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Old 09-14-2016, 05:03 PM   #11
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Not sure who we got ours from , either a dealer, or school yard, but it took us home no problem.

They sold it as is so no way were we getting any money back. We put lots of money in it though and like someone said, have it checked out before you take a long trip.

Sometimes people will tear it up and want money back, not saying that is your situation so its not good sometimes for either party.

We sold our car a few years ago. The man said he wanted to test drive it, well he gunned the hell out of it. Made fast turns,etc. My husband said pull it over NOW! I'm not going to sit here and watch you wreck or tear up my car. He bought the car and never heard from him again. thank goodness.
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Old 09-14-2016, 05:29 PM   #12
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Having been in the government surplus business for 17 years I've learned to do due diligence before going to auctions as well. There are several good places to find out the reputation of various school districts and if they cut corners or not. California has an excellent reputation for throwing away top notch buses at scrap prices at auction. Check them out next time. I found a small school district that has an outstanding reputation with keeping their buses in perfect order. They buy top-of-the-line buses and keep them that way. Well worth the plane fare and road trip in 115* summer heat with no A/C.

Try looking west young man, it seems to pay off for many people.

Just my two cents and almost two decades of surplus experience.......

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I am curious as to the places you mentioned to check on the school districts reputation. Are there websites?
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Old 09-14-2016, 06:06 PM   #13
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Fixed it for you.


• Being in Southern Arizona in summer is like standing on the surface of the sun.

Glad it worked out for you.
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Old 09-14-2016, 08:51 PM   #14
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Surprised he was that hot it looks like that nice bus in the pic is air conditioned
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Old 09-14-2016, 08:58 PM   #15
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The truly amazing part of this story is that they gave you your money back. Most of these deals are on an "as is" basis and as soon as the money changes hands...you are on your own. Actually a pretty good endorsement for this particular dealer I'd say.
I agree whole heartedly!!!

Also, the dealer put out some bucks for that Roll-Off on a Saturday!
Even if it's their roll-off, they still had to pay somebody something.
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Old 09-17-2016, 05:06 AM   #16
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Front engine buses are that loud??

I'm still shopping. Thanks for the info!
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Old 09-17-2016, 06:33 AM   #17
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Front engine buses are that loud??

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yes they are, flat nose are the worst. my rear engine is quiet, now that i spray foamed the engine cover in my rear engine its silent. i bought mine from a dealer, the mechanic went over everything with me before i left. carolina thomas gets a thumbs up from me.
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Old 09-17-2016, 08:01 AM   #18
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Front engine buses are that loud??

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I drive flatnose FE buses every day for work, the older ones are LOUD especially if the fan kicks on all the time. The newer 2014+ buses are a lot quieter.

I'd get a pusher if I was going to go skoolie. FE is cheaper but you'll be miserable on long trips because they're hot and loud.
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Old 09-17-2016, 08:10 AM   #19
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There are many good reasons to go FE, too.
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Old 09-17-2016, 09:57 AM   #20
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I am curious as to the places you mentioned to check on the school districts reputation. Are there websites?

Justin,

Some places are on the web like CrownCoachJunkies, Wanderlodge (BlueBird), and such. I also call the maintenance supervisor and ask about previous auctions, who won, how much, contact information. It's all public record. I'll call the winner, introduce myself as a potential owner of another bus up for auction and ask what their experience has been. Most people are happy to talk about their bus, some hang up.

After 17+ years in the government surplus business I've learned some things about how to tilt the odds to my favor a bit more than most when it comes to bidding on surplus. For example, if I were to need another surplus bus I'd be bidding on another California bus in April/May/June depending upon what's on the market at the time I need to look to place bids.

Hope this helps, but you already have a bus.......

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