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Purchase of surplus ex-police/government vehicles

Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:59 pm
by Kasper
Hi everyone,

I'll shortly be in the market for a new personal vehicle. I'd like some opinions on whether or not ex-police and/or government vehicles are a good choice? Doesn't have to be pretty, just decently reliable. Thanks in advance!

Re: Purchase of surplus ex-police/government vehicles

Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:31 pm
by mack_silent
I wouldn't recommend it.
Fleet vehicles are typically run 24/7 by many different drivers, all with vastly different driving styles.
Because of this strain, the lifespan of the transmission is usually far less than a non fleet vehicle.

Re: Purchase of surplus ex-police/government vehicles

Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:29 pm
by Bitterman
My dad bought a few ex cop cars when I was a kid...
He'd do them up and paint the... I remember one he added a landau roof. (cica 1977)
One day on our way to the cottage we were involved on a pretty bad collision...
No deaths, but the car was a write off...
Everything was looking fine as far as the insurance pay out until they realized the car had been a fleet/commercial vehicle.
My dad got next to nothing for it.

This may or may not be an issue these days. ..

Re: Purchase of surplus ex-police/government vehicles

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:07 am
by IndictableChaser
Buy a cheap Toyota Tercel.

Re: Purchase of surplus ex-police/government vehicles

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:36 am
by Molson
PM me. We have some ex police vehicles for sale.

Re: Purchase of surplus ex-police/government vehicles

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:31 am
by Canakar
mack_silent wrote:I wouldn't recommend it.
Fleet vehicles are typically run 24/7 by many different drivers, all with vastly different driving styles.
Because of this strain, the lifespan of the transmission is usually far less than a non fleet vehicle.


Would you recommend buying an Ex RCMP patrol vehicle over a non-RCMP municipal vehicle due to the more frequent shifts in the city?

Re: Purchase of surplus ex-police/government vehicles

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:11 am
by Madeline236
RCMP stuff sold through the link below. My Wife used to be a regional manager. Some interesting finds in the trunks and back seats a few time. I won't share lol

http://gcsurplus.ca

Re: Purchase of surplus ex-police/government vehicles

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:03 am
by IndictableChaser
Madeline236 wrote:RCMP stuff sold through the link below. My Wife used to be a regional manager. Some interesting finds in the trunks and back seats a few time. I won't share lol

http://gcsurplus.ca

I would never buy an RCMP truck after personally driving them at work and watching my coworkers work their shift in one... :mrgreen:

Re: Purchase of surplus ex-police/government vehicles

Posted: Sat Oct 26, 2019 9:31 am
by nightshiftvampire
IndictableChaser wrote:
Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:03 am
Madeline236 wrote:RCMP stuff sold through the link below. My Wife used to be a regional manager. Some interesting finds in the trunks and back seats a few time. I won't share lol

http://gcsurplus.ca
I would never buy an RCMP truck after personally driving them at work and watching my coworkers work their shift in one... :mrgreen:
Dispatch-"unit 297, are you in pursuit?"
Unit 297-"No...." *Sounds of crown vic v8 in background going full send*

Re: Purchase of surplus ex-police/government vehicles

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:03 pm
by Steen
Not pursuing. "Closing the distance"

Re: Purchase of surplus ex-police/government vehicles

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:42 pm
by Avronator
I would only use a cop car as my own car if it was a take home. Don't fork out the cash. If you want a
"cop" car buy just a vic model and buy the grill and add a pushbar.

Re: Purchase of surplus ex-police/government vehicles

Posted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:02 pm
by Highland2012
If you can stumble across a non-police government vehicle you'd be lucky. Example: Sheriff's vehicles are maintained extremely well, and driven slowly and retired after around 125,000k. I'd argue they are looked after better then my car lol.

Ex-RCMP cars are beyond rat-bagged for the most part, so expect to be paying some maintenance costs shortly after your purchase.

Just my 2 cents.

Re: Purchase of surplus ex-police/government vehicles

Posted: Sat May 16, 2020 3:50 pm
by protector49
Just say no. :o

Re: Purchase of surplus ex-police/government vehicles

Posted: Sun May 17, 2020 9:54 am
by Pete Broccolo
There was a CVPI on the GCSurplus site that was OBVIOUSLY a Depot play-car. I phoned the contact person to try to get some info, and he said that a LOT of people had called about it, despite it only having JUST been put on the site.

If you can get one of the unmarked Officer's cars (O i/c CROPS, CO) NOW you are talking about a babied non-demon-infested ride.

Re: Purchase of surplus ex-police/government vehicles

Posted: Thu May 28, 2020 12:06 am
by Tommy
If you can get your hands on a DND blue fleet you can get a pretty decent vehicle depending on where it was used.

Serviced fairly regularly, and usually not driven too hard. Anything from base transport is usually well maintained and taken care of. Staff cars are babied like crazy, and many of the vans and trucks from the reserve units are treated reasonably well too.

Not all, but most....

Green military pattern... Well... Hope you know a mechanic and have lots of time to work on your new hangar queen.