Used police cruiser auctions can be a great way to pick-up a solid car for a pretty fair price, so let’s investigate.
Have you ever watched timeless classic ‘Blues Brothers’ movie? That’s really the trigger for me that inspired not only my thinking but also thousands like me.
I have no doubt you’ll remember the scene where Elwood picks up Jake from the prison in a 1974 Dodge black white police car that Elwood had bought from the Mount Prospect city police auction.
Elwood to Jake “It’s got a cop motor, a 440 cubic inch plant, it’s got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks. It’s a model made before catalytic converters so it’ll run good on regular gas. What do you say, is it the new Bluesmobile or what?”
While you may not be looking for the next ‘Bluesmobile’, used police car auctions are a great place to pick up a modern vehicle at a discounted price to what it may bring on the lot or even in the paper.
Some people have concerns about buying vehicles used in the police department due to they may be treated very harshly, they may have had several body repairs, and they may have high miles. These concerns are valid but not to all ex-police department vehicles. Some vehicles may have only been used in light duties, general police work and some may even have low-mileage but typically most vehicles would be around the 70,000 mile mark.
But this may not be the case with a police cruiser at auction and every vehicle should be thoroughly checked in its own right. It’s worth remembering also that police cruisers especially are not your average showroom floor vehicle, they are generally beefed up with better suspension, improved performance, advanced safety features, high capacity electrical systems and better brakes. Some people report that ex-cruisers are as tough as nails.
Also note that vehicles in the police fleet are replaced at regular intervals and that they are well maintained with all government departments sticking to regular maintenance schedules. Parts used for repairs are generally always genuine factory parts.
Many of the newer vehicles going up for auction, as an example the Ford Crown Victoria that were commonly used as police interceptors, or Chevy Impala with the Police Package, are flex fuel capable. Dodge Charger is also very common’ along with the occasional Tahoe. Mileage usually ranges between 50-100,000 miles.
Here’s a collection of videos from Crown Vic fans inc. P71,P72,P73,P74 models
You can also find a lot of advice on reddit that’s super useful and from real owners of ex-interceptors.
Where are the Used Police Car Auctions held?
First stop should be autoauctions.gsa.gov, and Property Room, but also keep a close eye on your local newspaper as some departments hold their local police car auctions. You may even like to contact your local department but don’t be upset if they give you a short answer as there probably busy fighting crime and have little time to worry about anything else.