Mail trucks are probably the last thing on your mind when you are thinking of a vehicle to buy at an auction, but they can be purchased there, and they can be useful to you.
These bulky vehicles can be converted to become:
• Mobile homes
• Small trailers
• “Camper vans”
• Small office
You can even make more money off it. For example, you can transform it into a cozy tiny home and have it rented for a few hundred dollars. Of course, you can make this into a food or an ice cream truck.
Mail trucks can also be found in certain types of auctions. The first on the list is government auction, whether federal or local (state). To be more specific, we are talking about the US Postal Service.
The US Postal Service has thousands of mail trucks plying every nook and cranny. Solidly built, these vehicles are designed to last for many years. However, there will come a day when these vehicles are going to be retired or decommissioned, which happens when the vehicle has reached a certain age, the costs of maintenance are already high, or new units are coming alone. Keeping them may just increase their surplus and inventory costs. Thus, to unload their inventory while raising revenues, mail trucks are sold in government auctions.
Another place to look for are the typical private auctions that specifically sell huge vehicles. They may come few and far between, but these vehicles may be from transport or courier companies like FedEx or UPS. It is also possible that they may be from banks that sell these assets, which are used as collateral, after the company has failed to pay loans and other financial obligations.
If you want less hassle, you can go online. Once in a while, you come across mail trucks sold in eBay as well as auctions that also have an online component. Usually, you can start bidding online, but you need to go to the auctioneer to process the necessary papers, pay, and pick up the vehicle.
A Few Caveats
The many things you can do with mail trucks can surely excite you, and for sure, you may be seriously thinking of getting one. While you are at it, though, remember the following:
• You will be responsible for the vehicle’s insurance, especially if you are planning to drive this. And yes, it should be insured if you do not want to haul it right after the auction. However, mail trucks can be very tricky to insure since many of them are very old, as old as more than 15 years old.
• Old mail trucks have old engines, which means they are sluggish by present standards. Some of them may no longer be fit for regular driving.
• Certain laws may prevent you from converting the mail truck to food truck or tiny home.
Regardless, mail trucks are more likely cheaper than auctioned camper vans, trailers, or mobile homes, so if you are looking to save money, then this is a good recommendation.