The city of Napa is saving more than $10,500 by ordering five police cruisers six months early.
The city had planned to purchase five new patrol cars in the upcoming fiscal year, but recently learned that a dealership in San Jose ordered too many Chevrolet Caprice sedans and reduced the prices. The vehicles, 2013 Chevrolet Caprice 9C1 PPV sedans, are the exact model the city was planning to purchase.
Courtesy Chevrolet in San Jose offered to sell five vehicles to the city at a discount of $2,131 per vehicle, for a base price of $27,783, according to the city staff report. Typically, it would take six to eight months from the date of order to receive the patrol cars, but these vehicles would be available immediately.
In looking to purchase the vehicles, the city initiated a bid process involving three vendors, including one located in Napa, according to the staff report. The Napa vendor responded with an intent to bid but never submitted a bid and did not respond to follow-up emails and phone calls, according to the city.
A representative from Jimmy Vasser Chevrolet in Napa said Thursday that it was not the local dealership contacted during the bid process.
Tuesday, the Napa City Council unanimously acted to allow for the purchase to be made early. The funding is budgeted in the city’s fleet fund.