Buying Used Emergency Vehicles

Emergency vehicles are automobiles that are used mainly by emergency services to respond to any form of incident. They come in different varieties, depending on who is using them and what they will be used for. They are used by government agencies tasked to respond to emergencies and by private institutions licensed by the government and authorized by law.

With all the different types of vehicles available, it can be hard to choose and get one that is perfect for the needs of the people who will be using them. With proper knowledge of the different kinds of emergency cars, though, getting the right choice is possible. Below are some things to consider when purchasing an emergency vehicle.

Police Car

Police cars, patrol cars, prowl cars, squad cars, or whatever they are called are vehicles used mainly to transport police officers to and from the scene of a crime or any type of incident. In some instances, they are also used to transport detained suspects. Police cars are heavy-duty and are designed for high-speed chases, so they can be extremely fun to take for a ride.

Police vehicles are sometimes offered for sale after years of service, but it does not mean that they are too old and no longer good for use. Depending on the “police package” that comes with it, a police vehicle may just be one of the best purchases one can make. The things to consider when buying a used police car are the following:

  • Upkeep. Some vehicles used by the police are well-maintained and given much attention. Some of their parts, such as the suspension and powertrains, may have been rebuilt and repaired. If such is the case, you may end up buying a used car that not only has a police siren but also brand-new looking at just a fraction of the cost.
  • History of the car. Ask questions regarding the car’s past. Has transmission been replaced? When was the most recent repair made? What other problems did the previous driver experience with the vehicle? Looking at the car’s printed records may also help.


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Like ordinary vehicles, ambulances are subjected to mechanical wear and tear. The complexity of the equipment that they carry in their patient compartment can also add to their depreciation. Hence, it is important to consider a lot of important things when planning to purchase a used ambulance. Below are some points to consider before spending a penny on used ambulances.

  • What type of ambulance is needed? Ambulances come in three different types: Type I, Type II, and Type III. Type I ambulances are large, so they pack a lot of space for patient equipment. They are also heavy-duty, with a chassis akin to that of a truck. They are versatile and can be used for a variety of emergencies. Because of their size, they can also be customized according to their required usage. Type II ambulances are mainly used to transport patients with basic life support requirements. They are compact and have a low maintenance cost. Type III ambulances, on the other hand, have some of the benefits offered by Type I and Type II.
  • Maintenance history. Signs of wear and tear are expected in an ambulance, but make sure to review the vehicle’s past maintenance record. Sometimes, the offer may seem like a good deal at first glance, but it may be hiding some damage under its hood. Check the ambulance’s damage and accident reports, comprehensive inspection reports, ownership changes, and mileage. If maintenance history is incomplete, consider making a thorough manual inspection of the vehicle.

Fire Truck

Buying a new firefighting apparatus is often the first thing that comes to mind when in need of new firefighting equipment. However, going for used trucks may also pack several advantages, especially if the budget constraint is a challenge. Here are some things to consider when buying a used fire truck instead of a brand-new vehicle.

  • What type of emergencies will the truck be used for? Are they outdoor or indoor fires? Are actual fires involved at all or is it a medical emergency or other types of incidents? Does it involve hazardous substances and electrical threats? These and many other questions should be asked before purchasing a fire vehicle.
  • Maintenance and upkeep. Consider the entire condition of the vehicle. Does it need more maintenance and repairs? Does it use modern technology that allows for better and easier use of the vehicle during emergencies?

Buying used emergency vehicles have many benefits, but consider these things first before making any purchase to avoid any problem: drivability, safety, features, maintenance history, and required space. If help is needed to make a sound decision on the purchase, then asking the help of proper agencies may help.

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