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Would You Buy An Old Police Car?

Posted in Best of, General, News, Police by MrAngry | August 8th, 2011 | 15 Responses |

Chevy Impala’s, Dodge Charger’s, and of course the iconic Ford Crown Victoria, all cars that have been known to strike fear into those who have seen them in their rear view mirrors. These three giants are the main rides for law enforcement fleets here in the United States and are key components when it comes to crime prevention. The Ford Crown Victoria for example, is probably one of the toughest vehicles on the planet Earth. It’s big and reliable and at days end has the ability to dish out some serious pain when called upon to do so. But what about when their service lives are over, what then? Some of course are sold at auctions to taxi fleets around the country, while a few others manage to find their way into private hands. I had an acquaintance who used to own an ex-state police Chevrolet Impala back in the early 90’s. It was turd brown with poverty caps over steel wheels and a spotlight on the drivers door. Was it pretty? Um… no. But I’d be lying if I said that we didn’t feel like rock stars when we cruised around in that thing.

Yes, the automotive seas would part upon our arrival to any open road, but the problem was that this guy would act like a police officer, something that was a big no-no in my book. He would ride the bumpers of unsuspecting motorists which would at times frighten them into making abrupt, sometimes unsafe lane changes. He would also park in handicapped spaces and fire zones as the local constabulary would think his car was one of their own. After a while the cops got wise to his antics and began to ticket him so relentlessly that he ended up selling the car. The point of this story was not so much that this guy turned out to be somewhat of a tool, but that it soured me on the fact that I now look at all ex-police cars and more importantly their drivers this way. How about you guys… would you, or do own an ex-cop car, and if so, what are your experiences with it?

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15 Responses

  1. Seth says:

    Although I would never own one, MANY people do here in the DFW area. You can’t drive through any lower class neighborhood without seeing a crown vic with the steel wheels, spot light, and white/black paint scheme minus the departmental badges. Some even still rock the from brush guard. Most stay that way, with the addition of chrome wheels and some annoying subs, but there’s a few who get the full on candy paint and custom interior treatment. There’s even one in our area that still has the police markings on it. Red and blue with giant chrome wheels and decals on the back that say “Dial 911″. Pretty much says it all.

    An old caprice or LTD might be fun to thrash around a la Beastie Boys “Sabotage” but, I can’t think of a reason to own one other than that.

  2. BigRuss says:

    id do it… because its a well maintained car…. seriously… these cars are taken to the dealership every time it needs to be serviced…

  3. PFULMTL says:

    Yeah I see a ton of them in Dallas. I think part of the reason is because they are cheap. If its not rusted or dented, then a few G’s isn’t a bad idea for something to get around with. I personally wouldn’t because I don’t like big cars.

  4. djrosa says:

    now i had a friend who owned a Volvo v70 that used to be a cop car and he drove it like any other car, even though he did pull some pranks when i saw friends cars and they where driving to fast

  5. No I would not. I always get scared when there is one behind me. It’s hard to tell which one is owned by a private citizen and which one is an “undercover cop” except for the fact that the undercover cop ones have different looking side view mirrors. Your friend sounds obnoxious; power tripping.

  6. Jesus G. says:

    I have a similar friend who owns a 05 Crown Vic, white. He painted black pin-stripes, push-bars, and even fake K-9 decals. He just likes to play cop I guess. But i would love to get a Crown Vic for myself only to channel my inner Blues Brother, not to mention their faster than greased lighting

  7. Willhelm says:

    I have a 1989 Crown vic and it has been junk, not a previous police cruiser, but it has blown the tranny twice and has various other problems before 100 thousand kilometres…

  8. a says:

    I was gonna buy a ex-sheriff’s car last time I was buying a car, but couldn’t get enough money in time. Later I bought a Lincoln Town Car instead.

  9. a says:

    I was gonna buy a ex-sheriff’s car last time I was buying a car, but couldn’t get enough money in time. Later I bought a Lincoln Town Car instead.

  10. J.Diego says:

    What about the car in “The Blues Brothers” movie?
    Which car was that?

  11. MrAngry says:

    1974 Dodge Monaco

  12. Cory says:

    I HATE my neighbors ex cop car, half the graphics are still on the door, its a white crown vic, and everytime i end up around them I think its a cop, any resold vehicles should manditorily be painted another color before being sold so people dont have to freak out about them. I vote Blue. Better yet, Bright Red.

  13. Peter Ramsey Ramsey says:

    Why would it bother anyone unless they were breaking the law themselves