Seligman trades police Charger for Tahoe
Police Department updating fleet
Last year, the Seligman Police Department traded one of its police vehicles for a 2020 Chevy Tahoe, and recently, the Seligman City Council approved the Police Department to move forward with purchasing a new 2021 Chevy Tahoe.
Matt Phillips, Seligman police chief, said the new Chevy Tahoe has a price tag of $48,200, but that includes the equipment package.
“That includes the lights, sirens, cage, consul, emergency equipment and more,” he said. “In addition, we will be able to reuse two radios, the camera system and the radar from the Charger that is being replaced.”
That is an estimated savings of $12,000.
“We are hopeful the charger will have some trade-in value and that will possibly lower the price,” he said. “Last year, we received $3,250 for the Charger we traded in to get the Chevy Tahoe we currently have.”
The Seligman Police Department has had consistent issues with the Chargers purchased in 2014 and 2015.
“On average, we are spending $3,000 per year on the Chargers for repairs,” he said. “That is a lot of money on a vehicle that has a little trade-in value.”
The city will apply for a lease similar to the lease for the 2020 Tahoe.
“That was a three-year lease,” Phillips said. “The price for the Tahoe itself is $36,640, but we included the equipment package. None of those items will be able to be switched from the Charger to the Tahoe.”
The Tahoe purchased last year, with graphics and everything included, cost $45,000.
“The price increase was consistent on most of the vehicles looked at,” he said. “By rolling the equipment price and cost of the vehicle together, we are able to include all of that in the lease, rather than have to pay for the equipment all at once separately from the police department budget.”
The funds will come from the capital improvement funds.
“We will also be installing the equipment ourselves to save on money,” Phillips said.”