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Old 03-13-2018, 02:21 PM   #1
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I see a trend in buses currently being auction. Big hand fulls of buses from one school district starting at $500 and all ending at the same price, $2600. yup, all won by the same buyer. Buying up fleets for resale or to take to Central/South America.
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:41 PM   #2
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I see a trend in buses currently being auction. Big hand fulls of buses from one school district starting at $500 and all ending at the same price, $2600. yup, all won by the same buyer. Buying up fleets for resale or to take to Central/South America.
Iíve seen the same thing many times. Itís hard to compete against a reseller with deep pockets.
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Old 03-13-2018, 03:19 PM   #3
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this is common all the time... when I was down at BGA in florida one time (that high oriced dealer).. a single guy came in. and bought 10 busses under the agreement that all would be at the port of miami in 2 days afterwords.. they never even drove em.. just started them up revved a few times and onto the next bus to look at.

when I got my red bus out of texas there was a bunch of DT466 Waynes ,they all went to the same seller.. a group of foreign guys all showed up in 2 vans while I was getting my bus and started driving off... they literally didnt check the oil, coolant, or anything.. they hopped in started up and headed down the road.. one of them they jumped the batteries with another bus.. these guys will run up the price on a bus they want well above what most any of us will pay,, they are easy to spot in an auction... many times go after conventionals with the DT466 and CUmmins 8.3's, they leave the T444E stuff and frieghlinter conventionals completely alone.. although I see them bid on the RE thomas;s at times..

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Old 03-13-2018, 03:26 PM   #4
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I thought I missed a couple good deals today on what I want that went for only $1700, but then realized they were from Beaverton and I don't want to travel that far.
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I see a trend in buses currently being auction. Big hand fulls of buses from one school district starting at $500 and all ending at the same price, $2600. yup, all won by the same buyer. Buying up fleets for resale or to take to Central/South America.
Yep...or Mexico...make great people haulers

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Old 03-15-2018, 05:10 PM   #6
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If you've ever vacationed in Mexico, or points south, you might notice that most public transit busses used there, were once U.S. or Canadian school busses. They buy them for as little as they can, move them south, slap some wild paint and a fare box on them and sell them to whatever transit service will buy them for the inflated prices...
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If you've ever vacationed in Mexico, or points south, you might notice that most public transit busses used there, were once U.S. or Canadian school busses. They buy them for as little as they can, move them south, slap some wild paint and a fare box on them and sell them to whatever transit service will buy them for the inflated prices...
There is a very good video floating around showing the process these buses go through in Central America.

Effectively, they get a full half-life rebuild for about US$13000

When they hit the road they are very close to "as-new" condition as they can be.
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im working on a guy in the Seattle Area about a 1975 Superior... Man its THE BUS id love to have but it scares me that its 3000 miles from home.... im pretty adventurous.. but hopping in a bus and driving it 3000 miles is a big trip.

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im working on a guy in the Seattle Area about a 1975 Superior... Man its THE BUS id love to have but it scares me that its 3000 miles from home.... im pretty adventurous.. but hopping in a bus and driving it 3000 miles is a big trip.

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So take one of the others and tow it home.
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Old 03-15-2018, 11:44 PM   #10
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Christopher, I bet if you want that bus, you'd be welcomed at so many Skoolie homes, that you could plan a return trip and meet a bunch of folks. It would be easy, IF more members would get on Skoolie Map, but I bet that.......
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