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Usage drives turnover of governments’ vehicle fleets

Once every five to eight years, taxpayers replace city police cars, which are used in high-speed chases, driven nearly every day and have to be reliable to both start and stop when officers need them.

But other vehicles, such as pickup trucks and cars that cemetery or parks department workers drive to parks, work sites and home, may be replaced as rarely as once every 15 years.

Each year, city and county governments spend hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars paying for gas, insurance and repairs for the vehicles they own and purchasing new ones.

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