Court of Commissioners approves 4 truck deals and purchase of John Deere
Four different truck offers were approved by the Hopkins County Commissioners Court, leaving the decision on the truck and the offer to the individual department manager. A used John Deere was also among the items approved at the regular meeting of the Court of Commissioners on Monday morning March 28, 2022.
The county received four bids for six vans, each different, including different trucks. County Auditor Shannah Aulsbrook and HCSO Chief Deputy Tanner Crump recommended accepting all truck offers, which would allow each county entity purchasing a truck to work directly with each supplier to select the option. that best suits their needs, availability and budget.
Crump noted that the bid specifications have been written to allow for flexibility, particularly in today’s market where readily available vehicles are hard to come by, including allowing the bidder to quote a price for a vehicle. used if the truck was in stock and within the specifications of the offer.
“Not all of these offers are the same. Not everyone could get six copies of the same vehicle. Not everything they offer is in stock even today because they are selling out so fast. So you will likely need to contact each of those vendors that you want to deal with,” Aulsbrook told the Court of Commissioners.
Brian Toliver Ford’s offer for the stock trucks was $49,968. At the time of the offer, the dealership had two trucks in stock, but on Monday it would only have one.
Nottingham Sulfur Springs Chrysler Dodge Jeep for $54,232.50 per truck; the dealer had a vehicle in stock at that price at the time of the offer.
Jay Hodge Chevrolet offered $38,695 each for a 4-cylinder turbo, base truck, although other options are also available for more. Hodge’s bid price was the lowest, however, upon closer inspection, the quote did not meet the conditions of the technical data sheet requested by the county. Hodge’s goal, however, was to sell a truck for the cheapest price possible. The offer also includes an $8,000 fleet discount that Ford does not offer. Crump said he was told if V8 options are preferred, that can be added for an additional price.
Morrow Brothers Ford of Illinois submitted a $47,600 bid for Ford F150s.
All vehicles except the two mentioned above will need to be ordered. All are four-door, 4WD trucks. They have power windows and locks, air conditioning and cruise control. The cited Chevrolet would be the basic construction model. The base model Ford was in the offer quoted by the Illinois dealership. Toliver’s quote for a sport package includes storage, carpeting and features not included in the work truck. Toliver’s bid included a 30-day build date, which Crump said would likely have the fastest turnaround time. The “most desirable” truck, the one with more features, usually costs a bit more upfront but also has a higher resale value, Crump noted.
For example, the Civic Center purchased a basic work truck, such as a construction vehicle. Although the truck didn’t have a lot of miles, when the county looked for trade-in value, it was about $10,000 less than a truck that had more features, Crump said.
Crump noted that vehicles in the sheriff’s office fleet are on a 36-month rotation for replacement under a minimum program with American National Leasing, and has struggled to get units in.
“I am happy to report that by the end of this week I will have nine on the floor. It’s seven from last year that were supposed to be in October – I just got them – then two for the year ahead. So there are vehicles coming in, but when you order them, you’re at the mercy of the manufacturer to determine when you’re going to get them. I think that’s reflected in those submission sheets as well,” Crump said.
Crump said that while only four bids were received, he was in contact with a total of 10 dealers who were made available with the spec sheets. Although the bids received are all at least $10,000 more than the county has paid for these types of vehicles in the past, this is consistent with current market prices. A new car is currently estimated to cost about $10,000 more than pre-COVID selling prices. Attempting to give a better estimate of future truck markets is virtually impossible
Compound 2 Commissioner Greg Anglin made a motion, which Compound 4 Commissioner Joe Price seconded, and the four members of the Court present (Commissioner of Compound 1 Mickey Barker , continued to be absent due to illness) agreed to accept all offers as submitted.
John Deere Equipment
Hopkins County also posted notices asking for offers for a used John Deere 324L for compound 4. Commerce Sand and Select submitted the only offer, for $60,000.
“I watched this. It looks like good equipment and it’s still under warranty,” Price said, when asking to accept the offer. Bartley seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved by all four tribunal members present at the March 28 meeting, for the used compact wheel loader.