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Old 04-06-2016, 02:49 PM   #1
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1996 Cadet (mid-size bus) Diesel for sale.

This is almost like mine.
I saw it online and thought I would pass it on:

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/c...521294732.html
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Old 04-06-2016, 06:06 PM   #2
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That would be bus abuse to part that out.
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Old 04-08-2016, 11:39 AM   #3
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Looks like it has sold...
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Old 04-08-2016, 03:39 PM   #4
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People actively hunting for buses usually seem to know a good deal when they see one.
The best prices I've seen buses selling for are usually the last several months of the year. Competition on buses seems greatly reduced apparently while Christmas spending takes precedence.
I'd rather buy from a bus barn than a private owner or even one of the more expensive bus dealers. I don't think it's worth it to pay three times as much just because they took out the seats or maybe painted it.
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Old 04-08-2016, 03:55 PM   #5
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good deals are out there, some private owners have an "in" with just out of service busses.. I know there was a guy in central ohio that bought up every blue bird he could get his hands on.. cleaned them up , performed minor mechanical workand resold them at really fair prices.. he had an "in" with some of the smaller town schools around..

dealers servce a purpose but yes are typically more expensive.. however they can often do work that some cannot do... ie in my case i have no clue how to do rust repair or paint.. they do so I went for a dealer bus..

but if I was doing major structural thigs to a bus I likely wouldnt have touched a dealer bus..

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Old 04-08-2016, 05:17 PM   #6
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I understand the safety net of going through a dealer. Honestly it's a false sense of security. It's basically a used car. You buy it, it's yours. When your tail lights disappear around the corner from the dealer's view, you're on your own. A portion of that extra money paid to a dealer for services would be better spent on taking the bus to a truck repair shop. Go basic. Get your fluids and filters changed. Most bus barns have a commercial shop nearby that they use regularly.
The point is you're going to learn just about everything to do with the bus anyway. It seems like a lot to learn, but it's done an inch at a time. You've already learned a lot about buses, diesels and transmissions since you've been here.
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