FLINT TWP. — A 2014 Chevrolet Impala being added to the police fleet will be purchased from a local car dealer instead of through a collective bidding process.
Encouraged earlier this month by the township board to buy from local dealerships, police officials made a deal to buy the used police service vehicle from the Patsy Lou Williamson Chevrolet dealership.
Police Chief George Sippert on Monday night received the board’s approval to buy the 2014 Chevrolet Impala LTZ, four-door sedan with 14,400 miles on it, for $18,025.
In recent years the police department has bought its vehicles through the Oakland County Competitive Bid process, which gets better prices through bulk buying. That consortium selects vendors but the township board wanted local dealerships to get a slice of the pie.
Presented earlier this month with a request to buy a replacement police vehicle through the Oakland process, the board concurred with a motion by Trustee George Menoutes to postpone the purchase while checking prices at area dealerships.
Lt. Robert Batinkoff, who will use the car as an unmarked administrative police vehicle, had presented to the board a request to purchase a new 2016 Chevrolet Impala for $18,488.50 from Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, a vendor chosen through Oakland competitive bidding.
Batinkoff said local dealerships — Randy Wise and Patsy Lou Williamson — were contacted about used car prices but he was not certain if they would be able to match the new car price.
Township Supervisor Karyn Miller suggested looking at used car prices since the replacement vehicle would not be used as a patrol car involved in chases and such.
The car will replace a 2008 Dodge Charger with 138,546 miles on it that was totaled in an accident in January after sustaining major rear end damage. Insurance reimbursement will cover $9,100 of the replacement vehicle cost with the remaining $8,925 coming from the police department budget. The approved purchase of the used vehicle over the new one realizes a savings of about $463.50.