It’s like eBay for used military gear

You may have spent countless hours on eBay or Craigslist searching for an awesome new-to-you vehicle. Many times, the selection is a bit thin and worse for wear. However, there’s one auction website where the inventory is always full and low-mileage deals can be found all day. It’s

GovPlanet is an online auction house for used surplus military hardware ranging from utility trailers and armored Humvees to military-spec construction equipment and generators large enough to power a Forward Operating Base. Most of the equipment is in fair to good condition and everything comes with GovPlanet’s “Ironclad Assurance,” which is their way of certifying the equipment was professionally inspected and the results are listed in the auction. Large photo banks accompany each sale, so there’s no guesswork. What’s more, there’s no shady seller trying to con you out of money or some guy who’s going to rob you at gunpoint when you show up at the Wal-Mart parking lot to swap cash for a car.

GovPlanet is actually part of a larger operation called IronPlanet, which specializes in selling privately owned heavy equipment like bulldozers and dump trucks. Both GovPlanet and IronPlanet host weekly online auctions and have a shipping company standing by for delivery.

There are tons of really good deals to be found. A quick search found 1987 M998 Humvee with only 3,000 miles on the odometer with a reserve price of $3,500. If quality is what’s desired, stuff like the 2000 M1123 Humvee pictured above can be had. It only has 61 miles and looks like it just rolled off AM General’s production line.

Even if you’re not in the market for military surplus equipment, any gearhead could spend hours pursuing through the vast array of auction items.


Mark McNabb
Mark McNabb was a contributor at TopSpeed from 2013 to 2018. Growing up, Mark always had a mind for tinkering on random items throughout his home and dad’s garage, including a 1953 Ford Mainline and 1971 Corvette Stingray.  Read More
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