A new police car costs the Bay City Police Department $26,000. The annual maintenance cost for a car depends on the age of the car at the beginning of the year. (All cars accumulate approximately the same mileage each year.) The maintenance costs increase as a car ages, as shown in the following table: Car Age (yr.) Annual Maintenance Cost ($) Used Selling Price ($) 0 3,000 – 1 4,500 15,000 2 6,000 12,000 3 8,000 8,000 4 11,000 4,000 5 14,000 2,000 6 0 In order to avoid the increasingly high maintenance costs, the police department can sell a car and purchase a new car at the end of any year. The selling price for a car at the end of each year of use is also shown in the table. It is assumed that the price of a new car will increase $500 each year. The department’s objective is to develop a car replacement schedule that will minimize total cost (i.e., the purchase cost of a new car plus maintenance costs minus the money received for selling a used car) during the next 6 years. Develop a car replacement schedule, using the shortest route method.

A new police car costs the Bay City Police Department $26,000. The annual maintenance cost for a car depends on the age of the car at the beginning of the year. (All cars accumulate approximately the same mileage each year.) The maintenance costs increase as a car ages, as shown in the following table:

Car Age (yr.)

Annual Maintenance Cost ($)

Used Selling Price ($)

0

3,000

1

4,500

15,000

2

6,000

12,000

3

8,000

8,000

4

11,000

4,000

5

14,000

2,000

6

0

In order to avoid the increasingly high maintenance costs, the police department can sell a car and purchase a