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Here’s how to buy a used military Humvee

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Military surplus Humvee SUV navigating an off-road trail.

Do you dream of off-road driving like Rambo? There is a way to make it happen.

I’ll never forget the day we met at an off-road trail and my friend showed up in a fair military Humvee. As any 4×4 fan would be, I was intrigued as to how he got his hands on it. He revealed that he bought it at auction and paid less than you would spend on a side-by-side.

Here’s the deal: the government has a duty to taxpayers to recoup money wherever possible. It is therefore legally required to auction surplus property to the highest bidder. My colleague Erik Sherman has written extensively about how to purchase surplus military vehicles. But in short, all you have to do is find a military auction website. GovPlanet.com is an option. GovLiquidation.com is another one. The government actually maintains an official database of auctions. But first we need to consider a few things.

The government orders Humvees in many different configurations. Primarily, some are intended for on-road use and others are for off-road use only. Before purchasing a surplus military vehicle, make sure it is registered for road use, as getting it registered for the first time can be a nightmare.

Parking lot full of surplus military vehicles.
Surplus Humvees | 6381380 via iStockPhoto

Secondly, the configurations. Some Humvees don’t even have doors. Others have high ambulance bodies. So decide what you want to use your large SUV for and shop accordingly.

Finally, many military vehicles have had a very hard life. If trucks had a plow frame or perhaps a fifth wheel for towing, they could have been heavily loaded. So read the descriptions before making a decision.

Of course, look for vehicles at bases where you can easily pick up your new Humvee. Otherwise you are responsible for shipping. Happy Humvee hunting.

Then discover the most common pickup trucks on government surplus auction websites, or watch the process of picking up a Humvee yourself from GovPlanet in the video below: