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Police Forces Wasting Money?!

We live in a time when governments, councils, businesses and individuals are trying to save money, so how come many police forces have endless marked X5s, 5 series, 3 series, etc, etc?

I'm not talking about performance cars used to chase people on motorways, but rather, local vehicles.

All the footage of this current manhunt shows loads of 'posh' police vehicles, and the question always comes into my head that surely they could save a penny or two by getting Freelanders instead of X5s, and getting Insignias (like they used to get Vectras) instead of 5 series, etc?
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Re: Police Forces Wasting Money?!

I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that they get the vehicles cheaper than the on-the-road price, therefore what seems to be a pretty expensive vehicle actually isn't. I'm not a police officer, so I can't 100% confirm that, but I am quite sure that I saw that somewhere.
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Re: Police Forces Wasting Money?!

Yeah, I didn't expect the police or any other large organisation to pay on the road OTR prices, but even if the police get a 40% discount if they lease/buy 1,000 BMWs, surely they'd pay even less if they got a 40% discount onleasing/buying 1,000 Vauxhalls or Fords, if you get what I mean? So it's all relatively, and BMW must surely be relatively more expensive to buy/lease than other cars, even if you're a large organisation...
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Re: Police Forces Wasting Money?!

I think a lot of it comes down to the bottom line.

Yes, these cars are more expensive to buy (if they are being bought, and not leased), but the general running costs will be broadly similar (Police do their own servicing, so no main dealer rates), and fuel costs again won't differ hugely.

Where the difference will be most apparent is the residual value of a prestige brand, vs a volume brand - this is what will offset the higher purchase price, and will make the car cheaper to lease, as its an asset which hasn't depreciated so highly.

An example of this is nearly new Insignias are being offered with delivery miles for almost half the list price - what would one 2 years old & > 100,000 miles be worth (next to nowt).


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Re: Police Forces Wasting Money?!

Though I'd have thought that any police vehicle would end up chopped in at auction (after being stripped down to its original spec.) I'm not sure that residuals are going to be particularly high on anything that's been battenburged.

Perhaps BMW are prepared to sacrifice a large chunk of their profits (and maybe even sell below cost) for the prestige of having their cars seen as the car of choice for police vehicles. Stranger things have happened - I've certainly heard of Ford selling to major clients at below cost in order to keep their sales figures looking good.
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