Miami-Dade PD Launches $13.2M Vehicle Financing Plan

April 01, 2015, by Thi Dao

Photo courtesy of MDPD
Photo courtesy of MDPD

The Miami-Dade Police Department has purchased 642 Ford vehicles for $13.2 million and will finance the purchase over five years as part of a new vehicle replacement plan.

The vehicles consist of marked and unmarked vehicles to be used for investigative and specialized assignments. They consist of 260 Ford Police Interceptor sedans, 248 Ford Fusions, and other Ford sedans, vans, and trucks.

The five-year replacement plan addresses the agency's aging fleet of approximately 3,300 vehicles. About 37% of the vehicles have more than 100,000 miles, which require high maintenance costs and lead to safety concerns. The department has retired more than 270 vehicles without replacement and continues to retire approximately 27 vehicles per month. After this initial purchase, the agency expects to purchase 490 vehicles per year to stay ahead of vehicle attrition and replace aging front-line vehicles, a county spokesperson told Government Fleet.

The vehicles will be delivered over a 10-month period starting in June in increments of 60 to 70 vehicles per month. This will allow vehicles to be equipped and deployed via an assembly-line format that will minimize the use of excess storage space and prolong the vehicle manufacturer warranty maintenance inception dates in line with actual vehicle deployments, according to the agency.

The agency anticipates that these new, more-efficient vehicles will reduce fuel and maintenance costs. The department submitted its order on Feb. 26. Bank of America won the bid to finance the vehicles at an interest rate of 1.41%.

By Thi Dao


  1. 1. Student [ April 20, 2015 @ 10:29AM ]

    Not to sound rude, but can you please post a reference point for this article. The Miami-Dade website states that their budget for 2014-2015 is only $543,000 for their activity expenditures and $560,000 from funding. There is no city or government article related to this news story, so where you receive this information?

  2. 2. Desperado [ May 18, 2015 @ 06:56PM ]

    My question here lately I look through all this info everyday . I have never seen such a buildup of police depts wanting cars,SUVs, and military equipment in all my years . I know things wear out and have to be replace ,but nothing at the rate that seems to be happening now . Where does all this money suppose to keep coming from ? Need to pay attention to what's going on around you ....

  3. 3. Alex [ May 28, 2015 @ 04:00PM ]

    The budget is published in thousands, so the$560,000 is actually $560,000,000.

  4. 4. Thi Dao [ June 22, 2015 @ 01:19PM ]

    The mayor and the PD issued a release about this contract in late March. Additional information comes from the county communications office.

  5. 5. Realist [ September 29, 2015 @ 01:17PM ]

    A few years ago no Police cars were purchased do to forced austerity by then politicians which caused the fleet to age dramatically and exponentially and caused repair costs to escalate through the roof, for example by putting engines and transmissions in Police cars with more than 150,000 miles. Thousands of dollars were spent basically on junk cars some of which were 15 years old. Stupid way to save money. Several years later a small token amount of cars were purchased and absorbed instantly. The fleet still has 1/3 of the cars with 100,000 POLICE miles or more which is like 300,000 normal miles in normal driving. Wake up Desperado and think logically. These cars are not a luxury they are an important part of the equipment needed to protect us and the Police officers that drive them. Adding to this stupidity. Money charged Police officers for take home cars is placed in the Couny's general fund rather than put aside to cover the cost of replacement vehicles up. More political stupidity. Thank you Mr. Mayor. By the way retired police cars sold as running instead of junk they bring in Thousands of dollars instead of the value of the junk steel.


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