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Opinion: The Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor Is The Perfect First Car.

Here I explain why the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is the perfect first vehicle to own.

Now to all the parents who may be reading this article, it may seem like a brash decision to go out and buy an old police vehicle for your son or daughter. However, in truth, it is the most practical choice one could make when thinking of the perfect first vehicle to give their child. Or for your child to buy.

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Law enforcement agencies have strict criteria for what fits the bill in choosing the next vehicle to serve the department for numerous years. Performance, safety, comfort, and utility are some of the aspects considered when selecting the vehicle to be used. You may even say that the standards that law enforcement has for their vehicles would be similar or in line with the standards a parent or a new driver may have in mind.

The Ford Crown Victoria is a rugged and dependable vehicle. Police departments all over North America have been using them since the mid-1980s until its discontinuation in 2011. In that period of time, the evolution of the Crown Victoria proved to many buyers that their reliability and safety became more prevalent as the vehicle evolved through the generations.

What about maintenance costs?

The benefit of purchasing a government-owned vehicle is that vehicle servicing is something that is done regularly throughout its ownership. Paperwork will easily be provided with the vehicle to demonstrate what was done in order to ensure the vehicle functions as it should.

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Photo Credit: State Farm

Won't Insurance Be Expensive on a Police Vehicle?

If you just received your driver's license, no matter what vehicle you drive, nor the year, your insurance premium is going to be higher than an experienced driver. Now that's not to say that a new driver won't pay more if they drive a Toyota Prius as opposed to someone who just bought a Ferrari LaFerrari. However, it's best for any new driver to start out as a secondary driver on your parent's insurance policy. Unless of course, you have the cash to afford insurance on your own, it's best to stay under your parent's coverage for a little while until you build enough experience.

What about price and fuel cost?

The actual cost of the vehicle is relatively low depending on where you go to buy one. Government auctions and online sites such as Auto Trader can easily have a wide selection of Ford Crown Victoria's for a price range of $1,500 and $7,000. Certainly, some can be more but the price is highly contingent on mileage and visual appeal. Crown Vics with low mileage and no cosmetic issues may fall on the high end of the price spectrum.

In terms of fuel cost, fuel can be a little more than anticipated. However, fuel consumption is all based on your driving style regardless of the V8 engine. The 4.6-litre V8 is a flex-fuel vehicle and can run on either E85 or regular 87 octane. In terms of fuel economy, the MPG figures are quite good for 2011 in comparison to Chevrolet and Dodge vehicles.

Closing Remarks.

Choosing your first vehicle can be difficult. Price, insurance, safety, fuel economy and mechanical maintenance are the main factors that drive car buyers in picking out a vehicle. Although, if you are looking for a vehicle that fits all of the criteria discussed and be able to drive something with a unique background, the Ford Crown Victoria is the right vehicle for you.

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Comments (35)

  • Your close… the Lincoln town car is the same except cheaper and with more features. Also well maintained because they were owned exclusively by rich old people who drove/used them way easier than cops did.

      11 days ago
    • Same with the Mercury Marauder’s, before everyone realized they had the four valve and were really awesome, they were the bargain of the century. Sadly that time has passed and they’ve appreciated quite a bit. But the Crown Vic’s and...

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        10 days ago
  • That’s what I want my girlfriend to get

      12 days ago
  • I'm sorry but this is just rubbish as our friends over the pond like to say.

    Toyota Corolla, Toyota Camry, Honda Civic, or Honda Accord from the mid 90's to late 00's. That's what most parents should be buying, helping their kids buy. Here is why. 1: they are cheap. 2: they are known for 300K mile plus life spans. 3: they are actually safe. 4: they are easy to drive. 5. they are CHEAP. Cheap to insure, fuel, maintain. 6. If you have winter, they'll do better than a Crown Vic. 7. They can be had in a manual transmission, keeping little Johnny or Suzy Sumofabitch off their phone. 8. DIY repairs are easy.

      11 days ago
    • You're entitled to your opinion. That's all I'm going to say on the matter.

        11 days ago
    • The Crown Vic is not a perfect first car though. Something that's hood up every other weekend for repairs, isn't ideal for the teenager. They need something they can trust and afford. Not something that's going to drain their fast food drive...

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        11 days ago
  • I owned one for 5 years. Completely thrashed, ridden hard & put away wet by the Corvallis, OR rozzers, who wrecked it 4 or 5 times & rebuilt it each time, & the poor Vic even took a rifled slug to the door in police use. Sadly it ended up with serious front suspension & electrical issues, and ultimately got whonked by a speeding Sprinter van last July.

    I drive an '04 PT Cruiser Turbo 2.4 beater now and still have occasional use of a similar condition '01 Subaru Outback if needed, but am raring for another barge, this time JFK/LBJ era, malaise or rad, and ideally Mopar, Cadillac, Lincoln, or AMC.

    And you could say basically the same about the '84 Ford F250HD I learned to drive on & owned from 2006-11 except that you need to own oil wells to fuel the durned thing

      11 days ago
  • Gotta be careful with 'Fleet Vehicles'. Automakers will push new tech on state and local police departments as a way to test new tech out. Remember, some police department set up cheap leases with auto makers. Sometimes the cop cars will be leased for less than a few bucks. In return, the automakers get rugged real world testing. One of the first problems Ford found with the Crown Vics was an engine killing overhead cam issue on the V8 (This was found early on Police cars). The police crown Vic also had an issue with the steering column separating. The Chevy also first found the engine killing variable valve timing issue first on cop cars. That being said, old cop cars make great used cars. Just make sure you do research and are comfortable with wrenching. One solution is to buy civilian 'cop cars'. I had the civilian version of the caprice cop car. It was the caprice LTZ..it had all the cop options except inside the car (it had leather).

      11 days ago