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Old 03-31-2016, 06:48 AM   #11
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I'd say for retail, between $4K to $6k. At least that's how I'd price it if I was the dealer. All depends upon condition, rust, how the engine runs, et.al.

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Old 03-31-2016, 08:18 AM   #12
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If you are using it for a mobile veterinary clinic I assume you want plenty of headroom. For your purposes I agree with the others, a bookmobile would be your best starting point. Already has the open space you need and should have a/c, lighting and large generator already installed. If you're willing to spend $18k on the unconverted bus you should be able to find a nice used bookmobile for that price or less.
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Old 03-31-2016, 08:24 AM   #13
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OK I get that the Freightliner has a jacked up price. I'm not stupid, just new to this area. What do you think a reasonable price is for a bus like this with this work? Remember it has two working interior mounted AC units.
Also, what is a good price on an older International Thomas or Bluebird (1990 ish, 200k, 71 seater, NO interior AC)?
Be nice.
Just generic numbers here... but DON"T pay even half that.
My bus is older but runs like a top and is NICELY outfitted. Cost me $2150 out the door and a couple hundo to get it home.
Most of us don't want the coach ac system, so its more work to remove it. I specifically looked for a bus without factory ac.
I'd never spend more than four or five grand on a school bus to convert, but everyone has their take on that.
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Old 03-31-2016, 08:28 AM   #14
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Also, what is a good price on an older International Thomas or Bluebird (1990 ish, 200k, 71 seater, NO interior AC)?
Be nice.
Around 2k at auction. My '03 IC 3000RE was won for 2500 on Fleabay.
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Old 03-31-2016, 10:10 AM   #15
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If it is in fact a '95, I'd go $7500 tops...then take off $3000 for being a Freightliner chassis. Mileage means nothing, how many hours is what you want to know?

Your latter question, $2500 tops, assuming its a conventional model.
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Old 03-31-2016, 12:04 PM   #16
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The F-liner bus is overpriced by about double!

Paint job=$5k.

Four new tires=$2K, four good used tires=$1K.

Remove seats and install new flooring=$2K.

21-year old bus with mechanical engine and transmission with low miles=$4K.
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Old 03-31-2016, 12:07 PM   #17
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There seems to be a lot of us that recently purchased 1997 buses. Most of us purchased from the bus barn through Public Surplus. You can get in a bidding war with someone during the auctions. Set a reasonable price in your mind and try not to exceed that limit.
Most of us have paid between $2,000 and $3,000 for buses under 200,000 miles. For instance my bus was $2,600, and there are a good number of people that have paid similar prices.
If you're thinking of paying anywhere near $18,900 for a bus, why not get a bus that is already completed, like the Unfortunately she needs a new home thread where they are selling a gorgeous bus for $20,000. Everything you need is already there and it's better than a bookmobile. You can still make it yours.
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Old 04-01-2016, 02:12 PM   #18
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Just from someone with a lifetime of mechanical experience, here are my general suggestions:
1. Find a heavy truck/diesel mechanic and ask them to give you a short lesson on buses/truck chassis, motors, etc and what to inspect for. Offer to pay them for their time if needed, the small cost to learn the basics will save you much headache.
2. They should teach you what to inspect/look at on the bus/truck: tires and condition/date code, body condition/rust, chassis condition/rust, air bags/shock condition, fluid check (oil, steering, etc) and quick check of how it looks when you inspect it using the dip stick or whatever other means is available. Look for signs of leaks and fluid build up on the engine and components and under the bus.
3. Run (and drive) the bus if possible. Look at the exhaust and see if there is excessive smoke, color of the smoke, exhaust leaks, fluid leaks on engine and components, how the suspension and steering feel if you can drive it. How to the brakes feel, do they make noise or pull to one side when you apply them, etc. Does the transmission shift though all the gears smoothly.
4. Ask if they have the maintenance records for the bus. This will tell you allot about how it was taken care of and what components may be newer.
All I can think of for now, but should give you food for thought. Good luck.
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Old 04-01-2016, 09:58 PM   #19
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For $18K I'd buy 2 retired ambulances.....Gen set, inverter, ac, and lots of plugs!!!! Plus it's already set up for medical storage and easy cleanout........ (don't ask me how I know that!)

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Old 04-02-2016, 12:12 PM   #20
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Aren't most ambulances and other emergency vehicles already set up with AC power?
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