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Old 01-13-2019, 02:30 PM
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Location: SF, CA
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Has anyone here looked into buying a retired police cruiser at auction?
(or actually bought one, or knows of someone who did)

It seems like an affordable way to obtain a sturdy vehicle.
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Old 01-13-2019, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Michigan
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Has anyone here looked into buying a retired police cruiser at auction?
(or actually bought one, or knows of someone who did)

It seems like an affordable way to obtain a sturdy vehicle.
Lots of cab companies but old police cars.
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Old 01-13-2019, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Coastal, NC
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I see several Crown Vic's around town all the time. You can read what the marking say after the letters have been removed.
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Old 01-13-2019, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Wooster, Ohio
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I used to work for a local government, and got to drive a couple of former police cars. The police are really hard on their vehicles. Also, police vehicles rust just like civilian vehicles, a factor in northeast Ohio.
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Old 01-13-2019, 04:29 PM
 
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The old mid 90's 9C1 Caprice police cars were pretty sought after for quite awhile. It's like with anything.
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Old 01-13-2019, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I see taxis on the street with a "police interceptor" badge on the rear. They are former police cars.

Most police and taxis have been "rode hard and put away wet".
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Old 01-13-2019, 05:55 PM
 
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If you buy one, perform a full service check. I would replace all the belts, hoses, fluids, and filters. Have the brakes and suspension inspected and replaced as needed. Engine bay could have been cleaned prior to sale so regularly check for leaks. Most cops don’t bother to turn off their vehicles leaving it running the entire time while on duty. If you can afford it you should also perform a compression check and repair as needed to restore engine compression. Don’t forget fuel injection cleaning and maybe even replacing the injector nozzles.
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Old 01-13-2019, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Michigan
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If you buy one, perform a full service check. I would replace all the belts, hoses, fluids, and filters. Have the brakes and suspension inspected and replaced as needed. Engine bay could have been cleaned prior to sale so regularly check for leaks. Most cops donít bother to turn off their vehicles leaving it running the entire time while on duty. If you can afford it you should also perform a compression check and repair as needed to restore engine compression. Donít forget fuel injection cleaning and maybe even replacing the injector nozzles.
Just buy it cheap donít spend allot of money on replacing everything because youíre going to spend more than the vehicle is worth. These vehicles are driven hard and have many hard miles on them. Thatís why cab companies buy them cheap and drive them till they die with minor maintenance till they canít be safe to carry passengers anymore then junk them. Hers a list of public auctions that sell old police vehicles along with other city and state vehicles.


https://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/br...aucs?catid=410
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Old 01-13-2019, 07:16 PM
 
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Yes I did. Great acceleration. Couldn't afford the oil. Was burning more than a quart of oil a day.
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:55 PM
 
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It seems like an affordable way to obtain a sturdy vehicle.
No. They are used up junk.

Except that special special special special one that was a "detective" car.

That "detective" only used the police car to drive to church on Sundays.
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