So when we were told that Police Chief Pete Carey had a hot new ride — and that Mayor Steve Bach may have purchased it for him — we began asking questions.
In an e-mail response to an Indy inquiry, Chief Carey had this to say:
When Chief Velez retired in 2006, I was assigned his 2001 Dodge Durango. I used that vehicle until approximately January, 2012. At that time I began testing a 2008 Ford Taurus to determine if it would meet my needs.
The Mayor did arrange for me to test a new vehicle, a Ford Police Interceptor, that the department ultimately purchased. This vehicle does not contain any special features above and beyond factory specifications.
I comply with all CSPD General Orders and do not use this vehicle for personal use.
As cars go, the Interceptor is nice, but not exactly "bling." The 2013 sedan was purchased from Phil Long Ford for $28,750.
The older vehicles Carey mentioned, however, were significantly less expensive.
While Blue Book values don't exist for police vehicles, a 2001 Dodge Durango (similar to the Chief's old vehicle) would run $2,427 to $1,652, if it was in fair to excellent condition. (The Chief's car has just 79,396 miles on it.) A 2008 Ford Taurus (similar to the car the Chief was testing) would cost $10,606 to $8,681, if it was in fair to excellent condition.