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Old 06-30-2015, 05:21 PM   #1
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I'm at step one

I live in Minneapolis, what's the best way to purchase a used Bus?
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:38 PM   #2
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Step zero is start reading. The intro section has a lot of good info, and recent.
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Old 06-30-2015, 06:00 PM   #3
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Start with deciding what you're looking for (size, engine, transmission). Then get shopping. I found mine on craigslist. There are several auction websites too.
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Old 07-01-2015, 10:26 AM   #4
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are you happy with your Bus?

How much did you pay for it?

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Old 07-01-2015, 10:39 AM   #5
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I paid $2,500 for mine. It needs new brakes and tires. I'll probably have around $5,000 in it to get it good and reliable.

I found it on craigslist about a 4 hour drive from where I live. It was by where I went to college, so I had a friend check it out for me before I made the drive.
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Brakes and tires are so worth it though. Your tire will likely die of old age with the titties still on em!
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Brakes and tires are so worth it though. Your tire will likely die of old age with the titties still on em!
with the what still on them?
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The little titties that come on them NEW



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I didn't know that's what they were called.
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Old 07-01-2015, 10:44 AM   #10
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So tire covers might be a worthwhile investment?
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Old 07-01-2015, 10:52 AM   #11
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NEver thought about that!
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As stated...do your homework first and decide what will meet your needs. Size, type, headroom, engine, tranny, manufacturer, age, condition. Then talk to some folks who have lived with your top picks for a while. Once you decide what you want, then consider the many different ways to buy it. Craig's list, auctions, resellers, direct from school districts. There are pluses and minuses for each which have been discussed here.

One example...buying direct from a school district you can usually get a bus for the same price resellers pay and then mark up...very often you can get your hands on the unit's maintenance logs (worth their weight in gold)...and occasionally, you can actually talk to the tech's who maintained it.

Not really much on the downside going that route except for location and finding a district that has the unit you are shopping for.

The other methods have all the usual risks associated with any purchase of a used item. Most of which involve either mendacity or ignorance regarding facts about what the seller knows. ("It ran when it was parked".)

On the upside...resellers have the biggest inventory.

I wound up dealing direct with an owner but only because what I was looking for was relatively rare.

Best of luck on the hunt.
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