Own Your Own Humvee – Surplus Trucks Hitting Auction Market

I know as a little boy, I drooled over Hummers. Besides the fact that they were used by the military, the trucks were downright cool. Blocky, rugged, and all-terrain ready, the Hummer and by extension the military Humvee’s were a truck-fantasizing boy’s dream.

However, as an adult, you realize that dreams often are not rooted in reality. In all practicality, driving a Humvee stinks. Having been stuck in a thin-skinned truck doing convoy ops in the winter, one learns the environmental sealing is at best “mil-spec”. The “seats” (if they can be called that) are a chiropractor’s nightmare.  From there, the poor acceleration, even worse braking, and poor gas milage add up to what might be the worst daily driver in the history of mankind.


But, for those who have the need for the niche vehicle, there is potentially nothing better (outside a very expensive souped-up Wranger). The all-terrain capabilities of the trucks, bone stock, is remarkable. The poor acceleration is made up with solid gearing and fantastic differentials for rock-crawling and general, get-out-of-nearly-anything tires.

Various auctions for individual trucks are ongoing through GovPlanet, a surplus government property website. Prices on the trucks start as low as $4,000 and bids for last week’s auctions were astoundingly low. 

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • PK

    Unless there have been some TRULY massive changes in policy, they have to be scrapped prior to sale. That is, sectioned via plasma torch.

    Oh, I see, they’re not being sold as road-legal vehicles and have already undergone demil. Those are off-road/private land use only, complete with end user certs needed. Really expensive, but ultimately no use except to collectors.

    Quoting the site… “Q – Commerce Control List Items (CCLI). Demilitarization not required, however Trade Security Controls (as set forth by the Department of Commerce) required at time of disposition. Trade Security Control Assessment/Clearance required. Mutilation to the point of scrap required outside the United States.”

    • DGR

      Anything armored is usually demilled, but the standard stuff can be purchased. You just have to find a way to get it street legal, which will cost a lot of extra cash. However, people who have never driven one have no idea what they are in for. A factory H1 these are not.

      • PK

        “factory H1 these are not”

        That’s the understatement of the day! Buy one for, say, $7,000… add a few thousand for freight and so forth, another few thousand for fixing it up, $10,000 (or more) to get it fully road legal, registered, and insured, and you’ve got an uncomfortable mobile fuel disposal unit. Add a few thousand more for some nicer seats, and however much you’d like to pay for anything luxury-like.

        Still, they’re fun to run around in for a day here and there! Same goes for the 2.5t trucks. Fun, so long as someone else has the maintenance and cost and you’re just the one enjoying the driving or the novelty.

        • DGR

          Ya, if you are a good enough mechanic to fix it yourself, they can be nice farm trucks. But ya, I laugh when people think they have to have one because they are so cheap. They are cheap for a reason.

          • PK

            Exactly, they’re perfect for around the farm or ranch, and in civilian hands that’s where I usually see them. Same for the 2.5t trucks.

            As you said, they’re cheap for a reason. If anyone thinks a BMW or Mercedes has expensive upkeep, they’d be shocked at how expensive military surplus vehicles can be to maintain!

          • Bruce Fleming

            I don’t know, I have had my M35A2 for 12 years now, and maintenance has consisted of an alternator, fuel and oil filters and new batteries.

          • jimmy craked corn

            That depends also on the state. In Wisconsin you can use 2 loop holes in the way you register it The first is the easiest if you live on a farm. You can register it as a farm truck but that has certain restrictions. I don’t know what they are because I do not live on a farm. I don’t feel like typing it all but 2nd starts with a atv title and ends with a road title. It just takes time and a some money.

          • Ken

            Depending on the state, you might be able to register it as an antique vehicle if it’s old enough. Here in VA, it’s 25 years old and I don’t believe there are any requirements for how original it is and there is no safety inspection. That lets you take it for occasional pleasure driving not to exceed a certain distance or take it to and from car shows. I believe some states require that the vehicle has whatever safety features it was made with, or were required at the time of manufacture.

            Farm use tags here basically allow you to drive up to 50 miles to a repair shop, to get farm supplies, or to another piece of land owned.

          • DeathFromTheShadows

            Ken the problem is the civilian Hummer exists, thus the military version doesn’t fall in there either. Ive been all over this in all 48 contiguous states. it just isn’t happening, thank the fed DOT for the problem. You cam get a title and license for a Sherman tank, but not a Hmmv…

          • DeathFromTheShadows

            no Jimmy you cant register them period in Wisconsin. Every farm implement MUST come with a legal title from the manufacturer in order to get farm plates. Military Hmmvs don’t have titles, And an ATV has two types of titles offroad only and highway permissible, but again the title MUST be issued by the MANUFACTURER and none were ever issued. Were the civvy hummer never made, they could have been tagged with collector plates like other military vehicles, but since a highway legal version was made, the military versions cant be tagged for highway use. blame the fed DOT for that one

          • iksnilol

            How would that compare to a 15 year old Skoda in upkeep? I’ve kinda wanted a BMW (due to a disturbing lack of rear wheel drive in Skodas lineup) but I’ve never seen one in properly working (for a long time).

            But I think I cured myself of that want today after I managed a proper drift with FWD.

          • gusto

            do you really want to play into the stereotype about people from balkan and BMWs? 😛

          • iksnilol

            It was either that or the stereotype about people from Balkans and Mercedes.

            But still, I think I am cured, my “crapbucket” Skoda can dorifto 😀 Only thing I’d really need is a stronger engine.

          • Bill

            I’m thinking poorly – the HMMVs were made with a certain amount of tech, versus the bare bones, fix it with a spoon approach taken by other nations. I’d take a Unimog or Pinzgauer any day if I was across the pond. I’d take a Unimog or Pingauer here, as a matter of face, or an original FJ40 Toyota Landcruiser.

          • iksnilol

            Unimogs are cool, I see them at university and school sometimes. Seems like a good farm vehicle. Like a beefier caravelle.

          • n0truscotsman

            Unimogs are GTG. One of my favorite vehicles of all time.


            This made me drool, then I got a bit depressed.

          • Marco Antonio Gonzalez

            Do not think poorly. Think flashy

            Pimp one and let people hate

          • Bill

            The central tire pressure management sustain alone is a massive nightmare if you haven’t been thru the mil training and have access to parts

          • PK

            Who are you kidding, it’s a nightmare even if you know all about it and have spare parts up to your eyeballs. Luckily they don’t all have the CTIS…

          • DeathFromTheShadows

            Just go to any GM dealer to order the parts, it was standard on the Hummer H1

        • Phil Hsueh

          On the bright side, you don’t have to worry about losing or forgetting where you put the keys for it.

          • Bill

            Well, theres’s the key to the padlock chaining the steering wheel…

          • Phil Hsueh

            True, there is that. I wonder though, what would happen if you left one sitting without the steering wheel chained up, how many people would be able to actually figure out how to start it to steal it?

            Which reminds me, I once saw a movie that involved a bunch of thug kids that were recruited into a special military unit, and one of the kids happened to be a car thief and in one scene the kid went and hot-wired a Hummer, not an H1 but a military Hummer, because they didn’t have the keys. I had a pretty good laugh at that scene since it obviously showed that neither the screen writer nor the director, much less the actors, didn’t know the first thing about military vehicles.

          • mbrd

            so maybe now is the time for a semantic question.

            i thought a “hummer” was an H1, and a “humvee” was the HMMWV (gummint issue vehicle) – at least that’s the way it always was among folks i knew, military, l.e., and civilian alike. is that not a sort of standard nomenclature thing?

      • Rodford Smith

        At the depths of the Great Recession I saw a H1 in the parking lot at Wal-Mart. It had bald tires.

        • PK

          Well, they’re certainly big enough to live in.

    • TechnoTriticale

      re: Oh, I see, they’re not being sold as road-legal

      According to some auto enthusiast sites, it is possible, with considerable effort, to make them street legal.

      Probably cheaper to just buy a used H1 and repaint it.

      • PK

        Substantially cheaper, yes. More comfortable, too. Probably better fuel economy, even!

      • Brick

        They have no VIN number from what I recall, which makes registration a problem.

        Methinks you can jump through your state’s kit-car rules to get it registered. However that can be a royal pain in the ass.

        • DeathFromTheShadows

          you are correct sir! however it does not meet the regs for a home builder, “kit car” since there are titled Hummers. that were commercially built, so you cant claim the “replica status” since it isn’t a replica. The federal DOT is the one to blame on this, they will let us title real tanks but not Hmmvs… fricking politicians

          • Brick

            Death, how is it “titled” without a VIN? It was commercially built, but some states allow you to register those as kits. Such as Superformance, Factory Five, etc.

          • DeathFromTheShadows

            it ISNT, the Titled units are Commercially made for on road use, therefore negating the “Unique and Historic” classification that would otherwise be made for the military vehicle. If a titled version of say a Sherman tank were ever made , then the military vehicle would lose it’s “unique and historic” status. and no titles and licenses would be issued
            And Ive been through all 48 continental states, none title the humvee.

          • DeathFromTheShadows

            because there IS a commercial vehicle made within a specific time frame, you cant title it as a kit either. The workaround is ONLY getting a trashed commercial hummer and do a parts swap. keeping the Hummer chassis and VIN ( I even checked into that aspect),

          • Repoman3737

            We can agree to disagree. If i build a duplicate from scratch i can title it as a custom build. Its the same thing if you use donor parts off another vehicle its still a custom. You cant roll into the inpector with Vin plates all over the place and expect it to work. If you are building a custom and using donor parts you dont need to leave vinplates on. I have seen 2 done up custom titled as customs for sale several years ago at the auto toy store in ft Lauderdale fl. They started with no title off road decommissioned humvees. I have also done it with harleys. I made clones of fatboys,roadkings,softails and titled them as customs even though Harley produced the same model. The trick is you cant call it the same thing you have to call it a custom build. I know for a fact you can do this in florida. I dont know about any other state. Like i said we can agree to disagree. I know what i have seen and what i have done and i know seeing is beleiving and i dont have any pictures to show you because i nevet thought i would be trying to prove to someone this can be done.

      • Porty1119

        Hey, I’d actually sort of have a use for one for prospecting work. Doesn’t require driving on public roads per se, just USFS trails.

      • DeathFromTheShadows

        you mean if its on the internet it must be true?

    • SGT Fish

      the law has changed. that’s why you can also buy fully functional Blackhawk helicopters from the same source. they also sold a bunch of Chinooks over the last few years. the auction company has even started taking up armored ones, stripping them down and refurbishing them with new doors and windows

      • SGT Fish

        and they can be made street legal. many many people do it

        • DeathFromTheShadows

          keep smoking it, your fantasy world sounds wonderful. They are not being made street legal, No way to title them.

      • jimmy craked corn

        Most states have a similar website to sell state stuff. At least Wisconsin does. That is where they action or sell everything from a busted office printers to heavy equipment.That is where they sell old cop cars and fire trucks as well. They also sell the stuff police confiscate or unclaimed items in their position.

        • Maxpwr

          And firearms that are sometimes reasonable prices (except for the auctioneer’s additional fees).

          • DeathFromTheShadows

            the government doesn’t sell firearms that would be… too sensible and fiscally responsible

          • Brad Ferguson

            CMP sells rifles to citizens

          • DeathFromTheShadows

            CMP isnt the government CIVILIAN MARKSMANSHIP PROGRAM its a non profit non governmental organization

          • DeathFromTheShadows

            CMP ISnt the government, they are a mandated civilian operation funded by the government, much like Civil Defense once was

      • DW

        Imagine the day A10 and B52 were retired…

        • DeathFromTheShadows

          the A10 is not classified aircraft, it is a weapon per pentagon definition, as the main cannon is also part of the fuselage

    • They have to be mutilated before they can be transferred outside of the US. They are perfectly legal for sale and use here. Depending on the state of course.

  • Lance

    Think the cost for one is high. Wait till you see your gas bills with one of these.

    • PK

      Not gasoline. Diesel, and since they’re not road legal, at least the red dyed fuel is fairly cheap in farm country.

      Still, when you’re measuring gallons per mile it does tend to get pricey!

      • Just Sayin’

        There are two private ones in the parking lot here at work. They are road legal.

  • Swarf

    Wow, that sounds like an awful thing to waste money on. They’ll sell like hot cakes to the same gullible city park operators who buy $3k ARs and Wilson Combat 1911s to go play shoot-n-stab at Hoffners Prevail.

    But I digress.

    They probably all still reek of ball sweat, too.

  • Bruce Fleming

    Nonsense, these have been available from the government auction site for a couple of year now, I have not seen any for $4k, most start around $5k. My son just bought one, made it street legal for around $100 and has it licensed currently, just like any other vehicle. TFB is definitely behind the times on this article.

    • aka_mythos

      When did he buy it? They now require an end use certificate to be purchased that contractually forbid registering it with any state for road use.

      • Bruce Fleming

        He bought it three months ago. Titling and registering a vehicle comes under state law, and many (most?) states have a way around any EUC.

        • Rob

          I saw one on the road with plates in the San Diego Mission Valley area. This was about a year and a half ago.

          • DeathFromTheShadows

            you saw one that was made to look like a military vehicle, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a Civilian model, just like Schwarzenegger’s.

        • Gary Kirk

          My buddy got one around the same time, being in Maryland he could not get a title for it.. So he had another friend that lives in Virginia register it there, then he just transferred it back.. Legal title now..

          • JoelM

            Watch it they’re yanking titles over that and impounding vehicles if caught on the road. I had two friends who registered foreign motorcycles using the two state trick and both got them taken.

          • DeathFromTheShadows

            At the FT McCoy WI. Depot, they have signs posted that any attempt to use them on highway is a federal offense. and that was this MONDAY. they can be used off road ONLY regardless of physical conversion.

        • Albaby2

          Isn’t the end use contract a legal obligation to the seller?

          • DeathFromTheShadows

            yes it is,,, and remember the actual seller is the federal government, not the broker advertising the sales

        • DeathFromTheShadows

          incorrect federal DOT regulates the ability to issue a title, in all 50 states.

      • All of the End User certificates that I have read require that you not remove it from the country. We have a couple of places around here that have surplus Hummers for sale. The depot that does the rebuilds on them is only 50 miles away. The guy with a surplus resale shop grabs them, slaps on paint and some tires that he buys on auction from the depot and throws them out for around $12K

    • DeathFromTheShadows

      Sorry Bruce, but your story doesn’t meet the facts. yes they were available but no they can not be titled and without a title they can not be licensed. first the entire light system would have to be replaced, parts cost 500 bucks, second the seats and restraints to become street legal would have to be replaced with civilian versions another grand plus… exhaust upgrade to meet emissions add another 500 due to the specialized cat… already over two grand and it still isn’t titleable as the civilian version being street legal and purpose built negates the military version from lawful conversion, unlike other military vehicles that do not have civilian counterparts.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    If you want a bone stock military hummer good for you. They aren’t a smooth ride and parts can be a pain to find and are expensive when you can find them. A buddy’s dad bought one a couple years ago and had a horrible time trying to get the tires changed.

    If you want a hummer just buy a commercial one for 40-70k with a decent amount of luxuries.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Never buy a vehicle thats been driven by people who hated it.

    • Swarf

      Ahh, the Fiat theory of automobile ownership.

      • My dad got a good deal on a Fiat in 1978, sold it to a junkyard for parts in 1980, and spent the next twenty years swearing in public about how much Fiat sucks. I learned so many new words from the back seat of that rolling trash bin.

        • They aren’t referred to as “Fix It Again Tony”s for nothing.

          • Oh, we couldn’t afford Tony, we had to repair it ourselves after a two week wait for parts to arrive via rowboat from Italy– for us it was either Fix It Again Tomorrow or F℧¢«ing Italian Automotive Trash.

          • mbrd

            “fix it again texasuberalles”

      • billdeserthills

        I though for fiat it was Fix It Again Tony

  • Henry Reed

    Just what I needed: terrible mileage, low parts life, bumpiest ride imaginable and nowhere to park. Hey but at least it’s sort of bullet-proof!

    • 11b

      Not even. A 9mm round will pen that truck faster than you can say Jihad.

  • CommonSense23

    Anybody who thinks a humvee is a good off road vehicle really needs to spend more time offroading. They do alright in rock crawling. But the way the diffs work is one of the stupidest designs possible for mud and sand.

    • nick

      this….this is MUCH better 🙂

  • Anomanom

    Might be nice for a SHTF vehicle if you have room to store it and keep it up. Or you could mount a blade to the front and make it a for hire snow plow.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      And have cool jackets made.

    • iksnilol

      I think a SHTF vehicle should have longer range.

  • Bill

    I can’t imagine the condition these are in, if the ones given to LE agencies are “serviceable.” Get 4, piece together 1.

    I’m pretty sure the mil paint is toxic and can’t be easily removed or sanded, so we literally sprayed paint over it.

  • Devil_Doc

    Honestly.. If it’s not abused, are they really that bad to maintain?

  • gusto

    I have owned a used lada for 20 years

    now it is not driven daily, is is just my hunting car but never broke down, nothing replaced by me except for tires

    it is the ak47 of cars

    • Tassiebush

      I’ve certainly heard pretty good things about them. I think the biggest issue was terrible counterfeit parts which damaged their reputation. I’d like one if I could find one.

      • iksnilol

        If you got a bit extra money, I’d recommend replacing the shock absorbers. Get some good ones because the stock ones aren’t that good if you like your kidneys.

        Other than that, fantastic albeit spartan cars.

        • Tassiebush

          So riding in one is much like being a member of Spartan society. It entails being pounded in the date… :p

      • gusto

        why use counterfeit parts? you buy another niva and take parts from that 😛

        or FIAT parts

        • Tassiebush

          Haha that’s pretty likely to be why I see so few around these days.

  • Edeco

    Bleh, I’m the opposite of most people, I feel safe in low vehicles and unsafe in high ones. Also they’re automatics right, probably slushy? Also, GM parts, no thanks.

    I’d be making butt-diamonds constantly in an hmmv.

    • n0truscotsman

      The HMMWV needed to happen too. It was adopted because of the rediculous and dizzying array of four wheeled utility vehicles already in service at the time, many of which were fueled by gasoline engines.

      Yeah, I hate 6.2 and 6.5 GM diesels. There are many more better options.

      • DeathFromTheShadows

        actually the move away from gasoline was a wise move, and the GM engines were lighter in weight for the given torque& horsepower output than other options, making them more suitable for sand and mud running. being Diesel they can run the same fuel as aircraft and heavy artillery, removing the need of gasoline, a very problematic fuel for logistics issues.

    • DeathFromTheShadows

      they were never meant for front line use. But Politicians who never set foot in a war zone started dictating policy after watching reruns of an old WWII based TV show called Rat Patrol. Ever notice how all our allies have 6wd light armored units equipped with everything from mounted light automatic weapons to small artillery guns? Its because their military is run by professional soldiers and not politicians who never set foot on a military base

  • n0truscotsman

    No way.

    Id rather hunt the corners of the earth for a sub-120k mileage, late 80s, early 1990s Nissan D21 or Toyota Tacoma and have tens times a better vehicle.

    • Anton

      I’ve got an 86 4runner I was thinking about selling. Has exactly 120k. Body is super rusty but runs perfect. Just need a little more power then the 22re puts out.

      • n0truscotsman

        Those are a good, solid vehicle. The toyota and nissans in the 80s and 90s had rust issues for multiple reasons (especially around the beds). I know people that buy even rusty ones and restore them, especially since the power train is usually excellent.

        Ive used POR15 and chassis saver on vehicles, having favortism towards the later. Its good for increasing the life of frames.

  • Richard

    My dreams may have started to come true.

  • Lee Attiny

    good luck buying replacement parts and getting work done on it. On a positive note they do get better gas mileage than H2’s.

  • Paul

    There is a strong appeal to the shear utilitarian look of old military trucks. While in college in the late 1960s, I tried to buy an M37 Dodge, but could not scrape up $800. Couple years later I was driving one around Vietnam.

    • 11b

      And hey, you didn’t even have to spend 800 bucks! Uncle Sam was just trying to do you a favor 😉

    • Gary Kirk

      Would love to have any m37 dodge, throw a Cummins 6bt in her with a nv4500hd np203/205 doubler and a couple built dana 80s on coil over four links.. Welding rig from Hell..

  • Tassiebush

    I wish I had spare money when the Australia Defence Force was last selling unimogs.

  • Tassiebush

    I want one of these instead. Huge Trekol tyres make it amphibious

    • Iggy

      Me and my brother are half seriously considering buying one of these (or some similarish Russian vehicle) and going on a massive ‘road’ (where we’re going…) trip when we hit midlife crises age.
      Also on the topic of surplus, I know a guy who’s trying to convince his wife to let him get a surplus APC as farm vehicle.

  • James Young

    I thought it’s all about the MRAPs now. Who cares about Humvees?

  • Cap’n Mike

    I have had 2 looks at Military HMMWVs.
    First In the US Army in the early 90s and then in the last couple of years with several my PD got thru the LESO program.

    The miles tend to be low, we got one with less than 5000 and a brand new engine, and many have been “Reset” in the early 2000s.
    Electrical problems are common, but mechanical reliability is pretty good. With so many going to auction, spare parts will be plentiful.

    The thing that would stop me from owning one is how uncomfortable they are to sit in.
    They sucked in my 20s and they suck twice as much in my 40s.
    How such a large vehicle could be designed with so little leg room is beyond me. I always feel like Im driving with the seat all the way forward and the steering wheel in my gut.

    • Cap’n Mike

      For reference, the engine and transmission is pretty much a 1984 diesel GMC 6.2 IIRC.
      165 HP
      330 Torque

      • Gary Kirk

        Depends on if it’s been back to am general for a refurbish..

  • Johns

    I’m going to join with the group and add my two cents here:


    General Motors –used– to make the civilian and the military versions compliant with U.S. Department of Transportation laws, including crash tests that they barely passed, but starting around 2001 stopped doing that. These are military vehicles that cannot and will not be insured or registered for public road use in any state, period. It will depend on your state’s laws, and the amount of money in your bank account, to get them certified for street use in your state.

    Meanwhile, General Motors makes the H2 Hummer (that giant box averaging between 8 and 11 miles to the gallon) and the H3 Hummer (that looks like a rip-off of a Jeep Wrangler) for sale if you absolutely need these for… nothing, really, because nobody in any government agency or police department uses those for any purpose whatsoever.

    • Just Sayin’

      There are two privately owned Ex-mil Humvees in my parking lot here at work, and my neighbor drives another. So it must be legal in at least some states (UT). If any of them had spent time in the Army they likely wouldn’t have bothered though….

  • stargater1

    Why do it this way, when its a nightmare to register when you can go through Plan B Supply and buy one already refurbed and titled and able to be registered.

  • HenryV

    I remember my first time sitting in one. First time I have ever climbed up” into a vehicle to find I had little to no “comfort” space; I felt a bit squashed. And then I looked to my right and could just about make out the passenger seat on the distant horizon. 🙂

    We did have a surplus HumVee engine in a Range Rover for a few years and it was freaking awesome.

    • ozzallos .

      $7000 for a spare engine isn’t horrible 🙂

      • HenryV

        Aren’t the tires a unique size to stop them being stolen?

  • Leigh Rich

    LOL…Obama will give it to the Muslims. Will not be surplus USA

  • Ryfyle

    Talk about project cars. The TLC required to make it better would be a full time endeavor.

  • Gary Kirk

    The reason they have not been really available besides ones that were hit by ieds or mortars, is because the us gov had a contract with am general to constantly refurbish them. Every so often, they’d be shipped back and rebuilt.. Now with the new programs to replace them, they’re coming to the market. And at first they are drawing high prices for ones that have already been through the b.s. process of getting them on the road. Not really that big of a deal, just a pita.. Also dependant on the state you reside in..

  • UCSPanther

    I wish I could get my hands on a former USMC Cat D7G crawler…

  • Just say’n

    You mean “poor FUEL mileage”. I agree, driving a Humvee is a total let-down. Terrible NVH, huge blind spots from the A-pillars, and the GM 6.2l diesel is a gutless wonder.

  • Journalism

    What is a Wranger?

    • maodeedee

      Jeep Wrangler. It’s the modern version of the CJ-5. I have one and I love it. Mine is a V-6 six-speed Overdrive with removable T-top panels for summer driving or you can remove the entire hardtop as well as both doors.

      And for about 4-5 grand in suspension upgrades, it will go anywhere a Humvee will go and some places a Humvee won’t go, and the V-6 has plenty of power and gets reasonable gas mileage

  • Vanns40

    Off road only, cannot be titled for on road use.

  • BDUB


  • Jim

    The “worst daily driver in the history of mankind”? Maybe. I never drove one. Now the M-151 may be in the running for the title.

  • buzzman1

    These things are great for driving at high speed across bad terrain. Nothing can keep up with them.

  • DeathFromTheShadows

    You CAN buy them but YOU Can NOT title and license them for highway use… they do not meet DOT regs, and because there was a highway legal version made in the same time frame These do not fall into the collector classification that other military vehicles meet. I can drive less than 2 hours from my home to take my pick, but the regulations make it a losing proposition

  • Roy Jaruk

    This is great news if what you need is a farm truck or something to run around a ranch, or as a post-SHTF vehicle, but that’s about where it stops. I have never seen one of these milsurp Humvees that was sold with a title that would enable it to be registered as a private automobile. If you are looking for a daily driver-type Humvee, get yourself a Type 1 Hummer, the civilian version of the Humvee.

  • DeathFromTheShadows

    Ive been through all those hoops only to be informed that they can not be titled, the only states I didnt try were Hawaii and Alaska because the vehicle (any vehicle being issued a title for the first time) has to be inspected by that state’s DMV Ive done it with my Ferret.

    • Repoman3737

      Register it as home built or built from kit. You use the hummer as donor vehicle. No rule about how much of donor vehicle you can or have to use. It gets inspected and titled as kit,homemade,special construction or several other designations depending on state. I’ve done it with other types of cars/trucks and motorcycles. Each state has a procedure for custom built vehicles and getting them titled. If you build under a certain amount each year you don’t have to comply with dot codes and safety features crash test and emissions. The trick is not trying to register/title it as a hummer but as a new custom build. Just like the custom scratch build hotrod guys do. They will assign a new title with a new Vin and you can name the make and model anything you like.

      • DeathFromTheShadows

        looked into that too, its a nogo. the reason it works for others is you started off with a frame from something else. Now were I to start with a commercial Hummer, keep the frame and base chassis and then swapped everything over, THAT would be 100% legal, now you tell me, how in sam hell does that make any sense, since the ONLY difference is that riveted VIN plate on the commercial chassis????

        • Repoman3737

          You have to be willing to play the semantics of home built custom. Its borderline lying but if you say you built it from scratch at home with donor vehicles it can work. Its like the guy that has a chevelle and puts a custom tube frame under it and the kit cars that start as a fiero and look like a Lamborghini or the Shelby cobra kit car. It depends on how far you are willing to bend the truth. Most inspectors ive dealt with in florida dont know the difference. There were a few older ex military humvees with big lift kits and duramaxes under the hood with custom home built titles on the roads of south florida. If you say you custom built it you can title almost anything here. If im not mistaken thats what most shelby cobras are is home built replicas of an actual production car. You can build a complete chevelle or camaro including a frame out of year one catalog. Whose to say you are not some metal working hobbyist who in his spare time made a replica humvee in his garage with used parts and bare metal? No rule on how much of the donor vehicle you can use but the more custom stuff you do to it the easier it is to sell to the inspector.

  • DeathFromTheShadows

    “IronPlanet is now able to provide Form SF97s for off-road use of Humvees as well as select government surplus vehicles and trailers. When you buy a Humvee at auction, you’ll now be able to choose to receive a Bill of Sale or a Form SF97 during Checkout”
    Not an onroad title, also the article from Truckyeah ONLY is about meeting DOT specifications but doesn’t mean titling for onroad use,,,