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Seized car auctions los angeles

hi W&J is handy dad here it’s another
cold day in Texas we have about 30 of
those a year I’d say anyway I want to
talk to you today about how to buy a
police car from an auction so I’m
sitting in my 2008 Crown Victoria Police
Interceptor p71 and I bought this one at
an auction sight unseen never drove it
or anything but I did have a little bit
of information that made me think that
this was a good buy and so far I’ve had
it for a little over a year and had no
problems with it so it you know it’s
been a good investment for me so there’s
a obviously a difference between buying
a car from an auction and buying a car
that you get to test-drive there’s lots
of videos and information out there if
you’re buying a car and you can
test-drive it obviously there’s a lot of
things to check for or the suspension
the tires the brakes the engine if you
can take it to a mechanic or if you know
how to check for things yourself
obviously but that’s not what this video
is about this video is about buying a
car at an online auction where you’re
going to have very limited information
so most of the vehicles that are going
to be available are going to be your
Ford Crown Victoria police interceptors
and your dodge chargers those are the
most common vehicles that you see on the
police auctions you’re starting to see
some of the Tahoe’s now and you may
depend on where you live see some of the
other types of vehicles the you know
what we call like the Taurus interceptor
that’s based on the Ford Taurus starting
to see some of the Chevy caprices but by
far the most common are the Crown
Victorias here’s the thing most of the
online auctions give you maybe four or
five photos if that a lot of them seem
to avoid photographing the inside of the
car
and a lot of them try to avoid giving
you a lot of detail and so there is
certainly in a certain amount of risk to
buying a car at an auction because
you’ll get to drive it you don’t know if
it runs you may be shocked at the
condition of the interior and so forth
but you know if you do as much planning
as you can and you know take it
seriously you can get a good bargain so
in no particular order this is what I
would suggest so first of all figure out
where the auctions are in your area and
sign up for those a lot of the websites
require you to sign up in advance and
some of them do require a deposit so
obviously if you see a car and you
haven’t signed up you’re not going to be
able to bid on it
so go ahead and sign up on the auction
sites and pay the deposits and get all
that squared away and then start
watching them I try to watch them
sometimes everyday just to see what’s
out there new cities pop up on those
options you know daily and obviously you
can buy anything you doesn’t have to be
a police card just that’s what the main
focus of this video is mine and you know
old police cars so with the Crown
Victoria first thing you’re going to
know is it’s going to have a 4.6 v8 they
all have the same mention there’s no
surprise there if you’re buying a Dodge
Charger they won’t often times tell you
whether it has the 5.7 Hemi or if it has
a 3.5 v6 but a lot of times they will
give you the VIN number so here’s tip
number one get online find a vin decoder
there’s lots of websites that have them
put in the VIN information or manually
do it yourself and figure out I think
it’s the eighth digit of the VIN on the
Dodge tells you the engine
and so if you’re looking for a v6 and
that’s what you want that’s fine but if
you’re looking for the Hemi v-8 charger
make sure it has the Hemi before you
even consider bidding on it for the Ford
believe it’s up to 2009
maybe 2008 but anyway the VIN is
typically going to be two FA and then
either F or H and then the next digits
are P 71 or the later models p7b as in
boy that’s your police interceptor if it
says P 72 or anything other than P 71 or
p7 be it’s not a police interceptor now
that may not matter to you but if you
don’t get the Police Interceptor you’re
not getting the better brakes the better
suspension the cooling systems the you
know oil coolers and all that so if that
matters to you you definitely want to
look at the VIN there if it doesn’t
matter to you then you know in Crown
Victoria is a solid vehicle whether you
get the police interceptor package or
not but it’s usually the police
interceptor package is usually what
people are looking for when they’re
buying at auction the next thing you
want to compare and again a lot of them
are noticed they’re not giving you
mileage and stuff but for your own sake
so that you get a good deal you’re going
to want to get on one of these online
value sites there’s several of them
there’s na da there’s KBB there’s
CarGurus there’s probably lots of other
ones out there try to find out the best
you can what the vehicle is going to be
worth so what I generally look at is the
rough trade-in value because that’s
probably the highest that you’re
actually looking at as far as a value I
wouldn’t look at clean retail because
you’re not going to find a clean retail
vehicle but rough trade in with the your
model and
mileage that you’re looking at that’s
probably a realistic top dollar value
and then just decide from there what
you’re willing to gamble are you willing
to buy it at the auction for half of the
value seventy five percent or whatever
set yourself a limit and don’t go over
it unless you have a little bit of
inside information or just a really
strong gut feeling that it’s a good
value I’ll tell you there’s been a
couple vehicles that you know I hit my
northern limit on and I stopped bidding
and end up selling for like fifty bucks
more than what I was going to bid and I
kind of kicked myself because some of
those vehicles appeared to be just
awesome quality and I just I should have
gone for it so you know that sort of
thing happens but if you look at the
information that’s available online you
can kind of get an idea of what a
vehicle is going to be worth the gold is
when the people selling it will actually
give you inside information so for
example this car I was told how to
rebuilt transmission brand-new battery
brand new drive belt tires were pretty
much brand new I think there were a
couple months old and it was below
hundred thousand miles and they were
retiring it not because of condition not
because of age not because of knowledge
believe it or not they were retiring it
because they didn’t like the color and
so having that kind of information is
huge because then you know okay the car
is probably in great condition and you
know it’s kind of a waste of taxpayer
dollars but they’re buying it because
they didn’t like the color so they’re
buying a new car and selling the old one
so I got a good deal on this car and
like I said it’s it’s been a rock solid
car and give me no problems you’ll find
that some departments just have a
mandatory retirement for their vehicles
so maybe it’s five years and they retire
it no matter what
or maybe it’s a hundred thousand miles
and they retire it so if you can find
out that sort of information you can
kind of you know get a better idea of
whether you should bid on a car or not
you obviously you want to avoid unless
you or really wanted to invest some time
and money into fixing it any car that’s
being retired because the condition is
poor you know if the department
literally drives a car until it’s not
practical to fix then you probably don’t
want to buy that card and try to fix it
up yourself
because you’re not going to make money
on that year and lose money on that and
you’re going to be frustrated we can
find a car that’s just being retired
prematurely just because they have some
sort of policy you’re going to get a
good deal and I would go for those type
of cars as far as whether you should buy
a Crown Victoria or a charger or a
Caprice Tahoe whatever you know honestly
a lot of that comes down to personal
preference I can tell you just kind of
generally speaking the Crown Victoria is
solidly built very reliable you should
get at least 200,000 miles typically out
of the car
I’ve had people joking sunny or I don’t
think they’re joking though but they’re
know oh you know those cars you got to
put a new transmission in them at a 160
180 thousand miles I’m thinking and so
you know Crown Vic is just solidly built
they’re tough they’re meant for police
work you know there’s people out there
to say oh no they’re abused when they’re
driven and stuff you know what they’re
meant to take that abuse and I said I’ve
owned two of them now and both of them
more solid so you know you can’t go
wrong with a Crown Vic the the biggest
drawback to the Crown Vic to the one
major thing that you know may make you
unhappy is they’re just not fast now
they’re not slow and they will get up
you know over 120 miles an hour
I mean honestly most people’s driving is
not going to involve that kind of
driving you’re you know most people you
want a car that’s got a decent 0 to 60
acceleration and also the Crown Vic is
very average likely going to get
somewhere between 7 and 8 seconds 0 to
60 depending on your car and on what
gear it is and what year and a lot of
other things but I mean the seven to
eight seconds zero to 60 is not a fast
car compared to like a charger with the
Hemi or the Caprice with the six litre
v8
you know those cars are probably five
seconds zero to sixty cars and so that’s
that’s a very noticeable difference I
mean that’s the kind of difference that
you’ll feel driving when you hit the gas
so reliability comfort ease of repair
ease and availability of parts for
inexpensive and a large knowledge base
out there of how to fix things and how
to repair them and stuff you can’t go
wrong with the Crown Vic add to that the
fact that I mean there are icy cars
crown vics all the time that are you
know relatively low miles for crown vics
like I said I would expect to get at
least two hundred thousand miles out of
a Crown Vic I would so and you see
people out of town three four hundred
five hundred thousand miles or more so
you know you can’t go wrong on the Crown
Vic for that and coupled with the fact
that you know they’re selling for $1,000
$1,500 the most clean and best condition
ones sometimes are going up and around
3,000 dollars at the auctions that that
I am watching obviously that’s a
geographic thing where you live they may
be going for more they may be going for
less but here in Texas typically you’re
seeing you know for one that appears to
be in reasonably good shape reasonably
low miles you know right
100 to 120,000 miles I’m seeing them all
day long 1,500 to 3,000 dollars you
can’t buy a car for that low that has
all that a crown back offers you just
you can’t I don’t think you could beat a
Crown Vic for less than $10,000 so all
factors I’m not talking you somebody out
there’s this oval look I’ve got a car
that’s faster than a Crown Vic for less
money okay yeah but you’re not going to
get seen for five Comfort huge trunk
reliability decent amount of power you
know the 4.6 v8 spitting out depend on
the Year model you know two to 250
horsepower probably so like I said you
know it’s it’s not super fast but it’s
not slow either in you know you can hook
up a trailer hitch to it and tow you
know certain things I haven’t really
found where there’s a set limit on what
you can tow but it seems to be generally
accepted that 1,500 to 2,000 pounds
things that you need to be aware of if
you’re buying a Crown Vic
number one there’s probably not going to
be a backseat if you find a Crown Vic
that already that’s coming with the
backseat and they’ll usually show you a
picture of that from what I’ve noticed
auctions where there is a back seat in
the car they take a picture of it the
ones that don’t you don’t get any kind
of picture of the inside so I would
assume on those there’s no back seat
plan on spending probably a hundred to
three hundred dollars to get a back seat
you know you got to go the junkyard find
a Panther body car like another Crown
Vic a Grand Marquis Lincoln Town Car
those should all fit interchangeably for
certain you’re not going to have a
center Council with the Crown Vic though
have ripped that out of the car what
I’ve used is basically like a 20 $30
depending on where you buy it from
just you know kind of generic all-around
Senator council you probably seen it in
my other videos you can also go to a
junkyard there’s lots of different
councils that will interchange with the
Crown Vic
I see people using Explorer ones and
stuff so that’s kind of a minimal
expense but just be prepared that it’s
not going to have it number three it’s
going to come probably with just an
am/fm radio very basic so if you’re one
you know better range of musical options
just know that you’re going to need to
to do that and buy whatever stereo you
want some of the things that you
probably wouldn’t expect the headlights
are horrible I’ll be honest on Mina my
Mustang headlights way outperform the
Crown Vic headlights so just know that
you’re probably going to need to buy
headlights or auxilary and you know
driving lights fog lights something of
that nature
most of these have had some sort of
strobe lighting for your police lights
there’s going to be holes drilled in
your headlight housings your taillight
housings
your backup light housings when they
remove the police equipment they don’t
fix any of that they just leave holes
those holes cannot be in there for your
best performance you’re going to get
water in there moisture in there you’re
going to need to take all those out and
cover those holes I have another video
but my secret to a quick cover on those
is that silver tape it will seal those
holes up and last a long time obviously
you can get on and buy new housings if
you want I’ve seen the headlights for
the pair probably about 60 bucks at the
lowest you can also try to restore them
if it’s just a matter of the the plastic
and hazed up or whatever you know
sandpaper and clear paint it’s the way
to go with that
you
depending on the photos that they give
you you may or may not have an idea of
what sort of body damage there is you
should expect there to be holes drilled
for antennas and emergency equipment the
extent of that like I said they try to
not show you that in the photos for some
reason and guessing that they’re hoping
that you’ll bid higher but so you may
have holes all over the roof all over
the trunk as well as like I said the
light housings so what can you fix and
what are you going to need to pay
somebody to fix or what’s acceptable to
you I mean you can fill those holes with
just like rubber caps or plastic caps
and they’ll not leak and it looked
terrible
you can try to buy like antennas to fill
those holes so that but then you start
looking really silly when you got six or
seven antennas all over the car you know
or you step up to the next level and
fill them with you know bondo or
something like that and try to paint it
yourself and you’ll get mixed results it
seems like over time because of the
vibration of the car that bondo will
start to separate and you’ll get kind of
a ring around those holes or you know if
it’s important to you is you go to a
body shop and get them professionally
done you’ve got a budget that into you
to you know what you’re going to spend
the tires breaks all that stuff I mean
here’s the thing when these are police
cars they are very well-maintained
they’re going to be changing all the
fluids on time they’re keeping
everything up when you’re buying it at
auction you have no idea when the last
time that stuff was done you have no
idea it was it ready for breaks or the
tires bald you know so some of the
departments will give you the
maintenance records and some of them
will say well we’ll give it to you and
you if you buy the car
so just be prepared there you know tires
you may be looking at 500 or more to get
a set of four tires brake pads are
relatively inexpensive if you can do it
yourself and I’ve done videos so I mean
it’s not hard if you’ve gotten just some
basic knowledge and basic tools but
planning on spending like 50 bucks an
axle
we may have to flush the brake fluid
which again I’ve done a video it’s real
easy to do but when you open up your
master cylinder the fluid may be kind of
black sometimes these things sit for a
long time between the time they’re
retired and the time they go to auction
you know they spend their time stripping
the things out of them and so there may
be a long delay between the time it was
last serviced and the time you buy it so
some of the fluids may have gone bad
just from sitting so people that know
how to work on these cars they can
remove things out damaging the car
unfortunately what I’ve seen a lot of
these before they go to auction they
just literally rip stuff out cut wires
I’ve seen them where they’ve cut the
vacuum lines for the air conditioning
system I’m thinking why so just random
stuff like that that can drive you nuts
these cars are designed obviously the
the Crown Victoria p71 its design it’s a
police car so it’s designed to have
things like the ability to turn off the
rear windows to turn off the ability to
open the doors and the rear from the
inside things like that that’s all built
into the car but yet what you find is
some of the departments I guess they
didn’t know what they were doing or the
up fitters didn’t know what they’re
doing so they just start ripping stuff
out cutting wires
you know just terrible and so when you
get the car you may get lucky and
everything is ready to be repaired as
far as plugin
you know the wires back in or if you’ve
seen my videos on fixing the rear doors
and stuff you know just like putting a
screw
something in there or you may find out
that they’ve cut you know big chunks of
things out of the car that don’t need to
come out and then you may be trying to
taste those parts down at a junkyard or
you may you know have to buy them you
know unfortunately brand-new parts if
you can find them so those are just kind
of the things to you know be prepared
when you’re buying a police car or is
the chargers the major thing is it’s not
you can’t tell a charger if it’s a v6 or
a Hemi police car by looking at it
generally there’s not any kind of
badging on it so if they give you the
VIN like I said go look look it up and
see if it’s got the v6 or the v8 me
personally I wouldn’t buy the v6 is
nothing to do with anything about it
other than if I’m going to buy a charger
I want to Hemi
I want that pull you back in the seat
type acceleration you know if you want a
charger you know and you just you like
to look at the charger which I like to
look at the charger so the v6 is going
to give you very similar performance to
the Crown Victoria v8 performance so you
know there’s there’s that not trying to
knock the charger but generally speak in
and this is just from talking to lots of
people you’re going to run across
several issues that you’re not going to
have with the Crown Victoria you’re
going to have all the issues that we
talked about with the Crown Victoria as
far as ripping police equipment out and
you know things that are broken or stuff
but from what I’ve heard and I’ve not
owned a police charger so this is just
from talking to people they have
generally speaking the problem areas
include the front suspension the brakes
and the transmission I’ve heard people
say that you need a new transmission in
those every 60,000 miles I’ve heard same
thing with the brakes of her
the same thing with the front suspension
although I’ve heard some say you know
basically almost yearly you got to redo
the front end again that’s just what
I’ve heard from others but that’s
something to take into consideration if
you’re buying a charger that you may
have to do a lot more work you know
ongoing compared to a few if you buy a
Crown Victoria and you fix things up
when you first get it chances are you’re
not going to have problems with those
things that you’ve already fixed for a
long time whereas with the charger from
what I’m hearing is those problems recur
so just keep that in mind going to the
Caprice six liter v8 engine according to
what you see online it puts out actually
less horsepower and less torque than the
Dodge with the 5.7 which I don’t know
what that’s all about that sounds to me
like something could be upgraded to make
that six liter even faster because
you’ve all heard there’s no substitute
for cubic inches so 5.7 6.0 the 6.0
should outperform it now charger is
lighter than the Caprice that could be
part of it too but like said the rating
for the horsepower is higher and the
rating for the torque is higher on the
charger too so you’ve got more
horsepower more torque in a lighter car
so the charger should outrun the Caprice
based on those three facts but from what
and again I don’t have a Caprice so this
is again from talking to people to have
them I have driven the Caprice and I
will tell you it’s a the test-drive I
got was very impressive to me
from what I hear about the Caprice it’s
just parts availability those cars are
built in Australia and apparently
there’s a lot of issues with getting
parts as far as what parts I don’t know
as long as I haven’t bought one
know what sort of parts they’re talking
about that you need when you buy them
but I’m telling you it’s a nice driving
vehicle very fast stops good handles
great okay the other thing to consider
is and you may not have this information
in front of you but hopefully you can
find it on the internet or whatever is
how much are tires because I can tell
you like the crown vics there are 16
inch wheels there are 17 inch wheels and
I think the Chargers are 18s and the
caprices are 18 so you need to factor
that into when you’re buying one of
these you know the tires may all four
need to be replaced when you buy the car
and obviously you know 16 inch tires
going to be a lot less than an 18
generally speaking overall it’s really
hard to go wrong with a Crown Victoria I
mean the the like I said the only knock
on them is they’re just don’t accelerate
very fast so if you’re wanting that you
know pulled back in the seat feeling
you’re probably not going to get it but
just about everything else about the
Crown Victoria just take cells and so
it’s really hard to not recommend that
you know you’re going to invest the
least amount of money buying one at an
auction like I said typically you know
thousand to probably three thousand
dollars max for a Crown Victoria at
auction if you planned on spending
$2,000 fixing it up which that’s a lot
of money to spend fixing it up but even
if you did you’re looking at a max of
five thousand dollars in the car so
you’re going to have quite a vehicle for
that kind of money like I said I would
think you’d have to spend at least ten
thousand dollars on a vehicle to match
what you’d have with a Crown Victoria
for five thousand or less if you’re
wanting you know performance obviously
the charger with the Hemi or the Caprice
with the six liter I mean you just
that’s hard to beat
you know those motors put out so much
horsepower so much torque that to beat
those cars there’s just not a lot of
cars out there that will out accelerate
them certainly not in the price range
you’re looking at Chargers typically are
going you know again depending on the
year and the mileage I’m seeing four to
eight thousand dollars typically the
eight being you know relatively low
mileage and newer model years the
caprices I guess because it’s kind of a
niche car and it’s kind of a not real
common car right now those tend to be
going right around $8,000 at auction if
you’re buying a charger or a Caprice and
you use the same formula of you know
budget yourself up to two thousand
dollars to repair and and customize the
way you want you know now you’re looking
at ten thousand dollar car so you know
if you took that same ten thousand you
could have two very nice Crown Victorias
or you could you know spend quite a bit
making your Crown Victoria fast if if
that’s important to you and so one of
the other things to worry about with the
auctions is you got to read all the fine
print because when you make your bid
you’re entering into a contract with
them and they may have very strict rules
about how you pay when you pay and when
you can pick up your vehicle and how you
can pick up your vehicle so for example
a lot of them require you to get a
cashier’s check and overnight it to the
auction company so you don’t want to be
bidding on a vehicle if you can’t go hit
a cashier’s check and get it overnight
it to them you know some of them aren’t
as strict some will say oh you know
within a week or two weeks but some of
them are literally you know within a day
or two you’ve got to have
to them and so that’s something to keep
in mind if you know it’s a Friday
auction and your bank is closed Saturday
and Sunday and they require to be
overnighted to them by Saturday you may
want to skip that auction along those
lines I’ve seen it where it says you
know pick up of the vehicle has to
happen on such-and-such day between the
hours of this and this and they only
give you a two-hour window and so if you
can’t be there on that day and time
you’ve got a problem and then the issue
of will the car start when you get there
you may need to bring something to you
know we can jumpstart it I would
recommend a portable jumpstarter rather
than trying to bring jumper cables on
your vehicle because you may not be able
to pull your vehicle into where you can
jumpstart it so being able to have a
portable jumpstart will help you out
there
number two very likely you can’t legally
drive your auction vehicle on public
roads you check your state laws on that
but generally speaking if it doesn’t
have a license plate doesn’t have a
registration doesn’t have an inspection
sticker they’re not going to give you a
temporary license for it probably so
driving in would be illegal you’re going
to need to plan on you know if you can
tow it yourself with the you know a
rented tow thing or like a u-haul car
hauler or if you know how to use a tow
bar and you’re able to access the
vehicle enough to where you could
install the tow bar you might be able to
do that otherwise you may need to budget
in
you know delivery of the vehicle and
that could be several hundred to over a
thousand dollars to have the vehicle
delivered from the auction site to your
house so again that’s just stuff to take
into consideration some of the things
that I wouldn’t be concerned about is
the condition of the paint on the wheels
for example if they’re kind of rusty or
faded the police steel wheels are very
easy to paint if you’ve seen my video
you do it on a warm day and you’ll knock
out and make them look brand new so I
wouldn’t worry about that I’ve seen some
of them that just look horrible like
they’ve just run through you know power
car washes constantly their whole life
and never had any kind of care for the
wheels and so they’re starting to look
real bad but that’s easy to fix
now if they’re bent or you know things
like that you got to take that into
consideration that you may have to
replace a wheel if it can’t be fixed and
a lot of times those type of things
can’t be fixed so once you get your
police car home what I do personally is
I clean them very thoroughly disinfect
you know like 91% alcohol
sprayed on all the surfaces to disinfect
everything I use you know thick gloves
and clean everything out to try to
remove all the seats and everything and
wash everything shampoo the seats I’ll
tell you every police car I’ve had every
seat that I’ve shampooed of shampoo died
at least a pot of coffee out of out of
them so that seems to be the running
thing with the police cars is there’s a
pot of coffee dumped on the seats and so
you can get that out of there and dirt
as well but I’m telling you it’s coffee
you can smell the coffee as it’s being
shampooed out so
funny thing the other thing is you’ll
find all kinds of crazy stuff the state
leave behind I’ve seen parking tickets
I’ve seen ammunition I’ve seen girls
phone numbers one of my youtube friends
out there has a video and I guess they
forgot to go through the car that he
bought because he had everything in the
trunk
I mean fingerprint kits and drug test
kits and you know licenses that look
like they seized it from people maybe
they arrested or whatever and you know
the chalk lines are just all kinds of
police gear was left behind I haven’t
had anything like that and while you
have the seats out you know some of the
seats will be in good condition shampoo
them and they’ll look great and function
great and some of them you know even
with that you’re going to need seat
covers the nice thing is when you have
the seats out of the vehicle and you put
the aftermarket seat covers on them
generally you can get them fitting very
tight against the seat and you know they
look pretty nice the factory seat covers
that are on these the reason they stick
so well is because they have velcro on
the bottom of the seat cover and then on
the top of the pad on the seat and so
that velcro holds it nice and tight and
you know if you’re going to put
aftermarket seat covers you’re not going
to have that so one thought would be to
try to duplicate that one way or another
certainly if your factory seat covers
are just horrible you might even
consider just you know ripping them out
and using the aftermarket seat covers or
you know if you want to spend the money
you can probably find factory exact
replacement seat covers what you’ll find
a lot of times on the police cars is
they are not super feature-rich
so they’re not going to have things like
keyless entry remote start remote trunk
opening I mean like I said have just an
am/fm radio bear
owns climate controls and so forth I’ll
tell you that climate controls being you
know base model probably a good thing
those automatic climate control there’s
so many things that can go wrong sensors
go out and so forth that I really like
the manual controls because they just
work but call me spoiled or whatever I
like keyless entry I don’t like having
to you know use the key to open the door
I like to push a button and walk up and
meet in so the nice thing with the Crown
Vic if you’ve seen my other videos I’ve
its a bulldog keyless entry system I
think there’s less than 20 bucks I’ve
gotten or I can put that thing in pretty
quickly I know the wires for lock and
unlock the trunk pop and so forth so
that for me personally that’s like a
must-have addition to the vehicle as
well as you know a good stereo that
plays CDs DVDs iPod input that sort of
stuff and then it’s really a personal
choice but a lot of the police cars
don’t have carpet they have that rubber
floor
I like the rubber floor I have you know
two young kids and stuff gets spilled
and muddy feet and so forth so the
rubber floor is nice for that or I guess
if you’re doing an uber or something you
know it makes it easier to clean out
your car some people you know they like
carpet so you know that’s an expense you
can decide or that you want to do you
can buy you know pre-cut carpet that
fits you know the crown vic or the
charger or whatever you’re buying or you
can try to just do a generic carpet and
you’re not going to get as good results
but you know it’s all about how much
money you want to spend and how fancy
you want certain things to be when you
get on the auction website usually
you’ll see that it’ll say you know this
auction closes at you know a week or
whatever
the way they typically work though is
when it says it closes let’s say this is
it closes you know next Thursday at 10
a.m. that doesn’t mean a 10:00 a.m.
whatever has been bid is done what most
of them do is if there’s a bid made
between say 9 55 and 10 a.m. and it
extends it to 10:05 and if there’s
another bid made it says it to 10:10 and
so on and so on and so on and so
literally I’ve seen them go all day you
know if you’ve got a particularly nice
vehicle you may have people going with
bid another 50 bucks well okay and
they’ll keep going like that but
typically what the trend is I said
unless there’s some vehicle that just is
well known to be a great value you
typically see real low bids up til about
a day before it closes and then all of a
sudden the serious bids start coming in
so there’s a couple ways you can do it
one is just don’t bid at all wait till
you know a couple minutes before
supposed to close and then hit it with a
bid and hope that you minute a lot of
the sites allow you to put your starting
bid as well as your top bid so when you
let’s say the car is going right now for
$1,000 so it says the next bid has to be
a thousand fifty but maybe you’re
willing to pay 3,000 so you put your
thousand 50 in and your 3,000 and then
as people try to outbid you
you know they bid 1,100 and then you bid
1150 automatically and they bid 1,200
and you’ve been 1250 automatically and
so on it and so you can win it just by
doing that the other thing that I do
sometimes is instead of just bidding you
know $2,000 maybe you bit some crazy
sequence of numbers you know 2 1 2 3 4 5
something like that and so then somebody
tries to bid you know 2,100 and you’re 2
1 2 3 4 5 wins the bid
so I’ve tried things like that I’ve even
seen people do you know $2,000 in one
penny or something trying to you know
beat out the people to bid $2,000 so
lots of tricks like that like I said
ultimately you kind of want to know what
these type of vehicles are going for in
the market whether it’s trade in or sold
to private person and then come up with
a number that you’re comfortable risking
on it because there’s always a risk that
you buy a car and it’s going to be you
know needing so many repairs that it’s
not practical you know but that’s the
way to do it if these cars are selling
for $3,000 in the marketplace and you
know that’s for one that you can test
drive and check out and learn a lot
about you know then set a number in your
head that you’re not going to bid more
than maybe fifteen hundred or whatever
and then you know you’re you’re gambling
there that you may get a three thousand
dollar car for 1500 or you may have to
put a couple thousand dollars into
bringing it up but you know you decide
what that risk amount is that you’re
willing to take like I said for me I’ve
had good luck with it but I’m very
conservative on it too like I said I’ve
I’ve lost some that I can’t kick myself
afterward and taught me and I I should
have bit higher but you know I set that
limit in my head long before and I stuck
with it and I didn’t get the vehicle and
this video is about buying the police
cars but you will find other vehicles on
there they’re non police vehicles I mean
the same kind of rules apply with the
exception being if it’s a seized vehicle
you know or surrendered vehicle that
sort of thing you have no way to know if
it was ever maintained or not so there’s
a largely a lot more risk involved in
buying one of those and so just take
that into consideration
and then you’ll find the vehicles that
have been wrecked I mean honestly I
would consider that to be a parts
vehicle so if you know that the rest of
the parts on there have some value you
bid accordingly but just keep in mind a
wrecked vehicle you’re going to have to
figure out a way to get it to you and be
able to store it and take it apart and
sell those parts or whatever so there’s
more risk there now obviously if you
have the ability to completely restore a
wrecked vehicle a more power to you if
you can get a vehicle back on the road
and make a profit that’s great
me personally I don’t have that kind of
tools and skill set to do that so I stay
away from those I try to bid only on the
ones that look like they’re you know put
a key in turn them and go and then just
you know cleanup detail touch-up paint
you know fix little things that are
broken and so forth like that you may
get lucky and the department that
selling the vehicle may openly discuss
with you every known good and bad thing
about the vehicle they may provide you
additional photos obviously the more
information you can get the more
informed decision you can make about
bidding I said I I’m always
uncomfortable with the ones where they
give you you know one or two photos of
the exterior of the vehicle and maybe
they’re out of focus a little bit and
they don’t tell you the mileage and
there’s just a lot of vague stuff going
on those I try to steer clear of and
unless I’m able to find out additional
information if they give you the VIN
number that can be very useful like said
you can get online and find a vin
decoder and a lot of times it will tell
you you know what engine maybe what
transmission may tell you other things
that you need to know for example on the
Crown Victorias you know a lot of the
VIN start with two FA and then either F
or H the F is
just front airbags and H is also the
side airbag so that’s something that I
didn’t know about but they actually do
sell some of these p70 ones with the
side airbags in them so that’s the two
fa hp7 t ones as opposed to the two fa f
p7 new ones but on the downside the ford
at least doesn’t tell you what
transmission you have from the VIN now
Crown Victoria they’re all four-speed
automatic so that’s real easy but I’ve
looked at Mustangs that were online and
you know if they don’t tell you if it’s
a 5-speed or an automatic that’s not in
the VIN so it’s kind of a guess if they
show you an interior photo you can
probably tell but you know like I said a
lot of times they just give you the
least amount of information that they
can and a lot of them are not
cooperative when you talk to them you
say hey you know what can you tell me
about this car is it a automatic is it a
standard you know and they just know
what’s on theirs what’s on there and so
I don’t bid on those so I didn’t talk
about the Tahoe and the Taurus
interceptor and some of the other police
models a couple things Tahoe’s are
pretty common vehicle in general been
around a long time from what I’ve seen
you start pushing a hundred thousand
miles on one of those and you know you
start having a lot of issues that you’re
not going to have with a crown vic so
because they tend to not sell the
Tahoe’s until they’re well past a
hundred thousand miles for me personally
it’s not a good risk I’m guessing at
that point you’re going to have the more
expensive repairs needed transmission
engine you know major stuff like that in
because they’re an SUV they seem to draw
a premium at auction so you’ll see those
Tahoe’s going you know close to ten
thousand dollars sometimes and so for me
getting an old vehicle with a lot of
files on it you know if I’m going to do
that I’m going to get a Crown Vic
because I know what the chances are it’s
going to last a long time and if there
are any issues where they’re probably
going to be inexpensive to fix
Tahoe running the 5.3 liter GM motor
that’s a common motor so that you know
certainly a lot of parts are going to be
available for that you know compared to
like trying to buy the six liter Caprice
or something like so I just not super
impressed with the Tahoe you know it’s
not not enough difference from the
civilian model to for me to want to
gamble on that as far as the tourist
interceptor II you know the thought of
all-wheel-drive and twin turbo you know
is it 365 horsepower so I mean that
sounds great
what I found number one you don’t see
those at auction much at least yet if
you’re thinking about buying one of
those in the next few years when they
start hitting the auctions just you
really want to look at the van and make
sure because from what I’ve seen a lot
of departments are just buying the plain
v6 model they’re not buying the twin
turbo and so if you’re thinking wow I’m
getting this awesome twin turbo car and
you get it and oops no it’s just a plain
v6 you know regular basically Taurus you
can be very disappointed because you’re
going to have all the other things to
have to fix on it you know like I talked
about earlier all the things that they
cut and break and leave holes in and
stuff and then you only have a regular
v6 engine the other thing is like a twin
turbo it’s going to require supreme gas
so you’re going to spend you know right
now super unlit is going for sometimes
you know thirty cents a gallon more than
the regular so that’s something you got
to factor in if you’re having to buy
that kind of gasoline for it
you’re driving a lot of miles that adds
up and that’s why I didn’t get into that
to me if you’re looking for a police car
you’re probably looking for a Crown Vic
the charger certainly has a lot of
things about it that are super nice the
reliability is still a question you know
there’s people out there that film
videos and I watched you on YouTube you
have your Chargers and you don’t see now
a lot of problems and that’s great but
you do see a lot of people that do have
a lot of weird issues with them and then
the Caprice what I’ve seen the same
thing it’s the parts availability and
the fact it’s an Australian vehicle that
it leaves some questions about it so the
safe is bed always a Crown Vic it’s
going to be the cheapest one to buy so
be the cheapest one to repair if there
are any things that need to be repaired
and it’s very easy to find out
information about them you know Facebook
there’s a p71 group that I’m in and you
know we share information all the time
and then like I said parts you can get
them Amazon and them at the part story
and go the junkyard I mean there’s just
so many options that if you’re wanting
to start investing in old police cars
honest for you to personally drive or
for you to buy fix up and flip you can’t
go wrong with the Crown Vic if you want
something super fast and fun to drive
you know the Crown Vic is not going to
give you that get up and go that you’re
looking for and yeah you’re going to
want to go with the charger or the
Caprice and you know they’re virtually
tied in the 0 to 60 and quarter-mile
time so you know pick whichever one you
want the Caprice is longer and heavier
than the charger if you get a chance
Drive all three I mean they’re fun to
drive all for different reasons because
you have the police packages on them to
handle better they brake better
uh in you know generally speaking
they’re built better more of a
commercial grade vehicle so things are
going to last longer on them but I like
them and I’m going to keep buying them
from here on out then that’s what I’m
going to drive so hope this video was
helpful to you and I am so ecstatic that
I have so many viewers and subscribers
and I want to keep coming out with you
know quality videos that are helpful to
you so let’s keep doing it thank you

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