If you have ever wanted to own a military Humvee, now is your chance to buy one.
An initial batch of 25 military HMMWVs was auctioned on December 17 through the GovPlanet.com auction site. This initial batch will be followed by as many as 4,000 of the de-militarized utility vehicles.
According to the Army Times, the program was developed as an alternative to scrapping the vehicles. The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) had its petition granted to alter the longstanding policy that retired military trucks were either scrapped or given to other government agencies.
“We definitely see lots of interest, and we’re certainly excited to have the opportunity to sell these,” said IronPlanet’s senior vice president for operations and services Randy Berry. “These items have been scrapped up to now … so it’s a win for the taxpayers and everybody involved here.”
The initial batch of Humvees sold for between $21,500 and $41,000 with the average bidding coming in at $30,000. The vehicles have been demilitarized by the Army and were being stored at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. The interest means that these vehicles could be turning up at penny auctions sooner or later.
IronPlanet notes, on its website, that neither it nor the manufacturer sells Humvees, or parts, to the general public.
“The Humvee was designed for a military mission and was not designed to meet civilian safety standards,” it states. “AM General does not endorse nor support the sale of these military vehicles to the general public or private entities. AM General further opposes any use of these military vehicles by individuals or entities outside of the military context for which the vehicles are designed. AM General does not sell the military vehicle or service parts for the military vehicle to the general public.”
AM General made almost 300,000 Humvees for the U.S. military and its allies. Although the U.S. Army and Marine Corps no longer have vehicles produced for them, the iconic truck is still built for Army National Guard units and international clients.
The vehicles being sold to the public are not street legal and there is no title being sold with them.