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Old 09-15-2016, 06:25 PM   #11
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My point is: is a $2,000 bus off someone on Craigslist really a steal? When you have to put in that or more on engine or tire problems?
If I had to do it again I'd pay good money for a 40ft Rear engine with air brakes/suspension.
Go with auctions and cold calling local school districts before CL, eBay, dealers.
Pay good money for the sure thing

Agreed! The bus I bought is very sound, I bought it just for the engine, but ended up playing Converson Man instead. I'm using it as a "sample bus" just to figure out what is needed or important to ME in a bus, then I plan to find The best platform that fits me, and really build what I want. As for now, I'm keeping it simple and modular, I can take everything I've put in right back out....
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Old 09-15-2016, 10:38 PM   #12
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Cool guys thanks for all the info. I like the individual stories everyone has, very cool and helpful!
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Old 09-15-2016, 11:00 PM   #13
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Bought two busses from Craigslist, and paid $1000 for each.
First one ran but not properly and after a few weeks of working on it i threw in the towell and out it back on craigslist. The guy who sold it to me bought it back for the same price

This one i drove home and after a serious tune up she runs perfect.

I have been watching bus prices for some time and it seems most people here spend under $5k.
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Old 09-15-2016, 11:24 PM   #14
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I paid $2600 + 10% buyers premium off of public surplus. 1991 65 passenger, 300K miles. DT466. 70% left on the tires, drive train retarder, coolant heater, from a school, all maintenance records, best feature - in town!

A few weeks ago I saw the exact same bus (from the same school) for $1600 with no bids.
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Old 09-16-2016, 05:45 AM   #15
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2300 for a short bus. Will pick it up at the end of the month.

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Old 09-16-2016, 08:15 AM   #16
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I got lucky on Fleabay with my bus...BUT, I'm the fourth owner, the last owner was a bus company in Newfoundland & Labrador, with an unflipped title from owner before them, and no importation paperwork. It was the type of bus I wanted, however, the moral of the story- with anything *other* than buy from 1) directly from a school district, or 2) a recognized surplus site, Caveat Emptor- Let the buyer beware.
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Old 09-16-2016, 10:47 AM   #17
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2300 for a short bus. Will pick it up at the end of the month.

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what kind are ya getting? since you are in florida also, besure to check the engine compartment real well. our bus caught on fire on the way home when we bought it. turns out one of those dang Wrens made a nest on top of the turbo. thankfully I had taken a fire extinguisher. ours is a 1998 Ford E-350 with a startrans body.
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Old 09-16-2016, 04:20 PM   #18
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what kind are ya getting? since you are in florida also, besure to check the engine compartment real well. our bus caught on fire on the way home when we bought it. turns out one of those dang Wrens made a nest on top of the turbo. thankfully I had taken a fire extinguisher. ours is a 1998 Ford E-350 with a startrans body.
Buying a 2000 ford E450 6 window bus. 7.3l engine with 110k miles.
I'm bring it from NJ.
I will be checking every spot for rust. If it has any, I will not bring it.
The bus was taken out of service this past summer due to 15 year service mark.

Thanks for the heads up.


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