Buyers Beware: Used Police Vehicles Go Through More Than You’d Think

If you’re in the market for a used vehicle, it might be tempting to buy the first retired police cruiser you find as they typically don’t command a high price at auction. But make sure you know exactly what you’re paying for.

When looking at a second-hand squad car, there are a number of factors you need to take into account that the average used car buyer wouldn’t even think of, such as the number of hours on the engine. In most cars, looking at a car’s odometer gives you a good idea as to how worn the engine is. Police cars spend so much time idling, however, the number of miles they’ve driven might not tell the whole story.

A video published by Big Truck Big RV explains what to look for before buying a patrol car, and articulates just how far from stock police cruisers are.

Between lights, cages and computer systems, law enforcement agencies invest thousands of dollars in modifications for their fleet of vehicles. While most purchase the ready-made police cars manufacturers offer, some opt for base model cars and select what equipment they’ll fit to the car.

Police vehicles are cool, so the prospect of owning one — especially one in good condition — is intriguing. But remember, even if the car is in good working order, you still might be late for work because of it.

Thumbnail photo via Joe Maiorana/USA TODAY NETWORK

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