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Old 06-20-2019, 02:51 PM   #1
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I am purchasing a bus from a dealer in Washington state and I need to transport it to North Carolina. I have gotten quotes from two companies placing it at $5k to get the job done. This is a very high price. I cannot retrieve the bus myself because the dealer will only release it to someone with a CDL license, which I do not possess at the moment. Any advice on this as it is the exact bus I am looking for and do not want to miss the oppurtunity.

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Old 06-20-2019, 03:00 PM   #2
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Get someone with a CDL to accept it and park it on the street, then get in and go!

No, don’t do that. Maybe you can hire a driver directly? Probably wouldn’t save that much though.
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Old 06-20-2019, 03:05 PM   #3
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You make it sounds easy! I do not know anyone with a cdl. Anyone on here willing to help me out and make a quick $$$????
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Old 06-20-2019, 03:07 PM   #4
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I would go get it for you, the only issue is the CDL to get it off property.
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Old 06-20-2019, 03:10 PM   #5
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You make it sounds easy! I do not know anyone with a cdl. Anyone on here willing to help me out and make a quick $$$????
Yeah, not easy and my advice is probably not good either.
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Old 06-20-2019, 03:10 PM   #6
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You make it sounds easy! I do not know anyone with a cdl. Anyone on here willing to help me out and make a quick $$$????
I happen to have a Class A and just re-certified last month. PM or email me, maybe we can make a deal. I suspect I am not getting PM's on this site for some reason, however, so perhaps email would be best.
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Old 06-20-2019, 03:17 PM   #7
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The way I see it the options for transporting a bus cross-country more or less fit into four bins ordered by decreasing cost:
  1. pay a transport company with a semi truck and low-boy trailer to collect the bus where it is and drop it off where you want it
  2. pay a transport company to send a driver to where the bus is and drive it under its own power to where you want it
  3. pay a friend, acquaintance, or somebody you can trust to do same as #2
  4. drive it yourself.
A hybrid between 3 and 4 is to take somebody with you to pick it up. They drive it through the dealer's gate, then turn over the vehicle to you.

There's no law about selling a vehicle to a person who isn't licensed to drive it; you're going up against a corporate policy only. If you're licensed in a state that allows driving a heavy truck for personal use with a non-commercial license, you could try to reason with the company and perhaps offer an affidavit affirming that the license you hold is appropriate based on your licensing state's rules.

Upgrading to a CDL doesn't have to be a big deal and can be done quickly and cheaply. If you're in Utah I could give you tips on that, except I see your location says Hill AFB. I guess you might be deployed here and still licensed in your home state, and getting a Utah license could have unwanted consequences involving state of residency etc. Anyway, the offer is there.
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Old 06-20-2019, 03:24 PM   #8
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What do you think is a reasonable amount to go to Seattle, drive 4 days, and return home? I have a CDL.
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Old 06-20-2019, 03:46 PM   #9
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What do you think is a reasonable amount to go to Seattle, drive 4 days, and return home? I have a CDL.
I am not sure. There is no set price it all depends on that persons specific circumstance.

Only problem with that is the dealer says its a CDL class B
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Only problem with that is the dealer says its a CDL class B
Meaning Class A or B can drive it. Class C could not, however.
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Old 06-20-2019, 03:54 PM   #11
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What’s the GVWR?
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Old 06-20-2019, 03:58 PM   #12
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Whatís the GVWR?
I am not sure as of right now. It is a RE 8.3 Cummins with a MD3060 40 ftr.
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Old 06-20-2019, 04:13 PM   #13
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I am not sure as of right now. It is a RE 8.3 Cummins with a MD3060 40 ftr.
I suspect that GRWV is likely around 30k.

My 37' Bluebird has the same drive train and has a GRWV is 32k.
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Old 06-20-2019, 04:14 PM   #14
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I am not sure as of right now. It is a RE 8.3 Cummins with a MD3060 40 ftr.
Oh yeah, definitely not class C
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Old 06-20-2019, 04:21 PM   #15
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Meaning Class A or B can drive it. Class C could not, however.
This is directly from the dealer

"I am sorry to say that we require proof of a CDL, this bus requires a Class B with air brake and passenger endorsement."
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Old 06-20-2019, 04:23 PM   #16
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I have all of those. Not too common to hold a passerger endorsement.
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Old 06-20-2019, 04:27 PM   #17
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Who is the dealer?

I have never heard of this from a WA dealer.
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Old 06-20-2019, 04:51 PM   #18
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I suspect that GRWV is likely around 30k.

My 37' Bluebird has the same drive train and has a GRWV is 32k.
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, GVWR
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Old 06-20-2019, 05:04 PM   #19
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Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, GVWR
I never get that right. A touch of dyslexia perhaps.
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I never get that right. A touch of dyslexia perhaps.
We're getting old too.
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