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Old 03-07-2019, 06:06 PM   #1
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Advice on bus for sale.

Found this bus on FB.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...ssenger_banner

My wife really wants a smaller bus like this but the owner says it has hydraulic brakes. From what I read on here everyone says air brakes are a must.

Is it supposed to be this stressful to buy a bus?

My budget is about $7500. Prefer to stay closer to $5k.

Reno budget about $7-10k.

Thanks,
Mike
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Old 03-07-2019, 06:35 PM   #2
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Found this bus on FB.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...ssenger_banner

My wife really wants a smaller bus like this but the owner says it has hydraulic brakes. From what I read on here everyone says air brakes are a must.

Is it supposed to be this stressful to buy a bus?

My budget is about $7500. Prefer to stay closer to $5k.

Reno budget about $7-10k.

Thanks,
Mike
Looks ok, but that price!
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Old 03-07-2019, 06:49 PM   #3
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Price is a little high, but these shorter flat nose models are hard to find. My bus has hydraulic brakes and it stops pretty good in my opinion. Has no issues in the mountains either.
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Old 03-07-2019, 06:54 PM   #4
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I don't think anyone says they are a must, but in a bigger bus they are preferred. In that smaller bus, hydraulic should be fine.
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Is it supposed to be this stressful to buy a bus?


Supposed to be fun while searching, then the stress kicks in when you're actually buying.

Hydraulic brakes aren't an issue to me.....they work fine in my 6 window, and Mullet's work fine in his 8 window.....this one you're looking at will be a little longer than mine and a little shorter than his. However, I see your GVWR at 30K.....mine's only 21.

Yeah, the price seems high......but what does the big picture look like? As Johnny said, the 9 window TCs are getting scarcer.....and I haven't seen an 8 window TC2000 for sale in a while. How much extra is getting something you (or your wife) really want worth to you?

If it's close geographically, how much fuel $$ will you save getting it home?

If it's got any trans other than a 545, there's more value.

Looks very clean....did he take great care of it, or is it freshly washed for the pics? (the ground doesn't look wet).

What's the headroom? Desirable motor? More value-added.

98k for miles is well below average for an 18 yr-old bus....can that be verified? if so, there's more value.

If those are wheels, and not wheel covers, what are they worth? A grand?

6 tires will cost you around 2 grand....if these are new, or still in great shape, there's more value.

All things that can take an 'average' $3000 bus and make it worth more.....plus there's no law against offering him $5000 and see if he bites.

I did see the words "Newark, NJ' on the side.....crawl around underneath before parting with your Benjamins.
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Supposed to be fun while searching, then the stress kicks in when you're actually buying.

Hydraulic brakes aren't an issue to me.....they work fine in my 6 window, and Mullet's work fine in his 8 window.....this one you're looking at will be a little longer than mine and a little shorter than his. However, I see your GVWR at 30K.....mine's only 21.

Yeah, the price seems high......but what does the big picture look like? As Johnny said, the 9 window TCs are getting scarcer.....and I haven't seen an 8 window TC2000 for sale in a while. How much extra is getting something you (or your wife) really want worth to you?

If it's close geographically, how much fuel $$ will you save getting it home?

If it's got any trans other than a 545, there's more value.

Looks very clean....did he take great care of it, or is it freshly washed for the pics? (the ground doesn't look wet).

What's the headroom? Desirable motor? More value-added.

98k for miles is well below average for an 18 yr-old bus....can that be verified? if so, there's more value.

If those are wheels, and not wheel covers, what are they worth? A grand?

6 tires will cost you around 2 grand....if these are new, or still in great shape, there's more value.

All things that can take an 'average' $3000 bus and make it worth more.....plus there's no law against offering him $5000 and see if he bites.

I did see the words "Newark, NJ' on the side.....crawl around underneath before parting with your Benjamins.
Its low headroom.
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Looks ok, but that price!
I know. He said he will sell it for 5k. Im going to offer 4 if its in good condition.

Does 4k sound fair?
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Old 03-08-2019, 01:25 PM   #8
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Price is a little high, but these shorter flat nose models are hard to find. My bus has hydraulic brakes and it stops pretty good in my opinion. Has no issues in the mountains either.
Thanks for the reply. Yea we really like that shorter flat model. Seems to be the only decent looking on in general area. Every other bus is priced at $8-12k
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Supposed to be fun while searching, then the stress kicks in when you're actually buying.

Hydraulic brakes aren't an issue to me.....they work fine in my 6 window, and Mullet's work fine in his 8 window.....this one you're looking at will be a little longer than mine and a little shorter than his. However, I see your GVWR at 30K.....mine's only 21.

Yeah, the price seems high......but what does the big picture look like? As Johnny said, the 9 window TCs are getting scarcer.....and I haven't seen an 8 window TC2000 for sale in a while. How much extra is getting something you (or your wife) really want worth to you?

If it's close geographically, how much fuel $$ will you save getting it home?

If it's got any trans other than a 545, there's more value.

Looks very clean....did he take great care of it, or is it freshly washed for the pics? (the ground doesn't look wet).

What's the headroom? Desirable motor? More value-added.

98k for miles is well below average for an 18 yr-old bus....can that be verified? if so, there's more value.

If those are wheels, and not wheel covers, what are they worth? A grand?

6 tires will cost you around 2 grand....if these are new, or still in great shape, there's more value.

All things that can take an 'average' $3000 bus and make it worth more.....plus there's no law against offering him $5000 and see if he bites.

I did see the words "Newark, NJ' on the side.....crawl around underneath before parting with your Benjamins.
Thanks Don. I did see the NJ on there as well. Im thinking about taking a visit tomorrow. Only a 4 hour drive for me. He wrote back and said he's willing to drop the price to $5k. The bus does seem clean but I will have to do some more homework. He doesn't know what kind of transmission it has. He only speaks spanish so there's a language barrier. So I will have to get the VIN and dig a little.

Also, if he accepts my offer. I won't be able to drive it back home until I register it, right? I guess that's another step I have to take. I don't want to make another trip back just to pick it up.

Thanks for the advice.
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Old 03-08-2019, 01:46 PM   #10
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Check your local state laws. Some issue temporary tags for travel. In Ga. they allow you drive on the BOS for30 days as long as you have insurance coverage. State Farm insures me in any vehicle I buy for 7 days, even the bus they won't insure.
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