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Old 07-09-2018, 08:04 AM   #1
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There are a few auctions ending soon. I'm looking at some bluebird all american 84 passenger rear engines with the 8.3L Cummins and Allison auto trans. All of the buses have between 180-200k miles. They are Tennessee buses so rust shouldn't be a big issue. I talked to the gentleman at the service department and he said they have been sitting a year, all were taken out of service because of miles or years but they are good buses.

I have a big family, 6 kids, my wife, myself, and the dog so I am thinking the big rear engine bus is my best bet for space. I've heard good things about the 8.3L engine.

Thoughts on what they should go for at auction? There is one in UT next week, but that is a 16 hour longer drive from Michigan.

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Old 07-09-2018, 08:17 AM   #2
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There are a few auctions ending soon. I'm looking at some bluebird all american 84 passenger rear engines with the 8.3L Cummins and Allison auto trans. All of the buses have between 180-200k miles. They are Tennessee buses so rust shouldn't be a big issue. I talked to the gentleman at the service department and he said they have been sitting a year, all were taken out of service because of miles or years but they are good buses.

I have a big family, 6 kids, my wife, myself, and the dog so I am thinking the big rear engine bus is my best bet for space. I've heard good things about the 8.3L engine.

Thoughts on what they should go for at auction? There is one in UT next week, but that is a 16 hour longer drive from Michigan.

Thanks
3-5 thousand. Just a generic guess without seeing them or knowing anything about them.
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:27 AM   #3
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There are a few auctions ending soon. I'm looking at some bluebird all american 84 passenger rear engines with the 8.3L Cummins and Allison auto trans. All of the buses have between 180-200k miles. They are Tennessee buses so rust shouldn't be a big issue. I talked to the gentleman at the service department and he said they have been sitting a year, all were taken out of service because of miles or years but they are good buses.

I have a big family, 6 kids, my wife, myself, and the dog so I am thinking the big rear engine bus is my best bet for space. I've heard good things about the 8.3L engine.

Thoughts on what they should go for at auction? There is one in UT next week, but that is a 16 hour longer drive from Michigan.

Thanks
The ones ending today went for 1690 and 2255. That's very reasonable and there is one more coming up tomorrow (Unit 98-37).

I would stay away from the other buses in TN with the 5.9L engine and AT545 transmission; they are slugs.

Good luck. (I am not bidding, BTW)
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Old 07-09-2018, 10:01 AM   #4
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The ones ending today went for 1690 and 2255. That's very reasonable and there is one more coming up tomorrow (Unit 98-37).

I would stay away from the other buses in TN with the 5.9L engine and AT545 transmission; they are slugs.

Good luck. (I am not bidding, BTW)
I didn't know what the second one went for, but I was bidding on the one that ended at $1690. It was my first time bidding on that site so I didn't realize how the sniping went. I had the winning bid at $1620 with about 30 seconds to go.

I may bid on the one tomorrow depending on where it ends up.

Thanks for the advice, I was planning on staying away from the 5.9L, but it's good to get confirmation that I had the right idea.
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Old 07-09-2018, 10:31 AM   #5
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I didn't know what the second one went for, but I was bidding on the one that ended at $1690. It was my first time bidding on that site so I didn't realize how the sniping went. I had the winning bid at $1620 with about 30 seconds to go.

I may bid on the one tomorrow depending on where it ends up.

Thanks for the advice, I was planning on staying away from the 5.9L, but it's good to get confirmation that I had the right idea.
If it's a Government auction, there is no sniping bids. You have to physically put in the bid. Gondolas screwed me out of a win when I tried to get a bid in with 7 seconds to go.As soon as I hit the bid button it flashed Auction Closed, and didn't accept my bid. Of cpurse bidding that late doesn't work because a lot them are set up to "auto extend" if bids come in late. She told me that bidding within 10 seconds is too late. This left me pissed because if you lis and end time to the second, I should be able to bid up to that end.
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If it's a Government auction, there is no sniping bids. You have to physically put in the bid. Gondolas screwed me out of a win when I tried to get a bid in with 7 seconds to go.As soon as I hit the bid button it flashed Auction Closed, and didn't accept my bid. Of cpurse bidding that late doesn't work because a lot them are set up to "auto extend" if bids come in late. She told me that bidding within 10 seconds is too late. This left me pissed because if you lis and end time to the second, I should be able to bid up to that end.
Govdeals has some auctions with auto extension: "If a bid is placed during the final 3 minutes of an auction, the auction will automatically extend for additional 3 minutes. This will continue until no bids are placed during the last three minutes."

How do the govdeals auctions work that do NOT have that extension?
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Old 07-09-2018, 11:14 AM   #7
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Govdeals has some auctions with auto extension: "If a bid is placed during the final 3 minutes of an auction, the auction will automatically extend for additional 3 minutes. This will continue until no bids are placed during the last three minutes."

How do the govdeals auctions work that do NOT have that extension?
I have been following GovDeals auctions for over two years and have never noticed an auction that did not have the auto-extend to prevent sniping.

If you have a link to one please share it. I am curious.

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I have been following GovDeals auctions for over two years and have never noticed an auction that did not have the auto-extend to prevent sniping.

If you have a link to one please share it. I am curious.

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Here is one example. OTOH, this one has the extension.
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Old 07-09-2018, 11:26 AM   #9
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I have been following GovDeals auctions for over two years and have never noticed an auction that did not have the auto-extend to prevent sniping.

If you have a link to one please share it. I am curious.

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The govdeals auction I was following did not have the auto-extend so I got sniped. No big deal. The bids I have placed on Public Surplus have all auto-extended.
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Govdeals has some auctions with auto extension: "If a bid is placed during the final 3 minutes of an auction, the auction will automatically extend for additional 3 minutes. This will continue until no bids are placed during the last three minutes."

How do the govdeals auctions work that do NOT have that extension?
Highest bid as the time runs out wins it. I've bid on items there where the auto extended that lasted a whole hour, yet only a couple bids if any in that time.
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