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Fact: You Can Buy a New Police Car Right Now

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author photo by Doug DeMuro November 2016

Here's something you probably didn't know: You can go buy a new police car right now. You do not have to be a member of a police force. You do not have to be a government fleet buyer. You don't even have to lie to the salespeople and tell them you're someone other than a midlevel IT worker whose week is highlighted by a cross-the-cubicle paper-into-trash-can bank shot.

All you have to do to buy a brand-new police car is just head down to your local Ford dealer and pick one up.

I discovered this last week when I went searching for a Chevy Caprice PPV to use as the daily Autotrader Find. What happened was, I typed in "police" as my keyword, and I assumed a bunch of used cop cars would show up -- but then, there they were: a large inventory of brand-new Ford Explorer police vehicles.

Of course, these models are not fitted with sirens, or a giant LED light bar, or some sort of police insignia on the door. But they're out there right now: Most of them are white, they have that little chrome police-style hubcap in the center of black steel wheels, and many of them even have an LED alley light mounted on the A-pillar. They also include a column shifter (where the normal Explorer has a floor shifter), vinyl rear seating, and a lot of cool blank switches so you know that your car was made for workhorse duty.

Now, I admit, you wouldn't actually want any of these Explorer police cars, since they don't have anywhere near as many amenities as a standard Explorer -- and also, the back door might not open from the inside. But you have to admit the idea of it is kind of cool. Just think about it: You don't have to drive the gussied-up high-class Explorer they sell to the typical suburban families with four children all named something that rhymes with "Braden." Instead, you can drive the super-basic one, and your kids will always look like they're getting dropped off at daycare by a security detail.

In other words: Buy an Explorer police car, and no one will mess with your kids. Buy an Explorer police car, and no one will mess with you. And if anyone ever spills a juice box in the back seat, you can just hose down the vinyl.

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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