Anyone who's ever been jolted into throwing some perfectly good contraband into the gutter at the sight of an approaching Ford Crown Victoria -- only to notice a couple of idiot teenagers with hoodies and baseball caps in the front seat -- has probably had one of the following thoughts:
When San Francisco police cars grow long in the tooth, many of them end up at First Capital Auction in Vallejo, where nearly 20 cities and counties sell off their used service vehicles.
Auctioneer Brian McKissack has been hawking police cars since the Dodge Diplomat days (he described the Diplomat as "obsolete" -- and Dick Cheney concurs!).
McKissack may be a great auctioneer, but he had about as much trouble answering basic questions as anyone SF Weekly has spoken to in years -- and something about his demeanor could drive away even door-to-door Jehovah's Witnesses. Still, we got this information out of him:
Many of the cars at Capital still have the "chase engines" and are "Interceptor" models. Most are either all-black or all-white. The average car is five or six years old and has clocked at least 100,000 miles. And, perhaps most importantly, prices range from $500 to $2,500 "or even four grand" in rare instances.