Highway Patrol has surplus vehicles f...

Highway Patrol has surplus vehicles for sale

There are 99 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Feb 13, 2009, titled Highway Patrol has surplus vehicles for sale. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

RALEIGH The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has over 200 surplus vehicles for sale.

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“Conservative for America”

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#22 Feb 13, 2009
JBB wrote:
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They just don't happen overnight. Many cases these cars sit in lots after they have been stripped of the emergency equipment, and new ones come on line. If you figure the number of Troopers in the State and then everyone gets a new ride after so many miles it can add up. And if you figure into that, other agencies nationwide doing the same it doesn't take long to add up these cars. They can't simply sell them to used car lots cause that would be cornering the market for other car lots.
Back in 2000 I guess, when the hurricane came through. FEMA bought up all these campers for the citizens to live in. After it was all over the State and the Federal Govt. had all these campers sitting around on lots. They couldn't just sell them to local camper dealers for the market would have been cornered too. It took forever to get rid of these units. I'm talking about 3 years.
If you figure that 2/3 of any Govt. budget is spent on Law Enforcement to provide us with all that we need to be safe, it puts a drain on the budget, because any Law Enforcement agency doesn't make a profit for these departments. Its all dead weight, but it has to be spent, there is no way around it. Unlike your Water, Electric, and Sewer departments all make money for the Govt. But not Law Enforcement.
If you get a speeding ticket, which would be about $170.00. Out of that the State gets the Fine, The County gets the court cost and the (Department),(not the officer)gets a whopping $5.00.
I hope this helps with any questions.
You must have missed it. I caught one of those investigative news shows and they were showing that those trailors, just a few weeks ago, were in a dozen some odd storage facilities in Mississippi. Each facility had several hundred trailors. Supposedly there are similar storage lots in LA, TX, and OK?. A pan over the trailors show most have exposed insulation and boarded over windows. The reporter said all the desirable trailors had been snapped up and now it was a question of how to sell them off. Biggest problem is the millions a year in rental of the storage lots.
What_s with this

Fort Myers, FL

#23 Feb 13, 2009
industrialgreen wrote:
Buy one, put a ski rack on the roof, and watch others nail their brake lights as you barrel down the road. There's no other reason than this, to buy a used police cruiser.
I can think of another reason!!
I LIKE driving 130mph on the interstate.
Hillbilly Hipster

Hendersonville, NC

#24 Feb 13, 2009
Many of these cars will get a second life in a taxi fleet.They can make really good cabs,I have noticed a few Crown Vic taxis in town that are former police cars.
Hillbilly Hipster

Hendersonville, NC

#25 Feb 13, 2009
On the taxi thing. As the Dodge Chargers are retired from police duty many of those qill probably go to cab companies also.
LOKEL

United States

#26 Feb 13, 2009
my my wrote:
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If you drive them until they are pure junk you will never sale them.....then what? Thats there office not just a car. You all need to start reserving comments until you get the facts. School buses are taken up and sold before they stop running. Do you want children on buses that may not make it to school or to home.
I'm sure the State has written off the wear and tear as the years have passed by ...
grmofasheville

Lancaster, SC

#27 Feb 13, 2009
They need to give them to city officials, they don't need to be driving around in a new vehicle. And if they break down when driving them call AAA just like I do. By the way, what will they be driving when the car manufactures go bust?
Raleigh Democrat

Johnson City, TN

#28 Feb 13, 2009
Remember. It's a state operation. I believe they have to buy a new fleet of cars from a political contributor (dealer) in Raleigh. That's how it use to work.
Cornbread1

United States

#29 Feb 13, 2009
they sell these things off every year.
whats the big deal?
GoHome

Raleigh, NC

#30 Feb 13, 2009
LOKEL wrote:
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It clearly states that these cars have had service every 6,000 miles and are in "EXCELLENT" condition .....
Maybe excellent for the average driver, but not for police emergency vehicles...come on
GoHome

Raleigh, NC

#31 Feb 13, 2009
LOKEL wrote:
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I'm sure the State has written off the wear and tear as the years have passed by ...
written it off on what? State taxes? lol
LOKEL

United States

#32 Feb 13, 2009
GoHome wrote:
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written it off on what? State taxes? lol
Any business can write off the wear and tear on equipment, the building (if the business owns it), and other costs of doing business that naturally deteriorate with use over time.

It is very common and called amortization.

Why would the State not be able to do it as well?
JBB

Raleigh, NC

#33 Feb 13, 2009
yona wrote:
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You must have missed it. I caught one of those investigative news shows and they were showing that those trailors, just a few weeks ago, were in a dozen some odd storage facilities in Mississippi. Each facility had several hundred trailors. Supposedly there are similar storage lots in LA, TX, and OK?. A pan over the trailors show most have exposed insulation and boarded over windows. The reporter said all the desirable trailors had been snapped up and now it was a question of how to sell them off. Biggest problem is the millions a year in rental of the storage lots.
I know these things are not the best in the world, and who can imaging going from a house to a travel trailer. But they were not meant to be a permenant means of living. But I had heard stories that several people who didn't even have a home to go to or people who were living in far worst than this even before the storm had hit were complaining about it. It just goes to show you that no one can ever be satisified with nothing. I have seen some of these trailers, but in truth this storm that hit it caught everyone off guard. It was named the storm of the century. So FEMA and State Officals were doing what they thought was best. But I guess after all the trailers started to pile up like a Gold Rush of people coming in, they might have thought, oops. What have we done.
eric

Wadesville, IN

#34 Feb 13, 2009
Highway Patrol vehicles are just that Highway and `100k highway miles on a crown vic is long from gone!theres a lot of miles left in them,so the HP should save taxpayers money and drive them some more,but,if they do sell them,someone is getting a sweet deal on a car that will last a long while.
eric

Wadesville, IN

#35 Feb 13, 2009
Cornbread1 wrote:
they sell these things off every year.
whats the big deal?
and keep buying new ones which is actually good for the economy!
JBB

Raleigh, NC

#36 Feb 13, 2009
grmofasheville wrote:
They need to give them to city officials, they don't need to be driving around in a new vehicle. And if they break down when driving them call AAA just like I do. By the way, what will they be driving when the car manufactures go bust?
I'm not sure if you remember back in the late 70's or eariler 80's when the Federal Govt. bailed out the Dodge company to keep it from going under. And I remember the Military got stuck with all those stupid, cheap, worthless Relant and K Cars.
In truth some of the higher ups don't need to be driving around on the State's Gas unless on State business. Leave the driving to the working class of employees that are really making a differents.
Cornbread1

United States

#37 Feb 13, 2009
eric wrote:
Highway Patrol vehicles are just that Highway and `100k highway miles on a crown vic is long from gone!theres a lot of miles left in them,so the HP should save taxpayers money and drive them some more,but,if they do sell them,someone is getting a sweet deal on a car that will last a long while.
.....and then when one of these things with 120k miles on it blows all to crap at 80 miles an hour and kills someone then people will be screaming that the state should have replaced them.

GSA retire vehicles at 70,000 mile. And that fleet is about 100 times larger than the SHP.

“Conservative for America”

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#38 Feb 13, 2009
JBB wrote:
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I know these things are not the best in the world, and who can imaging going from a house to a travel trailer. But they were not meant to be a permenant means of living. But I had heard stories that several people who didn't even have a home to go to or people who were living in far worst than this even before the storm had hit were complaining about it. It just goes to show you that no one can ever be satisified with nothing. I have seen some of these trailers, but in truth this storm that hit it caught everyone off guard. It was named the storm of the century. So FEMA and State Officals were doing what they thought was best. But I guess after all the trailers started to pile up like a Gold Rush of people coming in, they might have thought, oops. What have we done.
I told my wife, if we were 'campers' I would look into picking up one of those cheap. I could go down and tow it back and then do repairs myself. It's an option many around here could consider.

As to the selling off of the fleet every few years. Just a question, why can't they trade them in like the rest of us, only on a bigger scale. Yes I know you get more if you sell it yourself but they even admit that they might not get as much for them. Just curious?
Just Saying

Boiling Springs, SC

#39 Feb 13, 2009
Again, Topix has all the answers! I used to waste my time writing comments just like the majority of you, but no more. I realized if I sound as stupid as most of you, people must be laughing at me like I now laugh at you! Keep writing, I continually need a laugh, stupid people! Thanks for the giggles!
ice

United States

#40 Feb 13, 2009
JBB wrote:
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1) In most cases they are auctioned off at a state auction to the highest bidder which is sometimes lower than what the state is asking now.
2) Some smaller Police Departments purchases them and the state will put a plain paint job on them and you see them again at these departments. But I have been in some off these cars then and they don't hold up with the physical punishment for a long period of time. Mind you now these cars get worked at these little departments, every other officer is driving them and they all have different driving habits. So it doesn't take long to wear one out.
The state tries to recour some of its money back if possible.
most of them will end up as taxi cabs yellow cab will buy them all
ice

United States

#41 Feb 13, 2009
yona wrote:
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You must have missed it. I caught one of those investigative news shows and they were showing that those trailors, just a few weeks ago, were in a dozen some odd storage facilities in Mississippi. Each facility had several hundred trailors. Supposedly there are similar storage lots in LA, TX, and OK?. A pan over the trailors show most have exposed insulation and boarded over windows. The reporter said all the desirable trailors had been snapped up and now it was a question of how to sell them off. Biggest problem is the millions a year in rental of the storage lots.
just save them for the next disaster

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