He should have put a description up in the auction. When cop cars
are used they take off the lights and stuff and sell them just like any
And apparently if the cops buy too many they are free to sell them
also. He should have said so and saved himself from so many questions.
Some jurisdictions, cops buy or lease their own vehicle and the local
jurisdiction equips it. Most places which have distinctive paint
schemes (like CA with the black car, white doors) the car colors have
to be changed so the vehicle won't be mistaken by other drivers. This
can be as simple as repainting the doors, or doing a complete repaint.
Something to do with laws prohibiting the impersonating a law
enforcement agent for the purpose of committing a crime (kidnap, rape,
robbery, embezzlement, etc).
Years ago, one of my subordinates bought a CHP vehicle at auction. It
cost him more to get the engine tuned than the car cost him.... not to
mention the suspension was beat all to heck by many hard miles. It did
more sitting than running.
On Fri, 01 Apr 2005 23:59:03 -0500, trainfan1
Hey! Spikey Likes IT!
1965 Ford Mustang fastback 2+2 A Code 289 C4 Trac-Lok
Vintage Burgundy w/Black Standard Interior
Vintage 40 Wheels 16X8"
w/BF Goodrich Comp T/A Radial 225/50ZR16
There was a time when one could not buy an Interceptor unless the
buyer was a government agency because it was sold with an
emission exemption. Todays Interceptor meets all EPA emission
standard. It far exceeds the NHTSA standards as well. Any
dealer can sell you an Interceptor. You need to talk to the
Fleet Sales Manager, not the Sales Manager. The dealer uses the
generic fleet code to order a P71 vehicle, the same one they use
to order their rental or loaner cars. You can even get the fleet
discount of $400 if you buy five of them, but not for one. ;)
Every dealer I have asked indicates that they may only sell CVPI's to
authorized government agencies, police departments, etc. Even when I
specifically inquired of the fleet sales manager, I've told the same
this a new policy that Ford hasn't really publicized well to
I know of one individual who runs his own security business (celebrity
bodyguard) who drives an all black crown vic with what appears to be an
interceptor package. I am not sure but I don't think he's affiliated
with any government agencies. Then again, he has his own private jet
so obtaining an interceptor was probably small potatoes.
You need to speak to a fleet Sales Manger that know his stuff.
While it is true several years ago the interceptor could only be
sold to government entities, because the vehicle had a pollution
exemption, that is no longer the case. Any dealership can order
a P71 Interceptor specked as they want it. The order requires a
fleet identification number. Any dealer can use the generic
fleet number that they use to buy their loaner cars or dealer
rental cars. Expect to pay a bit more however. Once the
dealership has the car in stock they can sell it to anybody.
When the sale is report to Ford as a retail sale, rather than a
fleet sale, the dealer is charged back for the $400 difference
between the two types of sales.
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