Originally Posted by BusFiend
Thanks, Steve! I wish we could tell more about the condition of their buses from the listings. Pictures are too few and undetailed. The listings are undetailed. One might think they're hiding the details on purpose or over-pricing their buses. I can't make many 400-500-mile road trips simply to inspect a bus. Perhaps there are better sources of used buses?
I was on PublicSurplus and saw a couple of busses from a local school district. I called and the folks at the bus barn were extremely friendly and accommodating. I bid on one of the busses and thought that I had it and stepped away to the little bus drivers room and someone outbid me in the last 10 seconds.
I didn't get the bus but I did learn that my local bus barns are the first place I will look in the future. Unfortunately for me, there are no longer any Crown's in my area
Call your local school districts and get in touch with their bus maintenance folks and ask when, where & how they dispose of their busses.
I am shopping for a bus for my sister as well. The local district has one coming up that the maintenance guys told me is a solid ride so I am waiting for that auction to come up. 30 minute drive to inspect.
Something else to consider, First Students has busses all over the country. The list that they sent me has busses in numerous states. They may have some close to you.