Ten Things You Need To Know BEFORE Ordering Your New Cruiser
- Police vehicles do NOT come factory equipped with emergency equipment- it is all
added on locally.
- The vehicle's factory warranty does NOT cover emergency equipment.
- As per federal law, the dealer CANNOT void the factory warranty if you
have your own installer or shop equip the vehicle... no matter what they may
- You do NOT have to purchase any additional equipment when you order the
- Many black-and-white cars do not come from the factory painted this
way. They are painted locally for half the cost, but you are charged
the full factory price for the black-and-white scheme. You can save
money by having your vehicle painted at any reputable local body shop.
- Most dealers' cars do NOT come with standard items such as fleet key,
limited-slip axle, driver's spotlight, radio suppression straps, and side
airbags. You pay extra for these items, which are STANDARD EQUIPMENT
on state-contract cars. When comparing prices between local dealers
and state-contract prices, be sure to factor in these options with the local dealer's
price. Don't forget to order an AM/FM radio on Crown Vics, since they
are now deleted!
- There is no dealer anywhere in southwestern Pennsylvania that sells police
vehicles on the state
contract. They may tell you that they do, but they do not. They
sell on their own contract that is often referred to as "the state
contract," but it is not. They may also tell you that "it's
the same as the state contract," but it's not. And there is no
piggyback of any other contract onto the state's.
- Dealer-installed equipment is just plain unprofessionally installed.
Lift your hood and look at the non-weatherproof materials. Lift the
floor covering where the front seat passenger's feet normally rest and look at the
mess. This surely does not meet any SAE design or
incorporate any SAE recognized materials. (SAE is the organization
which sets the US standards for all automotive wiring and other
systems.) If your auto insurance company saw this shoddy work, be
assured that they would drop the fire coverage on this vehicle; this has
already happened more than once.
- Do any local dealers offer 24-hour emergency service for your police
equipment? How about a well-stocked mobile service unit to perform any
repairs or upgrades? Will they do things the way you want things done,
or the way they feel like doing them?
- Although dealers may give you an equipment and installation warranty, what
good is it if you have to keep taking the car back to them to have it
repaired over and over again? If it were done properly in the first
place, frequent repairs would not be necessary. There is no reason
that any cruiser should have constant failures. In fact, when properly
built, your electrical equipment should last the life of the vehicle (except
for light bulbs and such, of course!) We have proven to many police
departments that over the lifespan of a properly built vehicle, you will end
up saving money since you won't have to keep pouring more and more of your
precious funds into unnecessary repairs.
PA State Contract
For more information, call
J. Marcoz Emergency Vehicle at 412-816-2320