Police cars are used as tools. Meant to withstand harsh treatment during chases, travel over rough surfaces and long running times, these vehicles tend to take a beating, which is why departments across the country rely on a small pool of only the toughest models for patrol car duty. After they’re done with them, they generally find their way into the hands of the public via auction, and it’s not hard to find a great deal on a well-used decommissioned police vehicle. Here are five of our favorites currently listed for sale on Autotrader.
According to the listing, this Crown Vic was used by a federal government agency, and based on the mileage and condition, it doesn’t strike us as an example that’s seen the typical abuse experienced by most police cars. The iconic Ford Crown Victoria was discontinued after the 2012 model year, meaning that this is one of the last Crown Vics to be made. It’s police-spec white on the outside with a gray interior with fabric seats. Power comes from a stout 4.6-liter V8 putting out 250 horsepower and paired with a 4-speed, column-shifted automatic transmission. It isn’t the most efficient powertrain in the world, but it can sure take a beating, as can the Crown Vic itself, thanks to its old-school body-on-frame architecture and solid rear axle. It’s located in Melrose Park, IL with just over 19,000 miles on the odometer. Find a Ford Crown Victoria for sale
Built in Australia, the most recent generation Chevrolet Caprice is certainly the enthusiast’s police car, and we were pleasantly surprised to see how affordable these have gotten. With 34 to choose from currently on Autotrader, prices for 2011-2016 Caprices range from just under $16,000 all the way down to $7,000 — quite the deal considering their performance capabilities. Rumored to be built just to fulfill excess capacity at GM’s Holden plant in Australia, the final-generation Caprice was sold only to fleets and never quite caught on in the United States, nor did the consumer-oriented Chevrolet SS performance sedan sold alongside it. Here we’ve selected one of the cheaper of the 34 Caprices currently listed on Autotrader. It’s a 2011 model with 104,000 miles on the odometer and a price tag of just $7,995. Under the hood is a modern 6.0-liter V8 making 355 hp and paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels. It even has the patrol lights still attached to its roof, which are undoubtedly illegal at this point given the vehicle’s retired status but would serve as a nice souvenir for the buyer once removed. Find a Chevrolet Caprice for sale
Like the rest of America, police departments have shifted their preference from sedans to SUVs in recent years, and the Durango has become a popular choice for its large size, available V8 powertrain and all-wheel drive. Given their relative newness, there aren’t a ton of AWD, V8-equipped Durangos listed on Autotrader, but we did manage to find this one. It’s a 2018 model with fewer than 18,000 miles on the odometer, and it’s located in Cleveland, GA with an asking price of $28,769. The best part is that it’s still got the police-spec push bar up front so you can make it clear to all of your neighbors that this isn’t just any old Durango. If $29,000 is too steep for you, there are a handful of V6-powered, non-AWD options listed for as little as $13k. Find a Dodge Durango for sale
Given its status as the quintessential used police car, we decided that the Crown Vic deserved two spots on this list. While the other Crown Vic on our list is a gently-used government-spec model, this example falls on the other end of the spectrum. With a department-spec black-and-white paint job and 135,000 miles on the odometer, this thing clearly saw use as a patrol car. You can even see the holes from where police computers and communication equipment was mounted to the dashboard and have since been removed. To top it all off, the A-pillar mounted police spotlight still remains, a relic of this vehicle’s former life. While it’s a little worse for wear, its price is sure right, as this Police Interceptor located in Murfreesboro, TN can be yours for just $1,500. Find a Ford Crown Victoria for sale
Here’s something you don’t see every day. It’s a 1996 Camaro Z28… Police Interceptor. That’s right, muscle car police cruisers are a real thing, although they’re pretty uncommon. Given that their lack of rear doors made them impossible to use for actually detaining suspects, Police Camaros were generally used for highway patrol and handing out tickets. Known as the "B4C Special Service Package," the police Camaro combined subtle RS styling with the Camaro Z28 powertrain, which in this generation consisted of GM’s LT1 V8 putting out 275 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque and paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission. According to the seller of this one, it’s one of just 51 ever made and is located in Vancouver, WA with 117,000 miles on the clock. Find a Chevrolet Camaro for sale