::Highway Patrol Has A Car Just For You
By R.Gregg, Raleigh Chronicle Editor In Chief
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
RALEIGH -- While some used car dealers say they have the best deals around, only one used car lot can offer automobiles that have been on the front lines of law enforcement across the state -- the North Carolina Highway Patrol lot in Raleigh.
The lot is located on Blue Ridge Road just across from Carter Finley Stadium and the NC State Fairgrounds. Prospective car buyers can choose from the large Ford Crown Victorias or the more recent model Chevrolet Impalas.
"They're very durable fleet-proven cars," says 1st Sergeant J.B. Warren, head of motorfleet management for the NC Highway Patrol.
Sgt. Warren says that the highway patrol has been selling its cars as they are retired from duty for the last 19 years and estimates that there are about 1300 or 1400 former service vehicles out there on the streets.
In the last few years, they have been putting prices on the windows at the Blue Ridge Road Highway Patrol lot to get more attention from those driving by.
Most of the prices on the cars were around $7,000 with some higher and some lower depending on the mileage. That's a big discount for cars that normally go for around $27,000 brand new.
Visitors may see some cars with a brand new sticker on them, but they are actually cars getting ready to go into service that happen to be stored at the lot and are not for sale.
Sgt. Warren said that the typical buyer is an older male, especially on the Crown Victoria cars, which have more room.
Of course, the cars have the police interceptor packages which include beefier suspensions, a Kevlar-lined trunk pack, heavy-duty shock absorbers, and more components that you won't find on a normal Crown Victoria.
Sgt. Warren also said that patrol cars are made to idle for long periods of time, so they have larger alternators to keep the batteries charged.
Some of the cars are being sold to other police departments in the state. As an example, Sgt. Warren pointed to one car and said it was going to the Fremont Police Department.
So for those looking for a reasonably priced car that has some law enforcement experience, stop by the NC Highway Patrol lot in Raleigh and they'll be happy to show you something in silver or black that should be fun to drive. ::