When you are considering which off-road vehicle to buy next the chances are that you immediately hit the internet to browse the available stock from local auto dealers. After all these are the folks who specialize in retailing vehicles. Often buying through a dealer you get the chance to carefully look over the car you are going to buy before you actually part with your money. Also you usually get the chance to road test the car to make sure that it feels right to drive and you would be comfortable driving it. Sometimes it is also possible to buy a car that comes with a warranty and gives you the choice of upgrading it by extending the warranty for some extra money down. All in all buying an off-road vehicle from a dealer looks like a pretty good option.
Military surplus vehicle auctions provide you with a very different opportunity to purchase an off-road vehicle. Often people find that they can make significant savings over dealer prices when looking at military surplus vehicles for sale. Depending on the type of vehicle you are looking for it may be possible to source the same make and model vehicle at a military surplus vehicle auction as you would be able to find with a dealer. For example many military forces around the world use Land Rovers. It is possible to purchase these vehicles either at a dealer or at an army surplus vehicle auction. Of course there are other types of military vehicles, tanks for example, that you will definitely not find at regular dealers.
Assuming that you are searching for a vehicle that you could find in either a surplus auction or at a dealer why should you consider looking for military surplus vehicles for sale.
The primary reason is likely to be cost. When the military wants to shift stock on, whether that is clothing or vehicles, you can be confident that you will be in for an opportunity to grab a bargain. In this context getting a bargain does not simply mean that you will acquire a cheap vehicle- far from it in fact. What this means is that you will likely acquire a vehicle that is excellent value for money because the military have to maintain their vehicles to the highest standards, it may be possible to find the same vehicle for cheaper if you look for it in a private sale , although you are not likely to find such a well-maintained vehicle. However you are likely to find an off-road vehicle cheaper at a surplus auction than at a dealer because of the significantly reduced overheads such auction houses enjoy.
Maintenance record is there before the second reason why you would want to choose an army surplus vehicle over a normal off-road vehicle purchased from a dealer or by way of private sale. As you will appreciate, the military have to trust their lives to their equipment both in combat and in training situations. This applies as much to their vehicles as it does to their clothing and other equipment.