Saturday, January 26, 2019

Unexpected Frugality by the Post Office?

I was in a parking lot in Eagle a couple days ago, and I saw a Cadillac hearse with one of those US Mail delivery signs on it.  The back, where the coffin goes, was filled with parcels.  Are these from the dead letter office?  Or did someone give a the Post office a smoking hot deal on a very large delivery vehicle?

Not enough resolution to show the sign:

8 comments:

Unknown said...

In some places contractors are used who also use their own vehicles. That's my first guess anyways.

Unknown said...

No pics?

StormCchaser said...

Maybe a contractor delivering for them?

Sevesteen said...

There are some circumstances where mail is delivered in private vehicles--I believe by contractors rather than postal employees. I've seen ex-postal right hand drive vehicles, I've also seen people driving from the passenger seat so they can lean out the passenger window. These drivers were not in post office uniforms.

Unknown said...

A lot of USPS delivery people use their own vehicles. In certain regions, various ones become locally popular - for those delivering to street-side postboxes especially anything with a bench-seat and automatic transmission with column shift, so that one can lean left to drive, lean right to fill a postbox.

When our postie friend was having car trouble and put out the word that he was urgently needing a low-cost suitable replacement, I started wondering about what right-hand drive vehicles are available in the USA.

I found a list of importable recent car models that had already passed US safety and emissions tests in RHD form, it was only a few dozen. And the only one that seemed to be occasionally available at a decent banger price in the USA was the Daimler Hearse.

Clayton Cramer said...

I took a picture, but I have not pulled it off my phone yet.

Will said...

For RHD vehicles, look in the Portland and Seattle CL ads. Those are major import ports for Japanese Domestic vehicles. I see various Jeeps and similar. Houston is another, I think. Have to be 25 years or older. Low mileage, typically.

John Dough said...

Rural carrier.