How would you like to buy a luxury car made in 2018 with mileage from 50 to 200 km at half price?
Almost five months have passed since the G7 summit in Quebec, but it seems that Canadians still continue to bear the costs of this event even today. To serve the guests of the summit, more than 600 new cars were purchased, worth a total of $ 23 million.
According to the RCMP, 431 vehicles were purchased for the cortege, while the remaining 200 were used for “administrative purposes”, including servicing the G7 summit, which brought together leaders of states from around the world, including the USA, France, Germany, and Japan.
Currently, only 51 of the vehicles that were purchased for the summit are still used in government. The rest are for sale. Of the 600 cars, 154 were the Chevrolet Suburban, 140 were the Touring-model Chrysler 300, 109 were the Toyota Sienna and 23 were Dodge Chargers. For “administrative” purposes, 88 Ford Escape, 34 Mitsubishi Outlander, 32 Nissan Rogue, 30 Dodge Journey and 7 Ford Explorer were acquired.
After the sale of 167 cars, the government was only able to return only about $ 6.3 million.
If you ask why cars were bought and not rented, then, according to the RCMP, buying cars was “the most rational choice” compared to renting. The purchase of vehicles also made it easier for the RCMP to transport, register and equip vehicles with the security tools that were necessary for the summit.
At the moment, the rest of the cars are available on the website of the Government of Canada for purchase. But, considering how many cars you need to sell, it will definitely take some time for the government to get rid of every single one of them.
At the same time, cars are sold much cheaper than they were bought, and even if the government can sell them all, taxpayers will still suffer in the millions. For example, the 2018 Chrysler 300s on the GC Surplus website currently sells for $ 25,343, while they were bought for $ 42,090 according to the current market price.
Although this is bad news for taxpayers and the Canadian government, it is certainly good news for anyone who wants to buy a car at a substantial discount. Given that hundreds of cars in some cases have less than 40 km mileage, you can buy, a completely new car for half the price. Who knows, maybe this is the one that Justin Trudeau himself used for a ride!