Two local car dealers submitted quotes to the city and they were opened during the meeting. Country Auto supplied a quote of $22,157 for a 2013 Dodge Charger 2-wheel drive sedan. They offered $1,800 trade in for a 2006 Crown Vic so the final quote was $20,357.
Chief Dave Bacon explained that this year’s budget was for 4 new vehicles, 3 marked cars and 1 unmarked. He discussed the climate in north-central Indiana and the difficulty in handling squad cars in the snow. The Chief said a few years ago the department allowed officers to drive their personal 4-wheel drive vehicles because the patrol cars couldn’t get around in the snow. Chief Bacon said, “The fleet needs some all-wheel drive vehicles. That’s why I have requested to purchase 2-all wheel drive vehicles and one 2-wheel drive squad. Because of the additional cost for the all-wheel drive vehicles he is only going to purchase 3 vehicles this year.
County Auto could not meet the specifications for the all-wheel drive vehicles and only quote for the sedan.
Oliver Ford Lincoln supplies quotes for the 2-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles. The all-wheel drive utility vehicle would be the 2013 Ford Interceptor with a retail price of $32,365 each. Oliver’s quote for the city was $27.35 each. The quote for the 2-wheel drive vehicle was a Ford Interceptor sedan with a retail price of $31,005. Oliver’s quote to the city was $25,546. There are three trade-ins with this purchase, a 2006 Ford Taurus at $2,500, a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria at $1,750 and a 2007 Dodge Magnum at $5,000. Net cost for the entire package would be $68,146…well within the Chief’s budget.
Council members motioned to allow the Chief to review the quotes and move forward with the low quotes that meet the specifications.