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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.