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Old 08-18-2018, 10:49 PM   #21
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For those of you still trying to figure out if this is a school or a dealer selling it, it is a dealer. AAA .out of AZ. If you ask nicely, i will tell you how i know.
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Old 08-18-2018, 11:05 PM   #22
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There is a good listing in this auction... Might be an option if you want to go to Alabama...

https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?f...02&acctid=3798
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Old 08-19-2018, 10:00 AM   #23
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The photos don't give enough information to say a whole lot, but here's some things that make a bus command a premium price:

. Mechanical drivetrain - Nope
. Bigger engine - Yep
. Better than AT545 - Yep
. Air conditioning - Yes but they don't mention if it works!
- Dual air conditioning - Unknown, I only see one in the photos
- Undercarriage storage - nope
- Air ride - Not mentioned, probably not
- Air brakes hold air - Not mentioned
- Newer tires - Not mentioned, probably not
- Low miles - Nope
- Newer batteries - Not mentioned
- Clean interior - Well I don't actually see any mcdonalds bags
- Intact cockpit - Nope those switches are busted up
- Nice comfy driver's seat - Nope that seat is nasty
- Good overall condition - Yep
- HIgh headroom - Not mentioned but common on handy buses
- Includes service records - Not mentioned, probably not

These are the factors that separate a $1500 bus from a $5000 bus.

If the tires are crap, that's $2500 on the low side. If the air conditioner doesn't work, that's $500-$1000 to fix. If it uses big batteries, a replacement set could run $900. if the air system leaks you can spend hundreds just figuring out where it leaks from... You get the idea.

As Christopher mentioned, if you're not using the AC, you're barking up the wrong tree, If you ARE using the AC, and especially if it's a single unit, you better make sure that thing makes it snow in there because 2% of the cooling might make it to the driver from there.

Overall I'm laughing at their asking price for a bus that doesn't tick my boxes. Around half their asking price would be good if most of the "unknown" items on my list were changed to Yep. If they get them all (they don't) then $5500 starts to make sense.
What he said.!!! Buying a bus anywhere or any way with out inspecting it yourself is like rolling the dice. Are you aware that if your Air Brakes fail; then the rear wheels lock up?

PASS PASS PASS on this bus.
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Old 08-19-2018, 10:08 AM   #24
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If you're not in a rush Colorado has some fantastic buses and when they come up at auctions they're not terribly expensive.
A lot of CO districts spec high HP engines with magnetic driveline retarders, high headroom, air ride, etc.
I have had a Colorado bus and it was nice and they took good care of it.
I agree. Any bus that has a Brake Retarder is a plus.

Anyone can be telling you the truth and there still be major mechanical problems. My bus had a new looking tailpipe out the back. When i crawled under it i found the whole pipe rusted out on the top.

Trust but verify. Make the deal subject to your approval by inspection by you on arrival. Go for the ride with the guy.
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Old 08-19-2018, 10:12 AM   #25
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For what it is worth, I paid $1,500 for mine on auction



I can't see myself paying $6,000 more for what you were looking for. It is 28' long. Take your time and keep looking. Good luck!
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Old 08-19-2018, 10:43 AM   #26
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For those of you still trying to figure out if this is a school or a dealer selling it, it is a dealer. AAA .out of AZ. If you ask nicely, i will tell you how i know.
I knew after post #7 when he said he called and verified it was a dealer.
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Old 08-19-2018, 11:43 AM   #27
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I knew after post #7 when he said he called and verified it was a dealer.
He said, sounds like a dealer.
I knew at post 1 with the pics.
Dealer contact info is in the pics.

http://www.aaabussales.com/
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Old 08-19-2018, 12:23 PM   #28
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Might have to drive a little but this one in Alabama looks promising...
https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?f...02&acctid=3798
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Old 08-19-2018, 03:06 PM   #29
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He said, sounds like a dealer.
I knew at post 1 with the pics.
Dealer contact info is in the pics.

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And the first half of that sentence he said "Called and talked the dealership"

The big yellow sign kind of hints that way, doesn't it.
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Old 08-19-2018, 04:57 PM   #30
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That is a really nice looking bus. I got kind of hooked on the IC fe300s mainly for the engine. (I'm 99% certain that Wikipedia states that all of this model bus came with a DT466). What's your Thomas have, and what model of bus is that?
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I can't see myself paying $6,000 more for what you were looking for. It is 28' long. Take your time and keep looking. Good luck!
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