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anyone know of a good place to get a used patrol car in the western mass area? I heard that there used to be a place in hadley is there still one there? Looking for a 94-96 caprice -- 98-02 crown vic. ---96-97 crown vic.
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He is no longer in Hadley. I do not know if he relocated or just closed up shop. He was the only one I knew that sold them. It is my understanding that most dept.'s out here either lease them or like my department, puts them out to bid where a taxi company picks them up or they are given to another town dept. If you find any place let me know.
 

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Were you guy's talking about "Eddies Cruisers"?
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Also check/search for grace used autos out of revere MA they specilize in used police cars. your looking at around $4500-$10,000 for the 98-02 crown vics. I recommend searching the new england states for there surplus property auctions. Conn always has one every few months and NY has at least one a month. Also try ebay they always have a bunch and see if theres any in the area. if you have any questions about the auctions PM me and Ill be glad to help you. Good luck.
 

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Now how does a guy from Brockton know about Eddies Cruisers? Yes that was the place we are talking about. Last I knew he got slapped on the wrist for having too many cars on the lot. Maybe that is why he went away.
 

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Why would you want a car that has been run into the ground 24 hours a day 7 days a week? :hmmm:
I think it has to do with the knowledge that you'd be sitting in a car with real cop farts in the seats. This is better than taking your chances with not knowing who farted in the car before you bought it!
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I :D purchased two used crown vic's Police Interceptor and they work for me. "A Street Auto Sales" in South Boston. I got my first one. A 96 Police Interceptor in 98 and my new one I got in 2001, A 2001 P.I. Crown Vic for $19,500. with three hundred miles on it. EBAY is the place for newer used. I traveled to Virginia to get it. What a car I love it.
 
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Whatever you do stay away from Grace ( Revere Ma) he sells junk trust me when I tell you just about every CV he sells is the biggest piece of shit you 've ever seen. Check this guy out, hes not in this state but I know of a few people who have purchased from him and all had nothing but good things to say and hes pretty much on the $ in regards to what there worth. Anyway heres the web site, WWW.usedcopcars.com and he'll work with you on having the vehicles delivered.

There is also a guy in somerville Ma.you sells decent CV's I dont have his # at the moment but I will get it and Pm you with it, give me a day or so and I'll get the # for ya.
 
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Ok heres the place in Somerville that sells used cruisers

William Doucette Auto sales & Service
325 Alewife Brook Parkway
Somerville MA, 617-666-9800 (office)
617-623-0339 (fax)
617-230-1383 (pager)
617-623-9322 ( Alt office #)

Hope this helps, Good luck.
 

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I purchased my Caprice from Craig Jasmin @ www.keymotorsusa.com in NY near Albany. He has plenty of 9C1's in stock and is very active with the local Impala SS club (which is the sporty version of the Police Caprice)

I can personally vouch for Craig and provide you with numerous references from other buyers of a Key Motors car who have been very satsfied with their purchases

EDITED LINK TO WORK PROPERLY !!! :roll:
 

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Old Police Cruisers Thrive in Appalachia
Mon Aug 4, 2:25 AM ET

By ROGER ALFORD, Associated Press Writer

SALYERSVILLE, Ky. - Other drivers can't help but tap their brakes and check their speedometers when they see Charlie Fitzpatrick pass by.

It's a natural response to the sight of a police cruiser, even a retired one.

Secondhand police cars have become so common in Appalachia that speed-trap wary truckers have given them the nickname "Hillbilly Cadillacs."


"You can't get much safer than a police car," Fitzpatrick said after test driving his daughter's 1994 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, a fresh coat of white paint hiding the markings it once bore. "Plus, it has lots of room, and it handles great."


The used Crown Victorias sell for as little as $2,000 at government auctions. A struggling economy in the mountain region has created a big demand for the retired cars, despite a national debate about their safety.


Some auto safety groups say buyers of secondhand Crown Victorias could be at risk because of what they contend is a design flaw that could cause the gas tanks to leak and burst into flames in crashes.


"Buying these cars is a bad idea," said Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Washington-based Center for Auto Safety. "You're running the risk of being hit from behind or going off the road and being trapped in these vehicles and being burned alive."


In the past 20 years, 14 police officers have died in crashes when the gas tanks of their Crown Victorias caught fire in rear-end collisions.


The crashes have prompted police unions and some political leaders to complain about the safety record of the cars, the most common police model with 350,000 patrol cars.


Ford contends the cars aren't dangerous, but initiated a program of retrofitting older models with plastic shields designed to better protect the gas tanks.


Rick Salyer, who refurbishes and sells the retired cruisers at his body shop in Royalton, said the used-car market in Magoffin County is nearly saturated with old Crown Victorias, most with well over 100,000 miles.


He said the cars are in demand by people who live in the economically distressed county and drive up to two hours to jobs in larger cities.


"They're comfortable," Salyer said. "They're one of the best built cars out there, and they're really safe."


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (news - web sites) found the car meets current federal standards that require a vehicle to withstand a rear crash at 30 miles per hour without leaking fuel. The agency also said the vehicle did not leak fuel during a test at 50 miles per hour, which the agency has proposed to be the new standard.


In almost all the fatal accidents, the agency said, the fuel leaks occurred after high-speed crashes.


According to the highway administration, no such fatal accidents have been reported in the mountains of eastern Kentucky or West Virginia, where so many of the vehicles now are in civilian hands.


"This is unique to police, because of the type of work that they do," said Kristen Kinley, a Ford spokeswoman. "We don't feel it's a concern for the average civilian who uses these vehicles."


Ford is installing the plastic guards on police cars at no charge. They're available to consumers for $150. The guards cover objects beneath the car, such as bolts on the rear axle, that could potentially rupture the gas tank in a crash.

Joseph Fried, an Atlanta attorney who crafted a settlement with Ford in the wake of a fiery 2001 crash that killed three Florida men and injured two others, said the Crown Victoria does present a danger to civilians.

Fried, a former Atlanta police officer, said too many parents are buying these cars for their children, believing that they are among the safest vehicles on the roads.

"They trust that all available safety is built into these cars," he said. "Unfortunately, some percentage of them is going to find out that's not the case."
 

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Is that a joke? :-k You know they are known to explode. And for that matter why anyone would want a used police car is beyond me! They get beat to pieces on the line. [-X If you want a crown vic that bad, buy a used civilian one or something.
 

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And we all know that CV's have been inservice for a very long time with a very low count of fatalities considering they are driven 24/7. Many cars explode when the fuel tank ruptures after an impact of highway speeds and there is a spark....

"In the past 20 years, 14 police officers have died in crashes when the gas tanks of their Crown Victorias caught fire in rear-end collisions."

ok so less than 1 per year. with 14,000 police agencies average size being about 10 = 140,000 cops on the road so that is 14/140000 = .0001 % of officers that are killed because of an explosion in 20 years.... OH MY GOD THE HORROR OF IT ALL!!!! Quit bitching about this nonsense. Farming is a more dangerous job and more of them die each year than officers. And in MA construction is the most deadly (or at least it was a few years ago)

The statistic should not read 14 officers killed because their car exploded because of the design, it should read 14 officers were killed because some person was not paying attention and slammed into them on the highway. Lets change the drivers
 

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Let's take this in a few stages here.
1) I'd rather not get rear ended at all
but, if it's gonna happen, I'd like to be in:
2) An M1 Abrams
3) TT Unit
4) Giant SUV
If we are talking only in cars, I'd want to be in:
5) A VOLVO!!!! Hands down, no question about it. Close behind would be BMW and Audi

CV's are great cars. I love them and love the look. They suit there purpose very well as an affordable car and parts are easy/inexpensive to find. However, there is CLEARLY a safety issue with the tanks that NEEDS to be addressed. Unfortunately, with current state of the automotive industry (highly fragmented) and quality issues at Ford (which so far, thankfully, haven't filtered to all of the divisions - like Volvo), it is unlikely the problem will be adequately addressed in the immediate future. Such is the nature of Ford.
This is the word that I continuously hear from someone I know who has TONS of knowledge about the industry(and NOT a Ford competitor).

-Eric
 
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