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Old 08-05-2018, 07:49 AM   #1
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Bought 5 more buses, wife says they must go

OK so the story goes, I was sitting around at Whitehouse Donut shop in Westfield Indiana with a friend, another friend of his joined us and we start talking, the conversation went from mechanical teardown of a 6.0 to him saying ohh you like buses, we are updating our fleet, come see what we have.
With that I got excited.
so I went down and looked, they had 5 up for replacement, I said man I bet I know some people that would like a cheap bus.
he responded with so take them all for one price, much to my wife dismay I took him up on that offer, and when she got home and saw them siting in my yard boy am I in the doghouse.

what I have in my yard right now;

1995 Bluebird TC2000 5.9 cummins AT545 stripped down to metal floors

1998 International Thomas built 3800 DT466e AT545 hydraulic brakes 12 rows

1993 bluebird GM Cat 3116 6.6 liter AT545 11 rows hydraulic brakes

message me on the thread or at f.v.heslin@gmail.com, figured I would pass my good luck on to the forum members.
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Old 08-06-2018, 12:10 PM   #2
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OK so the story goes, I was sitting around at Whitehouse Donut shop in Westfield Indiana with a friend, another friend of his joined us and we start talking, the conversation went from mechanical teardown of a 6.0 to him saying ohh you like buses, we are updating our fleet, come see what we have.
With that I got excited.
so I went down and looked, they had 5 up for replacement, I said man I bet I know some people that would like a cheap bus.
he responded with so take them all for one price, much to my wife dismay I took him up on that offer, and when she got home and saw them siting in my yard boy am I in the doghouse.

what I have in my yard right now;

1995 Bluebird TC2000 5.9 cummins AT545 stripped down to metal floors

1998 International Thomas built 3800 DT466e AT545 hydraulic brakes 12 rows

1993 bluebird GM Cat 3116 6.6 liter AT545 11 rows hydraulic brakes

message me on the thread or at f.v.heslin@gmail.com, figured I would pass my good luck on to the forum members.
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Old 08-06-2018, 04:31 PM   #3
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asking 4k for each unit.
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Old 08-06-2018, 05:22 PM   #4
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Good luck with that.
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Old 08-06-2018, 06:14 PM   #5
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Wrong transmissions and brakes for that price i think. Doesn't really seem like much of a savings
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Old 08-06-2018, 07:10 PM   #6
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ignore my post, miss clicked. ty
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Old 08-07-2018, 09:36 AM   #7
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so make me an offer

I bought these at a good price as stated in the post, I don't know what they are worth as buses but I do know how much I will get for scrap, I just want to help people out who might be looking for a bus, so offer me what they are worth or don't chime in, I will entertain offers.
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Old 08-07-2018, 11:18 AM   #8
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You think you got a good deal, we don't know. If you paid over $8k for all 5 , you did not get a good deal. typically what you have are $2k buses around here. Salvage they are worth less than half what you're asking.
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Old 08-07-2018, 11:53 AM   #9
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My $0.02...

I think that those may be $2000 buses AT AUCTION. And we all know that every bus that goes at auction is a good bus. Right Marc?

I think that having the ability to test drive a bus and take it to a mechanic for inspection, before you lay down your $$, reduces risk significantly and adds value.

I would certainly be willing to spend more on a bus that I test drove and had checked by a mechanic than I would bid on the same bus at auction.

If you think $4k is too much then make him an offer that you think is reasonable.
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Old 08-07-2018, 01:47 PM   #10
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$4k is not unreasonable - just because a bus can be obtained for less - does not mean buses priced at $3k - $5k are not worth it.
I paid $4,500 for my bus that I was able to test drive. The bus I bought sold for $2,200 at an auction in Georgia to the person I bought it from. I was willing to pay the extra to have it checked out and delivered to my area. Saved me travel up and back - and a lot of unknown.
Auctions seem great - but they are an auction and not a fair priced market. Value is all in the eye of the beholder. I have seen buses similar to mine sell for 2 to 3 times the amount.

As for the transmission - again, to each their own. I know people who live full time in a bus and travel all over and are happy with their transmission.
Some complain - some love it. I hear a lot of negative remarks about my t444e engine - but driving from Utah back to Montana, I averaged 13.23 mpg doing about 57mph - towing my Subaru.

I have no power issues - but I am not trying to go 75 mph uphill.

Be happy with your journey - otherwise the destination is meaningless.

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