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.

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MICHAEL P WILSON
MICHAEL P WILSON

If it was not Vasser an over priced dealer anyway. What other dealer in Napa could sell the Chevrolet Caprice? It is my understanding Vasser has the Napa rights to Chevrolet. I know for a long time the city was buying on the CHP contract saving the city alot on its cars. The city should buy what the CHP is buying At this point The CHP will be going with the Ford Explorer.

Napathoughts
Napathoughts

Lets convene a committee and spend $500K figuring out that Napa lost $250 in tax revenue from this out of town sale, then a call a special election (at a cost of $250K) to re-appoint some council members for allowing this to happen. Sounds like a productive means to fix this travesty caused because Napa businesses refuse to be competitive with neighboring towns prices, feeling everybody should pay the "Napa" price which is inflated by at least 25%.

glenroy
glenroy

You get what you pay for....the cost to keep em running is much higher than average.

tripnote
tripnote

How about before signing a contract with an out of City dealership Napa try a little harder to let Jimmy Vasser have a shot. The sales tax would benefit Napa instead of San Jose. Jimmy Vasser wasn't even asked to bid!
Does anyone know if this decision was from an "elected" position within the city?

Esiuol
Esiuol

Do officers still do foot patrols? I'm not talking about only at events, but every day on the street.

Eneade
Eneade

I'm glad to see how supportive the city of napa is with local dealerships.

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