Used military trucks are a great purchase if you are looking to expand a collection of specialist vehicles, procure a talking piece for your business or simply get hold of a practical, reliable and proven piece of equipment that can be put to work immediately. Decommissioned military vehicles for things such as troop transport are not the only options available, as the types of equipment required by the armed forces come in all shapes and sizes. This means you should be able to find a vehicle that suits your needs even if the army, navy or air force have parted ways with it.
Used military trucks will feature twin- or tri-axle platforms, with designs that tend to favour practicality over style. Bodies can accommodate a range of features, from tarp-covered frames that provide basic weatherproofing for the transport of people to flatbed load spaces for haulage and recovery. It is not uncommon to see troop transports snapped up by outdoors activity centres, such as those offering paintball and other war games, in which the presence of an ex-military vehicle is appropriate and improves authenticity. Marques such as DAF, Scania and Iveco can all be found making military trucks used by UK forces, and so the second-hand market should give you plenty of choice.
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1987 | Military
4X4,HUB REDUCTION,STEEL SUSPENSION,MANUAL GEARBOX,PEOPLE CARRIER, 16 SEATER,BOX CAN EASILY BE REMOVED TO MAKE FLATBED,4x4
Bedford MJ 330
1985 | Military
4 wheel drive truck Model MJ330 4 x 4 Engine Make 6 cylinder 330 Turbo Fuel Type Diesel Genuine 31,000 miles only, ex British Army, 4 wheel drive, lovely original condition, UK registered in Year 2003 and V5 docs available. Drives very well, bench seats in rear on both sides, double dropsides, engine sounds lovely, gearbox good, will go up and up in value !!
Mercedes-Benz Atego 1823
2002 | Military
BEVERTAIL with hydraulic ramps, 4X2, Manual, Tow Bar
When it comes to more specialised trucks, you can find fuel tankers which have seen service in the air force, ambulances that have helped out in the field and even things such as forklifts, excavators and tippers which all have their use in a variety of operations. If you can see through the glamour associated with military vehicles, you will realise that these are still just solid, well-maintained commercial machines under the skin. And so purchasing one second-hand can provide a range of benefits to buyers from all backgrounds.
Because of the kind of environments in which it may have been used, thorough inspection of a second-hand military truck is important for anyone who is thinking of buying one. Check for wear and tear to the tyres, suspension and undercarriage, especially in the case of trucks that are designed for off-road use. If any electronic or hydraulic systems and equipment are featured on a truck, these must be assessed and found to be in working order or identified as faulty by the seller.
Another thing to consider when looking at used military vehicles is the type of paintwork and colour coding that is featured on the body. While some vehicles will retain their distinctive camouflage look, others will have been adapted to work in different scenarios or aesthetically altered as part of the decommissioning process. Those who are looking for a truck that retains a degree of authenticity may want to choose an unaltered model, while those who are more interested in securing a working vehicle that will be a useful tool on-site might prefer if the evidence of its military past has already been erased. With used military vehicles coming on to the market regularly, there will be no shortage of potential candidates.
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