding metals or plastics may scratch the paint

I will be going over these rules with you and your guests in person before we depart to be sure you are aware of them for your own safety, the requirements of my insurance, and the protection of the vehicle.

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Colorado PUC Limousine Operation Licensing

Below is the information on our Colorado PUC license to operate a limo service.

Limousine Permit #: LL-02071
P.U.C. #: 06632
Classification: Luxury Limousine (Classic Car)
Operation Under: Colorado Public Utilities Section: 40-1.1-302(2) C.R.S.
Operation Under: Colorado Code of Regulations: 4 CCR 723-06: 6308 a IV
Insurance: Poms  & Associates Insurance Brokers, Inc./National Indemnity Company
Insurance Company Phone: 303-799-9661
Agent: Joe Weber, AAI, Vice President
Insured Amount: $1,000,000 USD

You can use the State of Colorado’s DORA website to check the qualifications of any carrier you are interested in.
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**Important Note about PUC Licensing During Our Off Season**

When not in season, the Hippie Limo’s permit with the PUC is “Revoked” because we do not retain the expensive commercial insurance required by the PUC. The PUC has no provision for seasonal operation, so the only status the PUC can assign to us during our off months is “Revoked”.
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The Hippie Limo is out of service from November 1 – March 31, so you will not be able to confirm our legitimate licensing during this time. Please check back during our operational season, which is from April 1 to October 31. Sometimes the PUC takes a bit longer to list our updated status on its site, so you may need to check back every few days after April 1. During our season we carry our operational license with us at all times, so feel free to ask us to see it before you take a ride.
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Contact Us

Richard Blake - Owner, Operator, Mechanic, Enthusiast (and full-time dad of two)
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Hippie Limo Out of Business – 11/22/2013

Please note that our business has closed as of 11/22/2013. This site is maintained as a sort of “headstone” for our hard work and amazing rides. Under Current Events and Musings you will find a post that explains our decision and details our efforts to help this business succeed. Why the Hippie Limo Went Out of Business (A Subjective Retrospective) – 3/12/2014. Please take a moment to read it and learn more about our little experiment.
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If you wish to contact us you may do so using the Leave a Reply comment box at the bottom of this page. You can also reach us via our Facebook page. Thank you for your interest in our venture!
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8 responses

  1. Mandee Mramor

    Could I book you for my wedding on June 5th in Littleton, CO

    Mandee Mramor

    January 15, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    • Mandee,

      Congratulations on your engagement! What an amazing time of your life this is!

      I am sorry to say that though the Hippie Limo is no longer able to provide limo service, we are certainly open to doing a photoshoot with you and your partner. You can see some of the amazing photos a couple can get with our Samba on our gallery page and our pinterest page.

      If you are interested you can learn more about why we are no longer a limo service by looking at our latest blog post. I am maintaining this site as a sort of “headstone” to our efforts and the amazing time we had with our clients. In short, there was not sufficient business over three years to even make operating costs . . . it seems everyone LOVED this idea but few were actually going to pay for it. ;-)

      Best wishes to you and your partner on your wedding and on your life together.

      January 16, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      • Jim

        Hi…I am thinking of doing a classic VW tour thing here in Seattle…sounds like it might not be a great idea, since you are going out of that part of the business…anything you can tell me? What to be aware of? I know nothing about this but thought it might be a fun activity. thanks,
        jim

        January 27, 2014 at 1:45 PM

  2. Amber

    Hello, such a bummer to hear you are no longer offering services. I have clients getting married at Planet Bluegrass this summer and this is perfect for them and their bridal party as an arrival shuttle. I don’t know if insurance can be paid for monthly? Can that be put into the cost for use?

    If not, best wishes!

    Amber

    February 17, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    • Amber,

      Planet Bluegrass is such a lovely venue, I am excited for you and your clients! It is indeed a bummer that I had to close my doors. I very much loved being a part of a couple’s big day. The experience for all parties was amazing (not to mention the photos), which my reviews on WeddingWire, blog posts on our wedding adventures, and photo gallery will back up. Sadly, insurance cannot be paid for by the month, and with a cost for commercial insurance around $3850 for 6 months, it is not really economical to consider working even a monthly cost into a client’s booking fee . . . unless they are putting on quite a lavish affair. ;-) I do wish I could help you. The only other classic car limo businesses in the area use vintage Bentlys and Rolls Royces (see the company contact info at the bottom of my post on choosing a limo company) They charge around $160/hr, give or take a bit.

      Should the couple be interested, we are available for photoshoots, which make one eye-catching addition to any couple’s record of their big day! Take a look at our gallery above, not to mention our Pinterest page which collects pics of weddings featuring vintage VWs from around the world (especially the UK since this concept is insanely popular over there).

      Best of luck to all of you and please congratulate the lucky couple for us! And thank you so much for your interest and for taking the time to write to us!

      February 17, 2014 at 4:35 PM

  3. Hey Richard,

    I love your page! Samba busses are very hard to come by. It’s great seeing other fellow enthusiasts sharing their love for Volkswagens! How crazy is it that there are only a few VW rental businesses in the US?

    I live in San Diego and am looking to rent out my VW Doublecab for photo shoots as well. I have done some research on the business, but since it’s such a weird nitch I can’t find anything about if there is a required license or insurance for the DC. I was hoping you wouldn’t mind sharing how you figured out how to run your business. I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thank you,
    Megan
    http://www.pictureperfectvw.com

    February 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    • Megan,

      Your double-cab is indeed beautiful! I would love to talk with you about your business and the challenges and opportunities you’ll have. I can say that you face a great uphill battle (at least financially) if you actually want to use your v-dub as a limo legally (but lots of people seem to do it illegally). Getting your marketing to produce enough revenue to simply make costs as a limo is the problem. In the UK most people literally only ask the question: Where is the nearest and best rated vintage VW limo service? Huge numbers want v-dubs for their event and the only problem is competing with other companies. In the US the problem is getting people to even seriously consider you as an option once they know about you (or to even convince them that it is an appealing idea since so few people actually love these vehicles here). As several wedding planners and field specialist put it: “It is a cute idea, but I would never actually do it.” Additionally, 82% of my business came from people who have had vintage VWs themselves or as a part of their family history. In raw numbers, there are very few in the US who have this background. Those that do are strong with the force . . . there just aren’t enough across the whole population.

      Now a photo shoot biz is a much easier matter. You don’t have to generate so much business since all you literally have to do is just sit there and look pretty. ;-) Let’s definitely talk!

      February 28, 2014 at 4:33 PM

  4. So sad that you are closing!! I loved working with you. I still just want to say thanks for being so amazing at Molly & Jeff’s wedding. Here is my blog post about the wedding so you can see how amazing the photos came out with the bus!
    http://avintageaffairrentals.com/molly-jeffs-wedding-featured-on-green-wedding-shoes/

    March 18, 2014 at 8:11 PM

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