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5 Tips on How To Increase Funeral Car Fuel Efficiency

funeral car fuel efficiencyAn interesting article about the auto start-stop feature got me to thinking about fuel efficiency in funeral cars. In a day when gas prices are hitting near $4 per gallon or more, fuel economy is becoming an increasingly more important concern for all drivers. It should also be an important concern for funeral directors.

When you consider that funeral cars are constantly starting and stopping in traffic, this is very important to talk about.

You park your funeral car, then drive it around to where the pall bearers will load it with a casket. From there you drive to the cemetery. From the funeral home to the cemetery you will undoubtedly stop and restart your vehicle several times – at stop lights, stop signs, in traffic, etc. The auto start-stop feature can increase your fuel efficiency.

The way this feature works is, when you sit idle in your funeral car for more than a few seconds, the vehicle’s engine shuts off. When you accelerate again it restarts. The engine shutting off and coming back on like this will save your fuel.

With Ford Motor Company offering this feature as an option for less than $300, I think this could spell a new direction for the auto industry as a whole, even funeral cars.  It’s a system that has many owners of fleet cars – including funeral home directors – taking a closer look at ways to improve overall fuel efficiency.  Here are five other ways funeral directors can improve and maintain better fuel economy:

  • Don’t Idle – This top tip is where the inspiration for systems like Ford’s Stop-Start option.  Idling your car can cost you – literally.  Idling can burn up to 2 ounces of fuel a minute – that’s 20 ounces within 10 minutes.  Funeral cars tend to idle for a long time, with some funeral homes leaving them running as they wait for families to get in.  Shut the car off if you’re going to be still for more than a few minutes and save yourself plenty at the pump.
  • Inflate Tires Properly – Checking that your funeral car’s tires are properly infalted reduces the resistance of your tires on the pavement.  This reduces drag and can make a difference in fuel economy.
  • Watch the Oil Maintenance – When dealing with a fleet of cars, some funeral homes have them serviced all at the same time – and as cheaply as possible.  This means some cars may not be getting serviced when they should while others may not be getting the specific kind of oil they need to perform.  Keeping each car to its own schedule and sticking to vehicle manufacture guidelines improves overall performance.
  • Seal Your Gas Cap – This is one that many people laugh at when they first see it, but hear me out.  I’m not talking about making sure your gas cap is on, it’s about the rubber seal around the cap.  The seal prevents oxygen from getting into your gas system.  Extra oxygen means more air getting to your engine and that means more fuel consumption.  Seals can degrade and crack over time and that’s where maintenance comes into play.  If your seal starts to go, don’t replace it with the cheapest knock-off you can find.  Invest the extra money for OEM or equivalent.
  • Shop Smart – If you maintain a larger fleet, work with a local gas station for a price break.  If you’re not able to do that, use apps to find the best prices and then strike while the iron is hot.  Double up the smart shopping by paying with a credit card that offers cash back on fuel purchases.


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Financing a Funeral Car – A Basic Overview

Individuals who purchase automobiles for their personal driving often buy on credit. Auto financing is a huge business in the personal automobile category. Even businesses that purchase cars for business use, whether they will be driven by one person or shared by a team, will purchase autos on loan. But what about funeral coaches?

Yes, even funeral coaches can be purchased on loan. Auto financing for funeral coaches works pretty much the same way that it does for other cars.

Your funeral home should come prepared to leave a down payment. Figure out how much of a down payment you can afford and that will often influence your finance rate and the length of your loan term. A higher down payment, for instance, will often result in a lower finance rate and a shorter term loan.

When you figure the life of your funeral coach, you’ll be surprised at the value of buying your coach through financing. And if your company has a positive credit rating, you’ll get good terms as well.

Here are five things that influence the terms of your auto loan agreement when you purchase a funeral coach through financing:

  1. Size of your down payment
  2. Your company’s credit rating
  3. The current market rate for financing
  4. Length of the loan term
  5. Amount you are borrowing

Funeral coach financing, like personal automobile financing, moves in waves. Finance rates go up, then they go back down. The trick to getting the best deal on your coach purchase is to purchase when the rates are low. That time is right now.

According to BankRate, auto financing rates are at a low point. That includes financing funeral coaches and limousines.  These rates can vary depending on when you intend to buy as well as your area so be sure to check back often in order to get an idea for the best time to buy.

Financing a funeral coach is easy. Your funeral home can leverage its financial position by financing its coaches and spreading out the purchase price of the vehicle over the life of the coach itself. This helps you, and it helps your clients.

Heritage Coach is committed to providing funeral homes and funeral directors with the best funeral coaches at the best prices, and that includes the best finance rates. If you think you’ll be in the market for a new funeral coach any time in the next year, then start looking now. Pick your coach and finance while the rates are low.