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Government Surplus Military Vehicle Auctions

The information in this Olive-Drab.com section will help you understand the U.S. Government system for auctioning surplus goods, especially military vehicles. You will find the exact guidance you need to find what you want, get started bidding, winning, and receiving your surplus treasures.

You will also find warnings of the problems and pitfalls, along with pointers on what to do and where to get good advice.

M-35A2 For Sale at US Government auction
Kaiser Jeep Corp. Model M-35A2 Cargo Truck, on sale at Ft. Gillem, Forrest Park, GA by Government Liquidation.com, February 2005.

Today in WW II: 23 Apr 1941 Greece surrenders to Germany and Italy. British Commonwealth troops along with elements of the Greek Army withdraw to Crete.   

U.S. Government Military Surplus Vehicle Auctions

Wrecked and cannibalized Kaiser Jeep Corp. Model M-35A2 Cargo Truck For Sale at U.S. Government auction, Ft. Lewis, WA

Government surplus military vehicles are just waiting for you to pick up cheap, right? Not quite. The main impression to take away from this section is that the government surplus auctions are a wonderful source of military vehicles, equipment and gear of all types but it is not necessarily cheap or easy to get. As usual, there is no magic, no fabulous secrets, and certainly no free lunch. There are risks and not every vehicle is a prize, like the M-35A2 on the left that was on sale at Ft. Lewis, WA.

The information here is primarily written regarding military vehicles as the target of interest, but everything pretty much applies to other types of goods available as well. If you want to buy sleeping bags or a boat, you can follow the same procedures and pointers as if you were looking to buy a truck.

Government Surplus Military Vehicle Auctions Guide

Before you think about bidding on a U.S. Government auction, there are many things you need to know. These sections will not only tell you where to go and how to find trucks, trailers, and other vehicles or equipment, they will also arm you with practical advice drawn from the experiences of Olive-Drab.com and our contributors.

M-1009 For Sale by Government Liquidation at  Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg, PA
Event Id 1331, Lot Number 5, closed 11 February 2005. Described as "1985 CHEVROLET MDL M1009 BLAZER, 3/4 TON, 4 X 4, V-8 DIESEL, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION. ODOMETER INDICATES 81, 891 MILES. BUYER MUST LOAD. THIS VEHICLE STARTS AND RUNS". For Sale by Government Liquidation.com at Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg, PA.

Be sure to take the advice seriously. Just because a truck looks good in a photo, doesn't mean you can buy it, hop in and drive home. Far from it. Get yourself prepared for the reality of these sales or take advantage of alternatives like dealers who will take on many of the risks for you (at a higher price, of course).

These sections answer all the common questions and will inform you of many things you probably never thought of if this is new to you. Follow up on the links and other sources to go more in depth.


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2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, Kentucky National Guard, assigned to XXIV Corps, Vietnam, circa 1968.  Vehicle in right background is an M-548 Tracked Cargo Carrier. Courtesy Kentucky National Guard.
2nd Armored Division M5A1 Stuart light tank called Concrete, travels toward Saint-Lo, Normandy, France, 17 July 1944.
M113 APC is pulled from a ditch by a 242nd Assault Support Helicopter Company (ASHC) CH-47 Chinook, near Chu Chi, Vietnam.
In thick fog, M36 tank destroyers from the 103rd TD, 82nd Airborne Div. are moving up to try to stop German advances near Werbomont, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge, 20 December 1944.
Dataplate for M345 Flatbed Trailer, 10 Ton 4-wheel, manufactured in 1971 by Elliott Machine Works.  Hawthorne, NV, January 2013. Courtesy: Government Liquidation LLC.
Approximately 2,500 vehicles recently arrived from Camp Pickett, VA, awaiting processing for shipment overseas, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Newport News, VA, 24 May 1943. These vehicles accompanied the 45th Division when it sailed for service in Africa, Sicily and Italy.  Visible include Dodge 3/4-ton WC weapons carriers, CCKW 2 1/2-ton 6x6 trucks, staff car, jeep.

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