Purchasing Military Surplus Vehicles

Written by Doris Donnerman (last updated February 21, 2009)

There are so many options for purchasing a vehicle out there today. They can be obtained from new dealers, used dealers, online, off line, or through the personal ads in the newspapers. There is one way though that many people never seem to think of, and that is the perfect way to get the most inexpensive possible. Believe it or not, that way is through the purchase of military surplus vehicles. Military surplus vehicles are perfect for personal or business use, and these vehicles are almost always kept in perfect working order. If you are interested in purchasing a jeep, truck, car or even military-grade vehicles (such as can only be sold to collectors or museums), then just follow this simple guide.

  • Check online. By going online, you can check for any surplus auction that is currently going on. You may be able to purchase the vehicles through such agencies as eBay or Yahoo!. Since these are auctions, though, you are going to be competing with others who wish to purchase the same vehicle. As with any auction, this could (and sometimes does) lead to a higher price than you originally anticipated. On the plus side though, you can find vehicles for lower than expected prices.
  • Contact Local Military Bases. Simply contact your local military base. Typically these military bases have offices specifically set up to sell, or otherwise dispose of excess military equipment. This office is usually known under the acronym of DRMO, which means Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office. Often times this office has vehicles for sale between any scheduled auctions. If they do not have any vehicles currently for sale, they can tell you when the next auction is, in addition to whether it is an auction that you have to be at in person or not.
  • Check all equipment. Prior to making any bid, see if the DRMO office allows for mechanical checks. If so, then be sure that you do so. Bring a mechanic with you, if you are not a mechanic yourself, to double check the soundness of the vehicle. In the event that you are not able to bring a mechanic, check to see if the vehicle looks like it has been moved recently. If the paint is old and faded, tires look out of use, large rust spots and so on then you probably want to avoid purchasing that particular vehicle.

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Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...


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