How much a Humvee costs (also known as a Hummer or US Military surplus HMMWV) depends on a LOT of variables. Most notably, how you buy a Humvee makes a big difference in the cost.
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If you go the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) approved auction route here is the basic process:
- Spend a few weeks to find the right Humvee for you and bid to win the auction. I guess you could just jump in and bid right away. However, I advise that you do your homework first and watch some auctions to see how they work before you bid.
- Make full payment and complete the paperwork (can take a week or more for some people)
- Wait 12-16+ weeks the End Use Certificate (EUC) background check before the government will let you remove the HMMWV from the storage lot.
- Wait another 4+ weeks if you purchase a form SF97. Some folks have had success getting an on road title for their Humvee with the SF97
- Modify your HMMWV to meet your state’s vehicle regulations
- Complete your state’s requirements for a title and registration and pay the fee.
Depending on the other bidders, you may get lucky and snag a Humvee for $7k out the door (after the auction company’s 10% fee and taxes). Most likely, though, your Humvee cost will be closer to $10-15k out the door.
The cost of making your new acquired surplus humvee road worthy will vary based on the condition of the specific HWWMV you purchased. I would budget at least $1,500 for basic service and roadworthiness parts like filters, fluids, grease, special tools, backup lights, 12V power source, etc. As you can see, your Humvee costs will add up quickly.
Private Sales and dealers:
Several thousand HMMWVs have been sold by the US Government to private citizens. Most of these have been sold since 2014, although a small number have slipped out and into private hands over the years prior. You can sometimes find a Hmmwv on eBay or private party sale. Most privately owned and titled Humvee cost $20 – $50k.
Why so much more expensive?
In nearly all cases, the US Government sells HMMWVs for “Off Road Use Only”. It can be really tricky getting a title and registration to allow on road use in some states. I’ve read of folks waiting nearly a year from the time they win an auction before they physically have the HMMWV and all required paperwork in their possession… Then getting stonewalled by their state’s DMV who will not give them an on road title. So, if you can find a HMMWV via private party or dealer sale that already has an on-road title, then those generally get a $5-10K price bump just for having the on road title.
Getting your surplus HMMWV home:
Regardless of whether you buy a Humvee from a DLA approved auction, eBay, a private seller or a dealer, you will have to get it home somehow. As the supply of Humvees for sale grows you may be able to find one locally. However, as of this writing, it is much more likely that you will have to travel to pick up your HMMWV. Don’t forget to budget for either picking it up or having your Humvee shipped to you. The current DLA auction site includes a handy shipping cost estimator. While searching auctions I found many very compelling HMMWVs that were far enough from me that shipping cost was estimated at over $3,ooo!
Here are a few results pulled on July 29, 2016:
Distance (miles) Estimated shipping cost
Should you drive your “new” Humvee home?
Unless you KNOW that the Humvee you buy is legal (street legal title, current inspection, current insurance, etc.) and road worthy, I highly recommend that you put it on a trailer or flat bed and transport it. I have read horror stories of excited buyers ruining geared hubs or other expensive parts by driving the HMMWV home without first doing a thorough maintenance check. Remember that the Humvees being sold at DLA auction have often been sitting for years before the DLA gave approval to sell them. Then they sit for months during the auction process. Many of these HMMWVs are being sold because they are the worst one’s in the fleet. So, save yourself some headache and don’t drive it until you have gone through all of systems and are sure it is road worthy.