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Old 12-18-2011, 11:22 AM   #11
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... that blue ridge auto they buy the bus's from our school here in blue ridge

Good heavens! Do you know how few people know where Blue Ridge is, much less lived there? Small world is even smaller.

Manchester TN, Franklin NC, Mtn City (TN, Not GA) now Blue Ridge GA. Either we move around too much or School buses are getting more popular!



Our price limit was partially determined by the school buses Blue Ridge ran thru the auto auction plus other buses we saw for sale. That is part of the way we decided nothing over $2K. Even at that we were shooting for a bit lower since we figured we would have to put tires on (we knew a couple of the local tire outfits and we could get some takeoffs at a good price). As it was, the tires of the bus we bought thru the Asheville Iwanna were only a couple years old. Plus the engine had been "gone" thru and had new filters/oil.
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Old 12-18-2011, 02:18 PM   #12
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MY bus .i got for $1,800.00 thought the bus barn and like i said it only has 46.000 miles on it and ellijay ga down the road from blue ridge sells theres for about the same...and to my understanding that 6 bus's are come up for sale in the spring

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Old 12-18-2011, 02:56 PM   #13
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We paid $1400 for ours. It was a former whitewater rafting bus out of Long Creek SC. And you know how they drive those rafting buses!
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:43 PM   #14
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I have been to many auctions. You need to be on your toes or you might wind up bidding against yourself. Do not be afraid to ask who has the bid. The auctioneer sure won't like but heh; it is your money.(nothing wrong with it but it can kill the bid stream from rising) When possible i like to stand right up close to the auctioneer. You can help them out a bit and it can come back to help you. When you bid a little on something you don't want and the bid is rising and you very well know that it will sell a lot higher; throw in a bid or two. They will see this and might just help you back a little when bidding on your bus. This CAN BACKFIRE even if you are up to speed so don't get in over your head. I bid on an old boat once and got it dumped on me. For $35.00 i got an old in board 6 cyl boat that was only missing the left side of the boat! lol(the auctioneer wasn't the boss and a hand signal made him dump it on me. he felt bad about it but made up for it later in the day.) Might catch some flack for this but it is necessary to say. Watch who you are bidding against! I have never done well bidding against a woman. The women i have gone up against were determined to win no matter the cost! I have bumped three times and the walked away while bidding against a woman and the auctioneers see this and they remember it. Yes there are many men that do the same and Green bidders are the worst. Cold freezing rainy days etc are the best auctions to go to. Dress warm and be ready. Nothing wrong with being seemingly sure of your self, don't be afraid to throw your arm in the air and yell YO! to get your bid in. Watch about waving at friends etc. You might accidentialy bid $1600.00on a set of bleachers like i did once! Auctions can save you big bucks or cost you big bucks.
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We got our Ford bus from the govbids site which is a lot like eBay. Be very careful about inspecting the bus of your choice. Some of the legal departments of the government agencies are having their people list the very least information possible to avoid litigation. The guy we talked to when we inspected ours was very up front about the condition of the busses he was auctioning but the auction description only listed the year, engine, capacity and mileage. One bus had a blown engine but there wasn't a word of that in the auction description.

It does seem that busses are going for more than they did a year or two ago.
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:29 PM   #16
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Lots of good info...


I've been to hundreds of auctions... I've been married for 18 years and have 3 kids and I've provided for my family buying and selling at auctions for many years... I've done auto, surplus, storage, antiques, you name it...

Hit as many auctions as you can... I've been to auctions where there were only two of us and we took turns buying everything... Also, hit the weekday auctions... Way less people, no weekend warriors... Keep track of faces... You'll start to see the same people over and over... Talk to the regulars, they will start to give up inside info and become friendly... I've had guys look over while bidding and back out because they noticed I was bidding on the item...

STAY CALM!!! It can get very exciting... Even after years of bidding I still get adrenaline rushes when I really like an item...

Always go with your gut...

And never bid on something you haven't looked over... I've bought more junk by doing this than you could imagine...

Good luck...
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:32 PM   #17
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You can find buses at the storage unit auctions.
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