Skip to main content

Good news: Retired military Humvees are up for auction and gas is cheap

Doomsday preppers, it’s your lucky day: military-grade Humvees are now available for purchase via online auction.

In December, we reported that changes in government regulation would authorize the auction of retired military vehicles to civilians. AM General HMMWVs (casually known as Humvees) are the most popular units of the bunch, and now that they aren’t being scrapped, you can finally get your hands on one.

The vehicles are now live on, an online auction site that specializes in the sale of agricultural, construction, and military vehicles. It’s important to note that while many of the units are fully operational, all will have significant wear (duh), have been demilitarized, and are for off-road use only.

Starting bids for Humvees range from $5,000 to $10,000, but there are plenty of other cargo trucks and other vehicles available for less. Since being listed on the website, some have fetched as high as $41,000.

It’s no surprise that many of the units are from the 1980s and ‘90s and have significant mileage on them. You can find some with just a few ticks of the odometer, though, and there’s a 2002 model listed as this is written.

95 of the light utility vehicles have been purchased on GovPlanet since December, with another 118 waiting for the winning bid. Approximately 4,000 vehicles will be considered for sale overall, which is great news for hoarders and apocalypse experts alike.

Between 1992 and 2006, AM General and General Motors sold about 11,000 civilian-spec ‘H1’ Hummers to the public. Like the military versions you’ll find on the auction, most H1s featured a diesel engine, loads exterior toughness, and impressive off-road capability.

Andrew Hard
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Andrew first started writing in middle school and hasn't put the pen down since. Whether it's technology, music, sports, or…
Honda’s electric SUV is coming soon. Here’s what we know about the 2024 Prologue
2024 Honda Prologue Front

Slowly, but surely, every large car company is getting on board with electric cars. While most of them have released at least one electric model so far, some are still readying their first.

Did you know, however, that Honda is not one of those latter companies? The Honda Clarity was taken off the market a few years ago, and finally, it now looks like Honda is preparing to launch its first of a new generation of electric cars -- the 2024 Honda Prologue SUV.

Read more
Chrysler Halcyon concept is a return to glory for the minivan brand
Profile view of the Chrysler Halcyon concept with its doors open.

Chrysler plans to launch its first EV in 2025, but the foundational brand of automotive conglomerate Stellantis may be taking a detour on the road toward that goal. In 2022, Chrysler showed the Airflow, a concept car reportedly previewing that first production EV. But now the brand has a new EV concept dubbed the Halcyon.

Where the Airflow was a handsome but sensible crossover SUV, the Halcyon is a bit more fanciful. The low-slung four-door looks like Chrysler's attempt to clone the Porsche Taycan. It's even got front-fender air outlets like the Porsche, part of an aerodynamic package that includes a sliding rear diffuser and a rear spoiler. It's all meant to minimize aerodynamic drag and improve range. An air suspension system can also adjust to further enhance efficiency, or improve driving dynamics, according to Chrysler.

Read more
New Model 3 ‘takes out the baby fat,’ Tesla designer says in new video
Tesla's Model 3 refresh, codenamed Highland, features a sleeker front.

Tesla’s upgraded Model 3 sedan has been available in the U.S. since last month, and on Wednesday, designers and engineers at the automaker appeared in a video (below) showing off the refreshed design.

Upgraded Model 3 | Design & Engineering Walkthrough

Read more