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Hall County to Consider Refurbishing Patrol Cars

January 22, 2013

Hall County (Ga.) Sheriff Gerald Couch is proposing having a dealership refurbish patrol vehicles, which would cost about half the price of replacement, according to the Gainesville Times. Couch said the dealership would replace worn parts, drive train, transmission, interior, and even paint, while providing a three-year warranty.

The news source reports that the Sheriff, who has heard refurbishment success stories from other agencies, will present the initiative to the Board of Commissioners.

For the full article, visit Gainesville Times.


  1. 1. Steve Kibler [ January 22, 2013 @ 11:54AM ]

    To the Sheriff Couch I would highly recommend not doing this. We tried it on a couple of 94 Caprices when GM moved to the Impala foundation. The refurbish addresses the major components (engine, trans, suspension, brakes) but does not address the small components (window motors, door lock, door hinges, latches, body, misc.). What happens is you get a great runing vehicle back and it nickle and dimes you to death waiting for little parts and other misc. repairs.

  2. 2. Tim Mullins [ January 22, 2013 @ 12:15PM ]

    The Sheriff didn't mention the small things that t Steve Kibler mentioned.....Especially the suspension including stearing components ie. sway bars, tighe rods,ball joints, shocks ,brakes and other items that take more of a pounding and abuse which also have to be replaced more often..

  3. 3. Jeff Bowman [ January 22, 2013 @ 01:22PM ]

    To Steve Kibler, I would respectfully disagree and suggest Sheriff Couch move ahead the rebuilds, but cherry-pick what is done. As Tim Mullins offered, suspension components must be replaced. Many of us did the Caprice rebuilds in the 90's with limited sucess, but times have changed and the cost to replace patrol cars have increased. As Fleet managers, we need to continue exploring better ways to spend public dollars. Here in Westminster, we approached partol car replacements in 2012 as a "test year." First, we over-bought Crown Vics in 2011 until we made a final patrol car solections. Next we ordered two Caprice, two Interceptors and rebuilt two 2007 Crown Vics. 2013 will be our first full year of comparing results. The Crown Vic rebuilds were not the rebuilds of the 90's. We partnered with a dealership; Longmont Ford. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of the old Crown Vic platform, we built a patrol car that looks and feels brand new. The Commercial Sales Director from Longmont Ford was on the LAPD years ago and understood first hand, what an officer would look for in a car. Westminster Fleet Maintenance directed the rebuild with direct involvement from the Police Department. We will track the operator satisfaction, cost and downtime of these "new" Crown Vics and compare with the new Caprice and Interceptors. However, with Ford's 100,000 mile warranty on our rebuilt Crown Vic engines and transmissions, concern for those two components are behind us for years to come!

  4. 4. Jason Tinsley [ January 25, 2013 @ 08:31AM ]

    Can you please give me the contact information for the company that does this in GA?

  5. 5. Thi Dao [ January 25, 2013 @ 09:50AM ]

    Hi Jason,
    The Gainesville Times article says some Ford dealerships will do this. Looks like Jeff (comment above) also worked with a dealership. I'd recommend you contact your dealer for information.


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