How much does a hearse cost? It is a question that anyone who is arranging needs to know. The good news that although the general costs of funerals rise year on year, the fees for the hearse and limousine or other cars used are generally included in the funeral director package that you choose. Depending on the funeral director you choose, a single flat rate may be charged for the whole service. This will include administration fees as well as burial costs and the transfer of family members and the body to the cemetery or other burial place.
Hiring a limousine is not necessary for a funeral, and you can choose your own means of transport. Since the crisis hit the UK hard in 2008, limousines were seen less for funerals, own transport being used in preference in a bid to keep funeral costs down. A traditional funeral however generally includes a hearse, and most UK funeral directors insist on using one.GET A QUOTE
Not all hearses are the same, and there are many different types available. A traditional hearse will be black, but you can opt for something more personal for the deceased if you so wish. You may choose something that is dedicated to them personally, or something that is representative of their favourite hobby or interest. A traditional hearse is generally supplied as part of a funeral package, along with a limousine. Extra cars can be added where desired at an additional cost.
A traditional hearse will be black, with long glass sides, the vehicle being specifically designed for carrying coffins. If you choose to hire a hearse independently as opposed to part of a funeral package, you can expect to pay around 300 pounds. The exact amount you pay will depend on the age of the vehicle and whether it is from a prestigious or local hire company.
For a twist on the traditional, you may opt for a horse-drawn hearse. Here you would expect to pay around double
the cost of a standard black hearse. Some people will opt for a motorcycle hearse; these are the perfect choice when the deceased was a lover of motorbikes. Here you will find the coffin transported in a sidecar, and a long following of bikers behind paying tribute to the deceased.
Lastly, you may choose a novelty car as opposed to a traditional vehicle. Novelty cars can be booked for transporting both the body of the deceased as well as family members. Brightly coloured hearses are used when the funeral in question is a celebration of life as opposed to a solemn affair.
Asides the hearse used to transport the body of the deceased, a limousine will be used to transport family and friends to the funeral. Each limousine will seat up to 9 people, and depending on the size of the family of the deceased, two or more may be required. A limousine can be hired for as little as 100 pounds, and this will include the driver.