Re: CVPI Newbie
I too like these cars for what they are, and I hope that is why most of us are on this forum. Welcome!
Regarding gang hits, I've been there more than once, and come out lucky. But I have spent much of my life in the ghetto and barrio areas of a major city, after a tour in Vietnam during the '68 Tet offensive. Very lucky! Hopefully you need not worry, but the world just seems to be getting crazier and crazier! So be careful driving any CV that might be mistaken for a police car, gang members are not known for their intellect.
Most "wannabe" cases are decided by case law, not codified law. The bottom line is usually intent and overall appearance, but flashing lights are usually over the line. Most departments have better things to do anyway, so just don't draw attention.
I have large breed dogs. A pick up with camper shell or an SUV seem to suit them better than a car, and trucks are lot easier to clean out, but then it's kind of extravagant to buy a truck just to haul dogs around in.