There's a place down the street from where I live that runs auctions for government agencies. Usually they sell retired and vehicles and surplus equipment, but they have sold some nicer stuff.
I'm in the market for a pick-up truck, and I saw a few sitting on their lot for this weekend's auction. Since everyone here seems to say this is the way to buy a good, cheap car, I figure someone can tell me what the realized prices look like.
What does a Crown Vic, or Ford F150 go for at these auctions?
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posted: Mar. 27, 2012 @ 2:05p
If it's just down the road why not go see what they go for?
posted: Mar. 27, 2012 @ 2:11p
Planning on it; trying to figure out how much cash I should take with me.
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posted: Mar. 27, 2012 @ 2:15p
This question is not possible to answer in its current form. What year, mileage, fuel type, etc... Even then, the prices can vary.
posted: Mar. 27, 2012 @ 2:21p
Do they actually sell close to blue-book? Here's a short list of what they have this weekend:
2008 FORD POLICE INTERCEPTOR, FULL SIZE 2008 FORD POLICE INTERCEPTOR, FULL SIZE 2003 FORD , FOUR DOOR, REAR WHEEL DRIVE, POLICE INTERCEPTOR, 2004 FORD CROWN VICTORIA 2001 FOUR DOOR SEDAN, FULL SIZE, REAR WHEEL DRIVE 2001 FOUR DOOR SEDAN, FULL SIZE, REAR WHEEL DRIVE 2006 FORD POLICE INTERCEPTOR, BID SERIES BBA 2001 FOUR DOOR SEDAN, FULL SIZE, REAR WHEEL DRIVE 2003 FORD CROWN VICTORIA POLICE PACKAGE 2000 FORD CROWN VICTORIA POLICE INTERCEPTOR, 2004 FORD CROWN VICTORIA FORD, CROWN VIC 1999 POLICE INTERCEPTOR, 2004 FORD CROWN VICTORIA 2002 FORD CROWN VICTORIA POLICE PACKAGE 2009 FORD POLICE INTERCEPTOR SEDAN, FULL SIZE, CHEVROLET IMPALA 2002 SEDAN, FULL SIZE, CHEVROLET IMPALA 2002 2005 IMPALA SEDAN; POLICE PKG 3.8L V6
PICKUP, 2001 FORD F250 S/DUTY; 7.3L DIESEL, S/CAB EXTENDED CAB 1/2 TON PICKUP, FORD 2000 PICKUP, CHEVY 1995, S10 PICKUP 3/4 TON, DODGE EXTENDED CAB 1999 2002 FORD P/U,BI-FUELED 2001 FORD P/U 3/4 TON
2002 FORD EXPLORER 4-DOOR V6; 4X4 2002 FORD EXPLORER 4-DOOR V6; 4X4 2002 FORD EXPLORER 4-DOOR V6; 4X4 2002 FORD EXPLORER 4-DOOR V6; 4X4 2002 FORD EXPLORER 4-DOOR V6; 4X4 2002 FORD EXPLORER, 4-DOOR (ALTERNATIVE FUEL) 2002 FORD EXPLORER, 4-DOOR (ALTERNATIVE FUEL) CHEVY, SUBURBAN 1999 2002 PASSENGER VAN, CHEVROLET , EXTENDED, 7&8 VAN, 2002 FORD WINDSTAR WAGON V6 1995 VAN, CARGO, 3/4 TON, 1992 VAN, 15 PASSENGER, V-8,BLUE
posted: Mar. 27, 2012 @ 2:53p
some will go for more, while some will go for less than what the others went for.
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posted: Mar. 27, 2012 @ 4:06p
Well use this as a base (from the finance thread LordB)
The crown vic is a running joke btw. There is a percentage of posters who know little to nothing about cars and suggest the crown vics, then posters like myself, in satire will say, "have you considered a crown vic?"
So I hope you're not falling for the joke and buying a crown vic because it sounds like it's a reliable, good investment from these forums. There are much better vehicle investments you could make.
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posted: Mar. 28, 2012 @ 1:55a
Even though it is a running gag here at FW, it does have it's good points...and Parking is NOT one of them.
posted: Mar. 28, 2012 @ 12:02p
A very durable vehicle, but they get a workout in government service. It really depends on how well it has been maintained and how much deferred maintenance exists. The interior of such vehicles usually tell the story with deteriorating arm rests, worn pedal pads, and other distressed interior. This is a clue to amount of wear if the vehicle otherwise seems 'fine'.
If you, or a good friend, know a certain type of automotive repair; seek a vehicle with that deficiency for potentially substantial savings.
I had a mechanic buddy buy a Crown Vic that had front-end damage. For a sum total of $1500, including buying the sheet metal, he had a car for the next 8 years. YMMV.
posted: Apr. 2, 2012 @ 9:28a
These retired and surplus fleet vehicles do seem to go for cheaper than blue book. Here's what happened at the auction saturday:
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