The Canadian government is looking to get rid of hundreds of used cars that were purchased for the G7 summit earlier this year. And by "used," we mean usedfor a couple of weeks. Yes, apparently it was cheaper to buy them for the event to transport guests around than to rent or lease them, according to the RCMP, and who are we to argue with Canadian economics?

Since this is Canada, we're talking about a lot of made-in-Ontario 2018 Chrysler 300s with Pentastar V6s. They're available as single units and in batches of five if you like buying things in bulk ahead of time, like double-A batteries at Costco. Those Chryslers soldas singles or in five-packs typically show about 1,000 miles on the clock and are listed with starting prices of $25,343 Canadian, which works out to a very reasonable $19,333 at the current exchange rate. 2018 Chevy Suburbans are on the menu as well, and start at $53,428.

In all, there are Dodge Journeys, Toyota Siennas, Dodge Chargers (in police spec), Mitsubishi Outlanders and Ford Escapes for sale, 631 of which were bought for the G7 summit. The price for the Canadian government? $23 million.

The government is keeping just 51 of them, according to the National Post. A total of 140 Chrysler 300s, 154 Suburbans, 109 Toyota Siennas and 28 Dodge Chargers were all bought for "motorcade" purposes, according to the National Post, while the Escapes, Outlanders, Explorers, Rogues and Journeys were bought for administration purposes.

A lot of these were used for motorcade duty, and had small LED strobes installed on the bumpers. The strobes have been removed, and the holes in the bumpers have been plugged with black buttons. By the looks of the photos, cosmetic condition was not a priority after the strobes were removed, but that's not terribly surprising.

So far the government has sold 167 vehicles, making $6.3 million from that sale, but predictably it'shaving trouble getting rid of so many vehicles with random black buttons in their bumpers even at the starting bid prices.

If you need one Chrysler 300 or five at once, visit GCsurplus.ca

Source: Autoweek

November 10, 2018