What are the concerns of buying ex-police vehicles?

taj

New Member
#1
Hi guys,

I'm currently looking at a completely stock 2015 DMAX, however, it is an ex-police vehicle. Everything looks to be in good condition. Tray is brand new as well as wheels and tires. I was wondering whether anyone had any insight into how they are treated and whether you'd look at buying one your self. Will a redbook inspection uncover these potential issues?

Thanks in advance
 
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Blue_haired_man

Well-Known Member
#2
Costal area I wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole. But if from a country area, it’s a whole different kettle of fish, as in higher Kay’s, but mostly highway speed driving.
Cheers
 

Tink

Well-Known Member
#4
The tray is new because it would have been removed at initial purchase and a pod fitted.
Where are you buying from? What state?
Tink
 

Hotdog

Active Member
#6
I suppose I should add but it was a long time ago.
My tub was brand new so as Tink said it had most likely swapped out. Also there was a hole in the roof that only showed up after many years when a slight crack around the bog started to show. I guess this was a hole for the lights cabling.
Inside was screw hole in the dash from different things they would have had mounted. But overall full service history and it was only two years old when I brought from a dealer in QLD.
 

Tink

Well-Known Member
#7
Ah, OK, you are paying extra through the dealer who bought it at public auction. You can buy direct from the government auctions in Zillmere.
As mentioned above, if it shows signs of beach work, steer well clear. It may have been driven around the streets of any city/town in Qld. The Dmaxs were either used with a fibreglass prisioner pod on the back or as a specialist vehicle with a aluminium canopy on the back, like a scenes of crime vehicle or a dog squad vehicle. Some saw country service in the aboriginal communities. Some may have been used extensively on dirt roads but most wouldn’t have been off the black top. All would have been serviced according to the manufacturer’s schedule. Most would have seen a different driver every shift who didn’t give a toss about how it was treated. There will be some holes around the cabin where equipment has been removed prior to disposal. Bit of a lottery with one of them. Good luck.
Tink
 

Jackolux

Active Member
#9
In the past I have owned 2 ex Victoria Police cars the first was a XB 351 Highway Patrol car , 2nd was a ED 6 cylinder car
In fact in my family we have owned six exPolice vehicles all have been really good
I have also owned a ex VicPol , BMW R1150RT bike it had 23K on it when I bought it , sold it at 97K all good .
Also had a Ex National Parks Toyota LC it also served me well , all were bought at auction.
Now a exPolice Dmax , I would be very careful with one of those especially if it's seen a lot of dirt roads , have a really good look at the inner guards.
 
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Buxter

Well-Known Member
#11
Years back I purchased an Ex-Police Inspectors CM Valiant
Yes you got it right, the then famous "Greek Mercedes", and the last of the breed, before they went belly up !

Man what a vehicle .......!!
Best car I ever had for sure
The main thing I looked for was it's service history, and it was regularly serviced at 5000km intervals.
 
#13
Years back I purchased an Ex-Police Inspectors CM Valiant
Yes you got it right, the then famous "Greek Mercedes", and the last of the breed, before they went belly up !

Man what a vehicle .......!!
Best car I ever had for sure
The main thing I looked for was it's service history, and it was regularly serviced at 5000km intervals.
Reminds me the old tv series Division 4....lol
 
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