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Old 01-30-2010, 02:10 PM   #1
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Geez, this can get frustrating. Too many people want premium prices for crap.
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Old 01-30-2010, 07:21 PM   #2
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Re: Looking for another bus...

I hear ya. I'm still looking for one too. I haven't called about that Chevy in NH but I'm not really feeling a good vibe about it. A different dealer in NY told me this week that he can get $2,400 from a scrapyard, so he won't even entertain an offer less than that. Going back to Plan A for now - AmTran RE from an auction (444/545 Laidlaw specs). Cheap, quiet, comfortable to drive. Just gotta make sure to put LED hazard lights on the back ASAP so we don't get rear-ended going up a slight incline...
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Old 01-30-2010, 09:49 PM   #3
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Re: Looking for another bus...

One thing I've noticed about my local school bus broker is that less skoolies are getting surplused. I've thought that the budget crunch could have districts holding on to their buses. That could be driving up prices.
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:42 AM   #4
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Re: Looking for another bus...

One trick that crossed my mind if you can wait until June, is to become very good friends with the local school district transportation office, unless they contract out to Laidlaw/First Student, etc. Find out which buses are being replaced, and then offer to match the trade-in offered by the dealer on the 'best' one. Let's guess the dealer who sells an old bus for $2400 is only giving the district a flat $500-$1000 off of each new bus as a trade in. The district may accept the matching amount from a taxpayer instead, if it does not mean too much extra paperwork. . . . .

Just thinking out loud . . . . . . . . .
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Old 02-01-2010, 04:28 PM   #5
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Wow, good idea about talking to school districts.
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Old 02-01-2010, 08:32 PM   #6
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Re: Looking for another bus...

The district I grew up in in Massachusetts in the Sixties bid its routes every year. Each operator quoted so many cents per mile, and a guess low bids got the longer routes. Most were owner-operators, but at least one had 3 buses and hired other drivers for the second and third. The driver who had my route also had a truck contract for a Post Office mail run between AM and PM routes.

Most of the owners had IH sixes with straight four speeds, but our driver had a high-roof Ford V8 with a split axle. It also had overhead shelves for gym bags. He needed the extra power. The town figured the routes wrong. The first day of high school, the principal stood on the sidewalk and counted 80 high schoolers coming off. It got adjusted down to about 70, but even then there were standees back to front, and the overhead bins allowed additional hand-holds for them besides using the seat backs.

Maybe watching the driver split every shift is one of the contributing causes of Skoolie fever.
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