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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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.
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.