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Old 07-10-2016, 05:00 PM   #21
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I think individual FS terminals sometimes sell buses locally. I found a few First Student buses on Minneapolis Craigslist for example.
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I'm guessing there is no reason individual bus barns couldn't advertise their buses locally. After all, the folks there are First Student employees, so anything FS wants done is somewhat part of their job. And Craigslist is free.
When they land a buyer, the FS office handles the paperwork.
Again, that's my assumption, only.

Also, I can mention that on both my purchases from FS, the local people were marvelously helpful.
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Old 07-10-2016, 05:15 PM   #22
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I'm guessing there is no reason individual bus barns couldn't advertise their buses locally. After all, the folks there are First Student employees, so anything FS wants done is somewhat part of their job. And Craigslist is free.
When they land a buyer, the FS office handles the paperwork.
Again, that's my assumption, only.

Also, I can mention that on both my purchases from FS, the local people were marvelously helpful.
The private carriers can do this. It looks like First Students has at some locations.

Unfortunately the school district run bus barns cannot. In most, if not all, states they have to sell them to another government agency or offer them at public auction.
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Old 07-10-2016, 09:53 PM   #23
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not all... I almost bought a bus tonight from out local district... they will sell to an individual... my friend is on the school board and I asked him about a little 5 window bluebird i have seen running still ()up until a few months ago)... he said that bus was old and he wished it was gone... turns out his wish was already granted as that bus had an engine fire... nevertheless had it still been operational i wouldve likely just bought it direct not through an agency..
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Old 07-11-2016, 08:15 AM   #24
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not all... I almost bought a bus tonight from out local district... they will sell to an individual... my friend is on the school board and I asked him about a little 5 window bluebird i have seen running still ()up until a few months ago)... he said that bus was old and he wished it was gone... turns out his wish was already granted as that bus had an engine fire... nevertheless had it still been operational i wouldve likely just bought it direct not through an agency..
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I would call that a sign that it wasn't the right bus for you

The ability to negotiate and buy directly would be great. Unfortunately in my part of the world State law dictates a competitive bid process. What has really made that suck is the number of rigs that I saw sell at auction for a steal and I could not bid on them because I worked for the County.
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I would call that a sign that it wasn't the right bus for you

The ability to negotiate and buy directly would be great. Unfortunately in my part of the world State law dictates a competitive bid process. What has really made that suck is the number of rigs that I saw sell at auction for a steal and I could not bid on them because I worked for the County.
No way to find someone to bid for you?
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Old 07-11-2016, 09:14 AM   #26
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I would call that a sign that it wasn't the right bus for you

The ability to negotiate and buy directly would be great. Unfortunately in my part of the world State law dictates a competitive bid process. What has really made that suck is the number of rigs that I saw sell at auction for a steal and I could not bid on them because I worked for the County.

just funny because maybe bluebirds dont like me.. since my last bus was a bluebird and got destroyed by fire.. (though induced by careless individualks in the shared storage unit)... and I really dont need 2 busses anyway... mine is keeping me busy as it is...

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Old 07-12-2016, 10:04 AM   #27
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No way to find someone to bid for you?

I am sure that I could have but, it is against the law and I liked my job.....


Back to the original subject: Has anyone here actually purchased a bus from First Students? How did it go?
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Both Millicent and her short-lived predecessor came from First Student -- from two different towns in Oregon.
Everything went perfectly well.
I didn't have much luck bargaining on the price via e-mail with the lady in Missouri (or somewhere), but that's fair enough. And I did get it down from $6,000 to 5,500.
But that was nine and ten years ago. Their online for-sale listings were much better then.
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Why would anyone ever want to buy a bus from FS? They're all raggedy, worn out piles of junk by the time they're offered for sale.

The only people interested in buying those heaps are the exporters.
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Why would anyone ever want to buy a bus from FS? They're all raggedy, worn out piles of junk by the time they're offered for sale.

The only people interested in buying those heaps are the exporters.
I don't think I would call Millicent a "raggedy, worn out piles of junk".

Just me though...
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