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Opinions On Buying Used Police Cars

Discussion in 'Law Enforcement Officers' started by TacoTacoma96, May 6, 2014.

  1. May 22, 2014 at 3:07 AM
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    coffeesnob

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    I have noticed around here that quite a few old cop cars now have taxi cab signs on the doors and roof.
     
  2. May 22, 2014 at 5:13 AM
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    TacoTacoma96 [OP] Some who wander are not lost.

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    I also love the sound of one wide open:D:burnrubber:.

    It's been sitting there for a few months so I'm pretty sure they'll come down some on the price:). I've seen others for sale near me in the $1500 to $2500 range but those are the clearly abused looking ones:deadhorse:.
     
  3. May 22, 2014 at 5:19 AM
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    TacoTacoma96 [OP] Some who wander are not lost.

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    Yeah they're pretty popular with the cab companies. I found the commercial to show it:cool::
    http://youtu.be/TIbEXeb59lg
    Also I'm not trying to sell Mobil 1 :laugh:.
     
  4. Nov 4, 2014 at 5:50 PM
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    The car I was looking at has been sold but I'm still searching for the right one:spy:.
    Also found a video of a "thrash battle" between a Caprice and a Crown Vic:rofl:.

    http://youtu.be/IVTz2lSePSw
     
  5. Nov 25, 2014 at 9:06 AM
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    Only thing that sucks is they usually have a boat load of miles on them by the time they are decommissioned so you have no idea what kind of headache your are getting by buying one. But I do agree, Crown Vics are tough cars and can take a beating.
     
  6. Nov 25, 2014 at 9:14 AM
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    I'd get one if the price was right. I'm a fan of Crown Vics but just have enough money aside for when something goes kaboom.
     
  7. Nov 29, 2014 at 2:15 AM
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    We put a BEATING on those cars...I would pass.
     
  8. Nov 29, 2014 at 2:29 AM
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    That car would still be in service here in Atlanta. and would bring more than the asking price when finally sold at Auction.
    We have a lot of people come from up north and buy them at auction because the body is rusted out on the ones they own and they need to put their drive train into a newer body to use it for a taxi.
     
  9. Nov 29, 2014 at 10:22 AM
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    Plus all the zombies in Atlanta are easy to take down with a crown vic. ;)
     
  10. Nov 29, 2014 at 11:55 AM
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    Personally I would not buy a used one unless you got it for next to nothing. We drive these cars to hell, knock on the door, then drive them back.


    Pass in my book.
     
  11. Dec 27, 2014 at 9:29 PM
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    Ive seen police cars go airborne...maybe I was behind the wheel, maybe not but I saw it in a movie one time. The most common problem is they will pop a hose from overheating. If you're looking for one for performance, get the vic geared for city driving. The highway driving one is a joke. The difference in performance is about 7.5 sec 0-60 to 10 or 11 seconds with the highway gearing.

    The new ford police interceptor explorer/taurus hybrid thing is going to break within 30k miles mark my words. These things are not built up for police work.
     
  12. Dec 27, 2014 at 9:43 PM
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    I am also looking at purchasing one with money from our HOA. Sounds like you want to be the guy that buys one from a guy who bought from the auction; so he incurs the maintenance costs before the sale. I know they get ran hard, but our HOA would just be having some of the retired folk take turns doing loops in the neighborhood regularly at 7 1/2 mph. I guess it depends on the intended use. It's just a psychological deterent in our case.

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  13. Dec 27, 2014 at 10:07 PM
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    I had a friend that has had 2 vic's, he never had any issues with them and he was definately not gentle on them. One may have sat in a lot where he couldn't get it back for a year because hes a moron.. leaving it at yhat. But when he did get it back, he put air in the tires and started it right up, drove fit a while with no issues until he sold it.

    Its probably a gamble, you could get a good one or a bad one but he never had any issues with his
     
  14. Dec 29, 2014 at 12:37 PM
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    The city vehicles here go to auction once they're worth their weight in scrap. I would buy one if the price was in the 100's, no interest once it reaches 4 digits. The only good thing about them is they get regular oil changes. But they also sit for years at idle, and when they aren't idling are beaten to hell and back. Most go to auction way before 165k miles, they are maintenance nightmares well before that.

    One that never had lights mounted is likely a pool car, used when the normal car is in for maintenance again. So it's probably like a rental car, but not treated as well as the normal rental car. Think NO accountability since it's not your norm.

    FWIW the basic police package from ford is slower and heavier than the regular version. The engine etc stays the same but many of the aluminum parts are replaced with steel and they get a higher amp alt for the expected electronics. It's about durability as a fleet vehicle, which is all the police package is except for the 'interceptor' badge on the trunk.
     
  15. Dec 29, 2014 at 2:46 PM
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    No. Don't do it.

    Search a little harder. Find an old car in ok condition that someone needs to unload. At least it will have some character.

    I can't imagine any reason to buy a car that you KNOW has had the snot beat out of it. They aren't even designed to be economical for someone on a tight budget.

    Forget it.
     
  16. Feb 23, 2015 at 9:42 AM
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    ive bought a 99 Tahoe PPV with 140k mi and it ran flawless! it was probably used to shuttle around brass lol original owner was Gilroy, ca police dept, then an active deputy, then me...

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    My agency has a 2007 Charger w/HEMI at @107K that has been an admin car from day one, first Chief then LT,
    No cage or light bar. Just internal lights/strobes and such.

    I am thinking about bidding on it when they try and auction it of.

    I need to take a closer look at the interior.
     
  18. Jun 7, 2015 at 7:25 AM
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    My old roomate bought a black/white crown vic from a police auction. Was Sheriff's car, 50k miles on it, very little body damage to font bumper and that was it. Car has been absolutely solid and he paid $3600 for it.
     
  19. Jul 22, 2015 at 6:18 PM
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    The 4.6 is one of Ford's better motors and it can take a hell of a beating but I would not buy a used one. They are they only cars I have seen that the engine and transmission can go a 100,000 miles in police work but for the amount of times I have redlined and seen the crown vics redlined...no thank you. On a side note the chevy Impala's are dog s&*t. 90% of the Impala's I have seen have needed a new transmission and the AC/heat stopped before hitting 40,000 miles. The vic is the best of all of them.
     
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