Desiree Johnson drives a car for as long she can. Her 1989 Toyota Tercel has more than 175,000 miles on it. Not everyone squeezes so many miles out of a car. In many cases, Kansas taxpayers don't even come close.
The state of Kansas has a building full of equipment it's trying to unload. In addition to computers and office furniture, it also deals in used cars. Hundreds of used vehicles sit parked at the state surplus lot in Topeka. Most are fully loaded with automatic transmissions, power steering, power windows, tilt, cruise, air, cassette or cd players, and power door locks.
Some of these vehicles have more than 200,000 miles on their odometers, but many have less. Several have less than 50,000 miles. We found one van for sale with only 28,000.
Department of Administration spokesman Caleb Asher says most government vehicles are sold around the 90,000-mile mark because of mechanical concerns. Asher concedes more overall efficiency may be needed. He says there have been discussions about pushing back the retirement mileage.
KAKE On Your Side contacted several local government agencies. The ones we talked to say they don't retire vehicles until they hit at least 100,000 miles.