Did you know that you can buy military (and other government depts) vehicles and surplus equipment online? Gov auctions are official online government surplus auctions that sell-off surplus government vehicles, machinery and goods…
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What Can You Buy At These Gov Auctions?
We’re talking vehicles, machinery, electronics, medical supplies, clothing, field gear… Pretty much anything a government department has purchased and no longer requires, so that’s military surplus (military eBay!), police surplus, surplus from the fire department and other emergency services. It’s not just the military and police etc though, there are a load of other smaller government departments that also sell off their surplus vehicles and equipment too.
Honestly, these government auctions literally sell everything! You can buy a humvee or an ex-military jeep (or a regular Jeep!), an ex-police car (plenty of regular cars!), a fire truck (everyday trucks also available!), a range of generators, cargo trailers, clothing, field gear and you can even buy a fire truck or ambulance!
Did I also mention that you can also buy seized police goods on one of these government auctions below? Anything (vehicles, sporting goods, electronics, jewellery etc) seized during criminal investigations that cannot be returned to a rightful owner is auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Interested? If so, you’ve come to the right place as below I will tell you how you can find and buy government surplus gear and police seized goods at low prices online.
Firstly though, I should state that there are no military or police weapons available for sale here. There is pretty much everything else though, you can buy military vehicles like military humvees, trucks, jeeps, ex-police cars, boats, agricultural vehicles and equipment, construction vehicles and equipment, medical supplies, furniture, audio/visual and computer equipment, plus all the usual military surplus clothing and field gear, so stick around…
Weapons apart, the two gov auctions below are a prepper’s/homesteader’s paradise! You can literally purchase everything needed to bug-in, or bug out. You can purchase the entire contents for a bug out bag (including the bag itself), or your mobile base camp – with military tents, sleeping bags, cold/warm weather clothing and boots. You can also bug an ex-military vehicle to get you from A to B. These online gov auctions are also a goldmine for folks interested in hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and a whole load more.
Firstly, Why Buy Items From An Official Gov Auctions?
There are lots of positives to buying government surplus via an official Government auction.
Firstly, you can also put your mind at rest as you can be confident that you’re receiving your goods from a reputable, official source.
You can feel confident that what you’re buying is the best quality. Buying ‘used’ isn’t necessarily a bad thing when you are buying government goods. You will know that the product has been tried and tested and can also stand up to the test of time. This is particularly important if you’re buying vehicles. Ex-police cars, vans or school buses are made by the highest quality engineers to ensure complete safety in such important job roles, and they will have been regularly maintained.
The prices at these gov auctions can be surprisingly low. You’ll pay a little more depending on the popularity of the item as it is an auctioning site but, usually, the out of use items go for much lower costs than if you bought them new, just because they’re no longer standard issue. But this doesn’t mean that they’re not still useful and in perfectly good condition.
Government auction websites were set up as a sustainable solution to prevent perfectly good government vehicles and equipment from going to waste and being destroyed. It’s a good move for the environment, it reclaims some funds for the government, saves on production costs and also helps recycle resources.
How Do Gov Auctions Work?
Basically, if you figured out how to use and shop on eBay, you’ll be absolutely fine. These online government auctions work in much the same way.
Both of the government auctions featured in this post have user-friendly websites. You can browse via categories if you are just looking for interesting items for sale. They also all feature a search facility if you’re looking for something a bit more specific.
Most items have multiple images so you can be confident in the condition of your purchase and a description field containing details about age, condition and specification etc.
Once you’ve settled on a purchase, just make a bid and monitor the bidding activity to make sure that you are not outbid. So what are you waiting for, get browsing and see if you can pick up a second-hand, quality bargain!
NOTE: You will have to register/open an account on each of the gov auction websites before you can bid and shop. Again, just like eBay!
Government Auction #1 – GovPlanet – Military eBay!
The first website is – GovPlanet. GovPlanet is an official online government auction partner (they basically sell on behalf of the gov) website selling ex-government and military equipment and vehicles. Besides ex-military vehicles such as MRAP and Hummers, they also sell a whole range of technical gear (audio/visual/computers etc) generators, field gear, clothing and other military equipment.
If a government dept/body or state has bought it but doesn’t need it anymore, it is sold off via official government auctions like GovPlanet. There are storage lockers and compounds across the US filled with vehicles and items that are in perfectly good condition but are no longer used due to policy and procedure changes.
As GovPlanet is an auction website, the range of items for sale varies from day to day, week to week. For example, sometimes there will be a lot of military jeeps for sale, other times, not so much. Just like eBay, you really need to check regularly if you are on the lookout for something specific.
Scroll down the page to see some photos of a few things I found for sale on GovPlanet at the time of writing.
Government Auction #2 – Gov Deals
The second online gov auction is – Gove Deals. Ever wondered where all the items seized from criminal investigations go? Well, everything that has value and is reusable, recyclable or sellable is auctioned off to the public on little known government auction websites like ‘Gov Deals’.
Gov Deals, like GovPlant, is also an official online government auction partner (they sell on behalf of the gov)
Also, like GovPlanet, you can purchase ex-police/military equipment and government surplus from other government departments etc from Gov Deals, but the big differences (at the time of writing) is that you can also purchase seized police goods from Gov Deals!
Pretty much anything seized and left-over from criminal investigations can be auctioned off. You can even find high-value jewellery, watches, designer clothing, sporting goods, SUVs and boats at bargain prices.
Buying seized goods from criminal investigations can make many buyers feel uncertain of the seller’s sources. But ‘Gov Deals’ is a fully licensed organization that provides a transparent and efficient service that you can trust.
Below Are Some Vehicles/Equipment Sold on GovPlanet
Head over to GovPlanet and check out what they have available now. If nothing else, it’s fun to browse what you could buy!