You Can Now Purchase a Humvee from the Government for as little as $1,000
Need a Hummer, but don’t have Arnold Schwarzenegger money? Not to worry – the government shut down is raining deals on everything in sight. The U.S. Dept. of Defense will sell you a military Humvee for a song while they last. The surplus inventory needs to go, so they’re priced to move.
Most of these over-stock Humvees and other military (awesome) trucks go for somewhere between $1,000-10,000 in an auction-style format – AND – most are low use, around 10,000-35,000 miles and of course, one-owner!
Most are from the 1990s and not sucky, like the new ones you see toddling around town with soccer moms driving them.
See the available inventory at auction site GovPlanet.com – the official online website sanctioned by the U.S. Government for military surplus. But you better get after it – they won’t last, believe me. Around 1,300 military Humvees altogether have been moved and given their price, it won’t take long to run out. You can search the surplus site for trailers and other goodies.
I didn’t get a Hummer, but I got this amphibious vehicle for $300 – I kid you not (girl is extra) and I’m told it’s worth three grand!
The Humvee has traditionally embodied the U.S. fighting image. The nickname “Hummer” or HUM-VEE, actually comes from the full name of the vehicles: High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle. Adapted from World War II-era Willy-style Jeeps, Humvees first came into prevalence in the early 1980s – and went through several incarnations.
From Gov Planet:
These light tactical vehicles have been used by the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and National Guard. Most vehicles were distributed by AM General or Oshkosh, and feature a v8 diesel engine and three-speed automatic transmission on a troop carrier body (sorry, machine guns are not included).
Before they were demilitarized, the Humvees were used both in the USA and in countries like Iraq. Now, these military vehicles are located in sites across the country, including California, Utah and Georgia. You’ll have to pay a little extra if you want your new vehicle shipped to your home.
Now – the average cost of a fully-loaded military Humvee is over $220,000, which makes these a steal, baby. Of course, modern military Humvees have a few more upgrades (and armor) than those available at surplus. And you can’t buy them with machine guns, sadly…
The High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV; colloquial: Humvee) is a family of light, four-wheel drive, military trucks and utility vehicles produced by AM General. It has largely supplanted the roles previously performed by the original jeep, and others such as the Vietnam War-era M151 jeep, the M561 “Gama Goat”, their M718A1 and M792 ambulance versions, the Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicle (CUCV), and other light trucks.
Primarily used by the United States military, it is also used by numerous other countries and organizations and even in civilian adaptations. The Humvee saw widespread use in the Gulf War of 1991, where it negotiated the treacherous desert terrain; this usage helped to inspire civilian Hummer versions. After going through a replacement process, the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) was chosen as its successor.