Articles by AC Jones

SHOP SMART: Get a Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspection Before You Buy Online

If you are considering the purchase of a used funeral limousine or hearse that you found online and that is not nearby, how do you go about making sure the vehicle is up to snuff and in the condition advertised? Why, with a pre-purchase vehicle inspection of course.

eBay Motors and InspectMyRide.com have teamed up to provide a service that allows potential funeral car buyers on ebaymotors.com to order a pre-purchase vehicle inspection and have the car inspected before they purchase it, but you don’t have to be shopping for used funeral cars on eBay to benefit from this independent inspection service.

There are many different inspection services now that offer on the spot inspections for cars and trucks.  They also offer services for specialty cars, including hearses and other funeral sedans.

Wondering what these inspection services actually offer?  Here’s a short list of what most offer as a part of their basic service:

  • Mechanical dysfunctions such as brakes, weak battery, shoddy belts and hoses, and fluid leaks
  • Condition of instrument panel
  • Rips and tears in upholstery or carpeting
  • Functionality of electronic components
  • Tire tread
  • Body damage or paint chipping
  • And that’s just the tip of the iceberg

Your vehicle inspector will also take your prospective funeral hearse or limousine for a test drive and provide you with digital photos to show you the condition of the vehicle you are planning to purchase.

Whether or not you are shopping online or from a trusted source for your next used funeral hearse or limousine, a pre-purchase vehicle inspection from an independent third-party is a sure way to reduce the chances of buying something you regret.


Remembering Robert F. Kennedy’s Funeral Train

More than 40 years ago, Robert F. Kennedy died after being shot by Sirhan Sirhan at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California.  This tragedy took place mere minutes after Kennedy won the state’s Democratic presidential primary election.

On June 8, Kennedy’s body passed through Delaware County on its way to the nation’s capital on a funeral train. His funeral was the only nighttime funeral in the history of Arlington National Cemetery. It was not planned that way, however. It just happened because of the delays caused by the more than one million mourners who stood alongside the tracks of the funeral train as his body went by.

One of the most amazing parts of Kennedy’s assassination was his concern for others despite what happened to him. Just seconds after he was shot, a hotel busboy heard the senator ask if everybody was alright while he was probably in anguish from the gunshot wounds.

Those words are the subject of a documentary that Oscar-winning filmmaker Jon Blair created on about the incident. He asks “Is everybody alright?” referring to the people who lined the tracks as the train’s funeral cars went by.  You can read more about the documentary here and order the documentary online.

Stories – and documentaries – like this illustrate just how important modes of transportation can be during a funeral.  While funeral trains were long retired by the time Kennedy died, reviving them for his funeral gave the country a chance to come together to mourn – and comfort.

 


PHOTO ROUNDUP: 10 Vintage Funeral Cars from Cadillac

The manufacturing of petrol-driven began in 1909 in the United States. Cadillac started building hearses in 1916 and remain a major player in the industry today.

Cadillac created a “commercial chassis” which is a stronger version of the long-wheelbase Fleetwood limousine. The commercial chassis allows for extra weight of the body, cargo and rear deck.

Below is a history of Cadillac hearses manufactured throughout the decades.

1916 Cadillac Carved-Panel Hearse

The oldest know Cadillac hearse to exist. Mourners could view the casket when the drapes were pulled back.

1916 Cadillac Carved-Panel Hearse

1941 Cadillac Gothic Carved-Panel Hearse

1941 Cadillac Gothic Carved-Panel Hearse

1946 Cadillac Limousine-Style Hearse by Superior

1946 Cadillac Limousine-Style Hearse by Superior

1953 Cadillac Landau Hearse by Superior

1953 Cadillac Landau Hearse by Superior

1955 Cadillac Flower Car

1955 Cadillac Flower Car

1956 Cadillac Limousine-Style Ambulance

1956 Cadillac Limousine-Style Ambulance

1957 Cadillac Imperial Sedan by Fleetwood

1957 Cadillac Imperial Sedan by Fleetwood

1959 Cadillac Landau Combination

1959 Cadillac Landau Combination

1960 Cadillac Victoria Landau Hearse

1960 Cadillac Victoria Landau Hearse

1970 Cadillac Crown Sovereign

1970 Cadillac Crown Sovereign

Photos via HearseWorks