Other Government Surplus Military Vehicle Sources and Auctions
Auctions, conducted by the Federal Government as well as state and local jurisdictions, are the original source of most military vehicles. Other pages of the Olive-Drab section on Military Vehicle Auctions cover the U.S. Department of Defense procedures, while this page is about other, non-military sources.
The non-military parts of the Government also have auctions, most of them
organized by the Treasury Department. These sell property, including vehicles,
seized by the IRS, by DEA, the Border Partol, Customs, etc.
Military 2.5 Ton 6x6 chassis converted to a 900 gallon Wildland Fire Engine by Roscommon Equipment Center.
The Federal GSA has auctions of property from the
non-military parts of the US Government with a
nice, useful web site at this address. Many of these non-DoD agencies have
ex-military vehicles, trailers, and other equipment so its a good source to
How to Find Non-Military U.S. Government Sources
The FirstGov.gov U.S. Government access website also has sections about buying surplus government property, including military vehicles and everything esle. Visit their Shopping Page to find these, many overlapping the DoD or GSA pages.
The Commerce Business Daily is published by the US Government to
announce contracts, awards, and other buying/selling activity which requires
public notice. Auctions of vehicles or other personal properly will appear
there in printed form and in an on-line data base. CBD includes all branches of
government so you will find sales for howitzers on the same day (but not the
same sale) as a sale of typewriters. Freqently the sales are numerous lots of
all different things. You can look at CBD on-line, can get your own
subscription, or can find it in most libraries.
The CBD web site (called
CBDNet) gives all the details including access to the search function. Here is
a sample announcement selected from search results today using the search term
[Commerce Business Daily: Posted May 28, 1998]
From the Commerce Business Daily Online via GPO Access
PART: SALE OF SURPLUS PROPERTY
OFFADD: GSA, FSSB, Property Management Branch, Sales (6FBPS),
1500 E Bannister Rd., Room 1102, Kansas City, MO 64131
SUBJECT: AUCTION SALE OF GOVT SURPLUS PROPERTY IN DES MOINES,IA
POC gsa sales office 816-823-3700
DESC: selling 68 lots including, crane, machine tools,military
clothing,vehicles generators,shop equipt,office machines,welders,ovens,air
conditioners, much more...everyone welcome-----inspect on june
8, from 8:00am to 3:30pm at the iowa federal surplus unit
at the iowa state fairgrounds in des moines,iowa. ask for
auction catalog 98-42 or you may obtain catalog by using fax-on-demand
at 816-823-3701 ,
LINKDESC: to view a detailed description of this sale & others,
EMAILDESC: send complete (us postal service) mailing address
for a copy of this sale catalog.
CITE: (W-148 SN204903)
As of January 1, 2002, FedBizOpps.gov is the single point-of-entry for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. Some vehicle sales or related parts and equipment may go via that route so check their website too.
State and Local Government Sources of Military Vehicles
The state highway department, local townships, school
districts, etc. etc. may have sales which include former military vehicles.
Traditionally these sales were announced by newspaper ads (and still are) but
many local organizations now have web pages which announce sales. A web service called GovDeals is used by some of these state and local agencies in a similar way the Federal Government uses Government Liquidation.com, or GovPlanet.com, so check in there.
Local opportunities to buy from
nearby governments and agencies do come up. The fire department, highway department,
paramedics, school district etc. etc. may have one or two lonely vehicles that
have not been used for years. They wake up one day and decide to sell. They
will follow the rules of their jurisdiction for making the sale, but it may not
get much attention. If you are on-the-ball you can occasionally buy very good
vehicles this way for remarkably low prices.
To succeed in these "very
local" sales, you have to watch for the vehicles in agency lots, open garages,
parades and displays. Whenever you spot one, ask what department owns it and
call or write to the head of the organization (or stop in if it is right in
your town). Ask them to put you on the mailing list for any sale they might
have. Ask them where they advertise when they do have a sale (do they use GovDeals?). Keep after them
with repeated visits to make sure they don't forget about you. You get to meet
some nice people and, when the sale eventually comes, make a fair bid and you
have a good shot at becoming the next owner.
Here is an example of a local fire department advertisement (on the Web)
selling a military truck:
Posted by Hartville Vol. Fire Dept., Hartville, Ohio
44632 on March 31, 1998 at 23:01:36:
1967 5-Ton Army Truck All Wheel Drive For Sale By Sealed Bid.
Flat bed 6x6 Army Truck for sale with or with grass/brush fire
equipment. Truck has a NEW CONTINENTAL DIESEL ENGINE with less than 1,500
miles. 12 volt electrical system, 10-ton front PTO winch. FIRE EQUIPMENT: For
sale with or without the following: Darley TF-1000 GPM Ford Engine Driven Fire
Pump, 2-Booster Reels, Deckgun Plumbing, 850 Gallon water Tank. VERY GOOD
CONDITION. Phone 330-xxx-xxxx Hartville Vol. Fire Department, Hartville, Ohio