joker97:Geektastic:scuwp:networkn:Dratsab:KiwiNZ: The deal the Govt has for these Limos means they get them for a very very good price, better than they could buy Toyotas for.
Just out of curiosity - what Toyota's cost close to $90K? (with the exception of the Landcruiser)
It's not just the up front cost, it's the whole "deal" which includes all sorts of other things.
If I recall correctly one year BMW came up with the best package to replace the Police fleet. Cheaper, better cars, fully kitted out, the works. They didn't get the contract because it wouldn't have been a good 'look' for Police to be driving around in Beemers. So they went with the more expensive inferior model (I think Ford had the deal back then).
As you say when considering the whole of life package things may not always be as they seem.
We had the same exact thing happen at one company I worked at in the UK.
Many of the 5000 staff had company cars because we had to get around to site meetings in remote locations and so on. BMW came up cheapest but on political grounds Rover got the contract!
It's amazing how cheap European cars are in Europe to own (not the new car price, but the overall owning)
I used to take my Citroen to France for the day when it needed servicing - it was cheaper than doing it in the UK and I got to have lunch in France and go shopping to boot!