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Posted by Clarence Williams ( on February 22, 2005 at 23:37:25:

In Reply to: Where do I buy these things? posted by Luke DuPont on February 22, 2005 at 15:08:08:

Before you start throwing your money around educate yourself about hearses and what to look for in a coach.

Ask your self how much your willing to spend?
What year, make and style do you like?
How will you store it?
Will it be a pleasure vehicle or a daily driver?
Glass is expensive and sometimes rare as are other items unique to a hearse.
A "fixer upper" can cost you more in the long run than taking your time and spending a little more money for a car that is complete.
Keep in mind most hearses won't fit in a standard garage.
Use common sense.
Sadly, I've seen too many people buy a coach only to have the trans goes out or it won't pass smog or worse....the car is a rust bucket that needs a new motor.

I not trying to scare you.
I've owned 3 hearses and it's been a learning experience to say the least.
I'm quite happy with my four wheeled money pit(s).
I was a phantom coaches member for about year before buying my first coach and I'm glad I waited till I learned more about these cars and decide what I really wanted.

Talk to hearse/car people.
We're quite chatty and friendly.
Not the bone head who's hearse is a fashion accessory or a halloween decoration but the ones who live and breath these cars and network with each other to find parts, repairing, maintaining and preserving these vehicles.

Like any used car, buyer beware.
Also check out Grim Rides site for more buyer info.

Good luck and happy hunting. Clarence

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