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5 Reasons Your Next Car Should Be a Hearse

Looking to buy a new car and want something that’s unique, versatile, functional and a great deal?  Consider buying a hearse.  Before you shrug the idea off as something only for goths or hipsters, take a moment to consider these five solid reasons why a hearse could be a great investment.

  • One Owner and Plenty of Service Records – Funeral directors tend to buy their hearses new and they also keep up with general and preventative maintenance.  Since funeral homes rely so heavily on hearses, they keep them in tip-top shape and have the service records to prove it.
  • Truly a ‘Gently Used’ Vehicle – You’ve probably noticed that most funeral processions go slow enough to drive Miss Daisy.  Hearses are rarely – if ever – subjected to breakneck speeds or careless driving.  Hearses are such public cars and their drivers are under near constant scrutiny.  They’re also kept meticulously clean with details done inside and out as well as winterizing on a regular schedule.
  • Delivers a Comfortable Ride – Even for the Living – Hearses are often little more than modified sedans and, as such, they’re incredibly comfortable to drive.  Leg room aplenty and often with high-end appointments such as heated seats, Bluetooth capability and built in GPS, hearses are designed for comfort.
  • Plenty of Cargo Space – Want to refurnish your house from Ikea?  Hitting up every local garage sale you can find in the height of summer?  Picking up some 6 foot lumber for a yard project?  Need space for camping, festival, concert or tailgating gear?  A hearse has you covered.   You can fit plenty in the back without worrying it will affect the comfort of the ride in the front.
  • Performance Won’t Be An Issue – While hearses are generally driven carefully, that doesn’t mean they lack in performance.  Since they’re usually hauling some heavy cargo as well as dealing with the equipment installed in the back (more on that below), hearses tend to come with plenty of punch below the hood.

A Note of Caution

To be fair, while there are plenty of reasons to buy a hearse, it’s something you should consider carefully.  Buying a hearse may mean some initial investment in getting the car ready for mainstream use.  Many hearses, for example, have a ‘coffin deck’ in the back which makes loading and unloading a coffin easier.  This hardware will need to be removed and, quite often, the back will need to be carpeted or otherwise refurnished.

Driving a hearse is also something that takes some getting used to.  The cars a re longer than most conventional vehicles and people often find they have a hard time parking or even negotiating tight turns around drive-thrus and other areas.

Still, even with the challenges presented by hearse driving, the cars are a classic and they’re always guaranteed to turn heads.  if you want something functional and fabulous, a used funeral car is definitely worth considering.

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 have teamed up to provide a service that allows potential funeral car buyers on 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.