Just for Fun: TV Cars

How awesome do you have to be to rock a van in your action TV show? Just say’n…

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Just for Fun #122

Are you settling for half the car you think you’re buying?

Just to be sure…out of an abundance of caution…because you never really know what happened to your car before it was listed for sale…

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Most Popular Used Car Color

It’s no secret that Americans love their cars- we spend hours every week commuting to and from work, running errands, and transporting our families from place to place. So it should come as no surprise that we value our cars so much to put extra care and attention to little details about our vehicles, including the color.

Everything from the make and model to the car’s color says something about the driver, and we take that very seriously. Multiple studies have shown that the color of a vehicle is one of the most important factors considered by used car shoppers. So what is America’s most fancied car color?

The most popular used car color in America is black. That’s right; black is the new black for used cars. Nearly one-third of all used vehicles on the market are black, making it the most popular color.

Why is black so popular? There are a few theories.

  • First, black is a classic color that never seems to go out of style.
  • Also, black is a versatile color that can be matched with any other color, making it easy to personalize your ride.
  • Third, black is a slimming color, making cars look sleek and stylish.
  • And fourth, black is simply timeless.

As far as favorite colors go, black is followed closely by silver and gray. These two colors tied for second place with nearly 25% of the market share each. Why silver? It’s hard to say definitively, but there are a few possible explanations.

First of all, silver is a classic neutral color that goes with everything. This makes it a good choice if you’re not sure what color you want or if you want your car to blend in with its surroundings. Second, silver is associated with luxury and sophistication. This may appeal to buyers looking for a used car that still feels luxurious and luxurious features are often found on more expensive cars.

Finally, silver is a timeless color that never goes out of style. Whether you’re looking for a used car that’s trendy or timeless, silver is always a good choice, or at least never a bad choice. Whichever reason you choose, silver is sure to be a popular pick for your next used car purchase.

Blue, white, and red round out the top five, accounting for about 10% of the market. Interestingly, green was the least popular color among used car shoppers, accounting for less than 5% of all sales.

Just for Fun #121

Why settle for the number two car inspection service?

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Why do we call it a Hearse?

The fall holiday season is upon us and its time to acknowledge how creepy the fall is. The leaves are turning, the wind is blowing and the days have grown short. If you live in the Pacific NW like our editor, this is the beginning of the rainy season, although this year the weather has been nothing to complain about.

We kick off the holidays with Halloween and in the spirit (pun intended) of the season, we grabbed a topic we really couldn’t cover any other time of the year.

Why do we call it a Hearse?

Well for starters, not everyone does. In some countries they call it a funeral car or funeral coach. A hearse is a vehicle specifically designed to carry coffins or caskets, particularly coffins that contain human remains.

Side Note: a Casket is a box for human remains and can be any shape, a Coffin has the traditional shape with five sides, narrower at both ends (foot and head) and wider at the torso.

The practice of transporting human remains, naturally, goes back before we had cars. Originally, horse drawn wagons were used. There are many examples of carriages made specific for the purpose, which were no doubt only owned by undertakers.

Ancient Hand-drawn Hearse

Before they were horse drawn, they were hand drawn or carried, which is about the time period the name Hearse originated. The word originally referred to an apparatus that raised above the body to hold candles. The device sat atop of pals, which were poles under the body which allowed the living to transport the dead without touching them. The whole contraption looked like a Harrow, or old school plowing device used to remove rocks from a field prior to planting.

To the modern eye it looks more like a hair brush but in the 1600’s they prepped their fields more than they brushed their hair. Long story short the French term for a harrow was herse, which gives us the modern term Hearse.

Side Note: Latin for Harrow, which would likely be the term behind any of the romance language countries, is herpex, so we can be glad that the term stopped by France on it’s way to modern USA.

Burial traditions vary widely around the world but in modern times most industrialized countries employ a type of Hearse. They fall into two basic styles, those that use tinting and/curtains to obscure the casket and those that have large clear windows displaying the casket.

In the US the limousine style with curtained windows are the most popular. We say popular not because the bereaved choose them, but because the owners of funeral homes pick what they think will work best and grieving people tend to just go with what’s offered.

Most funeral homes can’t afford to buy a vehicle that will sit around most of the time, so most funeral homes in a city will rent from a common motor pool, perhaps owned and operated by a third party. It’s not uncommon for that provider to be a limousine company since they are familiar with luxury vehicle maintenance and the rental market.

Interestingly, You can make a Hearse out of Any Vehicle!

Here are a few varied examples of alternate Hearses.

Here are a few varied examples of alternate Hearses.

Mercedes-Benz hearse with large rear windows
Chevrolet Silverado Hearse in Indianola, Mississippi

One of our favorites is this Hearse made from a motorcycle. Now this example uses a side car but same thing can and has been be accomplished with a trike or by pulling a trailer.

A hearse is seldom sent to pick up remains from a place where someone died. In many cases an ambulance is sent to transport someone to a hospital first as a person is not considered dead until a doctor declares them so and signs paperwork. Then the body is transported downstairs to cold storage to await instructions on who will claim the remains and which licenced funeral home will pick up the corpse.

In many cases, like when hospice has been visiting a person at home, a doctor may visit and declare a person dead prior to transport. In these cases, the kind of vehicle that would take remains from a hospital to a funeral home is sent to someone’s home. This is called a “First Call” vehicle and is generally a kind of van with very little markings.

Final Note

In large cities like London, Sydney, or Chicago a special train car takes remains and mourners from the city to the outskirts where graveyards are located. Some of these trains operate 3 to 4 times a week, but nearly all are operated by a special service that liaisons with the normal train service.

Hopefully this was a ghoulish enough post for your Halloween.

Just for Fun #120

Just to be sure…out of an abundance of caution…because you never really know what happened to your car before it was listed for sale…

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Just for Fun #119

What do you really know about the person who owned your car before you?

Just to be sure…out of an abundance of caution…because you never really know what happened to your car before it was listed for sale…

Get your car inspected before you buy so you don’t overpay. TireKickers!

Until now, you didn’t know that getting a car inspection before buying will keep you from buying an unsafe car. Now you do. Tire Kickers come to you.

Just for Fun #118

Looking for a sign you should get your car inspected before you buy it?

…because you never really know what happened to your car before it was listed for sale…

Get your car inspected before you buy so you don’t overpay. TireKickers!

Until now, you didn’t know that getting a car inspection before buying will keep you from buying an unsafe car. Now you do. Tire Kickers come to you.