Buying ex-Police cars?

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Im not 100 % sure how true this is but was told it by a police high speed driver a few years ago when working in a police station.
He said If you ever wanted a good bargain then buy a x high performance police car as when the police buy them brand new they go straight in and have their engines and gear boxes changed and when they have finished their service they have their original engines and gear boxes put back in .
I know theres a place near me were brand new police cars from all over the country go to get converted to police cars from standard cars but not sure if they do swap the engines
 

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I've not heard that one and my b-in-law is a top tech with the police garage
 

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Im not 100 % sure how true this is but was told it by a police high speed driver a few years ago when working in a police station.
He said If you ever wanted a good bargain then buy a x high performance police car as when the police buy them brand new they go straight in and have their engines and gear boxes changed and when they have finished their service they have their original engines and gear boxes put back in .
I know theres a place near me were brand new police cars from all over the country go to get converted to police cars from standard cars but not sure if they do swap the engines
Almost 100% certain this isn’t true.

Police cars are meticulously maintained but I definitely wouldn’t buy one. A life of being driven on the redline and flying over speed bumps can’t do them any good!
 

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Im not 100 % sure how true this is but was told it by a police high speed driver a few years ago when working in a police station.
He said If you ever wanted a good bargain then buy a x high performance police car as when the police buy them brand new they go straight in and have their engines and gear boxes changed and when they have finished their service they have their original engines and gear boxes put back in .
Not True, however some manufacturers do special builds for police forces. Volvo certainly did this with the 850 T5R's they supplied to various forces with a non sunroof shell, uprated suspension, different Turbos and different ECU's to their retail cars.
I had an ex Met Police Rover SD1 V8 in the 80's which had uprated discs and calipers, high output alternator and extra battery and the auto box had the low ratio blanked off at the selector.
 
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Ive had a ex-plod motorbike

a Triumph TR6-P 650cc twin commonly known as the Saint

it was a bog standard triumph engine, the only thing that set it apart from the civvy bike, was the huge fairing, single seat and a massive steel tubed rack on the back for holding the radio, all of which got junked just after I bought it
 

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My mate used to work in the police workshops at akeley heads in durham as a mechanic he got 1st dibs of any ex police cars that were going to auction.....tells you something that he never bought one
 

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My mate used to work in the police workshops at akeley heads in durham as a mechanic he got 1st dibs of any ex police cars that were going to auction.....tells you something that he never bought one
I know a couple of people who have bought Ex police dog vans, they have been decent buys, but I guess they don’t get the hammer of pursuit vehicles.
 

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I think the swapping of engines etc. is more likely with undercover unmarked "ordinary" cars. I used to fish with a guy who's neighbour was a CID officer. Apparently he would regularly buy what looked like beat up old cars. My mate suspected that the engines were swapped out for something decent and reliable.
 

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Most are just bulk standard cars that have the forces livery and lights etc put on them. They are then thrashed 24 hours a day, by people that don't really care, collecting scratches and dinks along the way. As I remember a lot of the upholstery was also shot, where coppers are getting in and out and sitting, whilst wearing all the rubbish they have to wear on their belts.
Cars from specialist units, may be looked after better.
 

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Years ago l had an ex police mk2 triumph pi in british racing green livery that was a brilliant buy until l got married and couldn't afford to run it. 😣
 

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Im not 100 % sure how true this is but was told it by a police high speed driver a few years ago when working in a police station.
He said If you ever wanted a good bargain then buy a x high performance police car as when the police buy them brand new they go straight in and have their engines and gear boxes changed and when they have finished their service they have their original engines and gear boxes put back in .
I know theres a place near me were brand new police cars from all over the country go to get converted to police cars from standard cars but not sure if they do swap the engines
All vehicles keep their own engines. An ex plod car is a good buy. The vehicles have the best of service and in the case of a traffic car it's all motorway miles. The downside is that they're often basic or so-called "Police spec" and there's often odd holes and spaces in the trim where equipment and wiring has been removed. A colleague some years ago had an ex Met. Police Rover P6b. It had interstellar mileage but was smooth and reliable.
The Battenberg ( and other ) markings are vinyls that are removed via a low heat gun.
 
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