Buying my first Tahoe PPV - Need Advice Please!

Discussion in 'Police Package/Specialty Service Discussion' started by COMSEC, Apr 8, 2018.

  1. The_Burban

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    PPV is pursuit and no 4WD. Still good advice.

    In the States, there are limirations for repairs to these types if service vehicles. No plugs on the front, for instance, in this locale. In other words, don't sweat the tires either.
     
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    You can actually check those things, in the DIC, if it has one. (an ODB thing tool might do it too) The Tahoe's computer registers things like, total # engine hours, total amount of fuel used etc. You can sorta tell by the "average speed" (total miles divided by total hours) if that car has been idling for a lot of time.

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    Just to give a different perspective.....

    For the NC State Surplus, you cannot test drive. You can start the vehicle, put it in gear, but are not allowed to move it at all. And in my case also, my Tahoe was assigned to one patrolman for its entire service life.......so technically it was a 'personal' vehicle in that manner.

    When you purchase from the state lot in NC also, you get a printed line-item receipt for every single visit your vehicle was in their shop. From the initial purchase and radio/light install, to every tire replacement, oil change, and each single part replaced......all the way to the stripping and reassembly of the vehicle to prepare for auction. It will surely vary for each state and jurisdiction selling the vehicles, but just so anyone else looking for a PPV or SSV knows......not every area is the same. :)
     
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    There is NO such disclosure policy in NY State Surplus auction. But there is some kind of similarity:

    you cannot test drive. You can start the vehicle, put it in gear, but are not allowed to move it at all


     
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    Hope you find a nice one. I have a 2014 from Sask as well and I think I got a pretty decent one. Still getting used to the firm ride, but it is a truck after all.....
     
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    They are out there. If the price was right, I'd buy my work Tahoe.
     
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    @COMSEC Did you end up purchasing the truck?
     
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    Look on govdeals.com
     
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    I'd pull the trigger if it was in good working condition. Try to see if they have the maintenance records and if it has had any previous issues.
     
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    not to be a downer but when buying a former police vehicle ALWAYS assume that it was a full out patrol vehicle. even if it was a "supervisor's" vehicle, it idled constantly and that in a grand scale of things is just the same as putting on miles on the car. We have supervisor vehicles pushing 5 to 10000 idle hours, so you might be getting a low mileage car but the high idle hours would be the equivelant of adding on tens of thousands of miles on the odometer.

    I have owned 2 crown victorias and a SSV tahoe in the past, not to mention that i drive the cars at work. You want to pay attention to the details of the vehicle. Look at the vinyl flooring, any extreme wear will be a red flag. Same goes with how much care was put into installing old equipment, scratches throughout the exterior might tell you that hey this thing has some battle scars (highly doubt it was admin at that point). The way equipment was removed might tell you how well it was cared for, if the wires are correctly plugged or sealed and the roof holed are carefully capped then the maintenance department actually gives a damn. door hinge issued are pretty common on patrol tahoes, the door fails to close properly and might be a sign of a lot more use than you are being told.

    Supervisor line is used all the freakin time in used police car sales, I would not believe it for a second. Do a full inspection and make sure everything checks out.

    Also, running carfax wont show you issued with fleet vehicles usually, you want the car inspected for any damage, quite bit of patrol vehicles come in contact with objects on the road (barriers, buildings, dumpsters, curbs, poles, poles, poles lol, and so forth....) none of these repairs are reported but have potential to cause major driveability issues.

    But all that said and you take the right precautions, you can get your hands on a killer deal, just do your careful research and enjoy what could be years of care free ownership
     
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