How Much Does a Hearse Cost?

Last Updated on June 18, 2024
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

Hearses play an important role in funeral services, providing dignified transportation for a loved one’s final journey. But these specialty vehicles come at a significant cost. In this guide, we’ll break down the average price range for new and used hearses, which is between $30,000 and over $500,000, along with factors that impact pricing.


  • Brand new hearse prices range from $30,000 to $500,000+
  • Well-maintained used hearses can cost 50% less than new
  • Shop around for best pricing from local dealers, not chains
  • Renting hearses is an option for occasional needs
  • Factor in maintenance, insurance, taxes into total budget

How Much Does a Hearse Cost?

For a brand new traditional hearse from top manufacturers, expect to budget:

  • Base model – $30,000 to $60,000
  • Fully loaded model – $80,000 to $100,000+

Here are some popular new hearse models with average pricing:

  • Cadillac XTS Hearse – $55,000
  • Lincoln MKT Hearse – $48,000
  • Mercedes-Benz Metris Hearse – $50,000

Extra hearse features that increase the price:

  • Custom graphics – $2,000 to $4,000
  • Casket rollers – $2,000 to $3,000
  • Specialty lighting – $1,000 to $2,000
  • Extended chassis – $3,000 to $5,000

So a fully customized high-end new hearse can cost $90,000+ easily.

Used Hearse Cost Ranges

For pre-owned hearses in good condition, typical pricing is:

  • 1-2 years old – $45,000 to $65,000
  • 3-5 years old – $25,000 to $45,000
  • Over 5 years old – $15,000 to $30,000

Older, high mileage hearses in rougher shape can cost under $15,000. But likely need repairs and restoration.

When buying used, carefully inspect condition and maintenance records to determine true value. Well-kept hearses with lower miles hold price better.

The website lists used hearses for sale, with prices starting from $14,900. The website offers a range of hearses from various dealers, with prices varying depending on the make, model, and condition of the vehicle.

The Professional Car Society website discusses the average cost of a new hearse, with prices ranging from $94,000 to $108,000. The article highlights that prices have increased over the years, with some models costing upwards of $100,000. The website also mentions that the prices vary depending on the brand and model of the hearse.

American Coach Sales offers a range of hearses for sale, including the 2024 Federal Cadillac Heritage Hearse, which is available for order. The website does not provide specific pricing information, but mentions that the vehicle is available for order.

Specialty Hearse provides a list of new and used hearses for sale, including the 2024 Cadillac MK Hearse, which is priced at “call for pricing”. The website also lists used hearses, such as the 2021 Cadillac HERITAGE Hearse, which is priced at $97,500.

Overview of Hearses

First, let’s look at the role of the hearse in memorial proceedings. A hearse is the vehicle that transports the casketed remains of the deceased from the funeral service to the cemetery or crematorium. These solemn vehicles are designed specifically for this purpose, with spacious rear compartments to accommodate a casket.

While no longer horse-drawn, today’s hearses maintain a traditional style with their elongated bodies and somber black finishes. For funeral homes, the hearse is a substantial investment that requires proper budgeting. Next we’ll break down the typical pricing.

Factors Impacting the Cost of Hearses

Prices for new hearses range from $30,000 on the low end up to $100,000 or more. Exact pricing depends on:

  • New vs. used – Brand new hearses cost significantly more than pre-owned.
  • Manufacturer – Top brands like Cadillac, Lincoln, and Mercedes command higher prices.
  • Custom features – Special decals, casket rollers, lighting can add thousands.
  • Vehicle size – Larger hearses for multiple caskets are more expensive.
  • Condition – Well-maintained hearses hold value better than worn examples.

Now let’s look at the detailed base costs and options.

You might also like our articles on the cost of a funeral, cemetery plot, or grave blanket.

Additional Costs

Beyond the base price, funeral homes need to budget for:

  • Registration and taxes – $2,000 per year
  • Insurance – $1,500 to $3,000 per year
  • Ongoing maintenance – $2,000+ per year
  • Storage and parking – $500+ per month

Total first year costs for a new hearse can surpass $75,000. Fuel, cleaning, driver costs add even more.

Finding Affordable Hearse Options

Vintage HearseHere are some tips for accessing hearses on a budget:

  • Consider used hearses under 5 years old to save 25-50% over new.
  • Negotiate pricing with dealers to avoid sticker prices.
  • Look at local dealers instead of large chains to find deals.
  • Rent a hearse for occasional services instead of purchasing.
  • Seek out manufacturer discounts and incentives for volume orders.
  • Maintain your fleet to maximize longevity and avoid big repairs.

With some savvy buying strategies, you can secure high-quality hearses for thousands below retail pricing.

Comparing Hearse Purchase Options

Let’s compare budget options from two fictional hearse dealers:

Big Box Hearses

  • New 2022 Cadillac XTS – $62,000
  • Used 2017 Lincoln MKT – $36,500
  • Used 2013 Mercedes – $19,000

Mom & Pop Hearse Shop

  • New 2022 Lincoln MKT – $45,000
  • Used 2020 Cadillac XTS – $48,000
  • Used 2015 Mercedes – $22,000

For a funeral home looking to spend under $50k, the best value is the used 2020 XTS from Mom & Pop priced at $48k after negotiation. The new Lincoln from them is also a good option at $45k.

This example shows the value of price shopping and considering pre-owned models.

Operational Factors

Here are some operational considerations when budgeting for a hearse:

  • Fuel costs for transporting caskets to cemeteries
  • Staffing expenses for hearse drivers
  • Insurance premiums and deductibles
  • Registration, taxes, and compliance costs
  • Maintenance and repair expenses
  • Storage space for the vehicle when not in use

Factor in all these additional expenses beyond just the purchase price when planning your funeral home hearse budget.

Should You Invest in a Hearse?

Here are some pros and cons of purchasing a hearse:


  • Project a professional image
  • Provide customized memorial experiences
  • Control quality of service


  • Large upfront investment
  • Significant ongoing expenses
  • May be used infrequently

For most funeral homes, owning at least one hearse is a necessity to deliver premium end-to-end service. But analyze utilization and pricing carefully as part of your broader fleet strategy.

With careful selection and some negotiation, both large and small funeral homes can secure high-quality hearses that fit their budgets.


How much is the Rolls-Royce hearse?

As a luxury brand, a new custom Rolls-Royce hearse typically costs between $250,000 to $500,000. Even used Rolls-Royce hearses command prices above $175,000. These ultra-high-end models are vanity purchases for some funeral homes.

What is the most popular hearse?

The Cadillac XTS hearse is generally considered the most popular model. Known for their power, spaciousness and styling, Cadillac hearses start around $55,000 new. Lincoln Town Car hearses were also widely used but were discontinued in 2011.

Does BMW make hearses?

Yes, BMW does manufacture hearse versions of some models, typically priced around $60,000. However, BMW hearses are far less common than Cadillac and Lincoln models in North America. Mercedes is another luxury European brand that produces hearses used by some funeral homes.

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