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Old 12-24-2008, 09:23 AM   #1
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Newbie question.

I was looking through the search and didn't find anything, but i was curious. what things should you look for and what questions should you ask before buying a bus? Are there key areas to look for like the underside for rust issues?
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Old 12-25-2008, 03:23 PM   #2
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Re: Newbie question.

I do know that the skoolies that are to be found in colorado at least have to deal with mag-chloride on the roads come winter. So alot of them have had un undercoating. I was able to take my bus on a pre-trip inspection before settling on a price. Wouldnt hurt to try since busses need to be sold. Just shop until your sure you got the one you want. Make sure it will suit your needs. That mag-chloride will eat the wirecasings off and corrode through and inch of steel.
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Old 12-26-2008, 01:34 PM   #3
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Re: Newbie question.

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I was looking through the search and didn't find anything, but i was curious. what things should you look for and what questions should you ask before buying a bus? Are there key areas to look for like the underside for rust issues?
You'll be better off to find someone who is mechanically inclined to take with you as opposed to just asking questions of someone you don't know, who is selling something you're interested in buying. If you don't know anyone, you'll be money ahead to find a mechanic needing to make a few extra bucks, and pay him to do an inspection for you.

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true, but better to be partially informed and know what questions to ask an adviser then to be suckered by two separate people.

however more then likely my dad and uncle will be asked to check it out with me but you never know if they will be available in a year and a half when i get the bus.
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Old 12-26-2008, 02:40 PM   #4
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true, but better to be partially informed and know what questions to ask an adviser then to be suckered by two separate people.
I agree. You will look at more than one bus before you settle on one. You may look at dozens of them, who knows. You surely can't afford to have a mechanic come inspect each and every one of them. You have to learn some basics on your own.
I am no expert on buses, but I've bought a lot of used cars in my life. Fortunately for me my dad is retired and close by and didn't mind checking out buses with me.

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Old 12-26-2008, 08:28 PM   #5
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read and reread so you know which questions to ask. no such thing as a question so long as it is presented right. good luck!
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Old 12-26-2008, 11:48 PM   #6
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Crawl under and look at everything. I didn't, just got in and drove the fifty miles home. The thing drove like a dream--though I paid twice what I should have, and 4 times what I could have.
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Old 12-27-2008, 01:09 AM   #7
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Simply knowing which questions to ask will mean nothing if you don't have the mechanical knowledge to understand (or refute) the reply. If someone who is selling a bus isn't necessarily honest, figures out you don't know anything about mechanics, you're leaving yourself open to be lied to & ripped-off. If that's more economical than paying someone if need be, then more power to ya

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You're missing the point, Smitty.

Nobody is saying that it isn't wise to have someone who knows what they're doing look over a bus we are seriously considering buying. But you can't have them with you in tow checking out every bus you go look at. You need to learn something so you can whittle down your choices to serious contenders and then call in a professional. Have someone look over one or two buses, not twelve!

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Old 12-28-2008, 07:26 AM   #8
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ahh but my mechanical experiences with diesel engines won't be as much good for scoping out buses. for one thing they have wheels instead of track, and they don't come with 50 cals and grenade launchers.
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Old 01-03-2009, 07:12 PM   #9
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Why is that a diesel powered grenade launcher or are you just happy to kill me?
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Yer diesel mechanical know-how would be useful no matter what the diesel engine is pulling. Yer division of motor vehicles know-how is what will come in handy when pulling your 50cal.,grenade launching,track-cladden "skoolie" into traffic. You might want to pre-shell the highway in front of you so as not to have to deal with said traffic.
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