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#16 jeebowhite

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 04:14 PM

Sounds like its the best way to go!

I dont tend to go for high mileage vehicles, only because I dont have the money to put at them when they go wrong but I would always go ex cop car if I had the dosh to throw at it!

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 05:58 PM

Sounds like its the best way to go!

I dont tend to go for high mileage vehicles, only because I dont have the money to put at them when they go wrong but I would always go ex cop car if I had the dosh to throw at it!


A lot of the ex plod cars are not high mileage. My Volvo was a spritely 44k on the clock and the BMW was 59k on decommissioning.

And little if any internal damage to the dash. the BMW's always have the CD player intact, as do the Skoda vehicles.

My Focus still had the CD in situ as it was CID.

They are a cheap option and worth a look in my humble opinion.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:20 PM

only ones I ever saw where top end of 150k on the clock, I will be keepin an eye out for more me thinks!

So whats the average price compared to the rest of the used car market?

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:11 PM

Well,

The price I paid for the 56 (2007)Focus LX 1.8 TDCI was £3000. A six month warranty, six months road tax and a full service history. Serviced again just before decommissioning as well.

My BMW 2006 (56)530 TDI was an SE spec with full service history and comfort pack. £6999 and a bargain!

Average price is approx 30% below all othersa in my humble opinion. Most people are swayed due to the supposed bad reputation plod vehicles have. Admittedly, some are thrashed. Mainly the beat cars will need a bit of TLC, however are mechanically sound.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:32 AM

Thats true, I suppose my main worry about buying one is when folks recognise it as a cop car (when in service) it makes you wonder how they would 'treat' your car when they dont recognise its 'out of service'...

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:35 AM

Thats true, I suppose my main worry about buying one is when folks recognise it as a cop car (when in service) it makes you wonder how they would 'treat' your car when they dont recognise its 'out of service'...




That is a fair one, I have never had a major issue. I feel personally that most people might not know what to look for specificially in an ex police vehicle. Subtle signs for the experienced eye.

However my work vehicle, Golf GTD has emergency equipment fitted to it and does make a statement to others. Us medics have a little of the glam now and again! :)

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:08 PM

lol, very true!!

I could recognise a few of Medway's undercovers (specifically their Jag XF!) and I recon if someone was to buy that car once decomissioned, they could get a mixture of responses to those who dont know its no longer in service...

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:46 PM

Totally agree with that, our Division has recently updated some of their unmarked Fiestas and two of them are in use in the city.
They still have their secondary aerial fitted and the naer'do'wells in the area having sussed them out quite a while back still thin out when they see them coming.
Quite funn really as one is now owned by a little grey haired Lady. :P

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:39 PM

lol, thats a good laugh... as long as she doesnt press a button and realise a strobe or two was missed... that would be brill!

Actually I wonder... If you buy a used bobby mobile, and they left the strobes in and you found a button for them... Could you be done for using it if they left it there? :P

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 03:25 PM

Yes unless on private land.
Don't worry, they leave nothing fitted that shouldn't be there.
It's even policy to cover police logos and the light bars if the in house mechanics take the cars for test drives.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:41 PM

Shame... Wonder if you could pay extra and get the lights left in there for private land use :P

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:46 PM

Shame... Wonder if you could pay extra and get the lights left in there for private land use :P


Lights are usually not left in, however the wiring is, therefore it would be possible to fit strobes again.

Most of the decommissioned process is just to let the vehicle be released as a non-workable police style vehicle. I would imagine basic electricical DIY would get them working in a flash!! <_<

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:43 PM

My previous works vehicle was sold on to a private security company based locally who have dog patrols and as mine was fully kitted out for dog carrying they got it for far cheaper than they would have to pay for a standard vehicle that would then need all the carry crates and air system fitting.
As the wiring was still in place they only needed to get some road legal flashing lights (amber) and hook up to the existing lines.
Good luck to them tbh, i creamed the clutch twice in it, the geatbox once and tried teaching it to climb trees ;)

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:39 PM

Good luck to them tbh, i creamed the clutch twice in it, the geatbox once and tried teaching it to climb trees ;)

You know you're not helping with anyone considering buying an ex cop-car :rolleyes:

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:32 AM

Interesting thread!

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