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Old 03-19-2018, 09:21 PM   #1
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1998 Thomas Vista 3600

Hey guys I found 1998 Thomas vista 24 passenger. It has the 7.3 l diesel with 170xxx miles and the allison auto transmission. The body is super clean as well as the engine I would even say mint.
the fella is wants 7000 for it. I may be able to talk him down a little once im there and the deal starts going but what are the general thoughts on that price?
I know its high but it is a sought after bus right ?
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Old 03-19-2018, 09:28 PM   #2
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From the brief spec you listed, it sounds like a basic 1998 route bus that would sell at auction for between $1500 and $2000 ... if it was clean with decent tires.
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Old 03-19-2018, 09:40 PM   #3
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I thought it was pretty high . is there any auctions you recommend ? I've been lurking public surplus and gov deals with no luck yet
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I thought it was pretty high . is there any auctions you recommend ? I've been lurking public surplus and gov deals with no luck yet
Well those two

purplewave.com (where I got mine)
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I own a similar bus, 7000 is about what I have into the thing after conversion!
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Old 03-19-2018, 11:17 PM   #6
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Awesome guys thanks for all the info . I knew it would be high because its from a dealer . aaa busses in phoenix but it sounds waay to high if that's what you have after conversion !
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Awesome guys thanks for all the info . I knew it would be high because its from a dealer . aaa busses in phoenix but it sounds waay to high if that's what you have after conversion !
I'm pretty sure thats one that sold at auction from Mesa School District a couple weeks back for around $4k. If you want a Vista shortie you can get one for less. I don't think its a particularly desired model though.

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I paid $2500 for my similar bus with similar miles.
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Yup, I think its the bus from the mesa shool district. Do you know what auction they use ? Public surplus or a private auction house ?

And Mr. Mullet 2500 seems like a great price ! I guess I just have to be patient and keep looking
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Yup, I think its the bus from the mesa shool district. Do you know what auction they use ? Public surplus or a private auction house ?

And Mr. Mullet 2500 seems like a great price ! I guess I just have to be patient and keep looking
They use Public Surplus.

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