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 GovPlanet.com, 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.