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Old 11-06-2014, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Kountze, Texas
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I would be careful about it - but sure.
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Old 11-06-2014, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Broomfield, Colorado
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I've bought de-milled vehicles before... they're a crap shoot. The M35A2 was great.... the M1008 was junk, owing largely to the 6.2 Detroit; it's propensity to crack heads being the most obvious -but not the least of - its issues.
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Old 11-06-2014, 04:48 PM
 
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I am looking for feedback regarding government surplus vehicles. What is your perception of surplus police cars, administrative cars, trucks, or other vehicles and equipment. Would you ever buy from a government agency and what type of buying format would you prefer? Online auction, live auction, static sales at a specific location, or other options?
yes i would buy a government surplus vehicle. but i will say this, look them over VERY carefully. back when i worked for the city of tucson, one of my duties was to help pull vehicles out to the auction area. most of them are in decent condition, though the cop cars can be well worn. but there are vehicles that are ready for the junk yard. for instance i pulled an international scout ll pick up that was used by the sanitation department up, and the transmission was very nearly junk. i had to hold the shifter in every gear or it would pop out of gear. it was also making rather ominous noises as well from all parts of the drive train.

the upside is that government vehicles are put on a fairly strict service regimen.
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Old 11-06-2014, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Inland Empire, Calif
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I was fleet manager for a municipal fleet and our vehicles were maintained to a high level. Staff cars were serviced every six months or 4000 miles, police care were serviced every 30 days or 3000 miles, and went through a rigorous bumper to bumper inspection to make sure everything was in perfect condition. PD cars were brought in for a complete inspection after every pursuit. Money was no object, what ever it took to make them as dependable and safe as possible.
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Old 11-06-2014, 06:34 PM
 
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Here in my area, the patrol cars are well-used and close to worn out by the time they're retired; the better cars are the unmarked vehicles assigned to detectives and high police brass, as most detectives' cars are take-home units. Take-home cars are (seemingly) better cared for than marked units, which are rotated every shift.
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Old 11-07-2014, 01:04 AM
 
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I had a chevy caprice purchased at auction. It was a police car and did it have power!!! It was clean and not too high miles. If a road hog tried to cut me out or not let me pass I would step on it and fly right over them! Radio cab in Portland gets a lot of their vehicles at auction. most of them police cars.
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Old 11-07-2014, 06:00 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Police cars are different, because they are assigned and used by one or two officer all the time. Most of the government vehicles are used by many people, especially if they were "pool" cars. That means they were treated like rental cars, well maintained but possibly driven hard at times. Rental cars can be problematic as used cars but most are just fine. Usually the ones driven hard that can have premature transmission or other problems are the more "high performance" vehicles that rental cars have but are rare in a government fleet.

I would, however, avoid the black Tahoes.
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Old 11-07-2014, 07:53 AM
 
Location: SW OK (AZ Native)
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I've bought de-milled vehicles before... they're a crap shoot. The M35A2 was great.... the M1008 was junk, owing largely to the 6.2 Detroit; it's propensity to crack heads being the most obvious -but not the least of - its issues.
We get a lot of hand-me-downs through DRMO in the weapons range business. Just tooled around in an M35 this week. Pretty much nowhere it won't go. Likewise for the M998 and M1113 Hummers, but you can have the CUCV 1008s... nothing but trouble.

My experience with GSA vehicles is like any other... buyer beware. We have two pickups from the mid-90s still in operation, not particularly high mileage but definitely older and very basic (vinyl seats, no AC).
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Old 11-07-2014, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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A friend on my local Mustang website has always worked in law enforcement and used to buy a lot of retired police vehicles to flip. He tried to buy unmarked or minimally marked detective cars, those used by other government department officials, or from small town departments. I think he had an internal source about the auctions or something. The cars he got were usually very clean and still had plenty of miles left on them. I seriously considered a couple of them, but I knew my wife would not like a "cop car" in the driveway!
Maybe he had them repainted, too. When I lived in Pittsburgh we could always tell the police unmarkeds because they were American sedans in very ugly colors.
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Old 11-07-2014, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Broomfield, Colorado
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We get a lot of hand-me-downs through DRMO in the weapons range business. Just tooled around in an M35 this week. Pretty much nowhere it won't go. Likewise for the M998 and M1113 Hummers, but you can have the CUCV 1008s... nothing but trouble.
I'm neither a fan of the 998 series or 1113 series. The 998 series used the same POS Detroit 6.2 which the M1008/M1009 series used. The 6.5 Detroit the 1113s use is still a dog. The worst were the uparmored ones based on the M998 chassis... same crap drivetrain (on account of the 6.2 Detroit, not the TH450), twice the weight, substantially more ground pressure... got stuck on a dime, no power... had to deal with those hunks of **** in Kosovo in 99. The Humvee is a high mobility vehicle... that was a great way to turn it into a "no mobility" vehicle.
When I worked the oilfields in Louisiana, we had a couple of the older HETs, with the 8V92.. those were fun.. now I'm seeing the newer HETS tractors going as surplus.. although I'd rather have the British variant, which is powered by a C18 Cat rated at 700 bhp! Another one I'd like to have is the M35A3.. from 94 - 99, the DoD took a bunch of M35A1s and A2s and put them through the Extended Service Program.. gave them a 3116 Cat engine (before Cat crapped out on their highway diesels), four speed mechanical Allison auto (I'd rather it be a five, but oh, well), and CTIS.
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