If you have an interested in buying a police car you do need to realize that these cars are really used hard while they are used on the police force yet on the other hand they are also maintained at a high level, which means that they are taken very good care of. Some people who go to auctions will know that in some circles police cars are highly prized items at auctions. Even as popular as they are make sure that you take into consideration a few things before you bid for the car and then sign for it on the dotted line.
You should have with you a generalized checklist when you are considering going to an auction to try and buy a police car. Make sure the auction is reputable, usually police cars are sent to government auctions but it's still a good idea to do a background check on the auctioneer as well as any warranties there might be offered on the car by the one who is selling the vehicle.
There are some things you really need to consider before you bid on the car and if you don't have the expertise to check these items try to have a mechanic with you:
- Safety features like air bags and anti-lock brakes
- Check the mileage. Average drivers might accumulate about 15,000 miles a year but a police car might have double that per year.
- Check the air conditioning and heating.
- Check the radiator and the shape it's in.
- Check the brakes as well as the suspension.
- Look for cracks and defects in the body and any kind of uneven wear and tear on the car. This can indicate there is something wrong with the suspension or the tire alignment.
- Check for rust especially around fenders, bumpers and the lights. Check the doors and wheel wells for rust as well.
- Look for dents and body panels that don't seem to match exactly.
- Finally, although it's not vital to the car, but look for things like upholstery that's stained, cigarette burns and pain scratches.
A good auctioneer will allow you to give the car a test drive and you really should be allowed to do so. This way you will feel a lot better about bidding on the car if you like the way that it handles for you and you feel good about the car.
You also might find that the car still has all of the police goodies like sirens, lights, radios and speakers, things you more than likely don't want or need. There is a chance though that you can offer those back to the dealer or auctioneer in order to lower the price of the car if you win the bid. Otherwise you can just pull it out yourself and try and sell it online later.
If you win the car it's a good idea for you to take it to your local police department and have them search for any kind of contraband that might have been left behind without police knowledge by a criminal. Things can be missed and easily hidden in car seats. So, it's a good idea to have the car checked out so you don't end up getting in some trouble later on down the road.
Be aware there are a few things that are tweaked when a car is a police car and one thing is that most back seat doors are locked and can only be opened from the outside due to trying to keep a criminal from escaping and sometimes the light on the inside is also turned off so an officer is not easily seen when they are opening their doors. So these are things you will probably want fixed after you take the car home.