There are no legal implications to buying, owning and operating a used fire engine, although there are some considerations to be met to ensure problem-free ownership, explains eBay. Unless it qualifies as an "antique vehicle," insurance can be pricey. It also needs a large storage space.
Potential used fire engine owners can turn to groups such as the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America or a local firemen's association for help. SPAAMFAA offers publications and resources that can provide information for better fire engine ownership.
Many used fire engines for sale may not be restored to full functionality, as they could not be certified by modern National Fire Protection Association standards, advises eBay. Fire engines not certified by the NFPA are not allowed for use in fire-fighting situations.